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Pokemon Monochrome: Impressions

I think I may have given this away already, but I am a rather big fan of Pokemon. I’ve played every generation several times over, albeit Generation IV with Diamond/Pearl/Platinum somewhat less so. Hence I obviously got myself a copy of Pokemon Black and White Monochrome, this time with my own DS so I didn’t have to wait for my sister to finish playing the game before I got a go, as was the case with the last generation. I know this isn’t exactly anime and therefore doesn’t really belong on this blog, but I would like to share my impressions on the game anyway.

Note: I’ve covered my discussion of the end of the plot with a spoiler tag, but this tag doesn’t work if you are reading this in a feed reader like google reader.

New Pokemon

A big point about Monochrome is the lack of old established Pokemon, which I was originally a bit sceptical/nostalgiafag about. Like, what Pokemon would I catch with my Old Rod now? However I got over this pretty darn quickly, especially at the prospect of not having to face Fishers with 6 Magikarp anymore. These guys instead had Basculins, who offer more a challenge apart from the usual calculating the time gaps you have to hit certain parts of the touch screen with the stylus to get through the battle without having to look at the screen. Plus they give you more experience anyway.

Admittedly there was no one Pokemon that stole my heart the same way Drifloon did in the last generation, but you know the creators have done a good job when I spent my entire time going through the game thinking “I’m so training that guy next time I play”. This is especially the case when my Pokemon OCD comes into effect. I definitely can’t have two Pokemon of the same type on my team. Oh no, then it won’t be balanced! I had caught the generic caterpillar Pokemon, Sewaddle, towards the start of the game, who turned out to be a particularly useful Bug/Grass type and I was rather happy with my choice. That is, until later in the game when I came across a fucking electric spider! But nope, I had a bug Pokemon, can’t train that.

One minor bitch I had was the rather surprising lack of decent Special Attackers. I had a team with 3 Attackers and only 1 Special Attacker (that being Munna, the flowery floating Drowzee). However I hit a point in the game where every blasted Pokemon was either a type I already had or a regular attacker. I only found 1 special attacker, that being Vanillite, and I flat out refuse to train a fucking ice cream pokemon when I had already passed on an electric spider. Also there was an odd lack of a decent water Pokemon. I was holding out until I got Surf to get one, but Surf wasn’t handed to you until right towards the end of the game, and the only two Pokemon I could find was the relatively useless Basculin and some piece of seaweed with the face of a transvestite.

The World

Perhaps I idealise Generation III a bit too much, but Hoenn outclasses every single other generation in this category. Hoenn feels like a genuine land mass instead of a series of towns. If there’s a volcano, the towns around it reflect this surroundings, as does the terrain. If it’s by the sea, it feels like a proper sea town. There was such imagination and personality in every route and town. Generation IV felt like a step down from that, but at least each town had its own personality. Generation V is a step down again. OK, they got one thing right that previous games didn’t in that they made the Big City actually feel big with 3D gimmickry, but everywhere else felt like a collection of important buildings than an actual community or anything. It’s still better than the first two generations though. My big problem lies elsewhere.

Someone in the Pokemon executive committee decided that the gamer had too much freedom. We can’t be having with you naturally discovering the world as you did in Generation III now, could we? No, instead we have to spoon-feed you every bloody step of the way. Everytime you go to a new town, someone has to come and meet you and tell you to go to Mysterious Cave #3. It’s not like I wouldn’t have gone to Mysterious Cave #3 anyway, you thick gym leader. Let me discover this for myself. It’s not like there was anywhere else left to go anyway, the game was so painfully linear. The literally set the towns up in a circle sent you from town to town in such a boring fashion, blocking the paths to the next town with increasingly frustrating ways. By the end I swear they’d given up when a person blocking the path ahead literally said “The bridge is closed for some reason”.

The Plot

And to think I was impressed when Generation III introduced baddies who were something other than a generic evil organisation. Pokemon Monochrome laughs in the face of every previous generations plot. Don’t read below this spoiler text unless you’ve finished the game. It’s worth waiting for.

