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      02.12.2007 20:30
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      Once you've started you'll never stop!

      This review is for Pokemon Emerald, it's like a best of of the Pokemon Ruby and the Pokemon Sapphire games.

      Introduction
      Pokemon Emerald was bought out in the UK in 2005 for the Game Boy Advance (GBA). As with all Game Boy games you can use them on new platforms that are released, for example:
      A GBA game works in a Nintendo DS and DS lite
      A Gameboy Color game works in a GBA, a Nintendo DS and DS lite
      A Gameboy game works in a Gameboy Color, a GBA, a Nintendo DS and DS lite

      Very handy to know as Nintendo don't tend to make many of the classic games for their newer platforms.
      I bought my copy of Pokemon Emerald second-hand from Game in 2006 and it cost me around £25, sounds a lot I know as it was only £30 new but this really was the going rate at the time as the game is fairly rare.

      Pokemon Emerald is very similar to Ruby or Sapphire, it basically has a few added tweaks but overall the same game. So if you already Ruby or Sapphire this should only be top of your wish list if you have an extra GBA to link it with your Emerald version in the interests of completing the game.
      I found the colour and graphics as good as you would expect from a GBA, you are able to set text speed at the beginning of the game which is useful.


      The Story
      Both team Aqua and team Magma are trying to realise their dreams of expanding the sea and the land, by awakening the two 'super-ancient pokemon'- Kyogre and Groudon. And as with games before, the consequences are dire. Your mission is to locate the third ancient pokemon- Rayquaza. As a trainer destined to become the champion, saving the world on the way is a simple task, yes?

      The Game
      You begin by meeting Professor Birch and choosing your name and gender.
      You are a young adventurer just moved to the area with the dream of becoming Pokemon grand champion - you are given you're first Pokemon but from then on you are able to catch more and build up your team until you are unstoppable.

      You build your team of pokemon up by catching them in Pokeballs, Great Balls, Master Balls and a selection of special addition balls such as dive and net balls.
      You make your pokemon stronger by 'levelling them up', this is done by battling wild pokemon which can be found in long grass, caves, rivers and lakes(as well as a few other places) or by battling other pokemon trainers. The more battles you win the stronger your Pokemon will become - as they 'level up' they also learn new attacks and sometimes even evolve (kind of like growing up into a bigger, stronger Pokemon).

      The ultimate aim of the game is to collect all of the pokemon listed in the pokedex, this can be done by catching pokemon and trading them with friends who have other versions of the Pokemon game such as Pokemon Ruby....but there are other aims, sub plots if you like during the game.
      Aim 1
      Become the Pokemon Champion. To do this you must defeat 8 Gym leaders and the Elite four as well as the reigning champion.

      The gym leaders are: Roxanne, Brawly, Wattson, Flannery, Norman (your dad), Winona, Liza and Tate(the twins) and Juan. They each use a different type of pokemon for their balltes but to tell you that would be to spoil your fun!
      The Elite four can only be battled once you have defeated all of the gym leaders and collected all of the HM (hidden machine) moves for your pokemon. The elite four and the reigning champion must be fought in succession and you will not be given the opportunity to take your pokemon to the medical centre between battles.

      Aim 2
      As mentioned earlier, find Rayquaza, a legendary pokemon who must be awakened to undo the damage that team Aqua and team Magma are causing in their bid to make over the world.
      Aim 3
      Solve all of the Trick Masters trick rooms and find the 3 'regi's'. The regi's are three more legendary pokemon and you can only go about finding them after you've made your way through all of the trick masters trick rooms and followed a number of braille instructions. My advice here is to read a walkthrough very carefully, it's a very long complicated process.

      Aim 4
      Collect all the badges at the Battle Frountier, I've not done this yet but I will update my review when I do.

