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The next generation of Pokemon is finally here in the states, and boy, was it worth the wait.
Pokemon Gold and Silver is one of the top-selling games on the Game Boy Color system. This title is one of the deepest and most well-designed Game Boy Color game created yet simplistic as it seems on the surface, there's so much strategy and thought required, and there's plenty to do. The best games of any system are generally the ones that keep you occupied for the most time if you thought Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow stole away your gaming schedule, wait until you play around with Gold and Silver. My friend, you're going to be busy a long, long time.
· More than 100 new Pokemon unique to the series
· New items including the Pokegear
· Real-time RPG using internal clock
· Game Boy Printer, Link Cable, infrared port, and Pokemon Pikachu 2 support
· For Game Boy and Game Boy Color
Pokemon Gold and Silver utilize the general design blueprint supplied in Red/Blue/Yellow Boy wanders the land to become the greatest Pokemon trainer in the world, with an archival out to take your glory every step of the way. Both versions are identical in every way, except for the character images during battles, and the characters that can be caught in the wild keeping with the "trading is necessary" design. The game has the familiar Japanese-style RPG engine, meaning top-down scrolling provides the perspective, and bigheaded people inhabit the world.
The hook in Pokemon is the fact that you yourself don't do your own fighting instead, creatures you capture in the wild supply the brute force of your battle skills. The creatures are Pokemon, or Pocket Monsters, and in Pokemon Gold and Silver there are exactly 251different species of these animals hiding in the game, waiting to be caught and trained. Through the use of items called Pokeballs, you can trap wild Pokemon and bring them to your side each species of Pokemon has its own strengths, weaknesses, as well as defensive and offensive attacks, and the more they fight for you, the stronger they get in battles. Some creatures are rarer than others, only showing up in different locations and at different times of the day, and some are more difficult to catch than others. It's up to your skill and logic to figure out how to catch 'em all. Strategy plays a huge part in this game, which means that it's not just tailored for the kiddies.
The game is laid out nearly exactly like the original Red/Blue/Yellow versions of Pokemon. The overall quest is separated into "chapters" in the form of Gym battles the only way you can proceed on to the next town and series of puzzles and tasks is to defeat the town's Gym Leader. When defeated, the gym leader will supply you with what you need to access the next portions of the adventure. If you've played the original Pokemon series, you'll be right at home with the Gold and Silver renditions.
As awesome as the original Pokemon edition was Pokemon Gold and Silver blow it away in gameplay elements, features, and goodies. There are so many little additions to the design it's impossible to list them all, but we'll go right for the biggies.
The addition of an internal clock is an outstanding feature at the beginning of the game you'll have to enter in the appropriate time and day of the week, and this is stored in the cartridge from minute one with the game. The cartridge actually houses a working clock that keeps real time whether the system's on or off. When you play at night, it's night in the game. Playing in the morning? It's morning in the Pokemon world. The clock serves many functions, most important is the fact that specific Pokemon only show up at certain times during the day some creatures are nocturnal and will only attack at night, so to catch 'em all you have to play in the morning, afternoon, and night. Plus, there are events that happen on certain days and times, like a bug hunt contest or a lottery drawing. This element adds so much to the gameplay, especially when you have to play in the morning and night to acquire specific creatures.
The cellphone is another excellent addition. Some defeated opponents will call you at certain times of the week to give you hints on where to find the rare and cool Pokemon creatures to capture. The Pokemon Professors will call you to offer their help whenever they can. Your mom (the game's characters mom, I mean) will call you to tell you that she's bought items for you with the money you've sent home. And defeated opponents will call you for a rematch. The cellphone is an integral part of your pack now, and it's used to its fullest.
Breeding the Pokemon can now procreate, which means that every Pokemon (with the exception of Ditto) has a gender, whether it's male or female. Breeding is important and useful, for not only does it give you more Pokemon to train or trade, it's also necessary if you want to find all the Pokemon in the game a few Pokemon can only be obtained through Pokemon breeding.
The graphics have been upgraded in its colors the quest portions of the game look nearly identical to the previous edition of Pokemon, but on the Game Boy Color the engine is a lot more colorful and vibrant. It doesn't look washed out anymore. In battles, the creatures have more detailed animations and special effects during special moves, but all in all the game engine in Pokemon Gold and Silver is just an upgrade from the Red/Blue/Yellow versions. That's not a bad thing but don't expect to be floored by the looks of the game.
Items can now be attached to the Select Button (like a bicycle for faster movement), special Pokemon HM moves (like Flash, Headbutt, or Cut) can be performed automatically without a menu selection, fun stuff can be transmitted between systems through the infrared port...and there are just so much more little things to discover. Yes, there's a disease that the Pokemon can catch and spread to other Pokemon, and other systems through the link cable. There are different colored Pokemon. There are little gambling minigames. There's even two new Pokemon types in Gold and Silver. The cartridge is just stuffed with all sorts of good items.
What's more, a lot of thought went into integrating the original version with Gold and Silver you can trade creatures you've earned from Red/Blue/Yellow into this game, but not right away. The designers made sure that gamers don't cheat by dropping a powerful, low-level Pokemon from Red/Blue/Yellow into Gold/Silver, so Gold/Silver has a lock on that trading feature until the player reaches a certain point in the game. Naturally, only the original 151 Pokemon can be traded from Gold/Silver to Red/Blue/Yellow but at least the designers don't dismiss the stuff you've already accomplished in the original package. And just wait everything you capture and train in this game can and most likely will be implemented in some fashion with other console Pokemon games. Pokemon Stadium 2, anyone?
Gold/Silver Lists - HM's & TM's, Pokemon Center Items, Etc.