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Full Review for Pokemon Gold by iN uNdeNial

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Introduction

Wow, Nintendo have done it again. Who would have thought that a sequel to Red, Blue and Yellow could be this good? This game has basically the same concept as the other versions, but you get to replay Red, Blue and Yellow again! (I'll tell you more about that in this review) Plus there are 16 gym leaders to topple, 251 Pokemon to catch ( some are only available by Gameshark or through Nintendo) and even an internal clock that changes day to night!

 

Graphics

The Graphics on this game are by far some of the best around, when I saw screenshots of this game I thought it was for the GBA! The Pokemon battle graphics have improved dramatically, the scenery looks more detailed and unlike Red, Blue and Yellow, they have used more than 2 colours!
Because of the internal clock, if it is set right, when you play at night the screen turns a tasteful shade of dark blue. Although this can be hard to see sometimes.

 

Sound

The sounds on this game do match up quite well with what is happening, but some sounds (especially boring sounds or battle animation sounds) can get very reppetitive. Pokemon cries are good to listen to as they match up quite well. Another new feature is the PokeGear radio, by tuning into different channels and depending what day it is there will be some music on. Overall the sound really adds to the effect of the game and it's worth turning up the volume even just a little bit.

 

Gameplay

The Gameplay of this game is fantastic, with 16 gym leaders to beat, over 20 towns to visit, around 6-7 caves to visit and 251 Pokemon to catch, this game is going to keep you occupied for months. For those of you new to Pokemon, it is a very playable rpg game where you train up a squad of monsters to beat gym leaders. New editions from Red Blue and Yellow are : The PokeGear, this handy piece of kit slaps around your players wrist and allows you to play radio, call people using the cellphone and look at the Town Map. A very useful item. UnownDex : This is a whole new PokeDex that you unlock after you catch 3 different Unowns at the Ruins of Alph and records data of all 26 types in a separate place. Red-Haired Rival : Unlike in any other Pokemon game you don't have Gary Oak as your Rival, he appears to be the 16th Gym Leader in Kanto. Instead you have this hot headed idiot of a Rival, for the first few times you meet him, he battles you with his Pokemon. However, after you complete certains parts of the game you'll find him training at certain places on different days.
A fantastastic load of Gameplay that'll occupy you for weeks!

 

Lastability

In addition to the months that you'll spend trying to complete the game with one of Prof. Elm's starter Pokemon, you'll have the choice of starting a New Game fresh and chosing a different starter Pokemon each with their Pro's and Cons. Also if you're totally mad about catching all the Pokemon, than you'll probably have to go and buy the other version of the game you're playing (Silver -> Gold, Gold ->Silver). This is the fantastic thing about Pokemon games and they're fantastic value for money.

 

Overall

8 out of 10, or more precisely 84 out of 100 is my overall game score. This game is one for real rpg fans and, if you aren't one you'll probably get fed up with training your Pokemon after an hour or so. If you're thinking of getting a new GameBoy game and you can afford it, then this or any other future version, is the game to get. I reccomend you buy this instead of renting it, because you probably won't have enough time to complete it. Look out for my Pokemon Gold and Silver Walkthrough in the near future!


Final Score: 84%

Review by: iN uNdeNial

 

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