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New and old fans of the Pokémon series alike will be captivated by this game. Die-hard Pokémon fans will remember playing the original a decade ago and this game has the same magic that the original did but it has been substantially improved through the enhancing of graphics and additional features being added such as the pokewalker. This charming piece of kit allows the user to transfer a Pokémon into the ball (designed to look like a pokeball from colours to size) and to walk around with it, just as one would with a pedometer. This allows for points to build up which help to train the Pokémon and depending on the route chosen and the number of points, items can be found and Pokémon can be captured. These can then be transferred back to the DS to be used in the game.
Overall, in my humble opinion, Heart Gold/Soul Silver is easily the best Pokémon game that has been made for a handheld console and I'm speaking from experience having owned every single one! While the style of gameplay hasn't changed, the increase in the number of Pokémon is phenomenal and while it is impossible to catch 'em all, I would say it can't hurt to try whether you are a Pokémon pro or a newbie to the games. Don't miss out.
After the success of Leaf Green and Fire Red for the gameboy advance, there was a great demand for the remakes of pokemon games. Leaf Green and Fire Red introduced the original legacy of Red, Blue and Green that turned into a worldwide franchise. Pokemon Yellow came out after the success of three games, and then Gold and Silver came into the scene that introduced us to more pokemon. At the time Pokemon still had the slogan, "gotta catch 'em all", but after the generations of games gone by they've eventually dropped the slogan.
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.
The first Pokemon game I ever played was Pokemon Gold for the Gameboy Color. The second one was Pokemon Silver, also for my Gameboy Color. So when I heard that they were re-releasing Pokemon Gold/Silver for the Nintendo DS, I figured I just had to look into it. I'm really glad I did, as this is by far my favorite Pokemon game of all-time. I decided to go with SoulSilver over HeartGold, simply because I was more interested in catching Lugia this time around.
The first thing to note about this game is that approximately 75% of it is copied from the original Silver version, so if you want an entirely new adventure, this isn't it. However, the 25% of improvements is still a lot of new stuff. In addition, the graphics are amazingly better than the original. In a way it is rather remarkable, considering every person, every building, ever patch of grass, is in the same spot, yet the graphics in SoulSilver are so much more in depth. This game also is one of those that just sucks you right into the adventure and makes it addictive, it hurts when you put it down as you get hooked very quickly with it.
I guess you're probably interested in hearing about some of the new improvements. Well first of all, all of the gyms are completely different, a very cool change. For example, many of the gyms include 3D aspects to them. Like the first gym is now fought entirely high up above the ground. It's pretty cool because it shows they are at least making an effort to make use of the DS's capabilities, and it allows for some good gameplay. There are also some more side quests, and the main quest requires you to do a couple of things you didn't do in the original, particularly in the Kanto region from what it seems.
Now onto some of the reasons you might not want to purchase this game. The only one that really comes to mind is if you didn't enjoy the original Silver/Gold games. OR if you did enjoy them but just aren't interested in playing through them again (though it really doesn't feel like the same game in my opinion, feels very new and fresh to me). For me though, I loved the idea of remaking these and so SoulSilver might be my favorite Pokemon game to date.
Right, first off, I'm going to brag a bit. I got to red (and beat him) in under 14 hours total gameplay. If anyone beats that or has beaten that, let me know and I'll send you my shoes.
So what is it about the pokemon ideology that attracts people in so much? There are countless spin-offs that basically print money (cards, films, t.v. shows, games etc....). But I'm only here to talk about this particular game.
Pokemon Silver Version was the very first Gameboy Advanced game that I bought, and it was by far and away, the best. Don't be put off it by the fact it's "frowned upon" by the norm, just because it's aimed at kids. If you remember how fun it was when you were young, you'll understand why I bought it, at my age xD.
