Pokemon Shiny Gold X Version Review by: XxEzraxXPokemon Shiny Gold X Version Review
My attention was brought to this game by the letter "X" in the title, my first thought was, "Shiny Gold X? What does the X mean?" I soon found out that the game was much harder than the other Shiny Gold Version, and I must say the creator (Zel) did quite an amazing job on this game. His first version of Shiny Gold was pretty great, but since he went and updated the game to make it more challenging it became even better. I think it makes more of an appropriate remake than Heart Gold (of course I haven't played this Heart Gold yet, because I lack a DS). What makes it harder? The trainers are not some A.I. that constantly makes mistakes and screw ups with their attacks, some even use strategy. Also the game seems a bit longer.
Shiny Gold follows Gold Version down to a T. The game gave a whole new light on the older versions and after playing this game, all I wanted to do was play Gold Version again. For those who were in the same generation as I was in Pokémon know the great experience these games were, and how much they truly mean to us. And I'm sure they understand what I mean if they play this game, I am sure that the old memories of that beautiful gold cartridge floods their minds. What really amazes me about this game, is that it is a hack of Pokémon Fire Red. It must have been really complicated to change around so much of the game to make it just like a completely different game. There must have been a lot of hard work put into to this game, and I am very impressed by that. I think that is part of the reason why I gave this game such a high rating. This game was very good and thus I gave it a 10.
For the graphics I gave this game a 10. The sprite work is amazing, and the trainers look perfect. I love how well Zel did Sprout Tower. I also gave the sound a 10, because even though it was the same music as Gold it was in a different tone making the game seem a lot newer. Which working all of the sound and graphical changes must have been very difficult. I'm sure Zel would love to know that his hard work really paid off.
I gave the addictiveness of the game a 10 as well, even for a remake this game was very addicting. I am sure that most of you have played the original, and some may even think, "why should I play it again? Because it looks different?" Looking different is not why I picked up this game, it was because I wanted to see what someone else's interpretation of game is. And while I started the game, I realized I was trapped in it, although it is exactly like Gold it is really different too. It was definitely harder, and it was a lot of fun too. I enjoyed playing it and found that I didn't want to stop playing.
For the depth of the game and the difficulty of the game I rated it a 7. It was definitely harder than Gold and Shiny Gold, but it wasn't so much harder that the game seems impossible which is great considering if it was that hard it would become frustrating and level grinding would seem like the only thing you do. However, in this game you may only need to stop to level grind a few times. It is not impossible to beat, but it can get quite challenging. It is also kind of long, but it makes sense since you are going through the Johto and the Kanto regions and you have to take on the Elite Four and Red and still manage to catch all of the legendaries (if you want too anyway).
Overall this was a great game, and I would gladly play it again. I recommend it to anyone who has played Gold, and if you haven't I still recommend it because the older version to the younger generation may seem a lot more slow and they may not be interested in the past version of the game. The updated graphics and faster game play may just be what will hook them in, and we can still share a part of our generation of Pokémon with them.