Ah good old pokemon. Pokemon has been a video gaming favorite for years, with most kids having wanted their own pikachu when they were young, and furiously trying to acquire those elusive Legendary Pokemon. The line of Pokemon games continues with the new SoulSilver and HeartGold installments. Soul Silver and Heart Gold take us back to the Johto Region of the games Silver and Gold, the world of the Legendary Dogs as well as Lugia, Celebi, and Ho-Oh.
Now Pokemon is unique in that every single one of the traditional Pokemon games fits into a certain very exact criteria, and all that changes (And sometimes not even them) are the specific characters (Although they all fall into the same niche) art, music, and pokemon. With remakes like Soul Silver and Heart Gold, not even the pokemon change for the most part. Despite this the Pokemon series has been going strong, with another new Pokemon set of games Black and White (lol at their color choices) coming out later this year.
With Soul Silver being a Pokemon game, instead of explaining the story, I’m going to explain the significant ways it varies from other Pokemon games. One of the biggest new features is Pokeathlon. It is a series of mini games for different categories in which you can win points to buy prizes. The mini games are reasonably fun, and it is big enough that I consider it better than the other game’s equivelents. In the game you play your way through the Johto region, and then you are able to play through the Kanto region afterwards. This technically doubles the play time, but by the time I beat Johto’s Elite Four I flew threw Kanto in 1/5 of the time. When you enter Kanto for the first time, you start in a city in the middle of the region, and the ways they keep you from going to the other areas seems very clumsily done. At one point the way to get into a cave to continue the story was so obscure that I had to look it up on the internet. Not something you should have to do for the ideal game. The “villians” for these games are supposed to be holdouts from Team Rocket, but they have such a small part in the story that they might as well have not been there at all. As to the differences between HeartGold and SoulSilver, there are only two large ones. You get Lugia sooner in SS and vise versa in HG. There are a couple others but they do not apply to it as a stand alone game.
Overall it took me about 40 hours to beat the game. For replayability value there is always capturing all of the pokemon, and battle frontier as well, but nothing more than the other games offered. Overall I give it an 8/10, and I very much hope that Black & White will actually do something to further the Pokemon series as a whole, instead of copy pasting most of the game into a new skin.