Well, we always know that when a pokemon game is released on the hand-held system, a bigger, larger cousin is on the home console in the future. and This year, Pokemon Battle Revolution was swiftly inducted onto the Wii console, and with that, the hopes and dreams of another winning formula for the Pokemon franchise were to be realized.
Too bad that didn't happen.
I think another year in development would do the game some good, because PBR looks and feels bigger, but is really just filled with a whole lot of hot air and other, fluffy diversion to keep you clamoring to catch them all.
The game got it's technical overhaul, and this time it looks decent. The skylines are realistic, the enviorments, from afar, are breathtaking, and the animations for the pokemon are stronger than ever. Now, they actually HIT your opponents if it is a physical attack. The animations are jerky, but not too bad on the pokemon, and graphically, the attacks look better than ever before. The human animation, however, is laughable. I have never seen to many agonizing people kick the ground and fall down like clowns slipping on a banana peel. It's just funny as hell. Poor animations on the humans, but the pokemon look ok.
Final Score- C
Honestly, the Wiimote is HEAVILY under-utilized for this one. You point to what you want to do, click, and see it work on screen, for an interactive system, thats REAL BORING.
But not as boring as the matches are, which are dragged out and sometimes too long. Unlike the real pokemon games, there is no true story here, and your basically fighting for the sake of fighting, good for real life, but bad for a game. It has no direction and no real goal, except that you have to beat everyone.
And if you do, your prizes include badges, clothing items, pass-cards, and other trivial collectables that Nintendo thought would be cool to put into the game. Yeah, collecting stuff is fun, but the stuff here is kind of silly. It is like buying mii options when you could be getting games on the virtual console. It's not worth it.
Whats the upside? Online battles. You can register friend codes with people, and the message boards are clamoring with them, for private battles, or you can go againt Joey from Germany in a random encounter battle on the net. Too bad Joey has all legendaries,and your puny team comes from your game boy.
The real trick to having this game is by having Pokemon Diamond or Pearl. If you don't have that,honestly you don't need this game, because it becomes LESS fun, if that's even possible. Having a game boy game linked to this gives you some more options, like mixing and matching your raised pokemon for a team, or even getting mystery gifts, but those options are still pretty shallow.
Final Score- D
Oh, my god! Someone shut up that damn announcer! He makes me want to kill Pikachu. It's not worth having the sound on at all.
Final Score- F
Overall, there was a game in here, but Nintendo added too much style and not enough substance. It's fustrating to play a game you had high hopes for, and find out it just sucks horribly. I hope the next one on the Wii is a lot better than this, so until then, i'll be off searching for the announcer guy, so I can kill him for destroying my ability to hear.
Final Score- D+
Overall Score- D+