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Pokemon Red/Blue
Pokemon Red/Blue
Gotta Catch em all! Or steal them...
Published by SegaSlayer33
03-14-2009
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Graphics
75%75%75%
7.5
Storyline
70%70%70%
7.0
Controls/Gameplay
100%100%100%
10.0
Sound
85%85%85%
8.5
Average 83%
Pokemon Red/Blue

Pokemon Red & Blue

Something that games had less of then that is common place now is custom ability. Once the game has been beat, the unlockables unlocked and the Multiplayer done to death, there was little else you could do except fork over another $50 for the next new thing. Pokemon changed that.

Pokemon Red & Blue are considered by many as the "killer app" that kept the GameBoy afloat in its later years. But one thing cannot be denied: Pokemon Red & Blue are classic in every sense of the word, and are easily some of the best games of all time.

In Pokemon RB, you take on the role of Ash, a 10 year old boy who lives in a small village known as Pallet Town. Soon enough, you get your first Pokemon and your goal: to catch and document all 151 types of Pokemon. In the meanwhile, your quest takes you across the land of Kanto, ultimately challenging you to become the Pokemon Champion!

In Pokemon, you can carry a team of 6 Pokemon, which can help you fight other Pokemon, defeat Pokemon trainers and help maneuver obstacles in your quest. Your Pokemon are essential, and to keep up, you need to train them regularly. Each Pokemon has a type, ad each type is strong, weak or neutral towards different "types" of attacks. For example, fire Pokemon are weak to Water type moves, while Grass Pokemon are weak to water type moves. There are also status conditions, which can weaken the opposing Pokemon by paralyzing them, poisoning them, putting them to sleep etc. There are also Attack values,which are defended by Defence values, Speed values which determine who attacks first, Special values which aid in attacking/defending special moves, and stat moves, which boost/degrade stat values. In the end, the main goal is to kill all the opposing Pokemon

Also in Pokemon is the PokeDex. This allows you to record the different Pokemon you obtain. There are 151 Pokemon to collect, some of which are exclusive to either Red or Blue. Pokemon can be obtained in 3 ways:
  1. Caught in the wild (caves, seas, bushes etc.)
  2. Obtained by evolving a Pokemon you already have in your possession. Some
  3. Trading with other people (both in-game and via linking with other game carts). Which brings us to multi-player..

Multiplayer is really where Pokemon shines. In multiplayer you can choose to either trade with another person or, the more preferred method, battle your friends. This started what is considered Pokemania, a period from 1998=200 when Pokemon was widespread and every neighborhood had 30-40 players. Maybe the internet has eliminated the idea of schoolyard Pokemon fights, but pummeling some stranger in Japan is never quite as satisfying as beating 12 players who each had different strategies, and reading body language and facial expressions were also key aspects of prediction. In-built score records were also significant, and egos were built and torn down on a daily basis. No singular game before or since has influenced a generation of kids as much as Pokemon.
Battle with Koga

Graphics: 7.5/10
For worlds this vast, Pokemon has the other end of the graphics spectrum to Super Mario Land. However, one thing that hurts the graphics of this game is the sequel, Pokemon Gold and Silver, which could also be played on the GameBoy (only Crystal was GBC exclusive). Overall however, the graphics for this game are solid, and are only compromised by some lack-luster move sprites.

For the record, my team was Gengar, Dugtrio, Golem, Starmie, Alakazam and Chansey


Sound: 7/10
In the end, Pokemon isn't remembered for its music. Musical numbers in Pokemon are largely left by the wayside, favored rather by Link's Awakening, Super Mario Land and Tetris (which are all undeniable classics). However, Pokemon RB also has some decent music, and more than 10 years after the release of the NES, Pokemon RB showed that beeps and bloops still produced quality music.
Pokemon Ending Music

Gameplay: 10/10
Pokemon has this level of depth that was simply unmatched by games of the time (bar Super Mario 64). The multiplayer mode, trading and catching them all made and still makes Pokemon RB one of the greatest games of all time.


Replay Value: 10/10
You can replay this and still never have the same experience. You can only use Water types. You can go without legendaries. And the best thing is, you can do it endlessly. Because the depth of this game is the depth of your imagination. And that is boundless.


Overall:9/10
"Excellent"

A game that symbolizes an era, Pokemon RB founded the most successful RPG franchise of all time on one thing: Customization. The endless options for your team makes Pokemon RB that you just have to play. You would be punishing yourself if you didn't


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By op89x on 03-17-2009, 07:27 PM
Oh how I disagree with what you said about the music.
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By SeanMi on 03-17-2009, 07:33 PM
Blue/Red are the best pokemon games. I would give it 9.5. Such an awsome game.
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By Mike16r on 03-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Pokemon red and blue were great games, but now some of the games have internal battery failure.
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By Jonjosuff ᴥ on 03-27-2009, 07:50 PM
Awesome game, so complex and imo beyond it's time.

Although like op89x, I'd disagree about the music.
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