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Retro : Pok'emon gold and silver
Pok+mon Gold and Silver (GB)
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Pok+mon Gold and Silver (GB)
Advantages: New region, pokemon, gear , better graphics and sound
Disadvantages: way too addictive
Carrying on our little Pok'emon history lesson we have the 2001 release of Pok'emon Gold and Silver , this is the 2nd generation set and was released as a fully branded game boy colour game , although it still used game boy cartridges.
The box is the first great thing, as it has a wonderful shine and the sunlight reflecting of the gold was great sight to see as a kid. Unfortunatley now the box is a little worn and a bit dusty but the gaming gold still shines as bright as it ever did.
The first important change from the previous incarnations has to be the story. Taking place 3 years after Red and Blue, and set in the new region of Johto which includes an icreased size and population. 7 cities and 3 towns line the games routes , as well as landmarks based around the real life landscape of kansai and toakie in Japan. These geographical sights line the routes giving the games mountains, caves and water areas.
Although starting of the same way as a young boy, the story begins in New Bark and you are given the starter choices of 3 new Pok'emon from professor Elm. These are Totodile, chikorita and cylandaquil, this keeps the same base beggining the same as its fire, water and grass.
Intrestingly, Elm was a student of Prof. Oak (Prof. in origional games) and moved to the Johto region to continue his research.
A slight change in the story is that your rival isn't given a Pok'emon and instead steals one before challenging you to a battle. But the game now has a new region to conquer , this means new Pok'emon, new trainers and new challenges. Not only do you have 8 new gym leaders to defeat and the elite four, but you can then return to Kanto and meeting all the old characters, re-face the gym leaders and complete the journey. As well as facing Team Rocket and the option to travel up MT.Silver to defeat Red , the character you played in the first game , who is now a top trainer and a worthy opponent of your skills.
Although the basics of the game stay the same in catching all the Pok'emon and beating all the leaders and elite, Gold and Silver also added 100 new pokemon with new abilities , attacks and looks.
Pok'emon Gold/Silver was the first game to have Breeding , allowing you to farm Pok'emon for abilities and making one which was extremely powerful and had all the skills you wanted.
The game's full Colour support meant the graphics could have a complete overall, rather than the compromise with Pok'emon yellow's graphics.
The game featured a wide range of colours, never really seen before in a gaming device, this bought the Pok'emon to life as you could now see their colours and distinct markings, drawing you further into the games world.
Not only this but it allowed the environment to be a lot more engaging , rows of pine tree's and brickwork in building's was a huge step up from what people had seen before. The grass still blew in the wind with pink rose buds flowering in the town centres and the blue sea had waves crash and move against the walls.
Character designs also improved with people being able to look different facially, as well as wearing different clothes. No longer did you wander round with a sense of deja' vu, but you could recognise the city's people and saw them go about their lives.
New to the series was also the ability to give Pok'emon items to hold, this meant they could eat berries and the awesome red candy, whenever the need arises. Of course red candy was the most important as it was a big aid in evolving your Pok'emon quicker.
A natural addition, or evolution, of the Pok'edex was added to the game. This came in the form of Pok'egear, now where the Pok'edex handled the Pok'emon, Pok'egear handled the people, utilities and entertainment. Essentialy its your smartphone, the Pok'egear allowed for many features such as a clock, a map of the entire regions and the routes,a phone and a radio.
Now talking about the 2 intresting aspects of this , the phone and the radio.
The phone allowed you to call anyone you had traded numbers with in the game, this meant you could then trade tips, be told where rare pok'emon were.This instantly updated the map with an exclamation mark , meaning you knew exactly where they meant. The phone also holds the Professors number and your mums. Mums pretty sweet when she phones, she lets you know how much money she has for you, if she has decorated your room and even if she has bought a gift for you.
The other exciting feature was the Radio , which gave a welcome distraction on the journeys round the region. Much like with Fallout 3 and GNR , time always passed quicker when listening to "lets all sing" or "Prof. elm talks".
I think it was a bit of an unsung hero in the game as it gave the world a voice, it let you know that things were happening outside of your story, I loved it when they interviewed other trainers and especially "Lucky show" this was a little like bingo or the lotto, at one point in the two hour show a Pok'emon ID would be read out, usually like 4 numbers , and if 3 matched you could go to the show and get a prize.
Such a simple thing but one that let you feel as though the world was spinning.
Also released alongside the game was a Pikachu pocket toy. This was a bit like a pedometer , but every step you take transferred to watts, the more watts you had the happier Pikachu was and then the watts could be spent on a mystery gift. This could be either a Pok'emon or a item, the pocket pet also had a handful of activities. This is special because the remake Heartgold and Soulsilver has an updated version of this shaped like a Pok'eball.
The gameplay was smooth and the storyline was prevalent throughout. The sound clarity was increased by the Gameboy Colour and so both the origional music sounds were reatined as well as the Radio sounding very clear.
The controls were as simple as they came with only the D-pad and A needed to have 100's of hours of fun wittled away.
An added bonus was that the game had backward's combatibilty meaning old pok'emon and information could be passed over via a game cable. This was great as it would have been a little harsh to make the player do the same thing and lose all their hard work and wasted hours.
The game today is worth £70 in its box and in good condition, or £7 used , the Pikachu pet is worth around £80 in good condition.
Overall it's a fantastic sequel and showed that they weren't a one hit wonder, as well as showing room for growth and improvement.
That concludes todays Pok'emon history lesson, last one out turn off the lights :)
Summary: A brilliant sequel