By JJOR64 30 Comments
It's been a long time since I did an actual blog post over here at Giant Bomb, so why not make it about Pokemon!
So I decided to go to Serebii.net to check out how you get Ice Beam in Diamond/Pearl/ Platinum. I was looking around and it said it's a TM, which I have already used in both Diamond and Platinum (I don't have Pearl), and at the Game Corner as well in the games. So I deiced to check out the HG/SS part of the site when I found out that Ice Beam is also available at Seafoam Islands, which is in Kanto. So I started thinking "It would have been nice if my guide said it was in Kanto." So I started looking to see if there were other HG/SS guides besides the official one, then I found this on Amazon:
Are you fucking serious? THEY HAD TO MAKE ANOTHER GUIDE JUST FOR KANTO! YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! And guess when this guide comes out? NEXT MONTH! BY THE TIME THE GUIDE IS OUT, I WILL BE DONE WITH KANTO ALREADY! FUCK YOU AND YOU SECOND GUIDE NINTENDO!
If I'm still playing the game by the time this guide comes out, I might end up getting it. Diamond and Pearl had a similar issue too, but the other guide was just the national dex, which I didn't need.
The lesson here? MAKE ONE HUGE GUIDE AND NOT TWO SEPARATE GUIDES!
So I got that rant out of the way so I'll share some thoughts about the game so far.
So far SoulSilver has been fantastic. With this being a remake of Gold/Silver, arguably the best Pokemon games ever made, how can you not like these games? First off, the game looks great by using the same graphics engine as D/P/PL. It's really nice to see the old 8Bit Gameboy Color games in a colorful new dimension. Next is the music. The remixed music is fantastic. It sounds really nice and the remixes make the game sound new and refreshing. Let's not forget about the huge game world. G/S were the only games to feature two regions and with two regions makes the game huge and lengthy. The second region is back.
Along with updating the old games, there are some new features as well. One of the first features you will notice is that the first Pokemon in your party will follow you, like Pikachu did in Pokemon Yellow. The next big new feature is the Pokewalker, a pedometer. You can transfer one Pokemon to it and while you walk around in real life, your Pokemon on it gains levels. There are also Pokemon on there you can catch and items you can obtain as well. There is also the Pokeathlon. It is a set of minigames where you compete with your Pokemon. The game also has some of the old legendary Pokemon that are now obtainable in the remakes like the Birds and Mewtwo. There are also a few new routes and the Safari Zone is now in Johto, which is also customizable. The most noticeable update for me is the new touchscreen interface for the menus. Every menu in the game now has touchscreen support and it actually works well, unlike D/P/PL. There are also some other new features which are small like the berry pot and some other useful items.
This is easily the best game to come out so far this year for DS and will be one of the best RPGs on DS for a long time. I've already sucked in 12+ hours and I will keep playing it for many more hours.
Final Thoughts : You like the Pokemon games? You will love this game. Want to try out Pokemon for the first time? This is the best place to start.
Thanks for reading my rant and my thoughts and hope you guys have a good day!
P.S. Perfect Dark is out this week on XBLA. Another great Nintendo game seeing the light of day once more. I better get some MS points. :P
P.P.S. YO' SNORLAX EFFIN OWNS!
P.P.P.S. IT'S PIKACHU!