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Saturday, August 27th, 2011 08:36 am
Finally got around to finishing the main plot of Pokemon Black.

-First things first! My team is:

Serperior (male, named Chancellor 'cause he's a regal-looking bastard)
Crustle (female, named Spiral because ... I have no idea why I named her that. So in every way, she's pretty much the reboot version of Mintyfresh the Parasect.)
Carracosta (male, named Raphael after my favourite childhood Ninja Turtle)
Eelectrik (male, named Scintle as in "scintillate", meaning to sparkle or emit flashes of light)
Chandelure (female, named Lilienne because a delicate girl name seemed right)
Mienshao (female, named Tia as a portmanteau of Tifa Lockhart and Mia Fey)

I struggled with team balance this generation. Why are there so few decent water-types in this game? Serperior, why u no learn anything but grass and normal moves? And making me wait until post-E4 for the Ice Beam TM, that is just cold mean.

-Loved the plot. It was a bit hammy sometimes, yes, and sometimes the dialogue was trying so hard to be poetic that it sounded more like Babelfished nonsense. But it's nice to see a Pokemon game attempt subtlety and moral grey, and show so many instances of characters respecting an opposing viewpoint. I did think a lot of the points brought up were thought-provoking.

-Also nice to see Gym Leaders being actual characters instead of just badge vending machines.

-Having a female professor, only to pass off many of her professorly duties to her father? Way to take the wind out of that exciting first.

-Go away, Cheren. You're kind of a dick. Although I guess that's part of the shades-of-grey thing, your friend not being all perfect sunshiney hero. I'm okay with Bianca because I like her subplot of not being the best battler in the world and you know what, that's okay. She's still allowed to journey around and discover herself.

-N, oh my god, I like you so much better than my supposed friends in this game. Seem like a genuinely good guy under the brainwashing. No, don't Fly away to parts unknown! I thought we had something during that dragon battle of epic moral truth! And on that romantic Ferris wheel ride! COME BACK, I CAN TEACH YOU FRIENDSHIP~

-I was actually hoping to fight more Plasma grunts so I could listen to their theme ...

-Getting the Flash TM from a trenchcoat-wearing man in a dirty back alley. I still enjoy that because it's so wrong. XD (Maybe the Japanese "golden ball" joke was getting old and they needed new material.)

Saturday, August 27th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Did you get owned by the 3-headed cheat a few times, or was it easier for you? I had to train a Mienshao just to beat it. Also, beware of the level gap if you move into the new areas. They be tough without some grinding first.

And I'm surprised at how much I like this generation for the changes. The only thing that would make it even better (besides Juniper not handing things over to her dad) would be to have the Pokemon walk behind you again like in HG/SS. I really missed that.
Friday, September 2nd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Seriously ughhhh Cheren please die in a fire.

The last parts with N were actually better than I was expecting, but I didn't like how they swerved with Ghetsis at the very end without any real foreshadowing (except just before you walk into the room to fight N). Or maybe they did and forgot since I played the first half of the game in Japanese.

I think they've been cutting down on Water Pokemon since RS, since they introduced so many new Water Pokemon in that game and Water was so far ahead of the other types in numbers that people started complaining. I found Simipour to be pretty handy, in addition to having fabulous hair, and Jellicent was good too.
Friday, September 2nd, 2011 04:22 pm (UTC)
Also I just noticed that I was laughably late with this comment! My fault for not checking Dreamwidth in like a week. XD
Friday, September 2nd, 2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I totally agree with you about the first Gym handholding. Like, what was the point of even doing the triplets thing if they were all going to use a Lillipup and then a monkey that had a really weak STAB? Ugh.

And yeah, Seismitoad is... bleh. Somebody on the internet (I don't remember where, and thankfully not Psypoke) actually suggested it was covered in tit-sharped warts, and that was why he was going to train it. I was just like "wow, desperate to find fanservice where it doesn't exist, much?"

Jellicent is actually very convenient, and particularly if you can get one with Hex bred onto it from the start. Then you have a Water/Ghost Pokemon that can Recover, burn stuff with Will-o-Wisp, use Hex for double damage and STAB after burning.

As for the storyline... ehhh.... I agree that N is an effective character, but other than that I felt kind of apathetic to a lot of the storyline and people. It could be because I just went through my FF marathon before BW's English release. I grant them points for trying, but they need to keep going with it IMO.