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Gotta Catch 'Em All.... Again,
This review is from: Pokémon Sapphire Version (Video Game)
From the moment you recieve this product you can tell it is going to be good. The packaging is even different to that of other games so you know you've bought something special. The box for this game is a shiny, holographic blue colour. Inside the box, you will find your game cartridge which a translucent blue colour instead of your ordinary black cart. Assuming that the European version is the same as the American, you should also find a trading card in your box which is compatible with the swipe-card-thingy which we should be able to get over here soon.
The graphics in this game are fantastic. They exploit the game boy advance's ability to use hungreds of colours, and in the ruby and sapphire, the once round little people from red and blue versions are now slightly more corectly proportioned; their heads being ever so slightly smaller than the rest of the body. However, you are limited to walking around in the square grid fashion, walking directly vertical or horizontal across the screen. The audio is also very nice.
The gameplay has much in common with that of the previous games, however it remains to be as addictive as ever with a total of 381 pokémon. There is one drawback however, these games are not backward compatible with previous games, and in total there are only about 180 pokémon you can catch/trade with ruby. I would assume that more will be available via the swipy-card-thing later on. These games however only have 8 gym badges to collect unlike the 16 in the previous gold/silver/crystal versions, making the lifespan of these games a little shorter.
Overall, this is a very pleasing game and I would recommend it to any fan of the franchise. If you have not yet had a taste of the phenomenon which is Pokémon, you must have been locked in a cupboard for the past 4 years, give it a try.