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Pokemon Black/White DS Review

16/07/2011 Family Teen Gamer Review
Guest author: Lucy Ann Smith
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Pokemon Black/White DS

Pokemon Black/White

Format:
DS

Genre:
Adventuring

Style:
Singleplayer
Competitive

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Pokemon White/Black adds enough new Pokemon and modes to ease the series' monotony. Even without these additions though, a new Pokemon game to play with my friends is still an addictive proportion.

Through the years I have played various Pokemon games, from Sapphire on GBA to Diamond on Nintendo DS. Not surprising then that the storyline has grown rather repetitive. I started to grow bored of going to each city, doing gyms and so on with not much in between. So I was skeptical of how much this new game would capture me.

I was quite contented with the new available Pokemon as though - a fond collector of them. They all seemed to fit straight into the series and I found it quite easy to learn the simple facts about each one. This felt like a completely new adventure and with new features like Dream Land I found myself feeling inquisitive enough to keep playing.

With a busy life, it can be hard to find enough time to play a lengthy game like this but eagerly awaiting the new features at the end of the game, made me even more determined to find time to complete it. This also gave me a sense of pride as completing games has always been a difficult aspect to achieve for me.

Battling with the new Pokemon via the wireless connection was a great sociable feature because it meant I could battle against friends and train our Pokemon simultaneously. The new Pokemon took a while to figure out; learning the new moves, types and the most effective ways to defeat my friendsí Pokemon was an even greater challenge, which added much needed dimension to the repetitive series.

Learning the new moves, types and ways to defeat my friendsí Pokemon was an even greater challenge.

I found Pokemon Black/White fitted well into my spare time. I could easily pick it up and play, even for ten minutes and still achieve something in the game, which helped me to advance in the game overall. I also enjoyed the lengthy experience over a prolonged period.

However, I did miss Pokemon such as Pikachu. After growing up with these endearing characters, the game felt as if it missed something and I was disappointed at the lack of such Pokemon in the initial game play.

Pokemon Black/White is a great addition to my game collection; I can play it for hours and still have a lot to do which gives me targets to achieve for the next time I play. It's also great between friends and family because you can sit and talk and learn more about the new Pokemon and no matter what the result is, it becomes very addictive way to spend time with people.

Guest review by Lucy Ann Smith


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