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Other parts I was impressed by in regards to the plot was the handling of the rival characters. Admittedly N is the real rival, but the childhood friends became part of the overall questioning morality of what one does with Pokemon. Considering your ‘Rival’ in previous generations had been getting shittier an shittier, I like the new twist on that. Less exciting was the games attempt to try get you to care about each of the Gym Leaders. I preferred it when the Gym Leaders stayed in their fancy gyms fixing up new traps instead of directing me towards Spooky Tower #5 that I was going to go explore anyway. Also the Elite Four were rather a let down, beating all 4 of them pretty easily, albeit that was partly down to Pokemon OCD again. In Generation IV, in order to get the National Pokedex, you had to see every Pokemon in the game. Sometimes you would only find this Pokemon by battling Obscure Trainer Facing Wall #14, so I went through the game battling every single trainer possible. Hence most of the major battles were pretty easy for me, apart from the last two.

Alternative Battles

Back in Generation III they introduced double battles. It was a fun alternative to a regular battle but was never meant to be a main feature. But they at least incorporated it into the game at one point with the 7th gym double battle. However that was about it. I’m not a competitive Pokemon battler in the slightest, but I gathered that double battles never really caught hold in the competitive scene. Since then, Pokemon does seem to have been pushing double battle tactics a bit more, but you won’t capture peoples imagination with this type of battle if you don’t incorporate it into the actual game itself. The thicker grass that you can meet 2 wild Pokemon in was a great step but it wasn’t used enough. Neither do double battles feature prominently in almost any of the game itself. Even though every gym leader in this game had to come and say hi to you before battling them, I’ll remember Tate and Liza for a hell of a lot longer than any of those idiots.

This version introduced even more crazy types of battles, such as triple battles and that strange clockwork battle where your main guys spin about on a crank. But the same old problems exist that they don’t incorporate this into the game enough. I swear the number of actually important double battles go down each time. Triple battles are even rarer and there was only one clockwork battle in the entire bloody game. That all said, I prefer that these types of battles exist rather than not. As much as I lament the games lack of incorporating these battles properly into the game, I prefer that you can at least have something other than your standard 1-on-1 Pokemon battle. Also how about this for a revolutionary concept: When you meet a two wild Pokemon at once, you can only catch one, right? How about 2 legendaries who you can only fight together so you’re only allowed to catch one. That’s one way of incorporating it into the game.

While not exactly ‘alternative battles’, I’d like to talk about those special other events you can do with your Pokemon. You know, stuff like Musicals and Fashion shows and other nonsense like that. Again, Generation III did this best. The Pokemon Contests felt like something you should look forward to in each town. You got the reveal that such things existed early on but you couldn’t take part. Then the later towns held Contest Tents that you could actually participate in. Training your Pokemon to do well in these contests required effort and a lot of berry watering. Plus the contests themselves required skill and tactics. Meanwhile, in Pokemon Monochrome, you have the Pokemon Musical, where you give your Pokemon a hat and watch him jiggle about on a stage for roughly 5 hours. I know nobody cares about these events, but bull-fucking-shit Pokemon, put some effort in.

Animation

A big plus I like is how the Pokemon are constantly shuffling about in the battle. My particular favourite is watching Scraggy pulling up his dungarees before getting hit my charging fire pig. That said, it does only serve to make the dumb Pokemon look even dumber. In particular that sarcophagus Pokemon, who hides inside his tomb for a bit before pulling his arms out and waving about like a madman for the next 10 seconds. I know because I trained one and I had to watch the back of him throughout the game. In general, the increased quality of in-game animation was cool. The 3D gimmickry was indeed nothing but gimmickry, but that moment when the camera rolled all over the place as I crossed that massive bridge was kinda cool. They didn’t really use it for anything worthwhile though, apart from increasing the awesomeness of the final scene. That is something I will never hold against the game.

