Pokémon Black And White 2 Is Actually Grey

There have been a lot of games in the Pokémon series but none has been a direct sequel to any other. Rather, they have each focused on a different region in the world with a unique adventure largely unrelated to any other one.

However, this all changes with the first direct sequels in the series, Pokémon White Version 2 and Pokémon Black Version 2. However, do Black 2 and White 2 bring enough new to the table to merit being their own games or are they nothing more than a quick cash-in before the DS is whisked away to the cornfield forever?

Good — Return to Familiar World

Black 2 and White 2 take place in the same region as the original Black and White. Most of the areas visited in Black and White return as do many of the gym leaders, trainers, and villains. However, the most enjoyable part of Black 2 and White 2 is seeing how the people and places have changed over the two years since Black and White — and let me tell you, there have been some major changes. The region is now populated by 300 Pokémon, a cross section of those from all previous games, and many locations have been extensively redesigned. Moreover, with N, the leader of Team Plasma, gone, a new Team Plasma has risen up with a new goal: world domination. So, taking the role of a young teenager, you head out (once again) to become the next Pokémon champion — and maybe save the world, if there's time.

Good — Hey, That's New!

Just because Black 2 and White 2 are set in a location we've already visited doesn't mean there isn't any new content. Rather, there is an entire new section of the region with two new gyms, a ranch, a port city, and perhaps most importantly, Pokéstar Studios. Replacing the Pokémon

Musical, Pokéstar Studios is a minigame where, through battling and dialogue choices, you can become a movie star in the Pokémon world.

However, the addition that will no doubt interest long-time players the most is the Pokémon World Tournament. The Pokémon World Tournament allows you to battle against all gym leaders from all previous Pokémon titles (sans Koga) — and even a few of the past champions as well.

Mixed — It's Pokémon

To some people, Pokémon is a series with deep mechanics and a fanatical online community. To others, it's just that JRPG that little kids like. Whichever way you look at the series though, Black 2 and White 2 are just more of the same. The improvements and other small tweaks to the game will interest longtime players, but there is really nothing here to draw new players in. If you are a Pokémon fan, you will no doubt enjoy this game; but if you are a non-fan, you will find nothing to change your mind.

Final Thoughts

Are Black 2 and White 2 a mere cash-in? No. There's more new here than in the Pokémon remake titles, but that doesn't mean these are the best of the series either. All in all, Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 really are just average Pokémon titles. Fans will no doubt enjoy a new Poké-tastic adventure, but if you're looking for a game-changing entry in the series, you won't find it here.

Pokémon White Version 2 and Pokémon Black Version 2 were released on June 23, 2012, in Japan and will be released in North America on October 7, 2012 (October 12 for PAL).


    "To some people, Pokémon is a series with deep mechanics and a fanatical online community. To others, it’s just that JRPG that little kids like"

    Who is this 'other' that you speak of?

    I still have to finish White 1 :|

      Im neither of the 2 :(, I love pokemon but i dont really care about the stats and stuff

    Best be quick to finish, with the memory link; your white 1 stuff gets mentioned in your sequel

    "There have been a lot of games in the Pokémon series but none has been a direct sequel to any other. "

    Sorry, but can you guys pleeeease stop using this line. They are NOT the first direct sequels, as Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal was a direct continuation from Red/Blue/Green/Yellow. You revisited Kanto in that game and saw how things had changed over the three years you'd been away. You met a number of old characters, including yourself from the first game, etc. etc. Just because they didn't have 2 in their name doesn't mean they're not a direct sequel =P

      The early Japanese versions of gold/silver were called "Pocket Monsters 2" further indicating their sequel status.

      I'm not sure why people forget about the Gen 2 games being direct sequels, maybe it was just too long ago for them? I guess B2/W2 are technically the first sequels with the new pokemon data structure (ie effort value cap at 510, iv's from 0-31).

    And the 'No Shit!' title of the year goes too....



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