At 1/16/13 07:31 PM, SmartyPants wrote:
I wonder why they didn't go with Gray.
They had too many ideas, and ideas that were too different from B/W, for "Gray" to hold it all. And they might not have wanted Gen6 to be held back in Unova or a connected region to put them in, for one reason or another. Personally, I don't necessarily agree; sequels are supposed to be at least as big as the originals, but they kinda skimped on the "epic" for B2/W2 compared to B/W themselves. I mean, there were a few big moments... I mean, Kyurem fusing with the other dragon was cool, right? And the freezing of Opelucid, too. But, I dunno... When it was Platinum, I complained about the League quest continuing after the criminals were already defeated when the criminal plot was the emotional peak of the game. When B/W came along, and put the conclusion of the criminal plot after beating the Elite Four PokÃ©mon League, every bone in my body yelled, "I told you so!" It just worked much better that way. But in Black and White 2, they went back to the more traditional style, and while Iris isn't as stupidly cheap as Cynthia was, the formula still comes with the disadvantage that once the big battle against Ghetsis and his cheap-as-all-Hell-dreigon is over, the Elite Four is just a matter of type advantages and doesn't have any of the excitement or engagement that the criminals produce. What's more, the layout of Victory Road in B/W just seemed much more awe-inspiring than its appearance in the sequels; B/W Victory Road constantly reminded the player that they were on a 3D mountain, while B2/W2 Victory Road only shows signs of that kind of effort right at the end, being otherwise a much more basic take on the idea that might have been kinda cool if this was Gen3, but ultimately isn't as good as the previous one. And with the Badge check gates just before it, too: remember the eight Badge check gates of B/W, where every gate was themed around its Badge? Nope, this just has a quick series of checkpoints right in a row that check you for the Badges right before a single gate. In other words, Game Freak seemed to be phoning it in somewhat for the second half of Gen5, and while White 2 was easily better than anything before Gen5 was, it still didn't quite live up to the original pair of Gen5 games.
I really hope that this is actually a good omen for Gen6, that the reason B2/W2 was such an obviously lesser effort compared to B/W is because Game Freak was so distracted by early development, or at least pre-production, on X and Y. That the Black and White sequels were just a quickie wrap-up to the story in Unova specifically because Game Freak wanted to put as much resources in X and Y as they possibly could. We've seen gameplay footage, they have to have at least a prototype or an alpha version of the game to do that, and that would have taken money and effort going back a few months, right? They're Game Freak, developers of one of the biggest Nintendo franchises, they wouldn't make fake gameplay footage... Or at the very least, maybe I can think that it'll do no harm, that the effort needed to make Black 2 and White 2 was just the sum of the effort that would have been required for Hoenn remakes and Gray, and they just moved on from that once it was over because, Hell, they don't have anything more they feel like doing in Unova, time to get on the next region. But a part of me is going to continue to be the bitchy, paranoid, stupid fanboy that you get when my main PokÃ©mon fandom activity happens behind the cover of near-total anonymity. Is the sky gonna fall? Are these next games likely to be garbage? Hell no. We don't know enough to say anything like that; we've got starter designs and two Legendaries, and hints at a genetic or biological theme (some of which either assume that your average PokÃ©mon player is a biology aficionado or are just severely overthought by the guys writing the theories). Oh, and that it's a new pair of main series PokÃ©mon games, which is pretty much a guarantee that they will NOT suck in the opinion of most PokÃ©mon fans, at least not aside from the more belligerent of said fans bringing them up as examples of "suck" versus "non-suck" franchise entries in generational opinion flame wars. Right now the biggest rational question for me isn't "will they be good?", since in the overall scheme of things I'm almost certain to enjoy X and Y on their own merits, but "where will they fit in the overall generational tier list?" But the bitchy, paranoid, stupid part of me will seize on anything as an excuse to complain about a game that's months from being released. Any perceived misstep, like my relatively low opinions of the starters. Any subjective hint of failure, like my opinions on B2/W2's relative drop in quality compared to B/W. Because I'm paranoid like that inside, even when I know my paranoia involves my head being planted inside my rectal cavity.