Pokemon’s latest addition to series a nostalgic
journey for old fans
by Seanston Tepper
After purchasing Pokémon HeartGold, I was immediately ridiculed by my friends. The responses that I received were along the lines of “are you serious,” “your chances of getting a girlfriend are officially zero” and “you definitely still have wet dreams about catching a Pikachu.”
So before I begin with my review of Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, I would like to make a few things abundantly clear.
Yes, I consider myself to be a somewhat mature 18 year old boy and yes, I purchased Pokémon HeartGold on the day that it came out. My chances of getting a girlfriend are still the same as they were before I purchased Pokémon and I never had wet dreams about catching a Pikachu.
Whether you are the big muscled jock that tears up gym class, the extremely hot girl that spends all day BBMing and socializing in the cafeteria or the pimply faced teens playing Magic the Gathering in the Sci-fi club, one thing is certain. At one point in time, every single person in Dawson was a Pokémon fan.
This is the reality of the situations so either pickup your Nintendo DS and play the new Pokémon game or shut up and let me enjoy what’s left of my childhood!
With all that out of the way Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are not by any means “new” games. Nintendo’s latest games in the long-standing Pokémon franchise are simply just a re-release of the acclaimed Gold and Silver versions with updated graphics and a tweaked storyline.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver follow in the exact same steps as every other Pokémon game ever released: your character is on a quest to become the best Pokémon trainer in the Johto region. On your quest you will encounter creatures known as Pokémon and your character will have the ability to catch wild Pokémon and battle them against other trainers. Each Pokémon has their fair share of strengths and weaknesses and it is up to you to exploit these strengths and weaknesses to your advantage. To become the best, you must defeat all eight Gym Leaders as well as the feared Pokémon League, all the while completing side-tasks and keeping the Pokémon world safe from the evil Team Rocket.
Sounds simple enough right?
While the tried, tested and true Pokémon formula is as entertaining as ever, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver’s biggest addition is the new Pokéwalker. This simple device, that comes packaged with every game, lets you take one of your Pokémon and store them in a container that’s styled like a Pokéball, which allows you to go walking with him in the real world. The more steps that you take, the more watts you earn, and these watts allow you to search for both Pokémon and items out in the wild through simplistic mini-games.
Even though its unsophisticated and essentially useless storyline has been somewhat modified, Pokémon’s exhilarating combat system is what makes this game addictive. Simply put, there is nothing more satisfying than leveling up your Pokémon and watching them evolve and learn new moves.
With its refined gaming experience Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver are easily the two best Pokémon games out there as these versions surpass the other Pokémon games already out on the market. While Pokémon will eventually evolve to stay relevant in our lives, as a remake of an already terrific game HeartGold and SoulSilver are must haves for any person who wishes to call themselves a Pokémon master.
Can you catch’em all?