      Further information
      The best information for this game that I have found are on the Gamefaqs dot com website. The site includes information such as:

      Walkthroughs
      Complete FAQs on pokemon abilities, stats, catch rates and techniques
      Complete FAQs on berries
      Detailed maps of the Hoenn world and all the caves, islands and hidden areas
      Pokemon type and breeding charts
      Guides to all the major opponents and gym leaders
      I really would recommend spending some time reading through at least one of the walkthroughs before you begin your game as I discarded an item early on in my quest without realising that it was essential to get a particular pokemon!


      In Summary
      This game is incredibly long and I've not yet come to the end of it. I play it when on long train journeys which kills a lot of time, therefore saving me money on my paperback book buying addiction which in turn, at £25 makes it very good value for money!!

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        05.08.2007 21:38
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        Imaginative.

        I have played pokemon's GBA games long long time ago, since the version of red/blue and then yellow followed by crystal/gold and now it's sapphire/ruby. All of them are kind of RPG games-role playing games, begin with main character, can be a boy or a girl. Main character is named by you and you will control him/ her through our the game. In this version-Ruby/Sapphire, after chosing your character, you will then be introduced all the instructions about the game and introduction about the game's world( It's different from our world though^^) by a professor a called Birch who is studying about Pokemon(pocket monster). Afterward, you'll have to face a difficult situation, chosing one of three Pokemon in three Pokeball to rescue the professor from wild-dog Pokemon named Poochyena.Those three are Treeko, Mudkip, Torchic which comes from three elements: wood, water and fire.After beating the dog and rescue Birch, you'll then be given one of three that you chose to take care of and carry out the most important mission: to collect all the information about pokemons on Hoenn region(Pokemon's world) and put it on the Pokedex-pokemon's dictionary....and the story begins.

        With an important mission on your shoulder, you'd better leave your town soon( Litteroot town-really nice name , isn't it). After saying goodbye to your mom, you'll start going out of your town, travel all around Hoenn with a friend-named May if a girl or Brendan as a boy, try to figure out everything about pokemon. You will run through every single bush, bump on some pokemons. Firstly you have to fight them cause they are wild, uncontralable, just like when you meet some strange creatures.With a normal fight, you be on the down side of the screen, throwing your Pokeball in order to release your pokemon.Then your pokemon appear with several statistic: Life point, EXperience point,Skill, and info. Your pokemon's life point is very important, if they run out of life point, they'll die and you'll have to either coming back home or to the hospital to heal them.You can use berry or portion to recover the life point during the battle or use medicine to improve it.
        The life point will not only go down when your enemy attack but also when your pokemons are poison or burned as well, you have to use another kind of berry to cured, of course.Experience point is also special, as your fighting, your pokemon get more experience, it depends on how good of your enemy is-can find out through their level.Everytime they have enough experience, they will automatically level up, their life point, attack, defend, speed, will all increase.Not only that, when your pokemon is level up, at particular level, they will learn new moves to fight, normally stronger and more effective.The thing is they only got 4 spaces so try to hesitate which move should be used or replaced, otherwise you may regret afterward.Moves are divided into types: Physical/psychic, or elements.Firstly, talk about element, there are several elements in the game such as: Fire, wood, water, ice, poison, dragon, fly, fighting, ghost, electric, ground,psychic...and even normal( which is th most). Each pokemon can have one two or even three elements in them. Therefore, it affects their moves. For example:
        Pikachu is an electric pokemon, therefore, its move are thunderbolt, thunder storm, 10.000 volt. Pikachu's moves can cause paralysation somtimes and especialy affective against water-element pokemon like Mudkip but not very affective against wood-pokemon like Treeko.
        Actually, on the battlefield, the game is turn-base strategy type,each turn you can force your pokemon to use their particular move, heal them by herb or change the pokemon during the battle( this is very important when it's about element-fight).Pokemon with higher speed will make their move first.Pokemon's level is limited from 1 to 100, after reaching limit, they won't receive experience point from battle anymore. You can bring at most 6 pokemon with you when traveling, all the other have to stay at home, in Prof. Birch's lab. You can only change them through the machine in hospital.Most of the pokemon you have will come from catching-which means they are wild, the other will be given to you by other people.Moreover, you can change your pokemon with other'spokemon as well, then the exchanged pokemon will receive 1.5 exp. point.

