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B/W vs B/W 2?

Discussion in 'Pokémon Generation V Discussion' started by Frost Mage, Dec 8, 2012.

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  1. Frost Mage

    Frost Mage <3 Heavenly~

    Now I know this is a very controversial topic, but I just wanted to know what you thought was better, and if you think I should get BW or BW2, seeing as I don't have a Generation 5 game yet.
  2. Necro101

    Necro101 Well-Known Member

    I would say go for Black or White 1 since BW2 is related to BW1 and you will not fully understand it if you haven't played the first game. But, if you want to get the events, you should get BW2 since BW1 will probably never get an event again. For this question I can't help you any further because this is your call. It depends on what you want. If you want a beter response from people, you should put more details in the question.

  3. BW2 are better than BW, but without playing BW, you will most likely be confused about quite a few of the events, and the dialogue.
  4. Bolt the Cat

    Bolt the Cat Bringing the Thunder

    I find both games to be fairly mediocre. They're plagued by linear and simplistic regional design, bad level pacing, barren postgame (BW1), bad distribution (BW2), and lack a lot of interesting and crucial features (like trainer rematches). As for which is better, go for BW2. it has more features, more areas, and more Pokemon. But if you want the full Unova experience, you need to get both, because some Pokemon and areas are exclusive to BW1.
  5. TherianForm

    TherianForm King of TM87

    BW2, in my opinion, owned BW. Better everything!
  6. Nutter t.KK

    Nutter t.KK can Mega Evolve!

    Go with BW1 first then follow up with BW2.. Just so you feel good when Characters are mentioning your old characters Name. But there is no "right or wrong." option.

    I'm temped to shut this.. partly as we're can pick the game for you.
  7. PokeTimmy

    PokeTimmy Collector

    In my mind, B2/W2 had one of the better plotlines in a pokemon game so I definitely enjoyed it more than B/W.

    However, it is absolutely mandatory to play B/W before B2/W2 because you will simply miss out on too much if you jump straight to the sequel.

    [Edit] @randomspot555 No, I suppose that "absolutely mandatory" is a bit strong, but I just finished playing through B2 again and it seems like - especially at the start - the references to the storyline in B/W were vague at best.
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  8. randomspot555

    randomspot555 Well-Known Member

    ^^^ IT is no way "absolutely mandatory" to play BW to enjoy B2W2. Any continuity you need to know is fully explained to you within the game itself. Playing the previous games makes the story a bit more full, and connecting the two games together unlocks some cool things, but it is not "absolutely mandatory".

    EDIT 2: Yeah, the references at the beginning are minimal because you're in mostly new towns for the first several dozen minutes of the game.


    The latest game is always the best to get as any events and tournaments will be played on it. If you want, you can later "go back" and play previous games from either the current or last generation.
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  9. Bolt the Cat

    Bolt the Cat Bringing the Thunder

    Actually, that's not usually the case, they hold events for all games in a particular generation, but ever since BW2 came out, they've curiously stopped supporting events for BW1.
  10. randomspot555

    randomspot555 Well-Known Member

    Change it to be "more likely", then. They've had several events in Gen 4 which only were supported by HGSS or Platinum.
  11. Autis-misc

    Autis-misc Abridger

    BW2 is better than I expected. the storyline is better than BW. and because I lost my White, its still fun without them mentioning my old characters name.

    there is a lot more to do post-game, too. that's what did it for me.
  12. halloweenghost

    halloweenghost Well-Known Member

    BW2 is better IMO... as there is way more to do post storygame.

    But they BW2 compliments BW1 so well. they both are good and worth having
  13. PrismaticPrincessAnna

    PrismaticPrincessAnna I'll do my Lilliest

    Play BW then BW2. I told my friend to finish her White game before buying W2 coz it'll probably confuse her, plus the Unova Link is also handy, nya~
  14. GildedScizor

    GildedScizor The drinking bird

    Never bought the original, went straight to the sequel purely for the addition of the PWT. Plus it had taken me a while to round to the fact that not all Unova Pokemon were "terrible". Understood most of the events and dialogue surprisingly well even without the original though.
  15. cantavanda

    cantavanda Blue Rose Princess

    BW 2 is kind of a sequel to the 1 so I'd say first play 1. But 2 has more features.
  16. Lorenzo The Comic

    Lorenzo The Comic Pokémon Maniac

    I played through White 2 first and don't mind the story at all. But I don't like the random encounter music as much as BW1. Plus, there's Join Avenue, you can recruit Pokémon of the Isshu region at the Dream World, and PWT.
  17. Watchog

    Watchog Lv. 50

    BW2 is waaay better, But get yourself BW1 first.


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  18. Excitable Boy

    Excitable Boy is a metaphor

    Considering how you're probably not playing Pokemon for the story, there's nothing wrong with skipping BW1. BW2 is still accessible to people who haven't played BW1; the references to BW1 are minimal, and the events of importance from BW1 can be summed up in 30 seconds. There are some recurring NPCs and such, but it's not make-or-break.

    If you can only get one, get BW2. But if you can get both, it may be worth your while to get BW1 as well. Just bear in mind that BW2 is essentially a third version of BW1, and that the experience is a bit repetitive at parts, especially toward the middle of the game.
  19. 7 tyranitars

    7 tyranitars Well-Known Member

    I liked BW2 better, mainly because of the nice looking new areas.
  20. Bolt the Cat

    Bolt the Cat Bringing the Thunder

    Not "essentially", not at all. In fact, the only times the games remotely resemble each other is in that stretch from Castelia to Mistralton, and at the Pokemon League. Other than that, they're completely different experiences.
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