Heart SoulSilver Review
some awesome interactivity and with a Gold and Silver release, this is
what fans of the series have been waiting for or for those looking for
something uniquely different... in a good way. Even though the heart of
this RPG experience hasn’t changed too much, the new graphics and
multiplayer options easily make this the best game in the series that we
had a joy playing. Visiting classic destinations from previous
games, including a few twists, it's amazing how far this franchise has
come since the Gameboy. Thankfully the cool stuff hasn't changed either,
whether your breeding or gathering Apricorns, it's all there my dear
gaming friend plus a new Pokémon pedometer!
Pokémon has generally been associated with children, especially
with the catch phrase of “gotta catch em all”,
however the games are actually a very in-depth RPG experience with a great
battle system and a large gaming world that goes beyond even some of the
high-end consoles. If you think this game sounds familiar, that's
because it's a remake. But don't let that fool you, there is enough
fresh content to make this game stand apart and it's not just a George
Lucas cash-in either!
The game uses that traditional top down dungeon view as you control your
trainer and his or her Pokémon's with the world that you are exploring.
And when the battle begins to heat up, it's time to unleash your
Pokémon. However it's the subtle changes that most will ignore in this
game that brought a smile to my face such as seeing your Pokémon's walk
with you as opposed to a Final Fantasy inventory system.
There are also a few tweaks to the interface in the game as you interact
with your characters which take the frustration and monotony of previous
interfaces. For example, there is now an option to run and even an
option for your quick use list for items which makes the gaming
more fluid. As you battle your Pokémons with other creatures, you slowly
begin to build your powers through experience and by using this, you
"level" up your creatures which creates some extremely powerful
established that the interface has changed, thanks to the touch screen
of the DS, however the developers have thrown in another curve ball with
the PokeWalker. A what you might ask? It's basically a pedometer that
encourages you to be active in the real world but it rewards your
characters in the game. The more you walk, the more unlockable content
is awarded to the player (thanks to Watts) that had me walking and
running more, in order to see what I could get. You can even use the
PokeWalker to find new
Pokémon in the real-world with some limited control of this device which
allows for fight, evade and capture. A very interesting twist to the
gameplay, albeit quite simplistic.
You betcha! The game boasts WiFi connectivity which means you can battle
your friends or foes via local matches or online matches. The meeting
place in this game is called the Plaza where you can meet other
Pokémon fans from around the world as you engage in a variety of
mini-games. Parents will be pleased to know that the conversation with
other players is actually scripted. Not as fun as the single-player but
still worth investigating, even if you're an older gamer.
comes to graphics, the facelift from the original Gold and Silver games
is quite amazing. It's like a totally new game with sharp images, great
animation and a variety of special effects. Of course, the stars of the
game are the
Pokémons themselves who look great on the DS architecture. In terms of
sound, the musical score of the game is quite soothing on the DS which
changes with the game but the most impressive aspect for me in this
department is the ambient sound such as the wind and water. Bliss would
be the best word to describe this.
have another winner on their hand with
Heart SoulSilver that transcends the original game through updated
graphics, DS interactivity and the inclusion of a pedometer. Even
if you have played the original games and your a fan of the series,
you'll get a huge kick of this new facelift and new players won't be
disadvantaged either. The only issue we had with the game is that it's a
little easy but apart from that, this is one game you got to have!