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Pokémon Black Version (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
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Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 2.8
Overall MobyScore (4 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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95
Official Nintendo Magazine
Every aspect may not have been reborn innovatively, but if an evolution can be this good, maybe we don't need the revolution. As the final major DS release before the 3DS, it's fitting that Nintendo may just have saved the best for last.
93
RPGFan
If you are a longtime veteran of the series, you will find just as much to enjoy in the newest iteration of the game as you did in previous releases. If you have not played Pokémon since the original Game Boy and are thinking of getting back into the world of "catching them all," give Pokémon White a try. You will not be disappointed by the plethora of new features the developers have added to the classic game structure. On the other hand, if you're getting into the Pokémon series for the first time, this is at least as good a game as any in the series, and if you're looking for a simple, yet complex and enjoyable experience, you're bound to enjoy it whether you're young or old.
90
God is a Geek
There have been enough changes made here, both aesthetically and in terms of gameplay, to warrant the tag of “best Pokémon games ever”. The gameplay is deeper, looks great, has a wonderful new set of multiplayer and online functions, and introduces a killer new bunch of fantastical pocket monsters. Unless you are obsessive about completing your Pokédex, it is hardly essential to purchase both Black & White, which is why I would wholeheartedly recommending Black Version as a standalone purchase.
90
Legendra
Héritier de 15 ans d'expérience et de savoir-faire, ce nouveau volet de la franchise Pokémon conforte et peaufine ses acquis tout en réussissant avec brio à se mettre au goût du jour malgré un virage social qui finit dans le décor ; redevenant plus RPG que jamais tout en étant toujours aussi accessible que complexe. Cette nouvelle aventure se basant uniquement sur Unys est très rafraichissante et ravive presque ce sentiment de découverte et d'aventure procuré par les les versions Bleu et Rouge, il y a un bon moment de cela. Un indispensable pour tous les fans de la saga, tout comme un très bon moyen de la découvrir.
90
Hooked Gamers
Pokémon Black and White is the best game in series since Red and Blue. It is a fantastic entry into the series for anyone who hasn’t played before, but it never alienates veteran players or fans of the series. It actually brings features both sets of players can enjoy, with simple additions to the gameplay which stop players from getting frustrated and annoyed. The game also features the most balanced generation of Pokémon seen so far, with no Pokémon feeling useless.
90
Cubed3
As well as the major differences between the actual two games (alternative Gym Leaders to battle, and differing areas to visit in each version), Nintendo and Game Freak have well and truly created what many will deem to be the best entry in the Pokémon franchise so far. Unfortunately, whilst the new features help bump up the quality overall, there are still several factors holding it back, mainly in the presentation stakes. It can only be hoped that a true revolution in gameplay appears in the inevitable Nintendo 3DS edition, along with revamped sound and visuals to take full advantage of the hardware improvements. For now, though, long-term Pokémon fans will adore Pokémon Black / White and those who may have started to lose interest in the same formula being regurgitated could well be drawn back in thanks to the positive changes and online additions.
90
Cheat Code Central
Pokémon Black and White is a no-brainer for fans of the series, and on the off-chance that you've never picked up a Pokémon game before (where have you been for the last decade?), Pokémon's simple formula makes it easy to jump right in and start collecting. Though the latest two entries don't exactly reinvent the wheel, the delightful familiarity, coupled with the much-improved online experience, make this game an easy recommendation, and one that will definitely pull you back into Pokémon obsession. I know I'm trembling right now just thinking about finding time to level up my Oshawott just a little bit more before getting back to work, going to sleep, or doing anything else. It sounds crazy, but Pokémon is just that important.
90
Nintendo Life
Black and White are certainly up there with the best of the series: unlike HeartGold and SoulSilver they don’t have nostalgia as their main attraction, but they come closest to recreating the sense of discovery felt when embarking on that first journey with Pokémon.
90
IGN
Every time a new Pokemon game comes out people ask me, "Is this a good one to start with?" And while my answer is always yes, this time it's an emphatic one. Because this is the first time I don't add that they can start with any of them. If you have never played Pokemon, get off your ass and get Pokemon Black/White. Aside from a weaker lineup of monsters (largely an aesthetic complaint), this is the best Pokemon has to offer on every level, renewing my waning interest in monster battling. It proves that the Pokemon series is still rock solid after a decade and a half.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Of course there's a lot that's the same. Of course there is. But with a great many small and well-placed innovations, a vivacious, inventive new cast and the biggest cosmetic makeover the series has ever seen, Pokémon Black and White makes it all feel new again. It reminds you what there was to love about Pokémon in the first place – and perhaps we all needed reminding.
