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Pokemon Gold

video game review video game review video game review Video Game Review: Pokemon Gold Publisher: Nintendo
Category: Pokemon
Platform: Game Boy
ESRB Rating: Everyone    Release Date: November 2000

Overall Rating: 3 Stars out of 4

Review by Tom Allen
3 Stars out of 4

Truth be told, Pokemon Gold (whose other half is the Silver version) plays almost identically to Pokemon Red and/or Blue. Besides the new Pokemon creatures, the game has a few minor improvements. The battle system is less cumbersome, thanks to the ability to have each Pokemon carry and use items.

The biggest changes in the game have to do with time. Before playing, you have to set the clock to the present time. Certain events will only occur at certain times. Some Pokemon only appear at night.

Since there is no way to cheat the clock once it's set, you could find yourself having to get up at odd hours of the night just to catch a Pokemon. Is this going too far? Look at it this way. You can beat the game without re-arranging your lifestyle, but if you want to uncover every secret, you might as well rent an island for yourself and hope you can take the time off from school or work.

Pokemon still doesn't have the depth to attract hard-core RPG veterans, but its characters are very appealing for youngsters. A game like this only helps to widen the potential audience for the whole genre. This feat alone is perhaps Pokemon's greatest achievement.

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