        As well as this, in the game, you cannot just walk through everywhere, the wild pokemon will become stronger and stronger so after visit each town, you will have to fight that town's gym owner.If you win you can go through to other region.There are 8 gyms overall, each gym has its particular pokemon type and its own gyms leader-which is the strongest. When you win against him/ her, you will have permission to get on and will receive a gym badge as a record/ certificate.Also, you be given a special move to teach your pokemon and increase your ability to control them.That's just obvious when pokemon get stronger, they don't want a nooby trainer anymore.One funny thing about the gyms is the 5th gym, where the main character has to fight their own father in order to move on. You have to go all the back to meet him(second town) which make players sometimes get lost. In addition, in the game, there are some quests like that and millions of small trick which you have to solve on the way go,actually very lively and interresting.

        Also , in the begining, you receive PokeNav from Prof.Birch( pokemon navigator).This small litte thing can help you a lot. It can be a guide which you can see world map and store the FAQ about the game, can be used to record your result, your money, can be used to call your mom and your friend as well.With trainer that you have fought, whenever you want a rematch, just give them a call and they will be very please. Another incedibly helpful thing is your bag. I really don't know how he/she can store that many of things in such a small tiny little bag. Many many things such as berries, medicine, learning disks, tickets and a whole lot of Items: watering can, bicycle, fishing rod. Watering-can is used to water the berry tree after you take the berry, they will grow and you can have it again just after a short time. Along with Running shoe, Bicycle is also used to increase your speed, as well as get through some difficult place like desert or some kind of bridges.There are two kind of bike Mach an Arco which can only be changed by the guy in the bike shop.Mach is really fast just as you ride, Arco is for jumping between spaces.Fishing rod is for meeting those pokemon deep down in the water that cannot be see.Alltogether, they make the game just like a real world-what I like most about this game! Game's graphic is much better than last version(crystal), objects are sharpen and the Hoenn world look more colorful with green field, dark blue sea, desert, caves. You make a tree-house, use your pokemon to fly in the sky , surfing on the water or dive in it, discover the underwater world...game's graphic makes everything look perfect, create some wonderful moments although it's only a game on GBA, incredible, terrific!!!

        As well as this, game's mono sound/music can make you impressed.Various of songs and pokemon voice, make the pokemon's world become very lively. It's different when fighting, when going around, looking for pokemon, when taking your time fishing or surfing on the water... It just like our beautiful world, a small little version of world!Therefore, it bring up your imagination, creativity and espeacialy good for children at all age(from 4).You can get on with it forever to catch all the pokemon, to grow all the berry trees, to make some more tree-house, to discover the blue sea and to rasie your own lovely pokemons.

        I love this game very much and used to played every single version of it on GBA.Hope you'll like it!

        Thank you for reading.

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          15.11.2006 22:51
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          Pick up that GBA, there are some new Pokemon to catch!

          Just when you thought it was safe to put down your GBA, along comes Pokemon Sapphire and its twin, Pokemon Emerald.

          For those die-hard Pokemon fans, this game offers much cleaner game play with new bells and whistles, for example the movement of the pokemon in battle. There are also new elements to the game, contests for you to enter your pokemon into, you can become a gardener and cultivate berries, the berries can be used to mix special "pokeblocks" which your little friends will eat, giving them more strength, beauty etc to help win those contests.

          This is not a short game to play, for once you have beaten all 8 gyms and the Elite 4, you are transported to another region to take on another 8 gyms. As the object of the game is to capture one of every single pokemon, you soon realise how huge a task this will be. It becomes a little disheartening when you realise that you will never be able to do this without owning every single version of Pokemon - certain pokemon are only available on certain versions - so be prepared to run several games at once in order to trade creatures and complete the game.

