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This isn't Fire Red or Leaf Green all over again,
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This review is from: Limited Edition Pokemon HeartGold Version with Figurine - Nintendo DS (Limited Edition) (Video Game)
I can honestly say that in my 18+ years of gaming across many platforms, PCs, consoles, and handhelds, that this is one of the best games I ever played. I consider myself a gamer and I play games across almost every platform ever made whether they're E rated, AO rated, free or GPL, or retail and I can honestly say that this remake of a decade old classic that many of us have fond memories of is done right and a true upgrade over the original. Like many gamers I was disappointed right around the time Ruby/Sapphire came around and was seriously frustrated at how bad Fire Red/Leaf Green was done. As result of Fire Red/Leaf Green, I skipped Diamond/Pearl and thought that I had enough Pokemon for a while. After seeing footage of this game in action and listening to the soundtrack as it was ripped off and put on YouTube, I became confident that GameFreak has indeed redeemed themselves and just like ten years ago, decided I was going to get BOTH games and then decided to place preorders. Everything that was cool ten years ago has remained, but has been subtly expanded upon and slightly altered to give maximum playability to the game. The least subtle things thrown in were the battle frontier, wi fi, and new region (that also has a safari zone this time around!). The new soundtrack is as faithful as it possibly can be given the new unique look of each town (Goldenrod's new track actually suits this game well in spite sounding drastically different) and an 8 bit rendition (which sounds almost identical to what was on the Gameboy Color) of it is available to be unlocked, while the graphics are among some of the prettiest I've seen on any system thanks to it's use of both 2D and 3D as well as amazing art style. The gameplay has been refined and made more interesting since 2000 with each pokemon being truly unique thanks to GameFreak's version of perks and the addition of a ton more items that you can equip them with. Whether your a veteran that got turned off by generation 3, a series newcomer, or just a Pokemon lover, I HIGHLY recommend that you buy this. You will love this game.