Gameplay changes

Here’s a part that probably won’t get as much notice but deserves quite a bit of credit for having the balls to do this sort of stuff. The parts of the older games this version did away with. Sometimes it was simple things, like making TM’s not run out after one use. When playing the game I’d often not teach a Pokemon a TM in case I had to use it later on. Not that I taught my Pokemon very many TM’s this time either, but I still appreciate the idea. Also doing away with the rods until after the game was over was cool too. It’s not like they ever added much to the game and I was long since sick of fishing after going through the blasted Hunt For A Fucking Feebas. Another aspect I liked was the lack of need for HM’s. It was always a bit of a pain to have to lug about one Pokemon stuck with Cut, Rock Smash and Flash. Thing is, instead of having natural stuff blocking the path ahead, now we had guys saying “the bridge is shut for some reason we don’t feel like making up now”, which is not an acceptable alternative. Don’t do away with HM reliance in exchange for not having anymore exploring.

Overall

The painfully linear nature of the game got to me quite a bit, killing the exploration nature of Pokemon because apparently your average Pokemon player has too little attention span and walks off bored if it’s not immediately obvious where to go next. However the classy plot and (apart from that stupid ice cream cone) awesome new Pokemon do make up for that somewhat. I do feel more like these Pokemon will look more awesome down the line in better created worlds than this one, but that would then undo the good work that this one had in not having any older Pokemon in it.

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67 Comments

  1. luffyluffy
    Posted March 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Honestly, I think my copy of White is the best pokemon game I’ve played since Emerald.. Quick, team?

    Musharna(Lv.41)
    Hypnosis, Psychic, Moonlight, Shadow Ball
    Jellicent(Lv.43)
    Shadow Ball, Brine, Surf, Recover
    Cofagrigus(Lv.43)
    Shadow Ball, Grass Knot, Hex, Will-o-Wisp
    Galvantula(Lv.43)
    Thunder, Signal Beam, Electro Ball, Charge Beam
    Excadrill(Lv.44)
    Rock Slide, Earthquake, Shadow Claw, Swords Dance
    Archeops(Lv.44)
    Crunch, AncientPower, DragonBreath, Aerobatics

    Tell me Scamp-kun, did you wince after seeing the description for Surf?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

      What happened your starter? Anywho, my team is

      Emboar, Archeops, Musharna, Cofagrigus, Leavanny and a blank space that I never really filled until after the game finished. I now have a Haxorus

      • Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

        My team was a Haxorus, Zoroark, Galvantula, Darmanitan, Samurott and Krookodile.

      • notuldivad9
        Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:42 am | Permalink

        OMG HAXORZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ lololololol

    • luffyluffy
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:03 am | Permalink

      Tepig had a Timid nature and therefore dragged my entire team the fuck down.

      I’ll stuff a Blaziken in there eventually

  2. Posted March 20, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    I think your “Hoenn” link is wrong.

    Pearl fed you a double battle basically every time it got a chance. Until I thought it was getting ridiculous, haha. But now playing White, it feels really weird that they skip some of the chances they have to toss a weird type of battle at you. I am only two towns in since my game just arrived yesterday evening, but already I have seen four or five missed chances where a double battle would have been expected.

    The idea of fighting two legendaries at once would terrify me if this game wasn’t so damn easy. I figured out yellow and blue just fine as a kindergartener. Are kids getting more stupid or does Pokemon just think they are?

    I would prefer to see HMs with attacks that actually have some power to them and never have to encounter some dumb human roadblock, myself.

    Also, Bianca should go die in a ditch.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted March 20, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

      can i just stuff cheren in a cage and own him forever or

      I can proudly say Rock Smash is the only reason why I beat that stupid Normal Gym. Why are Normal gyms always harder than they should be? First Whitney, then Norman, and now Lenora…

      • Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

        I enjoy Cheren. And Cheren fanart. Looking at Cheren. Mm~

        I can proudly say I ended that gym with 4/5 Pokemon dead. I don’t know…Whitney’s stupid Miltank will never leave my mind. Ever.