          For the more cynical players, this is just a recycled version of all the previous pokemon games, though it has enough new and attractive features to make this a must-have for Pokemon fans.

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            25.09.2006 01:56
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            It is fun try it out yourself

            I love this game so much I can not put it down. I give a thumbs up because this game rocks and I can not wait to get the others. This game is awesome and if you can not or do not belive me you will just have to get it yourself. I have over a hundred pokemon and I am still going. I do not have every single game but I am still looking.

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              cant wait to buy the next set of games - 4/5

              the pokemon game series continues with the new pokemon sapphire, in which you play as either a boy or girl in Hoenn to collect and battle pokemon.
              In this game you can capture the legendary Kyogre, a water pokemon which rules the ocean.
              storyline - prof.Birch asks you to fill a pokedex as full as you can, you capture and raise a team of pokemon and battle 8 gym leaders with differant types of pokemon, you then battle the elite four to claim your title of POKECHAMPION, all after stopping the evil team aqua and befriending the powerful team magma. this game has amazing graphics and gameplay and brings around 150 new pokemon and includes a few pokemon from the old 252. also attempt to capture the four other legendary pokemon regice, registeel, regirock and either latias or latios.
              a high 4/5 for this game.

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                It was a brave decision from Nintendo to take Pokemon away from the craze that made it their second largest selling franchise. Pokemon Sapphire has removed 80% of the Pokemon that we will all remember from the original classics, there are no guest appearances from Ash, Oak, Misty, Brock etc? and Pikachu is a mere footnote in the Safari zone. Sapphire no longer resembles the phenomenon that grasped the world in the late 90?s but instead one of the million clones that tried to leach off its success. It?s Nintendo?s way of making Pokemon a game franchise to itself rather than a game suffocating in card?s, soft cuddly toys and God-awful cartoons. That?s not to say Pokemon has grown up at all or even changed that much. The game still tries to be inoffensive as possible, it still starts you up with the choice of 3 Pokemon and encourages you to scour the land of Hourn to collect enough gym badges to battle the elite four. On your journey you?ll have to help Team magma defeat Team Aqua (or the other way round depending on the version), catch as many Pokemon as you can and fight the all important legendary Pokemon. There are a mere 199 Pokemon to find (a good 50 less than Gold and Silver) but I?m sure by linking up to one of the 80 or so Gamecube and GBA games Nintendo have planned you?ll be able to get the full 350 and ?catch them all?. The problem with Sapphire is how incredibly similar it is to its predecessors. Nintendo incorporated the duel Pokemon battles, where you can fight 2 Pokemon at once. This is a mere gimmick and doesn?t come into play that much and the only other big difference is the amount of landscapes available, lava worlds, Tree topped villages, underwater sections and even ash covered land. It?s all very nice but what happened to the day/night system that existed in Gold and Silver? Why is the game about half the size of it Gameboy Colour counterparts and what happened to all those nice mini-adventures (the unknown Pokedex from
                the previous game for example)? There are, granted, a lot more to offer in the trading/battling link-up segments of the game which Nintendo have put a lot of effort into refining but the graphics, for a GBA game, are awful. There are nice footprint animations in the sand and a wide variety of landscapes this time but after the likes of Golden Sun GBA owners expect more. Despite these draw backs the game is still Pokemon. The drive to catch and find all those rare Pokemon is still there, you?ll still be up to the early hours trying to beat the latest gym leader and, as with many of Nintendo?s franchises, the game is still unbelievably fun. Gold and Silver spoilt us Pokemon fans and many of us were expecting to be spoilt even more. What we got was a game that didn?t commit to any new, revolutionary idea and a game that was shorter than the previous incarnation. The game is fun; nurturing your 6 special friends to level 100 is still a joy. But the question remains, where does Pokemon go from here? Dringo.

