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Review #038: Pokémon Gold, Silver and Crystal (GBC) ~ Pokémon 2

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I have an objection. This game can actually be played on the original gameboy. Well, only the Gold & Silver versions. Crystal has to be played on the good old original gameboy. Anyways, you might have seen this one coming. Since I played this game a lot as a kid, and I’m writing the final articles for the GB(C) month, well, why not talk about this game? It’s one of the biggest in everybody’s top 10 lists. It will appear each and every time. So, yeah. Without further ado, I’ll review the first Pokémon game I actually finished. As always, feel free to leave a comment on the content of this article and or the game. 

Story

grass-hidingI have a big surprise for you guys. My best friend was recently playing this game, so why not ask him to do a co-op review of this game? So, let’s both give our opinions. He played Pokémon Crystal and I played Pokémon Gold.

Mizard: I think that some people are wrong. Some people think that the end of the game is beating the elite 4. Yet, this is the mid-way point in the game. Team Rocket is still present in the game, but they aren’t the big bad.  There is actually no real story. The game is just a series of side quests, with a vague goal.

Some area’s are totally optional and can be skipped without hindering your progress.

Me: The story is just lacking. Miz asked a valid question, is there actually any story? After some discussing, we both agreed that the game is just side-quests with a vague goal. As soon as you reach Kanto, the amount of side quests go down.

The game was first supposed to be a sequel of Pokémon Blue and Red, but somehow it evolved into Pokémon Gold and Silver. Truth to be told, the fact that there are side-quests, is an improvement over Pokémon Red & Blue, they were completely absent in that game.

Music and sound

Mizard: It’s pretty cozy, but when you ride your bike a lot… It can get annoying and repetitive quickly. I don’t like the PokéCenter tune. The cries of the game are pretty sweet. Steelix and Espeon are one of my favorites.

Me: I agree with Miz, but the sound when a pokémon is on low health. That’s extremely annoying. I’m so glad that they somewhat fixed this in the 3DS releases. The surf theme is actually one of my favorite themes.

Graphics, (world) design and animation

gfs_15878_2_26_midMizard: The animation is pretty basic, but that’s due to the gameboy’s limitations. It does give a different atmosphere. Because it’s all similar, nothing is bad. Graphically, the game is pretty sweet. With the limited resources, they did manage to give you the right feel.

The first few routes are just too big and too empty compared to all the other routes, while the other routes get really lively. At some routes, you can barely evade the grass.

Me: Something I didn’t like is that the battle animations where exclusive to Pokémon Silver. They were included in Pokémon Crystal. But I played Pokémon Gold. Why didn’t they include them there? I agree that the animation is basic, but it serves as stepping stone towards the newer generation.

Some puzzles still work on my nerves. The ice sliding puzzle is one of the worst. While it’s a fun concept and great puzzle, I got stuck several times. Even worse is the time that you had three switches to open doors in the basement of the mall. When Miz and I were discussing our opinions for this review, it turns out that we both don’t like that puzzle.

Gameplay & controls

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Miz: The controls are pretty solid, but the bike controls can be pretty annoying to control sometimes. Compared to newer generations, the controls aren’t that good. But we can’t blame the game for that, since the gameboy color was limited.

Some items are totally overpriced. Like a Repel. It’s a handy item, but it doesn’t last long.

The overall gameplay didn’t get much new things, but they tweaked a lot of features. The item holding for example was a nice addition.

The improved breeding is also a great update in my opinion.

Me: Well, I clearly remember that you need to restart each HM before you can use it’s action. This made the stone sliding puzzle in the Ice Path tedious.

The addition of the XP bar is one of my favorites. I can finally see how long it will take before my Pokémon levels up. Another nice addition where the berries. You can either make Pokéballs out of them or use them to heal your Pokémon.

The intern clock and the events is just a fun addition. But something I didn’t like was that some legendary Pokémon can only be caught on certain days. Speaking about the internal clock, the biggest update to the game is the day & night cycle. It has effect on the wild Pokémon. According to Miz-, it’s more occurring in the Crystal version.

Difficulty

Mizard: This is a weird beast. When you rush through it, it might give you trouble. But if you play it normally, the game can get easy.

Me: I can’t add anything special to Miz-‘s statement, but the cheat/glitch of cloning is just a cheap way out.

Postgame

Both: There is barely anything to do anymore. Apart from the Battle Tower in Crystal, there is nothing to do.

Conclusion

The bad:

– Difficulty can be selected by playing.

– The music can become repetitive/annoying.

– The unneeded calls of trainers.

– Boring postgame.

– Kanto has some wasted potential.

The good:

+ High replay value.

+ Good animation, world design for it’s time.

+ Day & night cycle.

+ Better story then the original.

Final thoughts:

Miz finds that this game is a long term arcade-ish game. Here and there is a challenge but you mostly continue to play. Most of the times you can set your own challenge. 

To me, it’s the biggest Pokémon game out there. While the game isn’t perfect, it does start to show it’s age. But honestly, it’s so well crafted, that the negatives can be overlooked for the hours of fun it provides.

Anyways, I think we mentioned everything. There might be some things that we didn’t mention that are for you guys and girls to discover. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. Until the next one! Take care~

Score Miz: 82/100

Score NekoJonez: 80/100

Our score: 81/100

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Arpegi Exclusive: Happy 2nd birthday to Arpegi.

