Excerpt: Nintendo is always an interesting company to ponder. While it is usually very easy to guess what they are going to do, they always go that extra mile to defy your expectations somewhere along the line. In the case of Pokémon Emerald , that a director’s cut variation of the Ruby and Sapphire games would be made was easy to predict. What I didn’t predict was that a game so very similar to several others I had played would be so very engaging.
Excerpt: Once upon a time, handheld gaming wasn’t popular. When compared with the awesome games on the various consoles, many portable games lacked the kind of appeal that would drive legions of prospective gamers to play them. How could Super Mario Land ever compete with Super Mario World? Who cared about Link’s Awakening when Link to the Past was considered the greatest thing to ever happen to the SNES?
Conclusion: - Seemingly simple strategy proves to be quite deep - Easy to get into if you’ve played the other Pokémon games If you’re unfamiliar with the Pokémon concept – all three of you – here it is in a nutshell. In your role a as Pokémon trainer you wander the gameworld battling wild Pokémon and challenging other trainers to earn more experience for your roster of Pokémon creatures that can conveniently be stored in Pokéballs.
Pros: - Seemingly simple strategy proves to be quite deep, - Easy to get into if you’ve played the other Pokémon games, - Straightforward presentation, - VS. mode fits right in
Cons: - Battles sometimes feel a little protracted, - Not too engrossing for anyone looking for deep, deep RPG, - A lot of trial and error as you figure out the strengths and weaknesses of each Pokémon
Excerpt: Pokemon has always been a huge craze since its launch in America and especially in Japan. Nintendo has done a wonderful job milking it for every cent that it's worth. They further prove this by releasing the eleventh version of this series with Emerald, which retains the Pokemon charm while offering little to draw in new fans.
Conclusion: Like every different version of a pokemon game, Emerald won`t have the exact pokemon locations Ruby or Sapphire did. Some pokemon will learn new moves they weren't able to before. The entire pokemon roster of Emerald hasn't been officially released yet but you won't be able to catch them all without trading. Besides the new animations, the pokemon will also have a slightly different look.
Summary: Reviewing a game like Pokémon Emerald retrospectively opens up a whole can of Wurmples. Time has a tendency to show things in a different light and unlike time, the Pokémon franchise has almost been standing still, trapped somewhere in 1996 constantly reliving its glory days. This is both good and bad news, as the games are always well made, solid good fun and ever so slightly addictive, but it also means that the mechanics haven’t moved with the times and feel archaic...