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Thoughts on White 2

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So yeah, I beat White 2 yesterday, and here are just some of my immediate thoughts. Yes, there are spoilers, I put this in spoiler tags for a reason. :)

Storyline
[SPOILER]Eh. It was okay, I guess. What I really really thought was lacking in White 2 that was there in White was buildup of suspense and everything. In White, you met N and Ghetsis from the very beginning and learned about Team Plasma and you actually knew beforehand that N was going to awaken the legendary dragon, which gave you more time to think about it...I feel like in White 2, everything was too sudden, you spent too much of your time battling weak TP grunts and less time getting worried about Unova freezing up and about White Kyurem. For most of the story, I didn't even know what TP was up to, so I felt like I was battling them for no reason. Because quite frankly, I didn't care about Hugh's Purrloin. Like, it was 5 years ago. Get over it already, Hugh. And then, all in a rush, you learned that Colress is the boss of TP but Ghetsis is really the one in charge, and Ghetsis creates and loses White Kyurem in a matter of minutes. That was the actual suspense stuff and it got over so soon. But in White everything was spaced out, so it kept you more interested in the storyline, there was never a point in time in that game where I wasn't curious about what TP was doing. In W2, I forgot about TP a lot. I did like the close-up scenes of Reshiram and Kyurem's battle though.
Okay, more stuff that I liked. Well, I was surprised to hear N in Chargestone Cave, I actually didn't see that coming. Oh, and speaking of N, most of his lines sounded really childish, kind of like a six year old. I mean, I remember him being innocent in White but the stuff he said sounded at least semi-mature. But I liked how he called Ghetsis "Father" in W2, that cracked me up. And something else that I liked was that in White, Ghetsis said something like "We will create a world that I - I mean, Team Plasma - desires" but in W2 he said something like "We will create a world that Team Plasma - no, that I - desire". Um, I liked seeing Anthea and Concordia again. And I liked how the Victory Road badge check gate path was black and white. [/SPOILER]

Gyms
[SPOILER]Cheren: So boring. Lillipup and Patrat? Seriously? Nothing better?
Roxie: Better than Cheren, but not good enough for Magnemite. :) The "P-O-K-E-M..O-N ... Pokemon!" thing DROVE ME CRAZY though.
Burgh: Finally, a gym with a puzzle! I actually really liked the idea of going through cocoon tunnels, it was creative. Magnemite and Dewott cooperated on this one.
Elesa: No puzzle, just a fashion show. She was hard for me though, my newly evolved Magneton pretty much spammed SonicBoom on her since it was the only thing that did decent damage. Dewott did defeat Zebstrika though, I think.
Clay: Ugh, this puzzle drove me nuts! I spent forever trying to find the right conveyor-belt thing, I literally had stepped on every single platform by the time I was done. I kept Magneton away from this gym, Samurott swept it.
Skyla: I liked the idea of this puzzle too, it wasn't actually a puzzle though, just a test of how fast you could run pretty much. Magnezone decimated her team.
Drayden: He was hard for me, since none of Samurott's moves were very effective. I had Magnezone spam Discharge and Flash Cannon. I liked the statues of the dragons. I had to defeat all of the trainers here to actually beat him.
Marlon: Humilau City has HORRIBLE MUSIC!!! Ugh, that tune bugged me so much, and that annoying percussion sound... Okay, maybe it's just me. Magnezone swept this with Discharge.

Overall, not a bad set of gyms, I guess. I feel the gym puzzles have gotten easier as generations go by. I remember some of the RSE puzzles being pretty hard, but none of these were really all that challenging. [s]Perhaps it's because kids nowadays have lower attention spans[/s].[/SPOILER]

Elite 4
[SPOILER]Shauntal: I battled her first. Her first few Pokemon were easy, but Chandelure... I was not expecting it to know Energy Ball. I had to revive Samurott and send it back out for that.
Grimsley: Piece of cake. I used Magnezone mainly, but switched to Samurott when he sent out Krookodile.
Marshall: Samurott's Surf was getting low on PP, so I did Marshall first because I could always use Magnezone on Caitlin, but I didn't want to send it out against Fighting types. He was pretty easy, I used Surf and Waterfall on everything.
Caitlin: Not too bad. Her Reuniclus surprised me by knowing both Energy Ball and Focus Blast, but I revived Magnezone and sent it back out and I did okay.

