I have been playing Pokemon games since I was just nine years old. Now at the age of 22, I still adore the series. It's probably my favourite thing in the world. I look forward to every Pokemon game, including the spin offs, and Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 were certainly no exception.
Words can not describe the frustration at seeing all your friends on social media sites posting pictures of their Pokemon games arriving a day early after ordering online. The Royal Mail decided to mess around and delivered to my house much later then usual but after waiting more the seven months for them to be released, Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 were finally mine. I decided to open Pokémon Black 2 to play though first as I finished Pokemon Black.
As I started the game I reminisced about how far we have come from travelling in the back of a lorry to Pallet Town. For the opening sequence in Pokemon Black 2, the camera glides over Aspertia City as if it were a movie. Anyway it's all boring talk at this stage and I know I should have read the text but I wanted to get on with the game.
So much so in fact, I forgot to save before getting my Tepig. Being a competitive Pokemon player I take Pokemon natures very seriously, and the Tepig I chose had a terrible nature. Natures in Pokemon can determine if a Pokemon is stronger or weaker in certain stats. So after ailing to save my game, I had to start all over again.
As the game went on I caught a handful of Pokemon. I really wanted to catch an Azuril as Marill, its evolved form, is my favourite Pokemon. It's not the best water type but that doesn't bother me. I also caught a Mareep as I wanted an electric-type Pokemon. I am really pleased that the Unova dex has been expanded in Black 2 and White 2 as a lot of my favourite Pokemon are in the new Unova dex which enables me to catch and train them from early in the game.
My problem is that I am too lazy to train my Pokemon for gym battles. Each gym I encountered, all of my Pokemon were a good five to ten levels lower than the opponent. I managed to scrape my way through often with elemental advantage. For example, using my level 31 Ampharos to defeat Skyla's level 39 Swanna. All my other Pokemon were around level 26. Oops.
Eventually I had to put my DSi on charge so I decided to give Dream Radar on 3DS a go. I didn't really understand what to do at first. I was shooting beams at clouds to collect orbs and managed to get a few items but none of them that were useful. You have to wait a while for the clouds to reappear again. As I played the game more and collected more orbs, I could upgrade things such as the amount of clouds available at one time. The more I play, the better the rewards. At the time of writing, I'd managed to catch Tornadus, 4 Driftloon, and a Shuckle. I'm looking forward to putting my older Pokemon DS games in the 3DS to unlock other cool legendary Pokémon to catch.
Lastly, I decided to link up my game to my Pokemon Global Link (PGL) account to activate the in-game flashbacks and to use Dream World. Despite earning a lot of points and berries on my other Dream World, it does not carry over and you have to start again. Starting off in Dream World can be a painful process and it will take some time to earn points. You can earn Dream World points in various ways such as playing games and adding dream pals. There are a couple of new games available to play in Dream World. My favourite is the drink game where a Pokemon is after a drink and you have to collect the right coloured drink while trying not to spill it as you deliver it. Dream World can get a little tedious, but I advise everyone to keep at it as the Pokemon and items you can collect do get better over time. Out of all the new features available I'm really enjoying the medal system. Hopefully I'll be able to collect them all. I'm in no rush to finish, taking my time so that I don't miss anything important. Then I'll be training again for next years Pokémon Video Game Championships.
How are you getting on in Pokemon Black 2 and White 2? Which Pokemon are in your team?