Review by Puttinsky
"We all live in a Pokemon world..."
Over the past few years, the Pokemon games have been shunned by many after their years of popularity, mainly bacause they were so popular. Pokemon Red and Blue versions were easily two of the most successful games ever. They also started the whole Pokemon craze. But it wasn't enough for Pokemaniacs. They wanted more. So Nintendo remade the Blue/Red versions in less than a year afterwards! That's one fast remake, lemme tell you that. Then, 100 more Pokemon were added in Pokemon Gold/Silver. Read on.
Basically, you're a trainer in Johto who's just beginning his Pokemon journey who travels across the land to compete in the Pokemon league. There's really not much more to the story than that.
The game takes place in a place called Johto, and you'll start out in New Bark Town. You will choose a Pokemon from Professor Elm, either Chikorita, Cyndaquil, or Totodile. You can walk around freely with your character through towns, into buildings, etc. Wild Pokemon are found in tall grass. They appear at random, and once you run into one, you'll immediately go into battle. Whichever Pokemon is at the front of your team (this can be changed at any time outside of battle) will start the battle. Each Pokemon has certain attacks they can use. The attacks do more or less damage than normal if the opponent is a certain type of Pokemon. For example, a Cyndaquil can use Ember, a fire attack which can burn enemies. This will do double the damage against a grass type like Oddish, but only half the damage to a water Pokemon like Totodile. Once you whittle down an enemy Pokemon's HP, they faint. But if it's a wild Pokemon, you can throw a PokeBall at them to catch them. This works easier with the less HP that the Pokemon has. Once you capture a Pokemon, you can put it on your team and battle with it. You can have up to 6 Pokemon on your team at a time. If you can fit any more Pokemon on your team, all captured Pokemon will be sent to your PC, where you can swap which Pokemon you want or don't want on your team.
After a Pokemon gets a certain amount of experience points, they gain a level. If a Pokemon gains enough levels (depends on which Pokemon it is), it will evolve into a more powerful form! They also tend to be larger and more ferocious-looking. A fully-evolved Meganium is much larger than its first stage, Chikorita. Also, Pokemon don't just evolve from leveling up. If exposed to certain evolution stones, they might also evolve! For example, a Weepinbell will only evolve if you give it a Leaf Stone! If you want to catch 'em all, you're going have to evolve different Pokemon in addition to catching them.
There's really not much of a change here from Red and Blue, except it's in color. Graphics in this game are fairly average for the most part. The Pokemon themselves are probably drawn better than anything else in the game.
Each Pokemon has their own special ''cry'', or sound they make when they enter a battle. These cries are identical to the ones in the other games. Most of them are fairly short, while some can get a little annoying. No, they're not their actual voices, just sounds. As for the music, it falls into the ''average'' category as well. Nothing too special, but nothing horrid.
Lasting appeal: 9/10
The Pokemon games have always been very addictive (the RPGs in particular), and the first two started that tradition. Catching all 251 Pokemon should take you a while, especially since four versions (Blue, Red, Gold, and Silver) and a link cable are required to do so. Battling with others over the link cable with friends should also add some nice replay value to the game.
Pokemon Gold/Silver is probably the best Pokemon RPG there is. Highly recommended for both RPG fans and Pokemon fans.
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 02/01/05
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