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                  Ah, Pokemon. It seems to have taken over the world. You cant go anywhere without seeing something related to it, the trading cards, the movies, TV shows and plushies of that ever annoying Pokemon Pikachu. With the craze that has swallowed the world the public eye perceives Pokemon as childish and simple. While some of the merchandise do little to dispel that viewpoint it is the games that started off Pokemon and it is because of these that the mania started off. So they must have been doing something right. For those people who have yet to hear about Pokemon and the lucky parents that have not had their children drag them along to see the sub-standard movies a little explanation of what Pokemon actually is all about might be wise. Put simply Pokemon is a bug catching game. You play a young, wide-eyed Pokemon Trainer who goes around your little world where humans and Pokemon live together. You aim, apart from ?catch ?em all? is to defeat various other Trainers and Gym Leaders of towns around your little world in order to progress and meet your ultimate battle. Doesn?t sound all that special but it is wildly engaging. Proof that it is still as engaging as ever is the fact that Pokemon fever is still strong. The latest games have topped games charts in Japan, USA and Europe and massively boosting the GBA hardware. People are still hungry for Pokemon. The games charm, it seems, is not lost which is certainly something as really very little has changed from its first incarnation. From the first game, the Japan-only Pokemon Green, to its first cousins, Red, Blue and Yellow (which just had Pikachu following you around) there was little difference between them. The second generation, Gold, Silver and Crystal were basically the same game too with
                  little additions such as breeding being added to the game. However the main concept remained the same, defeat Trainers and catch the Pokemon. Yet seven games of basically the same thing continue to sell like the proverbial hotcakes. While some may cast a cynical eye over Nintendo for being exploitive, with little evolution for the games, a simpler reason for their similarity is that they are great games anyway so who needs too much change, people seem more than happy to buy into them. Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are the first Pokemon games for the Gamboy Advance and they?ve taken a long time to come. As with all the previous Pokemon games the familiar aim is to catch Pokemon and defeat people who get in your way. You get to explore a whole new world in the new games, Hoenn, and there are 100 breeds of new Pokemon waiting to be caught. There is little story only that Team Aqua/Magma are causing trouble (Team Magma want to get rid of the seas, Team Aqua want to make more of the wet stuff for the good of all Pokemon) the story will change depending which version of the game you get. You will also set your sights on defeating the Elite Four a bunch of tricky Trainers with very well trained Pokemon. There are also plenty of little side quests and activates you can do in the game. For the most part of the game you be encountering battles. Whether this is with wild Pokemon, Trainers or Gym Leaders. This is where the belief that Pokemon is simple goes out the window. There are 17 elemental types of Pokemon. There are simple bug types, flying, ghost, fire, water and dragons to name a few. To stand a chance in later levels of Pokemon battles you must at least have half an understanding about the different types of Pokemon and what moves are effective against certain opponen
                  ts. For example using a Water-type attack on a fire type will cause some of them to become immobile because the magma will cool and then solidify, trapping the Pokemon. Also you will learn not to get too close to Electric-type Pokemon as they can cause paralysis so its best to use long-range attacks. While the element system is sometimes confusing it is with trial and error and common sense that will soon see you identify which moves work best in each situation. This means that strategy in preparing the battles is essential. All round training of Pokemon is needed. You can breeze through the early part of the game with little care as to what moves and type of Pokemon you will use. However, like most Pokemon games, later battles will become harsher and crueller if you haven?t trained your Pokemon properly. For example, relying on one type of Pokemon isn?t going to do much good no matter what Level it is at if it is a Water type and gets hit with an Electric move. The game gently pushes you to try and breed high Level Pokemon across various types, so that you have one for every occasion. By breeding Pokemon successfully they will learn better moves. Moves can be learnt via Level growth (experience points are gained in battle) or by TM and HMs (Pokeballs which contain special moves). Even with the learning of moves you will need to be decisive. A Pokemon can only learn up to four moves at a time and certain moves are dependant on certain species of Pokemon. Some will be restricted while some hybrid Pokemon can learn many different types. So, as you can see, the belief that Pokemon is simple play is wrong and is actually built up on a complex and well thought out system. Don?t be put off though, the Pokedex lists all Pokemon you find and their moves and effects to lend you a helping hand. <
