Pokemon Silver review
Hey guys, today I will be reviewing an awesome pokemon game on the game boy color...pokemon silver! This is one of my favorite game boy color games and I enjoyed every bit of playing this game, it is a lot of fun and I would highly recommend giving it a try because it is worth your time. This game is a sequel to red, blue, and yellow, it has been 3 years since ash pursued his quest to become the master of pokemon...since then much has changed...Now then, onto the review!
I am just going to say right now, the graphics for this game are superb and for this game in particular I think it is perhaps the best used in the system. When compared to its predecessors or even games like pokemon crystal, the graphics are phenomenal, before they were fuzzy and they would glitch out frequently when you were in a battle, well not anymore! The graphics may be the same as before, but they are in color and it looks much better and more appealing to look at. These graphics are the best for the game boy in my opinion and they they are a huge step up from pokemon red and blue. The best part about it was that it was in color and that just makes all the difference and makes it more appealing and fun to play altogether. I also like the graphics because buildings and walls are easier to make out now since it is in color rather than just black and white, so that is another plus to the graphics part of this game. So considering that this game came out in 2000, the graphics are really good and a huge step up from red and blue, therefore I scored it a 9 overall.
The sound of this game is pretty good and the best part is that new themes and music were added that weren't previously in red and blue, or even yellow. All of the pokemon have their own unique cry when entering and fainting in battle and they aren't glitchy or similar to one another. As for the music part of the game, I thought it was decent, sure it can get q a bit annoying when the little music and tones repeat itself with every step you take in the game, I didn't really pay much mind to it though and I don't think it is a good enough reason for you to not play this game because it is like this in most pokemon games to begin with, this one is no exception. Nevertheless, it shouldn't make you not want to play the game, Personally I find the new tunes and music in the game to be rather catchy. One thing that I did find quite interesting about the music in the game is that your rival gets some cool new battle music, its probably not a big deal, but I thought I would just mention for those of you who didn't already know. So overall I scored the sound/music an 8 which I think is pretty fair considering you get some cool new tunes and the music itself is rather catchy despite being rather repetitive at times. Nevertheless though, those catchy little tunes are just classic and whenever you hear them, you just think of pokemon, so despite being repetitive, they are also a catchy part of the game.
Out of all the words that could be used to describe this game, I think addicting fits the job quite nicely, I was hooked on this game from the moment I played it, if I recall I think my play time on it was 500 hours, if not more, so yeah I was pretty addicted to this game. Part of the reason for it being so addicting is because there is so much more you can in this game that you weren't able to do with its predecessors, a good example would be that now your pokemon can carry items, (like berries for instance) while battling, and you also have this handy new item called a pokegear that has several useful little features like a map, a phone and a radio. Another significant difference is that you can keep track of the time of day and the week in this game which you couldn't do before, pokemon in this game also learn new techniques as well, so those are some subtle differences in this game. You also have to trade pokemon between silver and gold in order to complete the pokedex, so it is necessary to trade between them and its predecessors if you want to complete the pokedex. Overall I find this game very addicting, besides being a great pokemon game, there are a lot of new things and side quests you can venture on that make the game all the more exciting and replayable, so for that I gave the addictiveness a well deserved 10. I can definitely see myself playing this game again in the near future. I would suggest you give it a try as well, it is worth your time to give it a try, there are so many new features that contribute to it being so addicting!
The story is pretty much the same as it always is, you are the protagonist/hero of the game and you are on a quest to become the best pokemon trainer ever. You go pay professor Elm a visit and you pick between chikorita, totodile and cyndaquil as your starter and from there you collect 8 gym badges and then beat the elite 4 as well as the champion in the end to become the new champion of the region. And just when you think it is over, now you can work on completing and filling up the pokedex and collecting 100 new pokemon! Along the way you will encounter team Rocket, once you beat them, you can travel back to the Kanto region and you can see how much has changed in 3 years and also beat its 8 gyms. After defeating its gym leaders, you can visit Mt silver which has some pretty cool and powerful pokemon, and Red, whom you can challenge for perhaps the most challenging battle in the game, so be ready! So overall the story of the game is interesting and I think it is pretty cool that you can go back to the Kanto region ad go back and beat the elite 4 again. Overall a pretty decent storyline and plot, thus, I scored it a 9. If anything I think this game has an exceptional storyline compared to other pokemon games, most of which are just beating gyms and the elite 4 and then becoming champion whereas this game is a little different. It is this slight difference that earned it a 9.
I would say that if this game is anything, it offers a lot to do. Aside from having a long storyline to follow, and collecting 8 gym badges in the new Johto region, you then beat the elite 4 and the champion and you're done right? WRONG! You can also travel back to the Kanto region and beat their 8 gyms, so altogether that is 16 gyms you beat in total, so it is going to require you to spend more time training and preparing to take on these gyms, which is why I scored the depth higher than I normally would for most pokemon games as far as depth goes. And as I said before, there is a lot of other new features like a night and day system in which certain pokemon will appear on certain days in which you can adjust the length of each day (daylight savings time), so you can adjust your clock accordingly for that. One other interesting new thing is that you can breed pokemon together to make babies to fill up your pokedex, you out them in the daycare and then check up with the guy to see if the pokemon like each other and if the conditions are right, then they will make an egg. Pretty simple. And along with that, you have a bunch of new pokemon to add to your dex just like you did in red and blue. Overall there is a decent amount of stuff to keep you busy with this game, It took me about 2 to 2.5 weeks to finally beat this game, but I can safely say that it does guarantee you a good few days of game play. Overall I gave the depth a 10 because this game does offer a good amount of content that will keep you busy.
To be honest, I don't think this game is all that difficult, plot wise, you just need to follow and do what everyone tells you and you will be fine. if there is anything I have learned from pokemon, it is to talk to everybody in the game because you never know when someone might have valuable information to help you on your quest. As for actual training and gym leaders, I would just say to make sure you put some time into making a good, well balanced team and also taking the time to train them properly. Don't ever try to rush through it with under leveled pokemon because you will soon regret it later on in the game. Just take the extra time to train them and teach them some worth while moves and you should be in good shape. And as always, be sure to have a balanced team to pan out your weaknesses and coverage against other pokemon types you will be facing in each gym. Also, I would say it is a good idea just to have a few potions handy just in case, you don't have to, but I think it would be a good idea to have some potions and berries at your disposal if you should need to use them later on. The biggest challenge you will be faced with will be defeating the champion, so by then you should have a solid, strong, high leveled team and it would be wise to stock up on potions there as well. All I can say from there is take your training count and do your best to win. As for completing the pokedex, there will be pokemon you need to trade with other players which can be a little frustrating, but that is the only way to complete the dex. So taking all this into consideration, I would rate the difficulty of this game a 7 to 7.5. It isn't overwhelmingly hard or super easy, but as long as you come prepared and you have strong pokemon, you'll be fine. You don't even need to be a pokemon expert in this game to be able to beat it, a balanced team and some potions will do the job just fine.
Well I must say I enjoyed every second of playing this great game, it was totally worth it and I had a great time with all the little extra stuff that this game provides. I would say it is a big step up from blue and red and I think I liked this even more than crystal. Its a close call though. I would highly recommend this game if you have played blue and red and if you are in search of a challenge because I ensure you this will grant you hours of fun gameplay with all the extra stuff this game has to offer. I would consider this in my list of top 5 favorite pokemon games, it is also a great edition if you have a gameboy color, I highly recommend it and I think it is worth a try, you won't regret it!
So, what did you think of my review? If you have any comments or questions or constructive criticism, please feel free to comment on my review so I can become a better reviewer. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!