I got pretty burned out on Pokemon. Got black version and was bored of it around gym 5, so I gave b2/w2 a miss. Really looking forward to this one though, looks like a good revamp! Hope they change up the gameplay some too.
To be honest, Black2/White2 is much better than Black/White. Black & White was way too linear, had some really bad level spikes (Esp. Post elite 4), and despite all the talk about the story being much better written, told and presented, the story itself was actually really dull.
Black2/White2 has a better story, less of a leveling issue, and actually has stuff to do, and areas to explore outside of just "battle battle battle, musical with no rewards bar musical props, battle". Yes, there's no Pokémon, and yes, some of the locations are identical (though all the gyms that aren't new do have new layouts). The mix-up of types available, not to mention the changes to Unova since the last game really does make it feel like a fairly different game. Really, only a few routes are similar, most of which are the post Elite 4 things, with most areas having changes to layout, and different availabilities of Pokémon. It's not as different as say Black is to Heart Gold, but it's not really identical.
Unless you're only after strictly new Pokémon, and already skipped Heart Gold/Soul Silver because it also had no new Pokémon.
B/W2 is definitely a massive step up. Which is impressive, as I felt B/W was a massive step up in and of itself.
People may well complain about the similarity of the core formula of Pokemon games throughout their history, but there's really no getting around the fact that every entry in the main series of games gets exponentially better than the last.
I wasn't really impressed with B/W, but I think that might have been because the aesthetics are worse than Platinum's. The music and the graphics are fairly forgettable. I mean, it's definitely a better game, but I thought that for all the stuff it added it removed something as well which disappointed me a bit.
My main gripe with them coming to the 3DS is that they look so similar. This would have been the point at which I expected a fairly large overhaul, but it looks like it still takes place on a grid, which irks me.
It wouldn't be so much a grid, more like set paths along pre-rendered routes (think classic Resi, for example).
I think they've tried quite hard to keep the games in the 'spirit' of the previous ones, while making the graphical leap to full 3D environments. In a way, it's actually kind of a cool achievement technically (it'd really be far easier to just go with full 3D movement), but I would still put myself in the camp that finds it a bit redundant and would wish for more.
I'm really not that bothered by how I can move around the game world, though. Just so long as it looks good (it looks like it will) and it's fun to explore. The battles look straight up gorgeous, though. The cell shading on the Pokemon definitely works a treat.
Though they're specifically avoiding calling it a Mewtwo forme and are specifically referring to it as a new Pokemon. So, it may actually be more like a Mewthree or something.
It's worth noting that the only two non-starter/main legendary Pokemon announced so far have both been pretty heavily genetically based (relevant since X/Y's logos in Japan have double helixes in them to go with the chromosomal names) - so it's looking like this will be a major theme throughout. Seems relevant for a game focussed on evolution, really.
Yeah, I'd place good money on it being a new forme. Serebii's Generation VI page says the leaked poster listed it as the Éclair forme, and as BDM's said, they've listed new formes as entirely new Pokémon before.
That said, having seen the whole thing... I actually think it's a really cool design. I hope against hope that it's not a new forme; I think it could exist on its own, and I don't see why we're suddenly digging back up a 17-year-old design.
Odds of encountering one are 1 in 8,192. I wouldn't spend time trying to get one to appear, it's a major waste of time. Just be patient and playthrough as normal, one may turn up eventually. Not counting the LOR Gyarados, I've encountered only four or five shinys across all games since Gen II in 2001.
There are three things I try to live by:
1) Never tell a bride the day before her wedding day that "there is a problem"
2) Nothing good happens after 2AM - just go to bed.
Post by Badly-Drawn Manchild on May 2, 2013 19:28:34 GMT
Can anyone recommend an easier way of getting Shards? I've tried things like Dream Radar and Dream World and it's like trying to find hen's teeth. I've found both to be absolutely bloody useless. It's like EV training all over again; it's like the game knows what I'm looking for and is doing its damndest to stop me getting it.
EDIT: Oh [censored] you, game. In an effort to get Blue Shards I've tried a little trick that others have suggested; going through the Relic Passage with Repels and checking the dust clouds. It's not bloody working because, on the rare occasions the dust clouds actually show up and don't send me straight into a fight, I'm getting every type of shard EXCEPT THE BLUE ONES.
I've also heard that you can get shards by setting up an antique shop on Join Avenue, but guess what? None of the people who've come to Join Avenue want to set one up! Even if they do set one up, it's still pot luck as to whether or not you get shards when you get items appraised.
Plus, as I already mentioned, both Dream World and Dream Radar are [censored]ing useless.
With all the [censored] I've put up with from this franchise, I can only conclude that these games most definitely are self-aware and flat-out refuse to give me what I need. [censored]ing random-chance lottery bull[censored]...
Post by Ringo (2015 Edition) on May 8, 2013 12:11:34 GMT
Dodging BDM's rant there, I've got my Deoxys, but I refuse to use it as my own squad isn't even LV. 100 yet!! It will be too overpowered which I can use to my advantage, but I don't like cheating unless I find no other way of beating a game.
Is that any way to talk to the best possible gamer?
Personally I can get behind a 'guffaw' resurrection.
I guess I just pop on the forum whenever I use a computer...
I'll get back to you in a month.
I estimate (using Ringo's definition nonetheless), that your post will be ignored.
Post by Badly-Drawn Manchild on May 8, 2013 12:21:42 GMT
Speaking of training, I've been trying to get my EV-trained guys trained up and with the moves I had in mind for them. I've got a stock of about 20-odd Rare Candies but I'm reluctant to use them all in one go, even though my Rhyperior doesn't learn a move I wanted for him until lvl 77! Maybe I'll just see if I can knock the number of candies he needs down to single figures...
EDIT: Do you think there'll be some kind of transfer capability from the DS games to X/Y? All the DS titles had this ability (heck, some of my guys are from the GBA games), so I don't really see why not. Otherwise it's going to render all this training time with Pokemon I've been training up since Platinum to be a complete waste of time...
Four new pokeymans, the region is based on France and you can choose to be either blonde, dark haired or dark skinned as well as a boy or girl. And for some random reason, the Paris-like city will feature you riding the goat Pokemon through it - it doesn't seem to be a new HM-style feature.