Review: Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver

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shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

ask them to wrap it :D that way, you can imply that it's a gift xD
and if you have a short memory, you're bound to be in for a happy surprise at home when you find your present :P

Jaker the Baker:
Fuck YES!! Joey needs to DIE!!! "My Rattata is like, the best Rattata, like he's in the top percentage of Rattata's. You know what I am saying?" Next call: "I tried to catch a Caterpie today, ..

yo I'm really happy for you and imma let you finish, but i just wanted to say joey has the best rattata of all time

Jonci:
Yeah, damn that Youngster Joey. When is he going to challenge me to a rematch? I don't care that you think your rattata is special. I stomped its butt and I'd do it again.

Go challenge him again with a level 78 something... :D

"Bitch, now will you STFU!?"

I was already waiting for this since FR/LG

If I had a DS I'd buy these in a shot. Gold was so much fun to play, and I'll be able to name most of the Pokemon in this one.

Wizzie:

Irridium:
I love these games.

I hope they remake Crystal, since I loved it so much, but if not thats fine to, since SoulSilver will keep me occupied for a long time.

afaik, Crystal is in this game.
The suicine story is definately in it.

Wait really?

...

Well, I'm off to the store then. SoulSilver, here I come!

What is the difference between the two versions? Are they the same except for different pokémon? Which one would you guys recommend I pick up?

The gf and I are picking copies up tomorrow and we're 26. I have the advantage though that I can let her hold them while Im in the queue so it looks like they're for her which is of course socially acceptable. :P

Waaaaah... no money spending allowed for the next three months.

But the instant I re-enter Australian soil, I'm going to the nearest EB.

I only played the first and second pokemon egnerations back when I was 12. The first one I loved because of my memories of rivalry between me and a friend in the days before the internet was as massive as today. we spent a month fighting every weekend, learning from the other and improving our game. Still, looking back the battle system was sort of broken (particularly when it came to psychic pokemon) so it was refreshing to see it addressed in GSC. Silver was the last game I played before quitting but I still consider the team I had back then as my ultimate team. I even remember which ones I used: Blastoise, Umbreon, Zapdos, Arcanine, Steelix and Miltank :P.

Bought it today on England release date and got my cute little Ho-oh model.
One quick question though after the elite four do you get the "National pokedex" and have to catch all 500 and something pokemans? Or does it limit you too the 251 good pokemon?

Hamster at Dawn:
What is the difference between the two versions? Are they the same except for different pokémon? Which one would you guys recommend I pick up?

Each games does the usual exclusive pokemon roster, so you have to trade with someone that has the other. Like HG gets Growlithe while SS gets Vulpix.
There are also some pokemon that aren't exclusive, but appear in different locations in each version. Like Weedle can be found on route 31 in SS, while Caterpie is there on HG. Both can be found in the Bug-catching contest area, though.
Also, the Lugia and Ho-oh will be different starting levels depending which you get (HG: Ho-oh 40, Lugia 70. SS: Lugia 40, Ho-oh 70).

Rusman:
Bought it today on England release date and got my cute little Ho-oh model.
One quick question though after the elite four do you get the "National pokedex" and have to catch all 500 and something pokemans? Or does it limit you too the 251 good pokemon?

Once you beat the champion, you get the National Pokedex and can go to the Kanto region. You could technically get all the pokemon that currently exists, but it would require trading and/or using the Pal Park. Sinnoh and Hoenn pokemon don't normally appear in the wild, but sometimes they can be found during swarms announced by Professor Oak on his radio show.

ArcWinter:
I just can't wait for LiverSpiritEmerald. That one is going to be so much fun.

Actually, I haven't played these yet, although my friend has and he says they are really good.

Actually, we're gonna get PersonalityCrystal.

I'm gonna wait for the DS-XL to come out then I'll DEFINATELY get it.

Been a long time since I played Classic Silver. I'll probably be able to pronounce the pokemon names now. O-many-te?

Serris:

Jaker the Baker:
Fuck YES!! Joey needs to DIE!!! "My Rattata is like, the best Rattata, like he's in the top percentage of Rattata's. You know what I am saying?" Next call: "I tried to catch a Caterpie today, ..

yo I'm really happy for you and imma let you finish, but i just wanted to say joey has the best rattata of all time

Rival: Bitches don't know about my Raticate!

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

Say that your buying it for a cousins birthday. :D

Jiraiya72:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

If someone laughed at you for buying an actual Pokemon game, I'd have to say they aren't a real gamer.

SirBryghtside:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

C'mon, it's not that childish!

Well, it is, but...

GET IT IN ANY WAY YOU CAN.

I'm totally getting this tomorrow, straight after I get home from school - it'll be a nice touch, as I'll have done ALL of my coursework.

Anyway, great review - but wasn't the annoying phone call system in the older versions?

Goddammit I'll learn to hate them again...

Virgil:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

Be proud, they're great games. Just because they've always been targeted to younger players doesn't mean they're not worth playing.

Cpu46:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

Its pokemon, i doubt he would laugh at you. Im in college and im picking up my copy this weekend.

Serris:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

ask them to wrap it :D that way, you can imply that it's a gift xD
and if you have a short memory, you're bound to be in for a happy surprise at home when you find your present :P

the stonker:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

Say that your buying it for a cousins birthday. :D

Hahaha, thanks for the tips :)
Luckily the sales person was the only guy in the store at the time, and was too busy okaying Just Cause 2 to actually care for what I was buying, so I came out unscathed.

the stonker:

shirin238:
hmmz, i;m totally getting this :D now I only pray the sales person won't laugh at me, or maybe I can convince a kid to buy it for me, I'll have to figure something out in the store...

