Everyone knows Pokemon, whether you’re a gamer or not. Its a series that has very well cemented itself in the halls of video game history. Finally, after over 15 years, GameFreak has done something a little different with the main game series, made a sequel. While it can be argued that Gold/Silver are sequels to Red/Blue, Pokemon Black/White 2 are the first true sequels to any Pokemon title.
You start the game off in a new town called Aspertia City. Pretty quickly in, you get your first Pokemon and your Pokedex and you’re on your way. The pacing and layout of this game is a little…strange to say the least; you go through to another city, of course, before having to be turned back around to head back to Aspertia to face your first gym. Also, at a point later in the game, you literally fly over to the other side of the map and skip a few towns entirely. GameFreak made sure this wasn’t just a copy-paste of Black/White.
Story-wise, Team Plasma is back, however they no longer look like Templar Knights and now look more like spec ops agents. Also, N no longer leads them since at the end of Black/White he decided to leave them. While trying to gain all of your badges you, of course, must also be the one who puts their operations to rest and stops the group. Your “Rival” in this game is somewhat strange; as opposed to always trying to best you, he is instead like your best friend and is constantly helping you along the way.
The very odd path of the game is not the only attraction here, there are things you can do on the side that are great. The Musical Theater makes a return, along with the battle subway, but new to the game is PokeStar Studios where you can make movies with your Pokemon and the Pokemon World Tournament (PWT). The PWT is very cool since you can battle virtually all top trainers from the past games. Everyone from Falkner to Gardenia to Wallace to even Red are there. There are also a few side quests scattered throughout the game which are a great change of pace.
On the more basic side of things, the mix of Pokemon you find in the wild or see while fighting trainers is much more diverse this time than in Black/White. No longer are you forced to play with just Generation V Pokemon until you beat the game; I caught a Growlithe early on and even have a Floatzel as one of my permanent part members. Is the mix as good as, say, a 640 mod where you can find literally every Pokemon in the wild? No, but its much better than what was seen in its predecessor.
Pokemon Black/White 2 are some of the best Pokemon titles to date. They far surpass Black/White and are battling for my heart trying to take the place of Gold/Silver as my favorite Generation of Pokemon. The side quests and attractions, especially the PWT, are sure to keep you playing for hours on end, not to mention the thrill of filling out your PokeDex. On top of that, seeing all of the new places in Unova, as well as the changes to old places, is a very cool experience. Pokemon Black/White 2 are definitely some of the best games to hit the system recently and are great as both sequels and standalone titles.
- New locations and changes to old locations
- The same Pokemon fun you love
- Much better than the previous entry
- Lots of things to do on the side
- No real change to the formula
- No new pokemon, just new forms