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Game of the month, March 2011

 

 

WINNER: Pokemon Black/White


This is the fourth time this month that we've written about the awesomeness of Pokemon Black and White (herehere and here are the previous three), which speaks volumes in itself (and please forgive us if we plagiarize ourselves occasionally). We've said it before and we'll say it again: Pokemon is one of the deepest and most rewarding RPG experiences of all time, and Black/White adds to that proud tradition with new Pokemon, an absolutely beautiful presentation, and a respectable amount of new features.

The Unova region's new Pokemon have been the most talked-about addition to this Pokemon generation, and for good reason. Game Freak has gone for both quality and quantity, with more new Pokemon than any previous generation, most of which are compelling from both a battling and design perspective. GamesRadar's Pokemon trainers are throwing together an informal interoffice Pokemon tournament in a few weeks, and many of us are having a difficult time narrowing our team down to just six Pokemon, even with a self-imposed Unova-only restriction. We all have different favorites too, so it's not like there's a handful of winners and the rest are just fodder.

And speaking of tournaments, Black/White also offers better multiplayer options than ever before in a Pokemon game. On the touch screen rests a local multiplayer hub called the C-Gear, which you can use to instantly connect with nearby friends for battling, trades, and a new feature called the Entralink (read our review for more details on that). The only thing that would have made the C-Gear better is if your friends list populated everyone that was playing on Wi-Fi, not just via local wireless. B&W does have plenty of Wi-Fi options though, and you can still battle and trade with both friends and strangers all over the world, as well as video chat with people on your friends list. You can also play ranked random battles over Wi-Fi similar to Street Fighter IV, and those global rankings will actually be used to seed the official championships later this year. 

We keep hearing excuses from people hesitant to pick up Black/White – they say they're afraid of sinking hundreds of hours into a single game, something their allegedly busy schedules won't permit. While it's true that you can easily spend hundreds of hours on B&W and still find more to do, it doesn't require that kind of time commitment if you're not willing. Even if you only put in a few hours occasionally, you'll still get more enjoyment out of Pokemon than most other portable games, and surely it's far superior to anything in the current 3DS line-up.

 

RUNNER-UP: Total War: Shogun 2


 

Like previous Total War games, Total War: Shogun 2 offers a mix of real-time strategy combat and Civilization-style turn-based strategy. Set during the Sengoku (or Warring States) period in Japan, the RTS battles never looked better with multi-tiered castle fortresses and hundreds of detailed troops onscreen at the same time. But even if you’re not a fan of the game’s more methodical battles, you can always opt to auto resolve conflicts and focus on managing your empire from the game’s gorgeous world map of Japan.

Strategy fans shouldn’t hesitate to pick this one up. Everything’s been streamlined and polished to perfection, making Total War: Shogun 2 a great starting place for both longtime fans and newcomers to the series.

Mar 31, 2011


 

Pokemon Black / White review
Unambiguously continues the strong tradition of the series

 

 

Total War: Shogun 2 review
Beauty and violence clash on a massive scale in this excellent entry in the series

 

 

Pokemon Monday 39 - Elf's World
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21 comments

  • EsotericFerret - April 2, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    I just ordered Pokemon: White today from Amazon and it'll be my first Pokemon game ever. I really wish I had this at PAX East this year because it seemed like everywhere I went people were playing this and only this and I felt like I was missing out.
  • SimSimSalabim - April 1, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    I can agree with this 150%. Since I picked up my White, I haven't even touched another game. Hell until writing this comment, I haven't even THOUGHT of playing another game. Great gameplay and battle mechanics, added on with the multiplayer Pokemon finally deserves, and like 4 and a 1/2 shit tons of post-game content, its hard to see how this COULDN'T be picked as Game of the Month. Great pick guys.
  • GameManiac - April 1, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    I love this game! I love it!
  • InflammableAnteater - April 1, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    I agree, these are probably my favorite Pokemon games so far, though I can't help but notice that everybody I know keeps telling me how useless Archeops is, and that I should've gotten White instead.
  • Yingsin - April 1, 2011 7 p.m.

    i beat it the story in 2 days.. now all thats left is to gotta catch em all!
  • Yeager1122 - April 1, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    DOnt have pokemon Black/White yet but looking foward to getting it.
  • Strawhat - April 1, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Great choice! I love Pokemon Black,best pokemon game, maybe best ds game, and the story's amazing!
  • philipshaw - April 1, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Completely agree with that pick,I got a 3DS at launch and I'm playing more Pokemon White than any of the launch games. 10 hours and just beat the 3rd gym,loving it so far
  • Higgins - April 1, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    @Cyberninja & BladedFalcon Bulletstorm did NOT bring anything new, it was NOT a breath of fresh air. It's a mix of CoD and GoW masquerading as something fun (which it is sometimes I admit).
  • InebriatedRage - April 1, 2011 6:24 a.m.

    I'm not sure if it came out this month but I just bought it and my vote goes towards Gemini Rue
  • InebriatedRage - April 1, 2011 6:22 a.m.

    April fools right?
  • killtaculor - April 1, 2011 5:53 a.m.

    I LOVE Pokemon Black. The new additions to the environments like the new 3D cities and bridges are amazing. I dont know about you guys but I picked Snivy in the beginning, who wants to be a dumb pig or a blue panda-monkey thing? haha
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - April 1, 2011 5:33 a.m.

    I'm so glad this game nabbed "game of the month."
  • codystovall - April 1, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    Gamesradar-giving credit where credit is due.
  • BladedFalcon - April 1, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    ^What he said. Bulletstorm is THE FPS that has brought new stuff to the table. Getting Crysis on the consoles is nice, but there's not that much the second one did that first one had introduced already. If anything, Crysis 2 "Fresh" Gameplay is owed to the First Crysis, not a merit of it's own. BESIDES. Innovations aside, Pokemon games are always great in quality, which in it's own genre probably means it IS the better game.
  • garnsr - April 1, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    Yakuza 4 is the only game I got this month. the next months are looking pretty slim, too. Why do I have Chinese characters in my Recaptcha?
  • Furyspittles - April 1, 2011 3:30 a.m.

    And Crysis 2 got a little boring after a couple of hours I thought. It's 'breath of fresh air' was nothing in comparison to the hurricane of fresh wind Bulletstorm brought.
  • Cyberninja - April 1, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    @publicanemone i understand your point but black and white are the best pokemon games meaning they deserve this more then Crysis
  • publicanemone - April 1, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    Pokemon over Crysis 2? That's ridiculous, IMHO. The Pokemon games are great but don't do anything we haven't seen before. Crysis 2 really felt like a breath of fresh air for the FPS genre.
  • sgloomy - April 1, 2011 1:53 a.m.

    @ TheVeteran13, I think its the one they posted before this "100 greatest games"

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