Review: Pokémon Heartgold and Soulsilver

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

Have the creators milked the franchise for all it’s worth? Would seem so.

LASTING IMPRESSIONS:

Although it may seem so, this adventure is one that will last forever. The lush landscape is equalled with the excellent gameplay.

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Pokémon, although may seem like a child’s game which has hardly any replay value and is also considered very easy, the game has more to see than meets the eye. The Pokémon are a little childish, some are really quite frightening. The main aim of Pokémon is to catch and train Pokémon to beat 8 Gym Leaders and eventually the Elite 4, which are the four strongest trainers in the game. Aside from that there are also many other places to explore and things to do in the game.

There are currently over 400 Pokémon, which you can collect and train in game or send to others via Nintendo’s WiFi connection. There are also special, secret Event Pokémon distributed at Nintendo events all around the world.

The whole metagame of Pokemon is a nice one to know, from the basics to the advanced. From the early learning’s of Grass beats Water, Water beats Fire and Fire beats Grass to the effort and individual values of a Pokemon.

After the main game the enjoyment factor may go down due to not many side quests but being able to trade across the globe is a big plus, especially to game forums on the web where you could request a Pokemon and some person would send it over to you.

All in all, this is a wonderful game, for the young and old which you should buy without question when it comes out in Australia.

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Presentation: 9.6 out of 10

Audio: 9.8 out of 10

Gameplay: 9.7 out of 10

Replay Value: 8.4 out of 10

OVERALL: 9.2 out of 10

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