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Pokemon has always been a winner with most ages. For those of you who don't know Pokemon is the name given to animals within this game, and the colour in the title is to do with the generation. Pokemon Fire Red is an updated version of Pokemon red which is one of the originals. Fire Red has updated graphics and animations, as well as combat mechanics. After completion and watching the end credits you begin again and the Pokemon you have are still with you but the game expands to the 3rd generation. So even when you complete the game there is more hours of play waiting for you. However you must be carefully when buying this game from an online site, for example with out game case of GBA booklet to go with it, the game may not be a genuine copy. If it is not a genuine copy you will not be able to benifit from the expanded story line. The playability of this game is extensive with main storyline lasting anywhere between 50 - 80 hours. Ages 3+ can play but I recommend 5+ for them to understand the mechanics of type based attacking ect.
It's become quite difficult to remember a time when Pokemon wasn't a worldwide franchise, a TV series that introduced many people to anime for the first time, a card game, a toy range and an entire complicated universe with so much detail it kept the grown ups well and truly out. Poor old Pokemon has been victim to something of a backlash and isn't quite the behemoth it used to be, it's easy to forget that it all began with Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue for the original Gameboy. It's also quite easy to forget, swamped underneath all that hype, that original game was actually very good.
Pokemon Fire Red and it's partner Leaf Green are enhanced remakes of the original Pokemon titles for Gameboy Advance. They offer improved graphics and a few gameplay tweaks but the game is largely the same here as it was back in the day. Prepare for a nostalgia trip!
Pokemon opens with a brief introduction from your in-game mentor, Professor Oak. He takes a few details about you before informing you that in this world there are creatures named Pokemon. They come in all shapes and sizes and the people of this world like to train them up fight them, something that seemed a lot less sinister when I was eleven. He informs you that on you tenth birthday you acquire your first Pokemon, that day is today. And so begins your journey. Starting off in your home town, you are invited to Professor Oak's home to pick your first Pokemon; choosing between three of the little beasts. Here the game first hints at its deeper, strategic nature. In all Pokemon games you are initially given the choice of either a Fire type Pokemon, a Water type or a Grass type. A Pokemon's type dictates its strengths and weaknesses, water is strong against fire, fire is strong against grass and grass is strong against water. You are also introduced to Professor Oak's grandson, your rival through the game. Whichever Pokemon you choose, he will pick a Pokemon with a tactical advantage over you. Through the game Gary and yourself will meet and do battle, his Pokemon always offering a challenge to your own. This system of advantage and disadvantage carries the game and part of the fun of collecting Pokemon is in building and training you team so that you can cover a range of opponent types.
Your ultimate goal as the player is to become the world champion Pokemon trainer in the Pokemon league. You encounter the Pokemon League arena very early on in the game and are informed that to enter you require eight gym badges. Pokemon gyms are arenas in each of the game's major cities, each gym is home to a gym master, a powerful trainer; usually with a themed Pokemon team. This adventure takes your through the world but also encourages you to seek out certain types of Pokemon and train them to a competition worthy state. After defeating all eight gym leaders, you can return home and face the champions of the Pokemon league.
Around the central story however, there are a remarkable number of side quests, missteps and little adventures. You'll encounter the villainous team rocket, a criminal organisation focused on stealing Pokemon, you'll discover the scientific lab working on restoring long extinct Pokemon from fossils. You'll even take a cruise on the S.S Anne at one point. However, Pokemon are still an essential part of this world. Throughout the game you'll pick up special techniques to teach your Pokemon such a FLY or STRENGTH, these skills not only function as attacks in battle but allow you to overcome obstacles on your journey or navigate the world more easily.
In this title, there are the original 150 Pokemon, minus a few that can only be acquired from Leaf Green. This has always been the way with Pokemon games, released on dual cartridges and requiring trade to complete. I have heard this described rather impolitely as a money grab and while I'm always quick to rant at a good money grab, I disagree on this occasion. The core element of the Pokemon games has always been collection, however it goes the extra mile and turns the game into a joint venture with friends. Originally released in Japan, where handheld gaming is a lot more common, finding other players with the game wasn't too difficult and it's a new idea in gaming. Co-operation for completion, it's a pity it didn't catch on in other games.
