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Pokemon: Almost Perfect,
This review is from: Pokemon HeartGold (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver versions. Remakes of the Amazing Gold and Silver games. The simple fact of this alone should give it a 5* rating. But lets go into a bit more shall we?
Story: If you don't know the plot of a pokemon game then it's quite simple. You're an average kid in a small village who dreams of owning a pokemon. You go around the world challenging gyms and other trainers. You fight off an evil 'Team' who wants to either destroy the world or take over it. All the while you're collecting little critters or 'Pokemon' to battle for you.
Graphics: For the DS they're actually pretty good. Everything is clear and the world looks gorgeous. Each pokemon has it's own little animation when being summoned into battle and each attack looks good.
Sound: All of the classic tunes from the Gold and Silver games have been remixed and improved upon along with a later option of playing the classic ones. There's also a radio function that allows you to listen to a small choice of songs.
Gameplay: Can't fault it. It's been tried and tested throughout the years and still continues to be as fun as the last generations. I don't care how many games Nintendo bring out. As long as they're as good as this I'll play them over and over. New features such as rebattling Gym Leaders and poke-thlon are great.
Of course at this point I bring up competitive battling. For those people who don't actually know but in Pokemon games there is a DEEP and complicated battling system. Which is great as it brings a whole new game for the older people who play it. The younger generation probably don't care about EVs, Breeding, Movesets, Natures or IVs. Whereas this is one of the most important factors when playing online. To say that this game is only for Children is laughable.
Other notes: While it is awesome it does have one or two little niggles. Such as the sparseness of the elemental stones to evolve certain pokemon. You'll get these once in a blue moon. Another problem I had was the Trainer rebattles in that you only seem to get them once in a blue moon. Post game its not so bad as you're stronger than everything but prior it does suck just a little.
The added bonus of the Poke-walker. Something that counts your steps is a brilliant invention and made me want to get more steps so I could catch those rarer pokemon. (Nothing beats having a Kangeskhan and a Dratini before the first Gym.
Overall It's a great game that if one owns a DS cannot afford to pass up. I've barely touched on most of the things since the game is that huge. Well worth the money.