                  br> Of course Pokemon games are really about the Pokemon themselves. There are just over 100 new ones to catch in these games. Some are, it has to be said, better than others but it?s a small price to pay with the games being so long going. With only six Pokemon per team the rest are stored on PC but it?s hard to say goodbye to the ones that are of no use because some are very cute indeed. You catch new Pokemon either in the wild or sometimes being given them. To catch them all you need a friend and a GBA link cable and a copy of the opposite game you have because some Pokemon are exclusive to either Ruby or Sapphire doing this and trading Pokemon will also let certain Pokemon evolve when they normally wouldn?t. Linking up and battling has always been a key element in the Pokemon games and it is no different here. Battling against friends really adds something to the game as you will actually be facing a human opponent and if you?re betting money on it then its all the more intense. The console leap to the GBA actually doesn?t offer too much change in aesthetics. The graphics are updated a touch more to improve on the GameBoy Colour version. However it doesn?t push the hardware to the limits. The battles are a bit more visually active this time round however and some simple but nice animations accompany some moves. Sound is a mixed bag. The music is actually very well done and sometimes catchy, it seems to really take advantage of the extra power of the GBA. However sound effects are sometimes disappointing. It is disheartening to hear the little roars of the Pokemon are as tinny as they were on the GameBoy Colour. That said though the games still look and sound good enough to enjoy not to disappoint too much. There are a few new additions to the GBA
                  incarnations. Contests feature prominently in a few towns you visit. This is where your Pokemon performs moves to crowds and it can be judged on strength, cuteness etc. They are, like battles, surprisingly deep and certain moves will be more appealing in certain types of contests. Another way to pass more time in Hoenn is the building of a secret base. With the aid of a special move and the right spot you can build your own little home. You can then buy rugs, posters and all types of furniture to spruce up your pad. There are also all-new two-on-two battles so four Pokemon battle at the same time. The game itself is massive. The world you play in is grand on scale as well as the actual game length. This is easily one of the longest GBA game out there at the moment. The initial quest really does vary depending on how fast you want to get to the final showdown but if you want to stand a chance you?ll need to devote time in training you Pokemon up. If you want to catch all the Pokemon then you can add hours upon hours of gameplay time. This game can easily last you a month and more if you want to really fill all of your Pokedex. There is little wrong in the two new Pokemon games. The lack of change, especially it being on a new console, may not please some. It is, as ever, the same game with a few added and welcome additions yet for people looking for a totally new experience then you shouldn?t look here. That said it is still as engaging and fun as ever. One odd and slightly annoying aspect of the game is that there are only around 200 Pokemon to catch. Yet in game there are blank spaces in your Pokedex for plenty more (a total of 386 Pokemon spread through the games). Nintendo have been coy as how we are supposed to get these new types of Pokemon. They may be bundled onto GameCube discs and able to be
                  downloaded via the GameCube/GBA Link Cable (which will aid interest in the Connectivity thing they have going) and also bundled E-reader cards possibly in magazines so we can scan them in (after being reportedly canned for Europe, Nintendo do indeed confirm the E-reader is heading over here). While this will surely lengthen the game and maintain interest it seems a shame that we don?t get the full amount straight off. For Pokemon fans then there is no question that you should buy it. For those new to the games then this is a perfect time to get into them. If you had your fill of Pokemon with the last few games then you should stop and think whether you will get much out of this. However this is really a key stand out title for the GBA. Hours will be lost training the little blighters up, cherries will be mashed, contests won or lost and you?ll still be on the elusive quest to ?catch ?em all?. [8 out of 10] POKEMON RUBY/SAPPHIRE IS Epic Engaging Addictive POKEMON RUBY/SAPPHIRE IS NOT An evolution Only for single players Going to be over quickly

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