All in all, Pokemon FireRed is the game I remember. The graphical improvements are a nice touch and add to it without changing it. Pokemon is a franchise that acquired so much fame, it's unlikely to get much of a chance from those who got sick of the hype, but it's a chance it deserves. The original games are easily the best, they offer the strongest experience. While later titles are very derivative, essentially remakes in their own right, they often wander in the over complicated.
If you were a fan of the originals then this is the perfect remake, however if you never played a Pokemon game this is a really great way to try the series out. It's compatible with all Gameboy Advance console aswell as the DS or DSLite. No DSi or DSiXL I'm afraid.
The remake of the classic gameboy game Pokemon Red, Fire Red for the GBA brings all new grahpics and features to a game that has went down in the record books. Supporting the graphics of the Game boy Advance and adding in new features such as, The Sevii Islands, a new area to explore, and some new pokemon from ruby and sapphire, gold and silver, the game is bursting with features and will take you some time to complete. Every hour is worth it though. The game just like original, is all about beating the 8 pokemon gyms and then entering into the pokemon hall of fame after beating the elite four and your rival. Once this happens there is also the opportunity to fill up the national pokedex and capture every pokemon in the game for an extra reward. Levelling up pokemon is core to winning battles and there are so many cities, forests, mountains and unique routes to discover that you'll just wanna keep coming back to this game for more.
Pokemon Fire Red remakes the original pokemon game with excellent quality. This game will keep you entertained for hours a day and with a gameplay time of over 30 hours to complete its definetley worth the money.
This game is a remake and improvement on the orginal pokemon red game. The differences between this and the orgiginal game are as follows:
You can play as a male or female character
Pokemon from silver and gold and ruby and saphire are obtainable.
A new are called the sevii islands has been added.
Pokemon now have genders, natures and abillities.
Pokemon can hold items.
Pokemon can breed once you have reached the sevii islands.
Pokemon can evolve into pokemon from silver,ruby etc
New pokemon moves from silver,ruby etc
Tm's from ruby and saphire are now used.
The elite four can be fought again with more powerfull pokemon
This game starts in the pallet town where your character has just reached the age of 10. You visit professor oak who lives in the town and you choose between one of 3 pokemon. Charmander,Squirtle and Bulbasaur. Each pokemon has different abilities. Your rival automatically chooses the pokemon that is left that is the best for fighting your pokemon. (If you choose charmander a fire pokemon he chooses squirtle a water pokemon) The game revolves around travelling to the eleven towns eight of which have pokemon gyms where you have to defeat a gym leader to receive a pokemon league badge.
While travelling you can catch lots of pokemon. (if you have a link cable and pokemon ruby/saphire and pokemon colleseum it is possible to obtain a total of 386) Your pokemon also gain experience and level up. Once they have reached a certain level depening on the pokemon you are using they will evolve into more powerfull versions of themselves.
Once all 8 gym badges are obtained you can gain access to the pokemon league. Here is where you fight the elite four all of there pokemon will be lv50 or above and you have to defeat all four of them in a row otherwise you have to start at the beginning. Now the team rocket storyline begins which focuses on mainly there warehouses on various islands. Once you have defeated them one of the elite four that was there will return to the pokemon league and you get to battle them again. This time all pokemon will be lv80 or above and you will also have to fight your rival at the end.
After this congratulations you've completed the game. Unless you want to find all the secrets and capture all 386 pokemon to get a diploma from professor oak. But to be honest I dont think you will have the time and the patience. Also if you fight one of the legendary pokemon and fail to catch it and end up having to kill it then you can never catch it again so you can never obtain all 386 pokemon unless you have a friend who is willing to trade you one.
Pokemon Fire Red is a remake of the classic Pokemon series for the Gameboy Advance.
The games story has you start out as a young trainer in Pallet Town and are given a Pokemon by Professor Oak, your goal is to travel the world of Kanto and catch all 150 of the worlds Pokemon as well as battle and collect all the badges from the Gym leaders and eventually challenge the Elite Four themselves. Along the way it won't be an easy journey as you will encounter the evil Team Rocket who will attempt to get in your way!
