Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 ReviewJustin Ling
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are the latest installments in the main Pokemon series. The main games, while still retaining a lot of the previous features to the point that some believe that it is too formulaic, have also added several new features to make the experience of having to catch several hundred creatures all over again quite enjoyable.
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are direct sequels to the previous Pokemon Black and White Versions. While players take control of brand new protagonists, much of the story in these games deals with the aftermath of what happened in Black and White. The game deals with the aftermath of events from the previous games such as a new faction of Team Plasma once again aiming to conquer all of Unova as well as the mystery of the third legendary dragon. The game also comes with the option to link to a save from Black and White to unlock new features such as flashbacks of characters from Black and White and in-game events such as battles and special Pokemon that can be caught. Players without Black and White may not miss much, but it definitely adds to the experience if they do.
Gameplay-wise, Black 2 and White 2 are not that different from the other Pokemon games. TMs retain their unlimited use from Black and White, allowing players to use them more freely. Another nice touch that a lot of players will probably appreciate is that the game will ask players if they wish to apply another spray of Repel once the initial spray wears off, making traveling through caves a lot less of a hassle. While it is still annoying that cut trees still come back, the overall traveling experience is quite a bit more pleasant compared to some of the previous games.
These two games also add several side attractions to give players more of a gaming experience other than catching Pokemon. One of the newest additions is the Pokestar Studio, a minigame where players try to complete films using Pokemon. Not only do these films provide an interesting puzzle challenge, they are also quite fun to watch, paying homage to several movie tropes and movies themselves. While cheesy, it is always good for some laughs and can make for quite an entertaining interlude in the players' journey.
Another side attraction that will surely please long-time Pokemon fans is the Pokemon World Tournament. Serving as a Battle Frontier of sorts, the PWT brings back several trainers from previous games in one big crossover battle. Fans are in for one big nostalgia trip as they face not only gym leaders all the way from the Kanto region to the Sinnoh region, but even champions come to pit their skills against the players, including the very first Pokemon protagonist himself. Music fans should rejoice as well; the game's fantastic soundtrack includes remixes of several awesome scores from the previous games like the various gym leader and champion battle themes.
Black 2 and White 2 show that the Pokemon series, while still following an old formula, can still add enough to make for an entertaining game. Whether you are a longtime fan or a newcomer, these games offer enough to give all a pleasant experience in the world of Pokemon.
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