Arpegi 2 Years

Today it’s a big day for Mizari and myself. In fact, this article is written whilst he is in my room. Yeah. Two years ago, we founded the Arpegi community. So, in this exclusive article for this blog we talk about the history and such of our community. We honestly don’t see it as a “forum”. It’s more to us, it’s our family. So, let’s give something back to our awesome community. 

History

Two years ago, Mizari and I were in the same college. We both studied Applied Computer Science. Since we were both new, we didn’t have any friends. I quickly made some “friends”, you know, those people you talk with in the break and such. People you just met. One day, Mizari was sitting next to me in class. I found it a bit sad that he sat there alone. He was watching an episode of One Piece. I started talking to him since we both had an anime interest. And that, was the start of a friendship that changed my life.

I was a very active member on a forum. On this forum I invited Mizari to join. I also invited another friend, shredc0re (yes, yes Shreddy. No caps.). Everything went alright or so we thought. After a half year, there were some disagreements between the staff. Back then, I was a part of the staff. The disagreements became so bad; Mizari, shred & I had no choice but to leave.

We wanted to create another forum where the staff and the members were equals. A forum based on respect for each other, like Mizari says: “DEMOCRACY”! We first started on a friend’s server. After a year, we decided to move to our own server. We still have the same host and we don’t have major complaints about them. 

First we were a private forum. We had an admin approval system to block the thrash. And also bots. Mostly bots. It didn’t take long for our forum to gain members which weren’t a part of the forum we left.

To this day, Arpegi stands for a community. A family. We branched out to other places to talk with each other like Twitter, Facebook, Steam, Skype … And the favorite game of the community is Minecraft. (Yeah, mostly likely.) Oh, and in one of the more recent updates Mizari and I decided to stop the admin approval system.

This is the community’s history in a nutshell. A big nutshell. But we don’t look to our history. We want to look to our future. So, let’s do that.

Future

Mizari and I talk a lot about the future of our community. We try to organize events and giveaways. It often happens that members give each other steam presents. Mizari and I have gotten several games in our library from our community. Mizari got Half-Life 2 and I got Electronic Super Joy. (For example).

For the near future, we have a ton of updates planned. Mostly tweaks to the profile and the lay-out of the forum. And some major behind the scenes updates to the working of our Battle mini-game.

We hope to grow and if we get the chance to promote our community, we rarely think twice. We recently started accepting donations. And we have some plans with that. From perks to giveaways. The future is still a mystery.

Loyal Members

 It’s time to write the “thank you for your continued support” part of the article. And this is going to be the longest part. So, let’s get started.

Let’s thank the biggest members first (in a random sequence.):

  • nhi_po: hi. (Mizari-) <- He is your boyfriend. He can say a better “thank you” then I can. M’kay? Bug him about it. Romance has been found through Arpegi. (Jonez)
  • Fist: Keep on fisting. Even when it sounds wrong. And do it daily. … You know what we mean. Thanks mate. (And thanks for posting so much. We really appreciate that.)
  • Toffee: And, do you still know nothing about the matrix? Regardless your answer, thanks man. And for all those memories in the RP meant a lot to me.
  • Msg: Move your awesomeness to Belgium for once so we can thank you with a beer and in person. Agreed? Belgian beer > beer anyways.
  • Light-kun: Sorry that your awesome artwork isn’t at the top of this article. It’s an amazing drawing of nhi instead. But seriously, thanks man. You’re the best global mod a forum can wish for! 🙂
  • Joel: Keep on coding those awesome PSP homebrews man. And thanks for sharing them with us. You are a great member of our community.
  • NekoBot: Thanking you means writing a whole separate article. Sadly enough, we don’t have the time for that now. So, yeah. Thanks. And you know how thankful Mizari and myself are. M’kay?
  • Austin: Thank you for being the tallest guy. … No let’s be real here for a moment. You’re always ready to be a part of game sessions and giveaways. Thanks man. And I’ll never forget the touching words of my birthday thread.
  • Priomblazer: French Kittens. That’s all. (For real: Thanks man. You know why. You blaze through our forum. Man, we are funny.)
  • Melfy: So, what can we say? I’m sorry, it’s PG-13 here. So yeah. Thanks mate.
  • Muddy: You might not realize it but you are always able to make everybody laugh and your presence is appreciated by everyone.
  • Smashy: You are my Neko brother. So, I thanked you enough already. You know how thankful Mizari and I are. And you’re the earliest member. 😀
  • Cubed: Our hero on the TF2 front! :3

And Mizari and I could go on for a while here. There are just too many people we want to thank. Here are a bunch of people we want to thank as well. We are sorry if we forgot a name. We triple checked our list. Those people are:

Lpgardian, Fuyu, BloodCat, Arikado, Devon, Inunah, Gamblorez, Fishy, Maccaman, (shredc0re, he is a myth), Seraph, Colin, Kura, Murasaki, Princess and Tarik.

Thanks all of you. Instead of writing a long wall of text, which we already kinda have, let’s keep it short. THANK YOU!

Member input

So, to close this article, we gave the chance to our community to give some input to this article. Priom stated that Arpegi are pancakes on steroids. How nice.

Inunah asked a section of personal achievements and such. While this a great idea, we didn’t prepare for this pancake. Sorry. Maybe a next time.

And the best suggestion comes from Austin. He asks what we learned from the community. Tricky question. We learned that this forum is closer than we ever thought possible.

So, let’s wrap up this article. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed. Until the next time and let’s go for even more years! And now Mizari and I are going to enjoy our day with a movie (or 2) and some games. :3