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  • Summary: Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version feature new Pokémon that players can catch, train and battle as they progress through the game, and some Pokémon can only be caught in one version of the game. For example, the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram can only be caught in Pokémon Black Version, while the Legendary Pokémon Zekrom can only be caught in Pokémon White Version. Additionally, the two games feature different areas for the first time in the series, with the game world of Pokémon Black Version featuring a unique metropolitan area called Black City, and a lush, green area named White Forest only found in Pokémon White Version. Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version also mark the first time in a Pokémon video game that the seasons will change in the game world. Certain Pokémon appear more frequently during different seasons, and players can only access some areas during a specific season. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 56
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 56
  3. Negative: 0 out of 56
  1. Mar 16, 2011
    100
    The fact that Game Freak dared to remove all the old pokémons from the main story line and replace them with 156 new ones is only one of the reasons for the series feeling fresher than ever. Pokémon Black and White is the most entertaining game yet, and is a must-buy for all Nintendo DS owners.
  2. 93
    The new battle system and the big new Poké-world feel great. There are a lot of new Pokémon to collect and train. You've got to get used to some of them. Poké-Fans shouldn't miss the new Black and White editions.
  3. Mar 4, 2011
    90
    Quotation forthcoming.
  4. Apr 7, 2011
    90
    One of the best generations of Pokemon titles to date, Black & White take almost all of the best elements from the series and then carefully craft it into something truly wonderful; recreating that same sense of adventure from the very first titles.
  5. Mar 4, 2011
    88
    Strip away the unmanageable bulk and Pokémon is a truly great RPG. Add it back on later and it remains a flashy, if conventional, entry in the franchise.
  6. Mar 30, 2011
    80
    It's not perfect and can still feel a bit over-familiar to veterans, but it's still a well-constructed and extremely addictive entry which is well worth checking out.
  7. Mar 4, 2011
    75
    What it lacks in originality, Pokemon Black more than makes up for with a vast world to explore and an absorbing battle system that's heaps of fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 61
  2. Negative: 8 out of 61
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    Not only are black and white the best of the series, but they are some of the greatest games ever created for the Nintendo DS. They are true masterpieces because of improved graphics, area, battle system, amount of creatures, and even small editions such as triple battles and c-gear. Expand
  2. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    With Pokémon being one of my favorite franchises of all times, I was a bit worried with the 3rd and 4th generation not quite living up to my expectation. Generation IV disappointed me greatly with an absurd over-the-top mess of a story and I was afraid the games were heading in the wrong direction.

    However, generation V changed all of this, instantly becoming my favorite. The story was simpler but also more mature, the new Pokémon, while criticized, I think are fantastic and creative, the characters incredibly likable and more complex than ever before, the graphics very good and new game mechanics, moves, items, online functionalities are all improvements.

    I can't quite put into words how much I enjoy Pokémon Black&White, so I'll just say this: I've played Pokémon ever since generation I, being a kid back then. And yet despite the huge nostalgia boost the first generation has, gen V easily wins in my ranking.

    Personally I recommend White version, as it has, in my opinion, more interesting version-exclusive Pokémon and locations.
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  3. Aug 13, 2011
    9
    An excellent game like its many predecessors and it brings some interesting new concepts to the series. However, the exclusive area, "White Forest" and in this game's counterpart, "Black City" were big disappointments. But I still enjoyed this game immensely. Expand
  4. Mar 14, 2011
    9
    I have played Pokemon for a very long time. I told myself that this game would be no different to the ones that came before it. I can't believe I ever thought that. This game is new and fun and full of surprises! I can't wait to get my 3DS in the mail and pop this into it, that will be the first thing I do. This game has replay value out the back and I can't wait to buy my second copy. Well done Nintendo. Expand
  5. Nov 28, 2011
    8
    Although it does not mean that the magic is gone, the new Pokemon enters undoubtedly represents a step in the saga, saga which already symptoms of fatigue but with slight improvements can become what it was two generations ago. Nintendo and Gamefreaks have created the game that made â Expand
  6. Oct 16, 2011
    6
    I've played every generation of Pokemon since the series began and I was looking forward to this series revamp. I was disappointed however and I'm not entirely sure what to make of the 5th Gen games. The new battle system and 3D environment is a great improvement and brings some much needed life into the old, static set-up. However, some of the ways to link with other players don't really seem to fit in the game (eg. the mysterious Dream Forest place you go off too when you want to trade with other players) I, however, found myself bored while playing this game and that's because the heroes of the game; the new 5th Gen series Pokemon, have the poorest designs yet, an ice cream? Who are you kidding? The new designs have really shown that Nintendo and the Pokemon Company are running low on ideas. They all look like the work of a toddler who just found a crayon. A good game, and a welcome reboot, but terrible design for the Pokemon themselves. Expand
  7. Sep 20, 2013
    0
    What a waste of a game. First off, you cannot get older pokemon only all of the newer and dumber ones. Secondly, if you pick black you get the white legendary and if you pick white you get the black legendary because that makes perfect sense. As for everything else, have you played any other pokemon game? Yes, then you have absolutely no reason to play this one because it's just the same only Nintendo must've put their retard hats on when making it. Expand

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