When asked to write about my favourite game of 2012 there was one game that came to mind. Well, technically two. I looked at my shelf and counted up the games I had bought this year but none of them have brought me as much joy and entertainment as Pokemon Black 2. This probably comes as no surprise to most of you that are familiar with my blogs as I am a huge Pokemon fan.
ONM recently asked readers to vote for the best game of 2012 and here are 5 reasons why I think Pokemon Black And White 2 deserves to win.
1. It's a sequel
Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 are the first direct sequels to the main series Pokemon games. Instead of releasing a director's cut-style game (a slightly altered game which adds one or two new features), we see the continuation of the storyline about the mysterious N character and Team Plasma.
If you had previously played Pokemon Black or White, by linking your games together through the Pokemon Global Link website you are able to see flashbacks of events from the past. There are also other benefits such as being able to encounter N's Pokemon in the wild and obtain the props from the Pokemon Musical which you have already collected in the previous game.
2. The 'new' Unova region
We are used to seeing the odd change here and there in the main series 'remakes' but you usually have to go through the map in the same order and there are no real notable changes until post Elite Four. In Black and White 2, there are new locations, different gym leaders, and new features to enjoy all from early on in the game.
Unlike the original Black and White games you will also encounter old Pokemon favourites in the wild such as Marill, Growlithe, and Mareep. Also some of the in-game areas and routes are different depending on which version you have.
One of my favourite new features is the medals. Medals, as the name would suggest, is an achievement system that's been put in place to reward you for completing certain goals within the game. Some are silly (like changing the television channel, for example), but some are extreme, especially when you have to defeat the Elite Four with only one type of Pokemon. I have a slightly obsessive nature when it comes to achievement systems. At the moment I have just under 100 medals. Hopefully I'll have them all by the time the next Pokemon games come out. I doubt it though.