The basic idea behind all pokemon games, is one of evolution, enhancement and completing the oddest survey in the world (the pokedex). You catch pokemon in the wild (NOT trainers, or they get quite cross) using pokeballs (which you can get upgraded versions of throughout the game). Once you have caught said pokemon, it is yours, you are told you love your pokemon by people, so that rules dressing them up as clowns and going on tour.
Once you've properly trained your pokemon, you have your shot at the pokemon Gyms, throughout the 2 regions you can roam (16 gyms in all, twice as much as any other generation!). When you have beaten all 8 gyms in Johto (the first region) you move onto the Pokemon League, who are quite frankly, hard as anything.
But whilst you are partaking in this quest to challenge the Elite 4, and then become the Champion (but they don't really let you become champion, and I don't understand why...), the dastardly Team Rocket are there to do evil deeds throughout the pokemon world, and you're that meddling kid that's going to stop them! It's honestly not that hard, quite boring if I'm honest, because you play a load of raticates and golbats and they're all really really stupid =[.
Overall, I think there are 250 pokemon (in the national pokedex) to catch, should you wish to fully complete the game, and it's no easy task, as you have to trade with people who own Heart Gold to get all the pokemon.
The touchscreen is utilized for the Pokethlon and battles, where you select your move using the bottom screen.
I recommend this game, you haven't experienced your Nintendo DS until you've played this game. You get a lot of replayability due to the fact you can go online against people or trade pokemon, and you can also play against the Elite 4 and champion as many times as you want. And at some point in the game, you unlock Battle Tower, which is a whole different thing entirely.
Soalsilver is a really good DS game that all pokemon lovers will like. In this pokemon game there are totally new maps, but a lot of the same pokemon have been kept. This game has brought even more interactivity with it because of the pokewalker. The pokawalker is good because you can take your pokemon on the go and it also allows you to find new rare items and your pokemon can level up quicker. if you do not have the pokewalker with it, its not the end of the world but you msy find it a little bit harder to complete the game.
In this one, you have your pokemon following you around which is a new feature they have added. This brings it to life even more and you have even more interface with your pokemon. All pokemon lovers will love this game and I totally recommend it!
The good thing about aving this game on ds is that you take take it with you! The only other problem is the quality of it. The quality, being the DS isnt the best. It is still playable thought, but very basic.
I'm twenty and as such am a kid of the original, Pokémon-loving 90s generation. I cannot actually tell you the number of times I have played through Pokémon Gold or Crystal on my Gameboy Colour, because it is literally countless. Can you imagine my reaction when I discovered Nintendo were remaking my favourite generation of the games? Well, I nearly had a coronary!
Everything I adored about the original versions is there, plus several extras which make me very excited even now. But that can wait, I'll tell you about the things which are the same (but which you'll love nonetheless).
Making a comeback from Gold/Silver are the Johto region gyms, with such favourites as Falkner, the bird-lover and Whitney (she uses Normal-type Pokémon, but her Miltank, with its 'Rollout' move, still puts the fear of Lugia into me!). Also making a comeback is your red-headed rival; man he's evil, stealing Professor Elm's pokémon indeed!
Also back are all my favourite in-game experiences. The Unown cave; obtaining an egg and it hatching into Togepi; the pokémon breeding centre; saving the Slowpokes in Azalea Town; beating Team Rocket; catching Sudowoodo; the legendary dogs... It's all just so retro-fantastic!
However, if it wasn't enough that they remade my favourite game in astounding DS/DSi quality, Nintendo incorporated some extra features into the game which excite me even further:
- Unlike the original Gold/Silver game, but MUCH like Pikachu in Pokémon Yellow, your starter pokémon can be seen following you around in-game and you can turn to them, speak to them and watch their oh-so-adorable reactions. (I literally went *squeeeee* when my Totodile 'barked' because he was happy)
- HeartGold/SoulSilver have incorporated Suicune (from Crystal) into the legendary dog trio, creating a sort of amalgamation of Gold/Silver/Crystal.
- You can potentially complete the Pokédex through the wifi features of this game. It will not block non-Johto pokémon AND you can catch post-Johto legendaries in-game!