        And is it me, or does this game (Pearl, too) do a bad job of balancing special attacks and normal attacks within Pokemon? Something feels so off.

      • Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

        Lenora is a pushover is you caught a Sawk or a Troh in the forest entrance. I didn’t even need it cos I had no place for him in my squad >_<

        And I liked both rivals lol. Kinda wish Bianca wasn't such a stereotypical wimp. Would it hurt so much to make a strong female rival, like a female Gary? Come on!

      • Posted March 20, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

        Bianca was so ~bubbly~ and ~clumsy~ and annoying, ughh.

        I caught a Throh and it didn’t really help that much…it didn’t take much damage, but it’s so slow. XD;

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:55 am | Permalink

        I used a Timburr on Leonor.

        Mostly because FUCK YEAH GURDUURRRRRRRRR

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 21, 2011 at 5:18 am | Permalink

        Why are Normal gyms always harder than they should be? First Whitney, then Norman, and now Lenora…

        That’s just a case of clever game design. It’s very clear with Whitney. Her Miltank is near the ‘level cap’, has that great Defense Curl + Rollout combo and can heal itself. Couple this with the fact that it’s still early-game, meaning that a whole lot of Pokémon aren’t yet available including a lack of a good counter against Miltank, and you are left with a very tough battle. Having the Gym leader then run away without giving you a badge is that extra sneaky nudge to make you rage after suffering the Nintendo-hard reference. You know, what the internet calls trolling these days. But mostly it’s just clever design with a hint that you should use normal types as well.

      • Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

        I believe there’s a code in the game in which Bel/Bianca is the champion. That’s the reason why she was originally reported to be the champion?

      • Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

        A-and why must everyone hate Cheren? ;~;

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

        >Cheren
        >Hate

        but Cheren is adowabul!

    • Scamp
      Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

      I liked the way they fed you double battles because I like some variation to my battles. This version had even more awesome battle types but didn’t use them.

      Are the games getting easier? I dunno, it’s hard to tell while we get older. OCDing and battling every single trainer certainly made this version easier

      Come on guys, Bianca is, like, totally moe~!

      • Posted March 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

        This is true, we are aging…but they never spoonfed you the game like
        this in the past. On the other hand, I feel like my Pokemon faint more than they did when I was younger.

    • Fulluphigh
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

      I personally would be fine never doing a double battle again, after playing Pokémon Colosseum, where every cursed battle was a double battle.

      Everyone says really good things about triple battles, however. I haven’t come across one yet though, as they’re even more rare in Black.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

        Yeah, that was retarded.

        Thankfully, I traded that in to held get money for White.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      Defending Bianca for a bit: She’s stereotypically wimpy but the game explores that type of character for a change. Aka: she’s someone who will never be powerful enough to be a Pokemon Master or anything, but she comes to terms with that and how she can use what power she has. I was genuinely shocked at how maturely they tackled her character, albeit that all happens rather late into the game

  3. Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Seems like the OCD hit you hard as well. Mine in particular was very bad cos all 6 of my pokemon were three levels higher than the final boss, with 3 more in the computer around the same level. I keep finding cool new pokemon and replacing team members with them, leading to a lot of highleveled pokes (I had Galvantula leveled up leaving my Zebstrika to rot in a box >_<)

    As for the triple battle thing, apparently if you bought white you would get more normal triple battles and if you bought black, you will get more rotation battles.

    Trust me though, the after Elite 4 stuff is where it's at. Things that you thought were missing in the normal play through are addressed in the unexplored cities. Not all of them mind you but a fair few, depending on the game version you bought.

    • Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Which one? :d

      • Posted March 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

        I bought white so I can catch a lot of rare pokemon unevolved. If you bought black you could battle a lot of rare evolved pokemon.

