Review by lemondrop7
"The best Pokemon game on a portable system to date!"
Around 10 years ago, Pokemon Gold and Silver, the second installment of an already classic franchise, was released. This game gave something to all players; A cool rival, an evil organization, a somewhat difficult one player mode, and even very special surprises that were not even advertised. Although the Pokemon franchise continued to spit out new games every few years, the love and passion people had for Pokemon Gold and Silver remained. And with Pokemon FireRed and LeafGreen, the sequels to the original Pokemon games, being released, their was a sudden outcry for Pokemon Gold and Silver to be released as well.
Nintendo heard those calls and announced they would be remaking Pokemon Gold and Silver for the Nintendo DS, and although they would improve the graphics, they promised a nostalgic feel to the game. They certainly delivered. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver are the absolute best Pokemon games to date, as they give the classic feel of the old Pokemon games, with the new graphics and designs of today.
The game is extremely fun to play, and although it may seem easy in some spots, there is a little difficulty when challenging Gym Leaders and attempting to complete the entire game. However, the game is obviously still directed towards kids and so if you are expecting a challenge that requires you to use all of your wits, you might be disappointed. The gameplay does advance well as you move on and the diversity of what you can catch, use, (etc.) never really decreases.
As far as the controls, they are a big step up from the original Gold and Silver. The game introduces the "Running Shoes" as well as a faster Bicycle which makes travelling much quicker while you play. Other than that, the Nintendo DS's controls are vastly superior to the Gameboy Color, but that is due to the fact that technology has increased in such a long span.
The game also features a new technological feature called the "Pokewalker". This device that comes with the game is a whole new way for trainers to train, catch, and raise their Pokemon. I won't give the details of what it exactly does but you will not be disappointed!
Like most Pokemon games, the main story is to complete the Gym Leader Challenge and defeat the bad guys who are plotting world domination. However, there is a lot more than that found within these games. One of the classic side quests that is in every Pokemon game is filling out the Pokedex. Although it may take a while, you will certainly feel satisfaction from doing so. There are a whole lot of other quests that I don't want to spoil but they certainly have merit as well.
The graphics are A+ compared to previous games. All of the Pokemon sprites are updated and all of the trainers are given much more complex looks as well. Recently introduced, the "first person POV" is back when you enter mysterious caves or buildings, and really gives a great feel to the game. Seeing Pokemon Gold and Silver brought to a new age like this will be a wonderful thing for old players to see.
The Sound and the Music takes a huge step in the right direction. The problem from the third and fourth generations of Pokemon was "decent music, bad rhythm" or other similar complaints. Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver fix these past problems, remixing the old music of Pokemon Gold and Silver. The result is an interesting tempo of music that is just great to listen to while you play.
It will certainly take an extremely long time to complete every task, mission, and quest given to you in this game, and with Wi-Fi battling as well as the GTS, you can simply keep playing forever. There really is no set time for players, and it depends on how fast you can play a RPG as well as how far you want to play. If you do want to finish everything, the game could very well take over 200 hours. If you only want to play the main storyline, you could truly finish in around 30 hours or so, depending on how much you want to explore.
Pokemon is basically a one time experience. It never is a bad idea to replay the game, but losing all your saved data and hard work can be disheartening if all you want is to play again. A lot of the game is surprise and having fun seeing what other people will use, so replay may not be the best idea.
Play Time: 10/10
Buy the game! If you played the originals, you will love what is basically the same game with better everything. If you have never played Pokemon before, this game is an excellent way to get you hooked, as well as experience what it was like to play 10 years ago.
Final Score: 9/10
Reviewer's Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Originally Posted: 03/18/10
Game Release: Pokemon HeartGold Version (US, 03/14/10)
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