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Brings a classic to the present day graphics.,
This review is from: Pokemon SoulSilver (Nintendo DS) (Video Game)
Unlike the Pokemon Red and Blue remakes, Fire Red and Leaf Green, Pokemon Soul Silver and Heart Gold restore life into two of the best game sequels ever.
Pokemon Silver was my favourite Pokemon game of the entire series. The introduction of 100 new Pokemon were great additions to the original 151, the continuation of the Red and Blue games was believable and the new region was fantastically detailed and contained a rich pre-player history.
The remakes keep true to above, but also add extra to the storyline and utilises the power of the nintendo DS's graphics to produce a beautiful Johto region and Kanto three years on. The remakes of course had to accommodate to the 200+ new Pokemon that had been introduced since the original Gold and Silver, but, in my opinion, having the Pokemon that originate from Johto be brought to the present day graphics and sit alongside the new Pokemon, it helped put my doubts about these new creatures to rest and I do see them now as classic Pokemon rather than unoriginal boring additions to keep the franchise going.
Unlike Gold and Silver having the addition of Pokemon Crystal, which looked at the player's relationship with the legendary beast Suicune, Soul Silver and Heart Gold will not have a third game addition. Instead the games had this storyline be present alongside the storyline with either Ho-oh or Lugia (depending on the version). There was also the nice aesthetic introduction of the Pokemon first in your party follow you. There is no impact on the game, it's just nice to see.
The original games were made to have a long gameplay time. The remakes extend this. After the player defeats the Pokemon League the first time, he/she is able to travel to Kanto, where he/she takes on the gym challenge there. When the 8 gym badges are obtained, the Elite four and Champion Lance's challenge is made more difficult and the gym leaders themselves are open for rematches. Then, there is ultimate battle between the previous Champion, Red. He has a slightly different team to when players battled him in Gold and Silver, and he is once again the strongest computer trainer in the entire series of the games (before these games were released, the Platinum Champion Cynthia was the strongest). There is just so much to do once the main storyline is completed that it is very difficult to grow tired of this game. It's a definite buy for any old Pokemon lovers or for new young people getting into this franchise.