        I only just started exploring the post game stuff and it seems to be really huge

    • Posted March 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      Bass, real Pokemon OCD / nerdery comes from EV training and IV / nature breeding. Don’t ever go there, or you’ll have to wait till summer to play the games. :P

      • Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

        I plan on doing it this generation. Wish me luck “OTL

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

      After game stuff? I haven’t really found anything worthwhile to do myself. White Forest is just a bunch of hippies and lvl 5 pokemon. There’s battle subway, but that pales in comparison to the almighty Battle Frontier! Seriously, BATTLE FRONTIER was the first time I went online and started to learn how to EV train. Haven’t tried IV breeding yet, though I’m planning to do that in this game

      *fangasms over Generation III again*

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 22, 2011 at 1:47 am | Permalink

        Dude. Battle Train is the Battle Tower, but in a train!

        and that’s awesome!

      • Scamp
        Posted March 22, 2011 at 10:19 am | Permalink

        Yeah, but that’s just battle tower/train. Battle Frontier had EVERYTHING! It even had a fucking stadium knock out tournament. It had a pyramid. It had some seriously awesome things beyond just the boring old tower

  4. Posted March 20, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

    YES POKEMON.

    I don’t get why they took the time to make up these new battle systems if they weren’t going to use them either. I was hoping they’d have at LEAST a double battle gym somewhere with twins as the gym leader or something. They really need to get on that.

    It’s okay, I have Pokemon OCD too. Mine is that I need to build the perfect team now that I’ve beaten the game.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

      The first gym had 3 gym leaders. We only fought 1. Something is a little wrong there…

      • Posted March 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

        I don’t know about you, but I think going against all three at once for the first gym would have been insane.
        I only had one, maybe two, still not sure yet, Pokemon that I cared about then.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

        Fair point. Plus the point of the first gym was to teach newbies about type match-ups, which are pretty important to Pokemon. But still, where are the 3-way matches in this damn game?

  5. Posted March 20, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Hoenn was my favorite–it had by far the best landscape. I’m so glad someone else agrees with me.

    Haven’t played these games yet but am definitely training that electric/bug spider.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

      Trained the right way, Galvantula has 91 accuracy Thunder sans Rain Dance

      • Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:36 am | Permalink

        Fffff. Thanks for letting me know! :D Am definitely nabbing that spider come May.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:47 am | Permalink

        It has to have CompoundEyes. Remember that dood.

        Due to my Pokefag friend, nearly all of my pogeymans are great statwise. Sept with Faggyrus, he’s just awesome.

  6. Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

    Wah, I hate you guys, I haven’t been playing enough, so I am still far from finishing it (like 4 gyms done, I think).
    I totally agree on the generation 3 points, generation 3 was incredible, I should really go back and replay it.
    Glad I didn’t read the spoiler, this game does seem to have a bit more of a story behind it.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    While I haven’t played the games yet, and probably will not for a long time, I have kept my eyes on them.

    This is the first generation where I’ve questioned what the hell is wrong with the translators when the English names for the new Pokémon were released. You could seriously fool me into believing that you’re playing a fan-translated version of the game with the Japanese names just romanized. It’s that bad in some cases if you ask me. Sure, there are still some funny, punny names in there like usual, but the majority (same for the design) is just sub-par.

    Which brings me to the design of the new Pokémon. Every generation has its awesome and dumb ones, but in general Gen 1-4 shared a ratio of good to bad with a slight decline. Generation 5 tanked that imho. There’s still some adorable stuff, like the electric baby bug, or cool ones like the ghost/ground golem (which has a new typing as well) or the grass/normal reindeer with it’s majestic rack and cool in-game seasons gimmick.

    But that gets catapulted away when you put the mediocre and crap on the other side of the scale. From the disappointing third form of the water starter and the THIRD fire/fighting starter that should actually have been fire/dark and gone the pyromaniac thief route instead of the luchador route to the water/ghost Mr. Pringles. No Nintendo/Game Freak, Mr. Pringles is not scary. What the fuck were you smoking? How fucking hard can it be to think up a GHOST SHIP for your WATER/GHOST typed Pokémon? Seriously. What. The. Fuck. In the case of most of the new Pokés it just feels like they grabbed parts from the previously-rejected bin, stuck it on a piece of paper and then let it sit in the sun for a few days.

