My opinions on Black 2/White 2's plot
by, 1st November 2012 at 10:39 PM (501 Views)
So, let me just get this out there.....I really loved these games, and I love Generation 5 as a whole. But honestly, I found the plot of BW2 a mixed bag. I'll summarize my thoughts here.
Alright, let's start with the pros. The first thing is, I liked what they did with Cheren. Instead of going all Blue on us and making him some random Gym Leader, they actually make him important. He appears a lot, contributes a good amount to the story, etc. Him being a Gym Leader I also found cool, although it was predictable. Bianca is in a similar vein, I think that she was an enjoyable assistant to Juniper in this game.
Colress was pretty interesting. Although I wish he did a bit more prior to being revealed as Team Plasma boss, aside from appearing to solve two broken bridges, and appearing randomly at a few other random points. But, I guess that's okay, at least it's something. I found his personality and motives enjoyable too, he just seems so chill all the time.
The Plasma Frigate was pretty cool too. Although I don't like what they did with it sometimes, in itself it was an awesome ship.
Ex Team Plasma, who are lead by Rood, are also neat. They don't do a whole lot in the story, but I liked the guys. I feel like they didn't really need to be involved in the story a lot anyway.
And now I'll move onto the cons.
Hugh's motivation against Team Plasma seems to be 100% fueled by his desire to get his sister's Purrloin back. I would understand if that was a motivating factor, but it's literally all he seems to care about. It makes me facepalm whenever Hugh bitches about wanting it back to Team Plasma. Hugh in himself is okay I guess, I can't really dislike him.
Another thing that disappointed me is that the Musketeer Trio just showed up randomly, when a lot of people were expecting them to play a bigger role. I mean, I guess I can't expect them to be super involved, but....to be honest, their lack of involvement wasn't really a big deal to me anyway.
Anthea and Concordia do nothing aside from explain a bit about N. I said earlier that I didn't expect ex Team Plasma to be super involved, but I'd be upset if they did absolutely nothing. They do a little bit at one point, when they confront Team Plasma with you at Giant Chasm, along with that one spy. What irks me is that Anthea and Concordia do nothing at all. I mean, something, a sidequest dedicated to them, anything would be nice.
One of my biggest problems is Team Plasma. I like their new uniforms, I like Ghetsis's new look, I like their ship, I like Zinzolin, but I found their impact on the plot really screwed up. For the first 3/4 of the game or something, they just show up randomly, and it's like "Zomg Team Plasma GO GET THEM". They're seriously just wandering around for most of the game. I know that they're looking for the DNA splicers, but that just seems like a drawn out excuse to me.
Continuing on Team Plasma and Kyurem, Black/White Kyurem has almost no impact on the plot. Sure, it's powerful, and it inspired Team Plasma to steal the DNA Splicers....but....it's created after N shows up, you fight it in a lame battle, and then it's just gone. That's it. I really think that the plot should have continued after the fusion, which would fix this, as well as N's lack of involvement.
More bitching about this subject. Contrary to what we were brought to believe prior to game release, Unova is not covered in ice. Opelucid City gets frozen, but that's it. This was quite disappointing, as I would quite liked to have explored Frozen Unova. This is another reason I think the Team Plasma plot should have been extended. If Black/White Kyurem managed to freeze over Unova, it would make N more significant, it would make said version mascots much more significant, and we would get to explore an icy Unova. Sadly, Game Freak didn't think that way....
Now onto the N problem I've mentioned. You hear N in Chargestone Cave for no apparent reason then to add a touch of mystery, but he doesn't do anything until the end of the game. He's frequently mentioned, at least....and his only plot contribution, which is to save the player from Kyurem's Glaciate, it seems incredibly forced. I really wanted N to do more in this game, since, in my opinion, he's the most notable Pokemon character ever. The N's Castle post game thing is pretty cool, though, I enjoyed exploring the ruins of his castle, and battling him.
I might have forgot a few things, and I might edit them in if I remember. So yeah, BW2's plot has some pretty glaring faults, but I still enjoyed it. Damn good game, imo. I couldn't help but notice a few things that hint at an eventual continuation of this plot. I kinda hope that happens, not in a BW3, but in something else. Maybe a game in Generation 6 can continue on it, who knows?
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