Yet another fantastic feature which makes this game worth the money is the PokéWalker, which allows you to transfer pokémon from in-game and carry them around with you. Working like a pedometer, the PokéWalker allows you to train and play with your favourite pokémon without having your DS on you. It even has a belt clip, which I find very handy and dandy.
If you are, or have ever been, a fan of the Pokémon series of games, you will need to buy HeartGold or SoulSilver. Remade from one of the best original games but incorporating the brilliant features of the later games, this is a must-buy product!
Pokemon Soul Silver makes you remember why you love pokemon and is an excellent start for new players. This is no generic rehash, this is a whole new game with over double the content of the original.
This game is absolutely huge! I can probably never hope to finish it but I'll die trying. The main campaign is lengthy due to the inclusion of two regions and 16 gym badges to earn. There are also many side quests throughout the game and nintendo is releasing new ones via wifi connection all through the year.
There are 493 pokemon available in this game (not all obtainable however). If you do want to 'catch em all' you'll have to trade a lot of them with friends who own previous games and the alternate version of this one heart gold. Nintendo are also releasing some legendary pokemon at events and via wifi.
Every child of the 90's dream has come true, you can now take your pokemon with you and use them to find items and catch me pokemon. They even gain experience the more you have them with you. I'm talking about the pokewalker here (bundled with every copy of the game). It's a pedometer which links to the game via an infa-red connection on the cartridge (it's cool already). It has a screen which displays whichever pokemon you've put in it and has three buttons. As you walk you gain watts (1 watt per 20 steps) which can be used to unlock new pokewalker routes, catch new pokemon on the go on the pokewalker or find items. All caught pokemon / items found can be transferred back into the game. It's amazing!!
If you need a game that will keep you occupied for so many hours (who can actually catch that many pokemon?!) then this is the game for you. There's so much more to do than mentioned in this review. It really does immerse you in a world that you won't want to leave. Buy it and support future development, it's definitely worth it!!
Pokémon SoulSilver is a remake of the original Pokemon Silver, also based within the region of Johto. There are a number of adaptations to graphics and gameplay to bring the game up to a standard more befitting of the increased capabilities of the Nintendo DS as opposed to the older Game Boy systems.
The game throws you quickly into the action offering you a nostalgic choice of either Totodile, Chikorita or Cyndaquil, and naming your antagonist and protagonist. One of the first things you will (hopefully!) notice is the graphical overhaul upon venturing off into Johto, as well as some familiar faces among the tall grass.
The original 8 gym leaders (and the elite four) are present and waiting to battle you throughout SoulSilver, and that's not even the end of it. Upon defeating them you unlock Kanto region from the Red and Blue games to explore, including their respective gym leaders giving you even more to complete. This all adds up to a lot of gameplay hours, not even counting the enormous number of pokemon to catch, including a large number of legendarys.
Another cool addition is that the leading pokemon in your team will now follow you around the world as you explore (with pretty nifty graphics) and you can interact with them to assess their mood and happiness as well as receive items they may have picked up along the way.
Pokemon SoulSilver makes excellent use of the DS stylus. The regular directional controls plus four face buttons comprise the character control and interaction, however this is all portrayed on the upper screen, with the lower display containing your pokégear which can be accessed with the stylus without much interruption to gameplay or the claustrophobic feel of an obstructive menu system. Not only this, but the stylus is also used to its best ability in a new series of mini games called the pokéathlon, reminiscent of wii sports, some of which are rather challenging.
One final mention is the excellent pokéwalker that comes with the game. This allows you to transfer a pokémon into the device and put it in your pocket where it basically functions as a pedometer, except turning your steps into "watts". Watts can be used on the device itself to play a minigame and discover items or catch pokemon you may not see in the game itself. At the end of a journey you can then transfer said items and pokémon onto the game cartridge and use them in the game itself, as well as unlocking new zones on the pokéwalker with the spare watts transferred.