    At least the first-stage fossils are adorable, so I might still be able to make a full 6 Pokémon team in this gen. It’s also amazing how they managed to make me not care for any water-type other than the fossil and the starter (which will be fed everstones like Wartortle, because second stage is coolest). And that when I love water-type Pokémon (Masquerain is honorary water-type).

    Judging by the article I’ll probably like the plot as well, and cry for the railroad that is the worldmap. Averaging another negative mark imho.

    Now all of this could’ve easily been off-set by one thing. However, we have been told that they aren’t going to make a third game for this generation, so now I worry they also won’t remake a previous generation. Which in this case would hopefully be 3rd gen. The generation where you didn’t have to suffer fucking guard houses. No, instead you got sand in your eyes, or got swept away by currents, or had to suffer without an umbrella. GLORIOUS!

    Give us our third gen remake Nintendo.

    YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO MAKE THIS GEN GREAT.

    DO IT!

    • Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

      They already announced that the fifth gen would have a third game. N’s name would be revealed in it.

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

        Do you have a source for that? For I cannot find a single thing about a third instalment.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

      Eh, I think you’re overreacting on some of the new pokemon. Sure, some of them are pretty lame (another fire/fighting starter? Really) but no more than any other generation. The early generations are over-rated anyway, has anyone ever taken a proper look at Jynx? 2nd generation is still the weakest, with almost all of them simply riffing on already established Pokemon.

      I facepalmed at the names earlier, but then I remembered that pretty much every other generation has lame punny names anyway (Muk? Snorlax?). Plus it helped when I didn’t know all the Pokemon’s names yet for deciding who to send out next. I’m not sure what a Leavanny is, but it sounds like leaves so out with my fire pig yarr!

      But yes, the water pokemon suck horribly this time around. I do like the fossil tortoise, but that’s been done before. The starter water is kinda cool too, better than friken Empoleon anyway, who I never warmed up to.

      • Anonymous
        Posted March 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        Calling an opinion overreacting is as overreactionary a statement to make as the opinion you call overreactionary. But yes, Jynx still sucks. In my opinion however, 5th gen still has the worst ratio of cool to lame Pokémon. There’s just a lot fewer designs than before that get me excited.

        As for the names, I’m not talking about the puns. I’m talking about how it feels to me like Gamefreak didn’t spend any significant time thinking up the English names. A larger percentage just feels off. Maybe part of it is how more of the names are slightly tonguetwisty.

        High-five on Empoleon-dislike. At least he looks cooler than Prinplup and Piplup, and has an awesome typing. But I’ll probably never bother using him. I’ll just sit here waiting for a cool water/steel, water/ghost and a bug/something evolution for Pinsir my bro. Scyther’s bro. The one they left in the dirt. :(

  8. Posted March 21, 2011 at 11:05 am | Permalink

    My team consists of Embroar, Seismitoad, Golurk, Hydreigon, Elekross and Archeops. I’d complain with the lack of good water types but the increase of great flying types (ARCHEOPS IS FUCKING AWESOME) somehow makes up for it.

    Since you keep talking about Gen III which is also my personal favorite, I hope a remake for that is in the works!

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

      Fuck yeah Archeops! He was my favourite out of all my pokemonz. Although his pre-evolution couldn’t learn fly, which pissed me off to no end.

      I’m split on a remake of Gen III. On the one hand, the remakes are just lame ways to milk money off already existing designs. Plus, apart from 3D and splitting attack and special attack moves around, gameplay hasn’t changed very much since then. On the other hand, it’s Generation III man!!!