90
Gameplanet
With nearly 700 Pokémon available in the Pokémon universe now, Black/White serves as the most complete title available so far, and by far one of the best. To complete the main campaign up to the Pokémon League will take around 30 hours for most players, and the end-game activities offer nearly limitless opportunities for training, fighting and collecting. For the hardcore, Black/White offers as much if not more value for money as any of the previous titles.
90
videogamer.com
After Pokémon SoulSilver I thought developer Game Freak needed to do something with the classic formula. The series needed to evolve, I japed. Sadly, that hasn’t happened. For all its added features and refinements, Black and White still rigidly follows the tried and tested formula. The leaps and bounds folks like me have been hankering after will have to wait until the inevitable 3DS version. Until then, however, rest assured in the knowledge that Black and White are damn fine games; the best the series has to offer.
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411mania.com
If you loved Pokemon years ago, you'll love it here. There's plenty of new creatures to see, and an actual story to experience in between gym leader battles. Plus, there are a few little features added as well that enhance the experience. However, if you didn't like the game the last time you tried it, don't expect anything to change your mind here.
88
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Black/White, for the length of its excellent story mode, simply reminds us what we are nostalgic for: setting out into the wild grass with but one Pokémon to our name and catching 'em all.
88
Game Informer Magazine
Game Freak has spent years building upon a money-making gameplay formula that involves engaging countless critters in addicting rock-paper-scissors style battles on a quest to catch ‘em all. Though the basic mechanics of the franchise have been effective, Pokémon fanatics have been clamoring for the series to evolve for years. While the latest franchise entries, Black and White, don’t necessarily make any major leaps in innovation, they do take steps in the right direction.
85
JeuxVideoPC.com
Sans être la révolution que l’on aurait pu espérer (ou craindre), Pokémon version Noire réussit le petit exploit d’apporter un nouveau souffle à une série qui commençait à stagner en termes de gameplay comme de réalisation. Nintendo a visiblement compris que ses fans vieillissent et nous propose une aventure un peu plus difficile et moins niaise, tout en restant accessible aux (jeunes) nouveaux venus. Avec l’ajout de nombreuses nouveautés et fonctions en ligne, ce nouvel épisode de Pokémon satisfait pleinement et laisse augurer du meilleur si la franchise continue à progresser sur cette lancée.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Si les tout derniers épisodes de la saga Pokémon avaient déjà placé la barre très haut, Pokémon Version Blanche et Noire réussiront une fois de plus à émerveiller les millions de fans occidentaux qui les attendent de pied ferme. Avec 156 nouvelles créatures, des combats plus rapides, une interface optimisée et des fonctionnalités wi-fi épatantes, ces excellents RPG comptent incontestablement parmi les hits de l'année sur DS.
85
Hardcore Gamer Magazine
Without a doubt, the raft of online features elevates Black and White to the height of pre-3DS Pokémon greatness. This is the biggest game in the series, and brings a wealth of tertiary additions that fans have been asking for. But it’s not yet a fundamental change to the series. For that, we must once again hope that the leap to new, more powerful hardware will mix things up enough to get us trying to catch ’em all over again.
83
1UP
Ultimately, this fifth generation of Nintendo's franchise can be construed as something of a placeholder while waiting for 3DS to get a proper foothold in the market. That's not precisely a knock on Black/White; the dramatic speed boost in the battle system really was needed, and online components like the Dream World are genuinely great. But being more about refinement than anything else, taking up the mantle of trainer yet again really depends on how much you like Pokémon. As a longtime fan, I'm generally willing to overlook the fact that Game Freak has stuck to the same formula for more than a decade; the battling is as deep and interesting as ever -- better even with the new Pokémon, the Dream World and the much greater speed.
80
WiiDSFrance
Après Pokémon Rouge & Bleu, seules versions touchées par votre serviteur, on tient ici un nouvel épisode made in Game Freak particulièrement réussie. L'ensemble est toujours aussi addictif bien que l'on puisse regretter certaines choses, à commencer par le design des Pokémon, loin d'être aussi réussi que la première fournée… Reste le nouveau moteur de jeu tout en 3D mais ici aussi, on reste sur notre faim : il y avait clairement de la place pour faire mieux ! Reste le Pokémon Global Link, une bonne idée sur le papier mais difficile à mettre en place, surtout pour le petit jeunot n'ayant pas accès au PC de son papa… A prendre comme un bonus.
80
Level
När Cataclysm släpptes i december var det avgörande för World of Warcraft-entusiasterna medan det knappast kunde ha framstått som mer ointressant för skeptikerna. Black och White är Pokémons motsvarighet. Det kommer inte att ändra några förutfattade meningar, och övertygar knappast agnostikerna. För de djupt troende fansen är det däremot ett starkt skäl att fortsätta samla monster.