I liked the new "rooms" that the E4 were in, they looked pretty. Especially Caitlin's, of course. :)

Iris: I guess her Pokemon were okay (I spammed Ice Beam on them all, including her underleveled Hydreigon) but I hated her theme music. It sounded too triumphant and didn't have any of the suspense of a Champion battle. It sounded like I had won already, kind of. But I thought the light-things streaking across the battlefield were pretty cool, even if I didn't know what they were. :)
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Credits screen!
[SPOILER]I really liked this. I liked how they showed pictures of each city, and the gym leaders, they really captured the moment well. I would actually beat the E4 again just to watch that one more time. :) [/SPOILER]

Kudos to anyone who read those long rants. :sweatlol:

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  1. Emrye's Avatar
    (b^_^)b
  2. Karamazov's Avatar
    Like, it was 5 years ago. Get over it already, Hugh.
    His late grandpa caught that Purrloin. It was a memento. And it's not like this is some toy or candy - this was a living creature he loved and cared for, and Hugh was sure he could rescue it.
  3. Mako's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov
    His late grandpa caught that Purrloin. It was a memento. And it's not like this is some toy or candy - this was a living creature he loved and cared for, and Hugh was sure he could rescue it.
    Also, it was only 2 years ago.
  4. Karamazov's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky
    Also, it was only 2 years ago.
    It actually was 5 years ago. BW1 took place two years ago. Here's a quote from Bulbapedia.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh, in Nimbasa City
    Five years ago... Team Plasma stole my little sister's Purrloin. It had been given to her as a present. I was only a little kid... I couldn't do anything... So... So that's why I have to get stronger!
  5. Mako's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karamazov
    It actually was 5 years ago. BW1 took place two years ago. Here's a quote from Bulbapedia.
    Oh! I remember him saying it was two years ago, but I guess it got jumbled up with everyone else talking about "two years ago."
  6. Shadows's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Karamazov;bt261034]His late grandpa caught that Purrloin. It was a memento. And it's not like this is some toy or candy - this was a living creature he loved and cared for, and Hugh was sure he could rescue it.[/QUOTE]
    I understand that and I kind of get why he was upset, but I just couldn't find myself actually sympathizing with him much. I didn't have any motivation for going to so much trouble to help. For most of the story, the only character that you could see that was mad at Team Plasma was Hugh, right? And the fact that the Purrloin was stolen wasn't really a great motive [I]for me[/I] to hunt down and beat all those grunts and actually do more than Hugh.
  7. Mako's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shadows
    I understand that and I kind of get why he was upset, but I just couldn't find myself actually sympathizing with him much. I didn't have any motivation for going to so much trouble to help. For most of the story, the only character that you could see that was mad at Team Plasma was Hugh, right? And the fact that the Purrloin was stolen wasn't really a great motive for me to hunt down and beat all those grunts and actually do more than Hugh.
    Well, I think that they kind of acknowledge that with what Marlon says right before entering the Frigate.
  8. Shadows's Avatar
    [QUOTE=Jabberwocky;bt261041]Well, I think that they kind of acknowledge that with what Marlon says right before entering the Frigate.[/QUOTE]
    What does he say? (Couldn't find it on Bulbapedia :( )
  9. Mißingnåen's Avatar
    So did you like only use Samurott and Magnezone?
  10. PhilosophyPhlare's Avatar
    THANK YOU Hugh is such a brat I understand why he would be mad at Team Plasma but he seemed more concerned with finding this one Purrlion then taking down team plasma and it doesn't make sense for him to be able to find it team plasma is large organization which uses tons of Purrlion. Yet he is so insistent on finding it and he does which I hated.
  11. Shadows's Avatar
    [QUOTE=TheMissingno.;bt261051]So did you like only use Samurott and Magnezone?[/QUOTE]
    ...Maybe. :sweatlol: I also had a Braviary, but I just kept it on my team for Fly. And I caught a Riolu for Strength. But Samurott and Magnezone were the only 2 I actually [I]used.[/I] :P