The gameplay in Pokemon Fire Red has been brought up to speed with the more recent Pokemon titles like Ruby, for instance your character can now be a boy or a girl and now moves at a much faster pace thanks to the running shoes you get in the game. Your bag has been now properly organised pockets for your items, key items and Pokeballs instead of just being a gigantic list. When in battle you will now see an experience bar below your Pokemon that shows you how close it is to levelling up. Items in the world you can interact with are far more obvious as now you can select them and choose the action instead of going through the menus to select the option you want.
There is also a really cool feature that when you turn back on the game you will get a little previously on Pokemon and you will see what you were up to last time you played, so if it's been a while you it will help to jog your memory and prevent you from being at a loss of what to do.
The battle system has been updated to include the double battles found in Ruby and Sapphire. The battles are the same as ever apart from that with each of your Pokemon able to do four moves and gain experience by fighting, and at a certain level of experience they may even evolve!
Catching Pokemon is simple, you can only capture the wild Pokemon in the game though. When battling a wild Pokemon you must weaken it and preferably send it to sleep then send out your Pokeball, Great Ball or Ultra ball and see if you can catch it! With 150 to get it is a really addictive experience trying to get them all.
Graphics have been fully updated to Ruby and Sapphire standards and the world of Kanto is much more colourful and full of detail. Pokemon animations are better an the models used have been much updated from the original Pokemon Red.
This is an excellent update to the classic Pokemon Red though if you have played it already you will already be familiar with the events and story and it may not be as exciting as your playthrough of Red.
Pokemon Fire Red is a remake of the original pokemon red from back in the days of the old game boy. This classic is finally brought back to life, and to colour screens for the true fans to enjoy.
The game brings back old memories of first meeting Prof.Oak and his grandson Gary. It also brings back the feel of the first time you played the pokemon games, that feeling of excitement as you strive out into the pokemon world with your first partner.
The differences however are merely graphical, except for the fact that a new sidequest has been added to the game. This sidequest is known as the Sevii Islands. Here you can capture many johto pokemon, which of course are very hard to obtain in 3rd generaion games. Whilst these islands are relatively small, they are a great place to find miriads of pokemon.
This games was also the first to bring into the pokemon world, the apsect of wireless battling and trading. These games originally came packaged with a wireless adapter, which made battling so much easier without the hassle of wires all over the place.
Pokemon became a worldwide craze at the end of the nineties. Based on the hugely successful Japanese anime of the same name the roleplaying games in which players can travel through a virtual Pokemon world capturing the monsters and battling other trainers just like the show itself were instant successes and have just spawned their 4th generation on the Nintendo DS.
Fire Red and Leaf Green on the otherhand were a revamped version of the game's very first releases Red and Blue. A lot of fans have often stated that these games were their favourite of the series and I'd have to agree being a big Pokemon fan when I was younger and finding that each game added a few new Pokemon, updated its graphics and churned out the same old storyline it did get quite repetitive and the excitement of playing the games wore off.
As such there aren't many differences here at all compared to Red and Blue. The starter Pokemon and storyline and all other aspects revolving around the game itself remain the same though the Kanto region looks a lot more modern and has the same feel to it as the last games in the franchise released on theGBA Ruby and Sapphire.
The main differences here are of course the graphics which are exceptionally good for a 2D game and use a whole range of colours compared to the original games and it really gives the maps a new, vibrant feel whilst the Pokemon look far more updated and lifelike in comparision to the sprites used in the first games.
Whilst the music remains the same and is recycled from other Pokemon games its pleasant enough here with a wide variety of sounds though it can get a bit annoying after a while if you're playing consistantly.
The game itself follows the traditional Pokemon storylines with the main differences in FR/LG compared to their parent games is that their is a separate side quest the Sevil Islands which add a whole new seven islands to explore complete with appearances in the wild and battles from Pokemon that didn't even exsist when Red and Blue were first released.
As always it seems that you need to own most of the other games in the franchise or have contact with somebody who does to be able to collect all of the Pokemon on offer which could be frustrating to achieve making the task of completing this game a much bigger challenge than most normal computer games.
