Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo DS games
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A soul of silver
Pokemon SoulSilver (DS)
Member Name: Chloboshoka
Pokemon SoulSilver (DS)
Advantages: Many that are hard to sum up into words.
Disadvantages: Not easy to start a new game.
Many fans demanded a remake of gold and silver for the gameboy advance. Some even went and tried to make their own version. Some feared that pokemon was dying and that there would be no more games.
Then Diamond, Platinum and Pearl became successful and almost by popular demand, they announced that Gold and Silver would be getting remake for the ds systems. With the remakes, they made full use of the DS' capabilities and took what the fans have said into account. Heart Gold and Soul Silver are almost their own games in themselves. Whilst the plot is no different, the pokemon available differs to each game which has always been the case to other games before them.
Now there are people requesting revamps of Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire, but the interest in the remake is only a fraction of the anticipation of Soul Silver and it's counterpart, Heart Gold. This might be because pokemon fans are waiting for the sequels for Black and White. Maybe the hype for the next edition of remakes may increase once the hype of the new games has died down.
In the game, there are creatures called pokemon which you can collect, train, fight and breed to your own free will. The first half of the game is set in Johto where your object is to obtain 8 gym badges and go on to defeat the elite four and the champion. The second half of the game is based in Kanto where you battle the 8 more gym leaders and then you climb up Mt. Silver to battle a trainer named Red.
However, it's not as simple as it sounds there are many deep side quests and tasks which make it very hard to begin with. If you've been playing the pokemon games for years, it's not much of a problem, but to those new to the pokemon games, this is a great place to start because it's a brilliant game that stays loyal to the original games.
The battles are the main attraction of the game. The animations in the battle are a bit static, but the themes make up for it. You have a choice of four moves for each pokemon, and you can use items or switch around the team to help you win. You're allowed to have six pokemon with you at a time, I personally think that this is sufficient as it gives more of a challenge.
The best thing about the main pokemon games is that the game is suitable for all ages. A lot of people assume it's just for kids, but there's many adults that have been playing the games since they were first released. I still play the older pokemon games, not just for nostalgia sake, but also because the game has so much to offer that I find it's acceptable to play years after I purchased the games. Soul Silver is also a game that meets up to this level and more.
I will be honest, I don't like how long winded it is to start and save a new file, that's why I hardly ever start a new game. I'm still playing on my original save file. There is a tutorial at the beginning of the game when you start a new game, whilst it's very useful for new beginners, I secretly wish I could skip them because I've been playing the games for years; I know what pokemon is. But I can see it's for the benefit of new players, so it's not really a disadvantage.
The online functions and longevity of the games are fantastic. You can trade and battle with people online with not many limitations. They do however sometimes block pokemon under the influence of external devices. The battles are interesting and the music and sound effects are really great on here. Soul Silver really lived up to the other game's standards. I've had this game for a couple of years and still play regularly. I've been looking forward to this game since the hype about remakes and I must say that the wait for the games have been worth it.
With the games it also includes a pokewalker, where you can transport one pokemon and use it walk around with. I think parents might like this because it can encourage children to get up and walk about. Some think that it's pretty useless, but I think it's a nice thing to have. You really need it to complete the game but I'm quite impressed with it.
Naturally from being a remake of a gameboy game, there is a substantial improvement in the graphics department. Gone are the colour and tile limits and in comes colourful and friendly graphics. It's very similar to the graphics in Diamond, Pearl and Platinum. With the graphic improvements it means that game has a stronger atmosphere.
My favourite part of the game is the finale in Mt. Silver. In the gameboy version, Mt. Silver was influenced by Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan. It was hard to see the Mt. Fuji influences on the gameboy games because of the graphic limitations available at the time. But now the Mt. Fuji influence is more noticeable with the snowy surroundings at the top of Mt. Silver. Leaves a lot to the imagination.
Another thing I thought was quite nice is the feature of having pokemon follow you around, which was present in pokemon yellow. A nice little edition of fan-service, but it serves it's purpose well.
With video game music being one of my interests, I thought the revamps of the themes were extremely well done. I also liked the edition of GB player which enables the player to listen to the songs to how they would sound like on a gameboy. It's quite neat.
Although one thing that annoyed a lot of people was the design of the main protagonists, Ethan and Lyra, which you chose between depending on which gender you want your main player to be. Ethan's design makes him more friendly and less dangerous to the original design. Lyra was a completely new character replacing Kris from pokemon Crystal when gender choices were introduced to the games. The reason for the replacement was never explained, but I don't think Lyra's too bad. I think they've both been designed well.
Also the main rival, Silver (who you can name something else) has a lot of character development. In the original games not much was known about him other than he had a lust for power and had a bit of an attitude. In Sousilver and Heartgold we find out why he has it and see him develop more into a more interesting character.
Overall, not much has been taken away from the original Gold and Silver for gameboy, but there is plenty of stuff that's been added. I think this is an essential game for the DS and would strongly recommend it because it's a great way of mixing the old with the new.
Summary: How remakes should be done.