Say that your buying it for a cousins birthday. :D

I use that one as an excuse too xD but only if they ask, as you see from my previous post, i just ask them to wrap it (i keep the cousin thing as backup in case they ask for whom)

Alas, I was going to buy it this weekend, since the release date was 27th of march, but for some reason holland and the dutch part of belgium (where i live) have had the date pushed back due to a defect in the cartridges. so everyone in europe and half of belgium is enjoying their pokemon. except for me T-T

shirin238:
Hahaha, thanks for the tips :)
Luckily the sales person was the only guy in the store at the time, and was too busy okaying Just Cause 2 to actually care for what I was buying, so I came out unscathed.

I bought both games (one for me, one for my brother, who is, by the way, 16), and there was about 7 people in the year above me who go to my school in the shop...

Sounds awkward, but they were buying the same thing as me XD

I've very tempted by this, wanted a pokemon game for a long time. Of course, that would mean actually getting a DS, but needs must ;)

Picked it up a couple of days ago and I have to say, I love it. I was a huge fan of the original Gold and the tweaks that have come from Gens III & IV have given it a good polish.

It is this most expensive game I've ever bought though, at $328 AUD! It did come with a new DSi though so that's ok =)
(I bought the DSi only to play HeartGold)

Pokemon is the best.
Gotta enslave 'em all!!!

I've loved pokemon since I was about 3 and as its been said - any pokemon past the 2nd generation got a bit too much for the old-school poke fans out there. Admittedly, diamond and pearl were quite fabulous, being the first to have the 3D play but the pokemon were dense and less interesting (but maybe thats because its coming from someone like me who likes the old pokemon line up).

These games do look fantastic, and i'm so miffed right now that I cant find my DS, (since its randomly disappeared for months..erg FAIL). Watching my Boyfriend play it was great, bits of old and new and the remarkable nostalgia which is mentioned in the review. Just thought I'd voice my opinion, I love the Johto pokemon quite a lot too and this game will be bought soon, definately.

Gotta be Soulsilver, box set image is way better >.< (Lugia ftw).

All I can do is shake my head and chuckle at all the people feeling a little embarrassed to buy a Pokemon game now that they're "older."

When Pokemon Blue came out, I was 17 and a senior in high school. Buying SoulSilver at 28 didn't phase me at all. ;)

This game is sooo slow. You walk at a snails pace and to me it just feels like it drags on and on. They really need to add a turbo feature or something or just speed the pace up my God.

i'm kinda glad they re-released it, but i probably won't buy it. nintendo needs to have a pokemon game were we can continue the story from the others with the character we want. like in the next game we start on a boat sailing to the new reigion but b4 we do we connect our previous game saves from the other game and chose which character we played as do we want to be in the new game. then were sailing off starting all over (me is chris from crystal) with one pokemon and my typhlosion and blaziken....

i got both but i only play on heartgold cos i got feraligator level 67 and i beat the first 3 gyms

i got em both. soulsilver isnt as good as silver but heartgold beats any game i ever played for the DS easily.

Hamster at Dawn:
What is the difference between the two versions? Are they the same except for different pokémon? Which one would you guys recommend I pick up?

heartgold. definately. i thought the same with pearl and diamond so i got both but now i know better. cost me Ł60 to get em both but with heartgold and soulsilver it was an easy choice. you can get ho-oh on heartgold whereas on soulsilver you can get the almightily crap lugia. hope it helps.

mr.machoke:

Hamster at Dawn:
What is the difference between the two versions? Are they the same except for different pokémon? Which one would you guys recommend I pick up?

heartgold. definately. i thought the same with pearl and diamond so i got both but now i know better. cost me Ł60 to get em both but with heartgold and soulsilver it was an easy choice. you can get ho-oh on heartgold whereas on soulsilver you can get the almightily crap lugia. hope it helps.

Thanks, I suppose it would make sense for gold to be better than silver.

If you play pokemon like it is and beat the league and stuff, you will get at least 40 hours of gameplay. If you do EV training and battle tower (look in http://www.serebii.net/games/evs.shtml) you will get at least 200 hours of gameplay. I never tried "catching them all" before though. And no, this is not a cheap remake! There's lots of new features, and they cranked up the difficulty (or at least it seems like to me). Lets see if youngster Joey can beat the elite 4 with his ratata..

Since we all know that Pokemon because seven trillion times better when you can thrust your 'mons in other people's faces, try http://www.escapistmagazine.com/groups/view/Pokemon-Generation-IV out for size!

Let's start a nice little love-in.

mr.machoke:

Hamster at Dawn:
What is the difference between the two versions? Are they the same except for different pokémon? Which one would you guys recommend I pick up?

heartgold. definately. i thought the same with pearl and diamond so i got both but now i know better. cost me Ł60 to get em both but with heartgold and soulsilver it was an easy choice. you can get ho-oh on heartgold whereas on soulsilver you can get the almightily crap lugia. hope it helps.

Actually, I have to disagree, Lugia is a lot better than Hooh, and ho-oh at level 70 is completely rubbish on soulsilver and even the sprite of lugia looks more appealing. Soul Silver is the exact same as Heartgold and the only slight differences are the pokemon you may or may not get, but who cares! I trade so this doesnt bother me in the slightest. My lugia..(which unfortunately i havent trained up so much ) is good even when you get it at lv 45 on soulsilver. His attacks are ace;)

Im a massive lugia fan so im DEFINATELY going to counter that reply >.< lol

Heartgold and Soul Silver....no difference, what your saying is a load of bull XD It doesnt matter which you buy. I'd reccomend Silver but thats because im just a lugia fan so yeh.
Nice comment but its not true. They are the same. Justice is served.

already have SS and beat it (red is hard!!!) having fun in the pokealton, and now just training my nidoking and lucario to crush all weaklings like joey and his punk ass rattata.

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