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Full Review for Pokemon Black by MasterofPokemon

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Introduction

Yet another Pokemon game. Did it impress the hardcore Pokemon gamers out there? Did the casual players enjoy it? Did it bring something new to the table? Did the new generation of Pokemon go over well at all? All these questions and more answered in this review!

 

Graphics

Graphics were the same when you walked around most of the cities, BUT. There were many moments when the enviroment became 3-D, which was VERY cool. This made you feel as if you were your character, walking around the routes and cities. The battle graphics, when you battled another trainer, were the same, with not much improvements. The game creators expanded on the cinematic moments, or cutscenes, in this game. I believe they cinematic cutscenes made this game tons better, because it made you feel like you, that character, was watching the moment unfold. It also made it feel more epic. Overall, for the outstanding environment graphics, I give this a eight out of ten!

 

Sound

The games sound. It wasn't much improved from the other games, it was the one thing in this game that really failed to stand out. It was average, and at some points, sub-par. The route music was enjoyable, but out of all the Pokemon games, my least favorite. The Pokemon have normal sounding crys, and they don't really impress me. I was expecting more sound-wise from this game. Overall, a six out of ten.

 

Gameplay

It played like a normal Pokemon game for me. Catch Pokemon, level them up, beat Gym Leaders 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, beat Elite Four and Champion, and viola! You have beaten the game. There was the normal team of evil people this time, and they were not necessarily as hard as some before. The Pokemon moved it battle this time, blinking and other minor movements, but that is insignificant in the long run. It really played like any other Pokemon game, and that is good for this game, because Pokemon games gamplay is normally very good, fortunately.

After beating the game, I saw little to none Post-Beating the Game content, aside from repeatedly destroying the Elite Four. I stopped playing this months ago due to the lack of anything to do after I've beaten the game. That disappointed me and probably many other who wanted to see endgame value. Pokemon SoulSilver version had much more endgame content than this, and it isn't good to have a earlier game to something better than you, ever.

Overall, I'm going to have to give this game's gameplay a seven out of ten.

 

Lastability

This game will last as long as it takes for the next Pokemon game to come out. All Pokemon fans buy the next version, but most keep their old ones, just in case. For me, I highly anticipated this game, only to be disappointed. After I beat this game, I returned to play Pokemon SoulSilver simply because in my mind, Silver was better. And when I voice that opinion, I'm almost never straight up told I'm wrong.

Among the people that love this game, it will last a good, long while. Among the people that do not love this game as much, it will last a bit.
Among the people that were disappointed by it, won't last long at all.

I know many people who love it and will play it for a good, long while, but I also know many people who stopped playing at the second Gym Leader because the game was so unspectacular to them. Overall, a eight out of ten, because I know that the rest of the world that I don't know probably loves this game.

 

Overall

Overall, a seven out of ten. This game didn't bring many new spectacular features to the game, giving it a kind of cut and paste gameplay feel. There are a few things this game does better than SoulSilver and HeartGold, but there are also many things that, in my opinion, that they do better than Pokemon Black.

In the opinion of me, this game had many highs, but sadly, had just as many lows. This game was unimpressive to me, but I am NOT telling you not to buy it. I still see copies coming off the shelves at local Gamestops, so this game must be very popular.

Overall, I give this game a average seven out of ten. I hope you enjoyed reading my fifth review, and I hope you will read my future ones!

Final Score: 72%

Review by: MasterofPokemon
 
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