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As a remake of one of the most well-regarded RPGs of all time, Pokemon Leaf Green does its best to update a classic adventure on updated hardware. With new graphics and a few gameplay tweaks, this remake doesn't completely change the concept, but rather polishes old ideas into perfection. Even if you've played the original games, Pokemon Leaf Green provides another wonderful adventure through a world of lovable pocket-sized monsters.
Main Game Features
- Capture 151 unique monsters
- Train your monsters in turn-based battles
- Top-down RPG exploration
Pokemon Leaf Green is a remake of Pokemon Blue, one of the best-selling and highest-reviewed games ever released on the Game Boy Color. There have been no overhauls or major changes to the story, so if you've played the originals, you'll know what to expect. For those who are new to the franchise, you play as an eager youngster from Pallet Town, a simple village in the island region of Kanto. Like many of your peers, you set out from your home to become the next Pokemon Master. This adventure tasks you with exploring the world, capturing small monsters known as Pokemon in the wild, and training your team in order to take down elite Pokemon Gym Leaders around Kanto.
As in the previous games, you'll face off against other wannabe Pokemon trainers, as well as a villainous trio known as Team Rocket. Working with bad guy Giovanni, Team Rocket and their crew will attempt to stop you as you make progress during your journey. There are various towns and areas to explore, each containing different Pokemon to encounter. It's a simple premise and one that fills you with adventure, as you are given notable freedom over what Pokemon you choose to fill your party and what skills you focus on.
Pokemon Leaf Green, like the rest of the games in the series, plays out in turn-based battles. Much like Digimon World or Yokai Watch, your character does not fight during battles, but instead chooses a party of six Pokemon to do your bidding. During the tutorial, you get to pick a Pokemon to start with, but from there it's up to you to find and catch the rest of your team by using Pokeballs. As you explore, you'll randomly encounter other Pokemon in the wild, which you can weaken and add to your team. As you battle these wild Pokemon and other Pokemon trainers, your party of Pokemon will earn experience and level up, occasionally evolving into brand new forms.
Every Pokemon in the game is categorized by its elemental type, including water, fire, electric, and more. This determines the list of moves your Pokemon can use in battle, and different elemental types are stronger against others. For example, a fire-type Pokemon like Charmander can use fire-based attacks, which will tear through grass-type Pokemon. Alternatively, electric-type Pokemon like Pikachu are super effective against water-type Pokemon. You'll need a well-rounded team of Pokemon if you want to defeat the powerful Gym Leaders who block your path to victory.
Pokemon Leaf Green is a great remake, especially for players who are new to the series, but old fans will still find themselves wrapped up in the fun of catching and battling Pokemon. With the ability to transfer Pokemon between new games and an exclusive endgame quest, there are a handful of new features that players will enjoy.
The updated graphics bring this colorful and imaginative world to new life, making Pokemon Leaf Green an excellent RPG and a satisfactory remake.
- Colorful updated graphics
- Allows trading with newer games in the series
- New endgame content
- Not many gameplay improvements
- Some confusing sections
- Overpowered enemy trainers
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By the time Pokémon LeafGreen was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2004, the series was really taking over the world. What is really cool about this is that it is a remake of the very first Pokémon game, which you probably remember as Pokémon Blue.
Back To Where It All Began!
The story of Pokémon LeafGreen may not win any awards for being original, but that is a bit unfair to say. By the time this game came out the Pokémon formula as far as the story goes was well and truly established. However, this is not a rehash when you think about it as this is the original Pokémon story that started it all. Professor Oak, Team Rocket, Kanto and all the things we came to love were all started right here and it is cool to see it in an updated format.
More To Do!
The core gameplay of Pokémon LeafGreen is exactly what you would expect. You play as a young child wanting to be the very best. What is cool here is that you can play as a male or female which is great as Pokémon is a game that was just as popular with the ladies. Once you select your starter (Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle) you are then off on your adventure to win badges, defeat your rival and prove you are the best Pokémon trainer in the land!
The game is like it was on the original Game Boy, but there are some welcome changes here. Pokémon LeafGreen is a game that has you doing a ton of walking which on the original Game Boy was rather slow, here though you can get running shoes! They also added extra moves for your Pokémon to do which was cool. Once you beat the story, you can go back into the world and truly try and catch them all!
Wow, Squirtle, You Look Great!
Ok, so the presentation of the game may not be as sharp as Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire which were released a year prior. However, to be fair this is a remake of a game that was nearly 10 years old at the time this was released! To be fair, I think that while not amazing, Pokémon LeafGreen is a nice-looking game and a big leap from how the game looked when it was first released on the original Game Boy.
Those who played the original version (Pokémon Blue) will probably be pretty blown away by the visuals, even if they have spent a lot of time with Ruby & Sapphire. Those who missed out on the Game Boy Pokémon games though may find the presentation a bit lacking compared to what they had already played.
I have played through Pokémon LeafGreen a few times (and FireRed) and found it to be a real blast from the past. They did a great job with this remake and improved pretty much every aspect of it. While they did not add a ton of new stuff here, I feel that the improvements that they have made certainly make this the best way to experience the original Pokémon.
- Is there a more iconic trio than Squirtle, Charmander, and Bulbasaur?
- It is a great throwback to the original
- I like the story even though it is basic
- Lots of Pokémon to catch
- The improvements that have been made do make the game better
- They maybe could have added a bit more flair to the presentation
- Some may be shocked at how tough the AI in this game is