So yesterday I woke up early to go to Yodobashi Camera, the electronics store where I reserved my copy of the new Pokemon Black game. I waited in line for 15 minutes, and wouldn't you know there were only two kids there. Yeah. The majority of fans willing to go downtown at 9 am on a weekend to pick up a game for kids were 20-somethings and older. And they were mostly guys, too. I wish I could have taken a picture, but my cell phone camera is pretty pathetic.
I went with the otter Mijumaru for my starter (because I accidentally saw the final evolutions of Pokabu... NOT COOL, the forms I had imagined were so much cooler), and he's pretty lame until he evolves into his second form (Futachimaru? Can't remember), and he is apparently a samurai otter (who kind of looks like a beaver). Sure, okay. I've also got a terrier in my party, a cat named Choroneko, Shimama the electric zebra, Minezumi the... prairie dog rat thing, and Manmu the pink floating gas pokemon. I am not particularly wild about any of these pokemon, so after they evolve I'll be switching them with some of the other pokes I've found. The only Pokemon I have found so far that I really like is Tabunne. I don't know what it's supposed to be, but it's pretty darn cute. But some of the pokemon are just ridiculous. There is a pokemon that looks like a walking eyeball and a pokemon that looks like a blue man in a karate uniform, and some of the pokemon look more like the actual animal they represent (the chinchilla and puppy pokemon, for example). But I've still only come across about twenty pokemon, so I'm not really complaining yet.
The battle scenes are so much more exciting now. The camera moves around, the critters are constantly wiggling-- and you know what? The preview movies don't really show them enough for you to notice, but the game designers made the animals really show their personalities or the natural animal characteristics, and took the time to do this, and it blows my mind. Tsutaaja crosses his arms and taps his foot to the ground impatiently, Shimama's ears flicker like real herd animals, Mamebato is constantly looking around with a blank stare like real pigeons, and whenever a pokemon is sleeping from a sleep attack, it closes it's eyes! I LOVE THAT. I also really like the new attack menu.
The side characters are actual characters, and I like them. I also like how you can use a something-caster to video call your friends, and the screen changes to show their anime-like designs rather than the little pixels. Very cool. The game makers also made sure not to give any of the starters an advantage or disadvantage, and when there is one it's intended rather than bad luck of the draw. In most games, the fire starter has the advantage, but not with this game. I'm glad they finally fixed that poor planning. Team Plasma is also kind of interesting. Their goal is to free the imprisoned pokemon from their trainers, but they are like PETA and just annoy everyone and spread hate, and at one point they are kicking a pokemon.
I still haven't tried bringing over any of my old pokemon to the new game, but I might bring Celebi over so I can get Zoroa and add him to my party. I also still haven't accessed the dream world via the internet. Right now I'm just exploring every single crevice and building up my Isshu Dex.
I HATE the bag system now. The last two games had really nicely organized pockets for your character's bag, and it was easy to move stuff around or find certain items. Balls and regular items are now in the same pocket, and you can't move important items up to the front like before. I have no idea what they were thinking when they designed the bag, but I am definitely not used to it. And C Gear is really useless if you are like me and play by yourself. They have it as a permanent setting on your lower screen, and I'd rather it be the pokemon menu or something else. I just got the dowsing gear though, so I sometimes put that in place of the C-Gear. Dowsing has been made super easy, which is great for in-game penny pinchers like me. I also like that I can now switch the text to kanji... I guess they realized they have adult game players, too.
After the busy week I had, it's nice to finally relax and have a day to myself. I'll probably keep playing my game until tonight, because I've really got to finish
's picture. Monday is a holiday, and then the rest of the week (including the weekend) I have to work at ANOTHER event. August and September are always my two busiest months, both for my manga stuff and for my day job stuff. I'm pretty pooped.