Review by THAguyINgta3
"Possibly The Best Pokemon Game, But It Still Has Huge Flaws"
Pokémon is a brand that spawned a many of products, which included lunch boxes, shampoo bottles, food products, toys, movies, TV shows, comics, clothing, trading cards, and a lot more. It was only a matter of time before it spawned a video game. Now, in 2003, the cards have died out but the games are still going strong. One of the things that I really like about the game is that you don't even have to know how to play the card game to play this. Anyone can just pick it up, play it, and feel comfortable with it. It is one of Nintendo's best on-going series as of now in my opinion.
The controls are good. They are very responsive and set up well. Overall, great controls. The gameplay is fairly simple really. You just go across the huge world, catch Pokémon, trade Pokémon, train Pokémon, level up Pokémon, battle Pokémon, and anything else that you need to do to gain the rank of Pokémon Master, which will take a long time really.
Pokémon Gold/Silver is actually two games that are basically the same except for minor differences. The two games are Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. When you start out, you have a choice of three different Pokémon to start with on this long journey that you will happily endure (after you do a few tasks). You have a choice of Totodile, a water Pokémon, Chikorita, a grass Pokémon, and Cyndaquil, a fire Pokémon. After you pick one, the game begins.
You start out at your house and then you're off to see Professor Elm, who will give you your Pokémon and get you started on your long, long adventure. You'll have a few Pokéballs, which are used to capture Pokémon, and a Potion, which will restore 20 HP in battle. Like most RPGs, Pokémon is a turn-based series where you basically just go around exploring and battle people to gain levels and become stronger than anyone else, which in this game, will result in you becoming the Elite Four champion and a Pokémon master.
When you start out, your Pokémon will only have a couple of attacks and they are really weak. To build up your Pokémon's attack strength, you need to battle more and more or you could use a Rare Candy on it, which is an item that automatically makes a Pokémon level up one point. As you level up a certain Pokémon, that Pokémon can learn new attacks, which can be used for battles. You can only have 4 attacks at a time so you just have to figure out which one you like best and are the strongest for your type of Pokémon. There are a few different attacks for each Pokémon that can be learned.
You can also catch new Pokémon and build a team of 6 that you will take with you wherever you go and help you complete your tasks. When choosing your team, you need to have strengths and weaknesses in mind when you choose. Every type of Pokémon (fire, water, grass, bug, flying, psychic, dark, steel, rock, ground, etc.) has strengths and weaknesses against other types. An example is the fire type. It's attacks can be devestating against a grass type, but if you battle a water type, you will get your ass handed to you most of the time because fire is weak against water. So when you choose your team, you need to have a good range of types and try to have a Pokémon for any situation at all.
When you battle, a screen comes up that shows the two Pokémon that are battling. You can withdraw a Pokémon or run away at any time during a battle if you are battling a wild Pokémon, which can be found in tall grass, cave floors, in the water, and more. You cannot run away from trainer battles. When you withdraw a Pokémon, you can enter another Pokémon in a match against the one that you were just fighting. A Pokémon's life is based on a hit points system. Each has hit points and loses life according to how skilled the Pokémon is and how skilled the Pokémon that attacked it is. To recover Pokémon, you just bring them into their poke ball and bring them to a Pokémon Center or use a healing item on them.
Anyway, back to the battling. Each player takes a turn to select an attack. The way they do this is one Pokémon attacks and then the other does. You just take turns back and forth until one dies or one trainer loses all of their Pokémon. To attack, you just highlight the attack you want to do and do it. That's about it. In addition to the previous game's battle systems, there is one big addition; the abilitity to battle more than one Pokémon at the same time.
When navigating the world, you can go inside some houses, caves, and other things. You can really interact with people too and can talk to them or battle them if they want to. Each town has their own training gym. In a training gym, you will have to face Pokémon trainers of great skill. If you beat them, you will go on to face the leader of the gym. If you beat them, you will get rewards like items or new abilities. These abilities are used to reach more towns. Abilities are like the ability to have more strength to move rocks, smash rocks, go up a waterfall, fly, surf, and a few more. There are seven altogether, and are gained after progressing so far into the game.
The environment looks really good. Everything looks detailed for a GameBoy Color game. The 2 ''countries'' in Gold/Silver are divided into towns. You start the game in Johto in the town of New Bark. The country of Johto has 8 badges total, and if you get them all, you can face the Elite Four for the first time. Beat them, and you can start your adventure in Kanto, which is the place where Red/Blue/Yellow took place. The country there is pretty much a big re-make of the R/B/Y world. Get the 8 badges there and you will face the Elite Four again. Overall, the level designs are really good and detailed. The Pokémon and character models look good also.
One of the new things in the game is the cell phone, which lets you record some trainer's phone numbers and call them to ask for a re-match or to get tips from them about things. This was a great feature. Another new feature is the radio, which lets you read text coming in from the radio show that Professor Oak does about Pokémon. You just learn random facts about them during it. This was a pretty good feature, but nothing that you will use too much. The feature that really pisses me off is the features that the internal clock use. The game has you input the date and time when you first start for it's internal clock. The game turns from night to day in real time, and has some events only happen on some days of the week or some things only happen at some times of the day. This pisses me off because who wants to wait a few hours for a Pokémon or a few days for an item? It's just stupid. I'm glad they took this out of Ruby/Sapphire. Overall, some of the features are great, but there are some crappy ones like the ones the internal clock gives.
Even though it probably doesn't sound like it, there really is a lot of depth to the game and a lot of things to do. If you wanted, you could just go around and catch Pokémon, explore the world, talk to people, battle, and so much more. Once you beat the game, you still have to beat the game with 2 other Pokémon from the beginning. This adds to the replayability. Now, just start over and train some more. The replayability is really good. The game is easily a fifty plus hour game on your first time through. It takes a long time to complete and master and stuff. It will take you even longer to catch all of the numer of Pokémon too, which is near 250. To add even more replayability, you can i-Link two GameBoys together and battle friends or trade Pokémon with friends. This is really fun when both are kind of evenly matched trainers and good at the game. Gold/Silver is easily the longest Pokémon game. Overall, the replayability and the gameplay are both fantastic.
There really is no story. At the beginning of the game, you first type the name that you want to call the trainer that you play as. Throughout the game, you are just on a quest to be a Pokémon Master and the best Pokémon trainer in the world. There is a little side-story though. You actually have a rival whom you will battle throughout the whole game. You will battle him a lot and stuff like that. Your ultimate goal is to beat everyone at the Pokémon League.
The graphics are very good. Everything looks detailed greatly for a GameBoy Color game, and on the GameBoy Advance or GameBoy Advance SP, it looks even better. The sound is good. Everything sounds good. The music will probably get on your nerves after a while though, but it isn't that bad. Overall, good graphics and sound.
Overall, this is probably one of the best games ever made to tell you the truth. It is really fun for the first hour and really fun for the hundredth hour. I would say that you should buy this game. You will enjoy it immensely. This is probably my favorite game on the GameBoy Color, and one of my favorite GameBoy games ever.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 07/28/03, Updated 07/28/03
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