The Pokemon Game I Never Finished

Double Jump Kris MiiWhen it comes to the Pokemon core games, they’re pretty much a given when it comes to my gaming wish list. It doesn’t matter what kind of region or how many new Pokemon there are, I will get the new generation and however many versions there are of it.

I was just as excited for Black and White as I was for the previous generations, but… Well, once I started playing it, the fifth generation was not my favorite of the games.

I started playing the Pokemon core games with the first generation, Pokemon Yellow to be exact, and I continued to get the games since then. I haven’t grown tired of the core Pokemon games just yet, and I hope not to. They’re always full of adventure and new places to explore, along with new Pokemon to discover.

With the fifth generation, Black and White, however, I was letdown. I’m not entirely sure why. I remember being amazed at the graphics, at the new areas where we’d see your character surrounded by the giant bridges and cities. However, I believe I wasn’t thrilled with all of the urban settings. I missed more of the forests and caves that came with the earlier generations, and I wasn’t thrilled with the change-up in gaining experience points against wild Pokemon. Supposedly it’s fixed in the Black 2 and White 2 versions, but those annoyed me as well, considering I was hoping there would be an improved third-tier game for the Unova region.

I believe the biggest turnoff for me was the story, though. Team Plasma is probably my least favorite antagonist team. Their motivations make no sense to me — “We’re going to liberate Pokemon while stealing yours and battling you with our own!” — and I just really wasn’t invested in the story. I’m sure the main villain has deeper motivations, but I don’t care.

The main characters weren’t bad. I would have been content with having regular rivals in the form of Cheren and Bianca. They both had great character development through the game, and I wish it was showcased more with a more competent antagonist team.

I recently restarted my White version, determined to at least go through the story properly instead of stopping halfway through. I’m not doing too badly with it, but I am rolling my eyes quite a bit whenever Team Plasma shows up on the screen.

Were there any core Pokemon games that you weren’t thrilled with? Any that you stopped in the middle of playing?

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3 thoughts on “The Pokemon Game I Never Finished

  1. Ah no! Although I agree with you regarding the urbanized world but it was still a good game on many aspects. At the same time, I don’t remember much about it and it wasn’t on my top Pokémon games. I think X/Y is at the top.

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  2. I played and enjoyed B/W, but I can see a lot of the points you made.

    The entire plot strikes me as being slightly daring but then pulling back too much. The Plasmas talk of Pokemon freedom-but they’re just using it as an excuse to steal them from the get-go. Bianca’s father worries about his daughter-but he “sees the error of his ways”. That was my issue with it.

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  3. I’ve actually never finished a Pokemon game to date. Granted my history with the series isn’t very long but I think I got about halfway through both X and Moon before falling off.

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