Review by Earth_Echidna

"Always the same, but always improving."

Pokemon, one of the very best, always filled with an infinite charm. It has the ability to make massive piles of sludge awesome, and create creatures none would have thought of before. HeartGold and SoulSilver, each two versions of the same game, improves on the old days of the second generation. It is a remake of Gold, Silver and Crystal, two of the best-received games in the series.

The story of the game begins the same- your hero, waking up, is asked by the professor of the region (in this case, Professor Elm), to complete the Pokedex and, in this case, deliver a mystery object to his associate, Mr Pokemon. However, the story takes turns later, such as the reappearance of Team Rocket- you inevitably end up battling them once more.

Gameplay: 10/10
The gameplay is relatively simple for beginners. Unlike the other DS games, HeartGold and SoulSilver have their pause menu on the Touch Screen, making it extremely convenient and easy to access. The run button and the two equipable Key Items are also on the bottom screen, and you can keep the run on permanently. A definite improvement to the previous.

Story: 5/10
Pretty much the same as every other game, but then again, the story is never the charm of the Pokemon series. HeartGold and SoulSilver, as explained before, keep the generic 'save the world from an evil organisation' plot, but for nostalgia fans, the reappearance of Team Rocket is enough for them to at least take an interest to this game.

Graphics: 9/10
The graphics are extremely pleasing to the eye, with various environments to cast your eye upon. Your Pokemon in the front of your party follows you constantly, and the sprites, although repetitive, are nicely designed, and if the lead Pokemon happens to be shiny, it's designed that way as well. The only problem is the delay in healing, surfing and biking, when you Pokemon gets back into its Pokeball.

Sound: 10/10
The music is mostly the same as the original games, but have been updated to music more designed to this era. Even remixes from old games were used, and new music completely created for new areas. All of the pieces are extremely nice.

Play time/ replayability: 9/10
This game will take you a good while to get through, about maybe 48 hours or even more! The replayability is also excellent: you can hunt down legendaries (such as Zapdos), and also train your team to such extents that you can scale the final, optional area. If you want to start a new game, it's certainly worth it.

Final recommendation: When it all comes down to it, I would advise that you buy HeartGold or SoulSilver. They are both very fun, engrossing games, and many people are in the same opinion.

Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 06/22/12

Game Release: Pokemon SoulSilver Version (EU, 03/26/10)

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