  9. Posted March 21, 2011 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Oh god no one mentioned the Audino Hunt. That was like my replacement for VS Seekers. Audinos even heal my pokemon.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t need to hunt Audinos. My pokemonz were powerful enough without needing to grind

      • Posted March 22, 2011 at 4:26 am | Permalink

        I always need to grind my pokemon. Especially when I got Deino. Now I have Hydreigon thanks to Audino :))

  10. Posted March 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Because of my fucking OCD I haven’t gotten past the 2nd gym and went on to marathon Pretty Cure instead. 8I And that was my plan for the whole spring break! It’s over now.

    Fuck. Yes. I have to agree with you about the Pokemon. I love them all save for that fucking stupid ice cream. Why.

    I can’t wait for the third version (which by the way will be called RAINBOW…Gray/Grey sounds stupid…and considering how black = mix of all pigments and white = mix of all light…yeah). I hope the theory of the first gym trio = Dark Trinity/…whatever its English name is is canon! *-* And hopefully N will have a true name. And Gaycheese’s past (notice how his mouth is always weirdly shaped? I swear he’s partially paralyzed). And who the hell are the Goddess of Hope and Love? And Kyurem would have a form that doesn’t look like a frozen chicken (I wish that would fit as a nickname).

    etc. etc. etc. my favorite is otamaro/tympole
    i can’t remember any of these english names orz

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

      But Tympole is just another water/ground. They’ve kinda been done a bit too much by this stage. Swampert will always be the king of that combo.

      I have to admit, with every time I look at this posts op picture, my hate for the ice-cream guy dissapates just a little bit more. Why can’t Vanillite and Litwick just be friends~!

      Oh you weeaboo and your Japanese names

      • Posted March 22, 2011 at 3:26 am | Permalink

        But just look at it! It’s such an exploitable Pokemon! Its face! Its face!
        I’d choose another water type if I didn’t like it so much, really.

        Touko and Touya are a hell lot better than Hilda and…eck…Hilbert.

    • Posted March 22, 2011 at 4:12 am | Permalink

      Well there wasn’t a lot of alternatives for the water type so I got stuck with tympole too (no i hate those weak grass/fire/water trio monkey pokemon)

  11. Posted March 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I still haven’t beat the game. I’m a slow player. Ugh.

    I agree with you in a lot of ways. Honen was the best land, and there is no pokemon I love the way I love Drifloon (and Jumpluff)–though Joltik and Munna come close. I only have five pokemon in my party right now, with constantly switching Pokemon in the sixth spot depending on the gym. Emboar, Scrafty, Musharna, Crustle, and Lilligant. I really want the electric spider…I might just go for it. :I

    • Scamp
      Posted March 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      Scrafty is the shit. I love his little dungarees and how he looks like a failed gangster. Scrafty is the NEET of the Pokemon world

      • Posted March 22, 2011 at 12:44 am | Permalink

        Exactly. He’s such an adorable little loser.

        Also fun fact you’ve probably already heard…why the map for Unova is so lame is it’s based off New York City.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted March 22, 2011 at 1:49 am | Permalink

        Nuvema Town is actually exactly where my town is.

        Castelia City is Manhattan, Route 4 is Ground Zero and the financial district, the ExtraLink is Central Park.

        It’s sorta awesome, you know?

      • Posted March 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Permalink

        It is, but it’s not my favorite map.

        You know what would make an awesome map? Ohio.

  12. Posted March 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I never knew you were that into Pokemon. For some reason I got the impression that you maybe played/watched it a little back in the day but I had no idea you were an player of the games. That’s great =D

    I agree that this generation had a lack of powerful Special Attackers. I used Chandelure in my Japanese version of Black and Lilligant in my English version of White, but other than them I’ve found that most of the pokemon I want to train are better Attackers. I did raise up a Hydreigon and Eelektross though and their Special Attack is good.

    I also found it interesting that the games questioned the morality of the franchise itself. And yeah, N’s castle was over the top…cool graphics though.

