So I’ve noticed for a long time that one of the biggest complaints about the Pokemon games was that they’ve pretty much rehashed the same system and basic plot with updated graphics for each generation. I’ve been reading news about Gen 5, and it seems to be bringing about the change that most people have been wanting. Of course, the Pokemon fanbase is unpleasable and there will always be people complaining about change and how each generation ruined the entire series, etc. G/S/C ruined the series by introducing more Pokemon and letting them make more than the original 151. R/S/E ruined the series due to introducing more Pokemon/too many Legendaries/completely new region. D/P/Pt ruined the series due to the physical/special split (ok fine this one was actually a good thing according to most people), not having any change, introducing even moar Pokemanz, making Pokemon more competitive, existing, etc…Yeah, the usual stuff people complain about on gaming forums and such. I swear there will be complaints about B/W changing some battle mechanics, having too many legendaries, losing the original ‘feel’ of Pokemon, etc.
I’m not much of a complainer (or at least I try not to be), so I’ll just highlight some of the changes I’m looking forward to and have hope for in the upcoming Pokemon Black and White. I want Black, because it’s exclusive city tooks cooler than White’s forest. I’m liking how the modern-looking cities are done in the B/W screenshots I’ve seen. Something about them just captivate me more than Pokemon’s forest designs. Anyways, onto changes that will be brought in B/W:
1) A plot. Or more specifically, something that doesn’t follow the basic formula of Team ______ trying to get legendary Pokemon’s powers to take over ______. According to magazine scans, the main villain, “N” (who looks rather bishie in the artwork of him in the scans), wishes for equality between species, and free the Pokemon from their trainers. This new villain/plot seems to stray from the usual black and white morality where the villain is obviously evil and trying to take over something.
2) Triple battles. You can have 3 Pokemon versus another 3, and positioning of the Pokemon will play a role. The Pokemon in the center can hit any Pokemon on the opponent’s side, whereas the pokemon on the right side or your team cannot hit the pokemon to the far left on the opponent’s team. I have a feeling that the competitive fans will have even more debates on strategy and customization now… I don’t visit the Pokemon boards on GameFAQs much since I prefer casual chat.
3) Two rivals. They take the two other starters you didn’t pick. One is a cool and intelligent glasses guy (who looks really good in the magazine *w* Go megane!) and the other seems like an energetic girl. The guy is Cheren and the girl is Belle. I don’t usually go for the girls in Pokemon, since I like older girls (Mitsuru <3). Hopefully there are some hot gym leaders/Elite Four. Oh god…why am I thinking like this when it’s Pokemon?
4) New Pokemon. ‘Nuff said. I’m liking the designs for Reshiram and Zekrom, but that’s it. Oh, and maybe Pokabu. I’d probably get attatched to some of the new Pokemon when I’m actually playing the game though.
5) Not old professors. Doesn’t really make much of a difference in gameplay, but Professor Araragi’s friend, Makomo, looks very moe. Glasses FTW!
Overall, I’m glad they’re introducing change and a (hopefully) more complex storyline. I know Pokemon is marketed to kids, but c’mon, kids aren’t THAT stupid. They can probably understand more complex plots than ‘generic villain wants to take over ____.’
I wrote this before going on my vacation from August 5-15 but forgot to publish. Gonna make another post.