80
Jeuxvideo.fr
Pokémon Noir & Blanc joue sur la richesse à fond les ballons et pourtant, pour la première fois depuis le jeu original, on a enfin la sensation que le « BAC Pokémon + 10 section Psychokwak » n’est plus requis pour comprendre la mécanique. Entièrement rééquilibré et armé d'un « vrai » scénario, il permet à Noir & Blanc de quitter un peu son ghetto de pokénerds, forcément acquis à sa cause, pour séduire enfin de nouveaux joueurs. Réussi de bout en bout, c'est sans doute l'épisode le plus paradoxal, mélange d'audace crypto-révolutionnaire et d'un conservatisme ancré dans les traditions. Alors, faut-il se laisser tenter par l'aventure ? Fermez les yeux. La réponse est au fond de nous-mêmes, elle résonne comme une sagesse asiatique : « Toi-même, tu sais. »
80
Brash Games
Pokémon Black & White are easily two of the most engaging additions to the series. With excellent presentation, some great additions to the Pokémon world and the typical lengthy and enjoyable campaign you’ve come to expect, the nail has well and truly been hit on the head.
80
Gamereactor (Sweden)
Att hitta alla nya monster är fortfarande en märkligt mäktig drivkraft. Favorit denna gång är Donkey Kong-inspirerade Darmanitan och det är kul att matcha honom mot andra nya bestar, i synnerhet mot andra Pokémon-tränare online. Pokémon Black hade kunnat vara ännu bättre än det redan är, men är i slutändan det självklara valet för alla nya Pokémon-jägare och ett absolut måste för veteraner.
80
Games TM
At the end of the day, Game Freak artfully treads a tightrope between several very different, very savvy audiences with Pokémon Black and White, and there’s more than enough here to please everybody. While die-hards might still prefer the more expert-friendly features of HeartGold and SoulSilver, the fresh approach and fiercely impressive visuals, draped over a tried and true frame of addictive, highly nuanced battle and customisation, make Pokémon Black/White the defacto catch-all solution to monster collecting on the venerable DS.
75
JeuxActu
Graphiquement, Pokémon version Blanche et Noire détonnent. L'univers en 3D et coloré enchantent de bout en bout et l'apparition des saisons rendent les nouveaux bébés de Game Freak moins monotones. Malgré un gameplay identique aux volets précédents et apportant peu d'évolution à la série, c'est au niveau des fonctionnalités en ligne, que le jeu tire toute sa force et s'impose dans la liste très privilégiée des jeux à la durée de vie quasi-illimitée. Un lifting aux allures de mises à jour mais dont on oublie très vite les quelques défauts, au profit de combats toujours aussi addictifs. A quand Pokémon version Grise ?
75
Power Unlimited
Pokemon is ouderwets. Het durft niet te vernieuwen omdat men bang is voor de fans. Terwijl er juist nu zo veel meer (technisch) mogelijk is. Pokémon zit gevangen in haar eigen succes en ik ben bag dat dat niet snel gaat veranderen.
75
GameSpot
The small tweaks in Pokemon Black, such as the improved visuals, new battle modes, and enhanced online features, go some way toward making it feel like a new experience, but it's difficult to shake the feeling that this is the same game that's been released countless times before. And yet, underneath the formulaic narrative lies a deep and engaging RPG. The quality of the battle system and that undying urge to catch 'em all means you're still sucked into its world, eager to explore its extremities just to get that one Pokemon no one else has captured yet. If you've never seen the appeal of the series, then the lack of innovation in Pokemon Black will do little to change your mind. Fans, however, should snap it up straight away.
74
RPGFan
At the end of the day, this is my review against sales statistics and other reviews that lavish with praise the same game we've reviewed for over a decade now. Despite this, I'm going to step up and say: enough. The Pokémon series wore out its welcome long ago, and continues to make the same game design mistakes. These pratfalls bog down a potentially engrossing game, if only substantive additions were made to the old formula. Even Square-Enix moved away from the ATB system eventually. All things considered, Pokémon is oftentimes said to be a children's game, and maybe that's where I've made my mistake with this review.
60
HonestGamers
On some level, a game should be about having fun. Pokemon Black’s developers were so anxious to provide new depth that they seem to have forgotten that. The result is a game that’s too often about fear: fear that you will take a step you don’t need to--and thus instigate a random encounter with an enemy that you can easily defeat but that you don’t want to actually bother fighting--and fear that you will recruit the wrong pokemon and spend hours training him only to discover that he’s a weakling or that you had him forget the wrong move. It’s about fear that you’ll waste your time going deep into a dungeon, only to find that you didn’t bring along the right pokemon for the job. Given all of that fear, is it any surprise that I’m afraid to recommend it to any but the most diehard fans of the series?