    My main gripes about the games are not being able to transfer items along with pokemon from the Gen 4 games, and the changes in the Wi-fi battle rules (no more auto-leveled 6 vs 6 battles >_<) But other than that, the games are awesome indeed. Currently I've beaten the main story and explored just about all of the region. I've been working through the Battle Subway to try and replace the good items I have in my old games, as well as trying to complete my Poke-dex (obtained 313 so far :3)

    BTW, do you have Wi-fi, and if so, would you be interested in battling and/or trading with me?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Transferring items over is probably restricted because some older items aren’t available in this game (off the top of my head, the HM’s have changed).

      I don’t have wifi, sorry. I’m in shared lodging with shared internet and I’m afraid of trying to set up the internet here to work with the DS. Imagine if I broke it and had to explain to my housemates I busted our internet because of Pokemon =|

  13. Nebulous
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Although the story in this game is undoubtedly stronger is still comes down to the Team X bad, you good route. When you have Team Plasma kicking pokemon and stealing pokemon it’s silly and breaks any view that is this isn’t just another evil organisation. The woman is pathetic and weak and actually made me feel a bit for feminist claims.

    What really hit me was the lack of good pokemon to use, because of the forced use of all new pokes you had an odd situation where for most of the game you are fighting the same pokemon over and over again, with the pokemon in the grass being the same (even in level) as the pokemon used by trainers. This made Gym leaders extremely easy since you are used to fighting that pokemon 100 times.

    The hand holding was excessive but I figure it was on purpose in order for the story to take emphasis over the usual become the champion for no reason junk. This meant however that any sense of being caught unaware was totally lost – the first gym shows this by specifically handing you a pokemon to beat it. I actually did not mind the linearity as I think the usual stuff was getting a bit dry and it was good to just blitz through the game (although I did attempt to catch every pokemon). But with only 150 new pokemon and with many of those just being evolutions of other sucky pokemon (dragging the number of unique down) the game is very difficult to praise. I play competitively (although I can’t say I’m good) so my views come from that angle.

    Also:

    “This is the first gen­er­a­tion where I’ve ques­tioned what the hell is wrong with the trans­lat­ors when the Eng­lish names for the new Poké­mon were released. You could ser­i­ously fool me into believ­ing that you’re play­ing a fan-translated ver­sion of the game with the Japan­ese names just roman­ized. It’s that bad in some cases if you ask me. Sure, there are still some funny, punny names in there like usual, but the major­ity (same for the design) is just sub-par.”

    This 100%. Repeating for emphasis.

    • Posted March 22, 2011 at 1:10 am | Permalink

      I wouldn’t describe Bianca as pathetic and weak. She’s strong in own way–the one who acts as bodyguards for other characters so they won’t go in dangerous situations alone, and looks out for others. She’s also willing to accept that she is flawed, and works to change it to the best of her ability, rather then sitting there like Cherin and shouting “YOU’RE WRONG!”. She’s just not much of a Pokemon Fighter, and I think the point of her character is you don’t need to be the best ever at pokemon battles to be happy with pokemon.

      But there are a plethora of strong female characters in this game if Bianca really isn’t your cup of tea. Lenora, Elesa, Skyla, Iris, Junpitar, half of the elite four, and then Cynthia comes back. I think this is the second-most female heavy game to date, with HG/SS being the first.

  14. Posted March 21, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been at this game too long to get excited this early. Call me in a year when the in-all-ways-superior Gray version comes out.

  15. Posted March 22, 2011 at 3:40 am | Permalink

    Pokemon black funds: $6.97/$34.99

    OTL

    I actually kind of like the idea of doing away with some of the exploring. I always seem to get lost or confused as to where to go next which leads to a lot of roaming around and being irritated. >_>

    • Posted March 22, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

      Me too. I hate being lost and battling so many zubats/geodudes, having to use the hms on my team. At least in this version not only is it straight to the point, all my anomalies in walking through the region are gone.

      • Scamp
        Posted March 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        Well I guess I’m the minority on this one. I’m one of the very few people who enjoyed surfing about on those massive oceans in Gen III

      • luffyluffy
        Posted April 2, 2011 at 2:30 am | Permalink

        Dive is back though :D

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