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GF Rating
8.4

2179 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

A Good Game But...

posted by ilawson94 (EAST BETHANY, NY) Feb 24, 2013

Member since Nov 2012

In my younger years I was a Pokemon fanatic, I had to have every single game and watch every single episode I could find. This has somewhat persisted to now as I still watch the TV series and monitor news of events. Yet throughout all my history with the franchise, I had never played a game that took place in Johto, and after playing it I can say that I am only lightly impressed.

Don't let that fool you, I still enjoyed this game but because I had unfortunately played the games to come after these before Soulsilver, the technical step backward I took clouded my viewpoint. I got too used to the Pokemon moving (however slightly) in Black and White so seeing them still again took a bit of fun out of it.

Nevertheless the classic Pokemon game formula still shines here and doesn't disappoint. The Pokemon roster is rather stagnant (by that I mean less variation in type availability than in other games) but the nostalgia of backtracking to one of my favorite regions made up for it.

Here is the issue I have with this game overall though. While I can respect it being innovative with attempting to include the Kanto region as well as Johto, the Kanto region is just boring. Outside of fighting the other eight gym leaders, there is just nothing going on there. No second storyline, only one further encounter with Team Rocket, and besides cameos of people from other games, the people just aren't fun either. The only thing that kept me there outside of the gyms was fighting a very strong trainer in one of the final areas...

Don't take my grim sounding demeanor to say that this game is bad (I wouldn't have given it an 8 otherwise). It still is Pokemon and it did still have me playing until I accomplished everything I could, but it just didn't bring anything new besides the poorly fleshed out second region.

Overall, I wouldn't tell you not to play this, but with new and better titles out there now, I doubt you'd miss anything by skipping this one.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

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posted by doctorzeus (VICTORIA, MN) Apr 1, 2011

Member since Nov 2010

well the main story is fun not to mention bringing back the original pokemon that all got us started. The 1st region is accually very fun and at the end you get to catch, you geussed it, lugia!. once i finished the first region i was so tired of trying to get there i was almsot sick of it, and the 2nd region seemed, half-(BEEP) because you go to a gym get the badge move on. So its a fun game just next game if our gunna have 2 regions make sure that they are both put = amounts of time into it

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Pleased

posted by cooke28 (GRETNA, NE) Aug 27, 2010

Member since Aug 2010

3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful

Pretty good game. I played the original Silver and this one tops it by far, I think seeing the Gyms remodeled is worth the play itself. And the 3-D redo of everything is just awesome.
There was some bad stuff tho. Low levels. LOTS of low levels. Your still encountering lv. 9's at the third gym. It's pretty hard to train in this game but luckily (or sadly depending on how you look at it) you don't need to because most of the Gym Leaders suck!
Anyways I really did love this game right up until I had beat the elites and the Gym Leaders (all 16) and all that was left was to fight Red (Ash) and all my Pokemon were 20 levels under his weakest because that's all it took to get through everything else.

All in all I liked it.
Although you deffianatley need some free time if you wanna get far on this game.
Enjoy!

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