See I knew I wouldn't be alone
Lysear (and Az) I'd definitely give it a go if you've enjoyed any of the other games as in my opinion this is the best. While I have to agree that the pokemon are ugly they've changed just a few barely noticeable things that help the flow of the game.
My experience with White has also been drastically improved due to having played it properly for the first time in many generations! I must've played through each game a dozen times in order to fill up the amount of Dex slots I have but when you simply need to get to the end as quickly as possible it becomes very dull and repetetive so I'll tend to use just one pokemon for the whole game and be at 70+ before facing the Elite 4.
This time, partly because it's a brand new game with brand new Pokemon and partly because I wanted
to play it as intended, I had a nice selection of Pokemon which travelled with me through the whole game. Right up until near the end when I got Zekrom (my badass legendary Dragon/Electric type
) I was only using 4 pokemon and I levelled them equally throughout the game.
By the time I reached the Elite 4 I was only at about level 50 with each of them and I'll be honest the last few fights WERE cery hard but they should be really shouldn't they?! By using type advantages I still managed to win so I'm really glad I played this one properly.
Here is my team;
Samurott - Third evolution of the water type starter
Leavanny - 3rd Evolution of a grass type that was a GREAT choice!
Pansear - fire type awarded near start of game to compliment water-type starter choice
Unfezant - An amazingly good bird type only captured for 'fly' but instrumental at the pokemon league!
Zekrom - caught at level 50 after the Elite 4
It's interesting that while playing this game I seem to have developed some sort of 'Pikachu complex' with my Pansear as I've gone through so much with it I no longer want to make it evolve... It needs the firestone to become Simisear which will drastically improve it's stats of course but I kind of feel like I'd be forcing it to change unnecessarily as it already whoops arse in it's current form
It's funny that I feel that way as the story in Black/White is that the bad guys (Team Plasma this time) are trying to liberate pokemon from people to save them being mistreated and forced to battle etc. Of course the player has a deep bond with their pokemon which does play a part in how the story unfolds so the fact that I've actually grown attached to a sprite just goes to show how soft I am
As far as the rest of the game goes I thought they did some neat stuff. Most notably 'poison' no longer saps your pokemon's health when they're in their balls which is a vast improvement so they can only ever faint in battle, not while walking... The gyms are pretty much insane, a far cry from the old Kanto ones, still they're fun and the fact they're totally impossible means nothing in a world where strange creatures live in small balls (like sperm
There are some pretty good characters to be met along the way which help the story along and gym leaders are much more involvd this time around. Actual conflict with Team Plasma is fairly limited in contrast, there are no huge 'bases' like a lot of the other games have and it really comes down to a few clumps of trainer fights in specific areas or on a certain route. That doesn't detract from the end game though and any would-be players should be warned not to approach the elite 4 lightly as the game doesn't end right away if you beat them! Although you are able to heal, there are soon even more fights to face that are harder than the last and you can't save between them making it a real nail-biting ending for me which was scary but very good.
Another change is that you don't see full details on any given pokemon until you've actually captured it. Personally I don't think that makes sense as we forever see in the tv show that trainers can just sort of scan a pokemon and instantly learn everything about it (not that I watch the show of course
) It is however a good way to keep you learning as you go though as right up to the end I wasn't entirely sure what type combinations I was going up against.
Generally it was very easy to ascertain a main type like fire, grass, fighting or whathaveyou. Most of the new pokemon have 2 types though and this was a nightmare. I sent an electric attack against a water type pokemon late in the game only to discover it was also ground type for example so my one-hit-wonder had no effect at all! Similarly there are many type pairings that make the enemy pokemon both weak and strong against mine at the same time! One fight involved an enemy rock type with electric attacks for example so while my water type attacks were super-effective on them, their electric attacks were also super-effective against me!
One last word of advice for future players of this game... Get yourself soemthing to counter bird types and more importantly something to counter electric types. Electric types gave me the worst time and they're actually used in the 3rd or 4th gym you visit so I actually had to take a break around there to level up! Get yourself a rocktype, Roggenrola is a good one that you can snare right near the start of the game. It has some hench evolutions and also has 'sturdy' which means it's impossible for it to lose all of it's health in one turn. Makes it easy to catch too lol
Outside of gameplay the graphics are as you'd expect if you've seen teh adverts that are constantly airing right now. Not much has changed since D/P/Pt but there are now some new features including some big bridges and certain buildings which show you different perspectives over the course of the game. It's a ncie touch and some of the big features like said bridges really are very impressive.
Anyway I'm not completely finished yet (even before I start filling the Dex!) as there is still another matter to clear up after beating the elite 4. A Champion's life is never easy after all
Having had precisely 3 hours of sleep last night though, all of which was swamped with pokemon related ravings, I think I'll be taking a short break for now
If anyone already has this game feel free to send me a friend code, I don't really know anyone else who plays lol