The storyline itself is interesting enough and easy to follow making it easy for younger players to be able to play without too much trouble, the game can get quite difficult in places particulary with some of the later gym leaders and often relies on the skill of the player themself to know how to work the world of Pokemon.
All in all FR and LG are a perfect excuse to immerse yourself in an updated version of the games that started Pokemania all those years ago and find yourself reliving the world of Pokemon all over again. With at least 20 hours of play here on offer at average and an extra 4 or 5 with the additional islands and of course the ever continuing quest to complete that Pokedex there's enough to keep you busy for days here meaning you can truly get as much as possible out of the games.
Pokemon has proved itself to be a timeless classic, thanks to its original idea (at the time), fantastic gameplay mechanics and simple yet robust story. Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green allow players to relive that charming experience offered by the original Pokemon games, Red and Blue, on the Gameboy Advance.
The 2D graphics are very good. The game uses a good range of colours and, while being vibrant, the backgrounds are slightly 'washed out' and by no means bright. This does mean that they are easy on the eyes and help to create a soothing atmosphere for the game. The few animations found in the game run smoothly and there are no issues there. During battles, the animations of Pokemon entering the battle are smooth and every move has its own (slightly weird) animation which are generally fine. The sprites of Pokemon are colourful and bright and makes it easy to differentiate between Pokemon.
The game uses a vast range of tunes and nearly every place has its own theme, which adds a lot of variety to the sonic experience. The music is at times soothing and sometimes mysterious and helps to create the perfect atmosphere for the game. During battles, it is appropriately fast-paced to mirror the fast and furious nature of the battle system. The screeches made by Pokemon when they enter battle are quite frankly horrible and feel like they were taken from the Gameboy Colour. These can get annoying at times but you get used to them quickly.
The story is very simple. You start off as a Pokemon trainer and choose one of three starter Pokemon. Then, you journey to different places to battle certain tough Pokemon trainers in order to obtain Gym badges. When you have collected all eight gym badges, you can challenge the top Pokemon Trainers know as the Elite Four. Beat them and you'll be crowned Champion. But there's trouble. A nefarious group of villains who call themselves Team Rocket are trying to rule the world by using Pokemon to exert control. It will be your task to defeat them and undertake the many other sidequests in the process.
This is where the game really shines. Using a fast and responsive turn-based combat system, the game makes battles smooth and joyous events. You are basically given four options during each of your turn. The first option is 'Fight' in which you order your Pokemon to use one of its four moves on the opponent. Your Pokemon learns new moves as it gains levels but you must delete a previously learnt move before it can learn a new move since Pokemon can only learn four moves as a maximum. There are hundreds of moves in the game and each Pokemon has unique moves. The second option is 'Bag' which allows you to use an item in your bag. The item can be anything from a potion or an antidote which helps heal your own Pokemon to a Pokeball which allows you to capture a Pokemon. The third option is 'Pokemon' which allows you to change your Pokemon in battle while the fourth option is 'Run', allowing you to run from battles.
The shows how simple the battles really our but they in fact require a lot of thinking and strategy, especially against the top gym leaders or the elite four. Your Pokemon levels up through battles which allows it to becomes stronger. It becomes progressively harder to level up as the Pokemon gets stronger. When Pokemon reach a particular level, they may evolve and turn into another more powerful Pokemon. There is a large number of Pokemon in the game to see and catch which adds a lot of variety to the game.
During battle all characters are stationary but during the exploring and travelling bits, the D-pad is used to control movement. You later get running shoes and a cycle which speed up travelling and movement.
There are some sidequests in the game as well. Some of them are actually quite lengthy such as the Sevii Islands one while some are more like mini games (e.g. the Safari Park).
The main adventure took me some 20 hours which is very long. You can also take part in the Sevii Island sidequest which should take at least five hours to complete. There is also a wireless multiplayer mode which allows you to play with your friends.
In conclusion, Pokemon Fire Red is great game with clean graphics, nice tunes and robust gameplay. It is sure to cause nostalgia and makes for an excellent introduction to the wonderful world of Pokemon for newcomers. You cannot help but be charmed by the diverse world in which this game is set and the fantastic combat system makes playing it a joy.