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Pokemon Gen 2 Title Card

Pokemon Generation 1 was a massive success worldwide so naturally a sequel had to be made. Pokemon Gold and Silver were released in Europe for the Game Boy Colour in 2001 with Pokemon Crystal released a few months later. I was exited to play the games after seeing the new Pokemon in the first two Pokemon movies. So does this generation improve upon the first one and does it still hold up?

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Now here I want to try something different. As the title suggests, I am going to judge which Pokemon are the best from Generation 1. Webmaster Tom makes these kind of lists a lot of the time so I thought I’d take a crack at it. Now let me explain how this list is going to work. This isn’t going to be list of my personal favourite Pokemon or anything like that. I am going to look at these Pokemon based on their move pools, total base stats and how usable they are in the Gen 1 meta game. There are quite a lot of good Pokemon in this generation so let’s see which of them is the best of the best.

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Pokemon Snap Title Card

Now I have very little experience with Pokemon spin-offs like Pokemon Snap. In fact, I’ve never played Pokemon Snap until this very  review. The only other Pokemon spin-off N64 game I played was Hey You Pikachu which I unfortunately don’t own anymore (and if I want a new copy, it will fetch for a hefty price on Amazon). Anyway despite the fact that I’ve never played Pokemon Snap before, is it still a fun game to at least try out?

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Pokemon Stadium Title Card

My very first home console back in the late 90s was the Nintendo 64. When I first got it one Christmas, the two games that I would spend the most time on was Super Mario 64 and Pokemon Stadium. After playing the Game Boy games, I was exited to get this game. Fun fact, this game was known as Pokemon Stadium 2 in Japan. The original Stadium game only had very few of the 150 Pokemon which is why it probably never made it out of Japan. Pokemon Stadium was released in Europe in 2000, so is it still a fun game to play today?

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Story

There is no story in this game whatsoever. There isn’t even a world to explore or characters. The game focuses on the Pokemon battles and you’re really only doing it until you feel like turning the game off.

Gameplay

The mechanics are pretty much the same as the Game Boy games, only you’re playing with an N64 controller. You use the A button to battle, the B button to switch Pokemon and the Start button is used if you want to quit the battle. The C buttons are used to select your attack or which Pokemon you want to switch to, the R button is used to check which C button selects your order and the L button is used to go back on your choice.

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The main menu of Pokemon Stadium has different battle modes to choose from. The first of which is Stadium mode where you can battle in various tournaments, each of which have their own sets of rules. You can battle with rental Pokemon that the game offers you or you can use your Pokemon that you raised using a Transfer Pack that comes with a new copy of Pokemon Stadium. Personally you’re better off using your own Pokemon because the majority of the rental Pokemon’s move pools suck.

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The Gym Leader castle is where you can battle all of the Gym Leaders from the Game Boy games, ending with battles against the Elite Four. You can battle here in case tournaments don’t take your fancy.

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Free battle mode is where you can battle with or against friends or against a computer opponent for practice. You can set the rules however you want.

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The kid’s club allows you to play small mini-games with your friends. They are pretty similar to the mini-games you play in the Mario Party series. These mini-games are fun to play but there are a couple of exceptions such as the Drowzee mini-game and the Likitung sushi game.

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Proffessor Oak’s lab is only accessible with a game in the transfer pack. It is here where you can organise your PC box, trade Pokemon with a friend if you have another transfer pack and check your Pokedex. But honestly, you only come here to collect your prize Pokemon for completing the Gym Leader Castle. The prize Pokemon is either one of the starter Pokemon, one of the fossil Pokemon, a Hitmonchan or a Hitmonlee or an Eevee. The professor can only hold one prize Pokemon at a time and it will be transferred to your game in the transfer pack.

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The Game Boy tower allows you to play your Game Boy game in the transfer pack on a television screen. That’s about the only thing special about it, but you can unlock Doduo or Dodrio speed features that allow you to play the games at different speeds. That’s…something right?

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Once you complete the Gym Leader castle or a tournament, the Pokemon in your party will be registered in the Hall of Fame. It’s all rather novel in the end, but filling up the Hall of Fame with every single Pokemon does get you a Psyduck that knows the move Amnesia.

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If you manage to beat the Gym Leader Castle and win all of the tournaments, you unlock a battle against Mewtwo and he probably puts up the most challenge in the game. If you manage to beat him, you unlock the R2 mode (Round 2 mode) where you play the entire game again on hard mode with the computer opponents having better Pokemon parties and higher intelligence.

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Graphics

For Nintendo 64 standards, this game actually looks pretty great. All of the Pokemon models are incredibly detailed and the environments they battle in are nice to look at without being an eye sore.

Music

The soundtrack is composed of pretty awesome remixes of your favourite themes from Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow as well as a couple of pretty cool original theme with my personal favourite being Mewtwo’s battle theme.

Control

The battle mechanics are the same as in Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow but they did fix that two-type glitch I talked about in my Generation 1 review.

Final thoughts

Like Pokemon Generation 1, I don’t think there’s any reason to go back to this game except if you want to do some serious Generation 1 competitive battling. While the game can still be fun to play for Pokemon fans like me, I know that this gameplay style on a console might not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you want to check it out, I still recommend it. Otherwise if you’re not a Pokemon fan but still want to check this one out, I recommend going for the Game Boy games first.

Final rating: 6/10

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Pokemon Marathon Title Card

I’m not going to beat about the bush, Pokemon is probably my favourite video game series ever made. It’s certainly the series I spent the most time on. If I wasn’t playing the games, I’d be watching the latest episode of the anime. I always look forward to when the next mainstream game comes out and the game mechanics seem to get better and better.

Now for this marathon, I am going to focus on where it all started and the games I spent the most time on in my childhood, Generation 1 and Generation 2. The series was created by Satoshi Tajeri and was released for the Nintendo Game Boy in 1996. It should also be noted that Satoshi was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. If that doesn’t inspire people with autism like me, I don’t know what will. The games released in Japan were known as Pokemon Red and Pokemon Green. Both are the same game, they just had different Pokemon to catch in certain areas. The main gimmick of Pokemon was to catch them all and to that you needed a link cable and a friend who had a Game Boy and the other version of the game (or you could do it yourself). A short time after their release, Pokemon Blue was released which had updated graphics and bug fixes. Generation 1 was then released worldwide as Pokemon Red and Blue which are based of the Japanese Blue version. For this review, I am going to look at Pokemon Red version and then I’ll briefly talk about Pokemon Yellow.

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Sonic 4 Episode 2 Title Card

Episode 2 of Sonic 4 came out in 2012, just a few months after Sonic Generations came out. After the taste of Episode 1 started to grow bitter for me, I was hoping Episode 2 would improve upon where Episode 1 failed, especially after I enjoyed Sonic Generations so much. Does it? Let’s dive in.

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Sonic 4 Episode 1 Title Card

When Sonic 4 was released in 2010 for Xbox Live and PSN, I was pretty eager to play it being the Sonic fan that I am. Back when I first beat it, I thought it was pretty good. But over the years, I’ve played the classic series more and more and my opinions on this game have really changed. Are they good or are they bad? Let’s find out how this sequel stacks up to the classics.

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Batman Arkham Origins Title card

Like most of you, I was disappointed when they announced that Rocksteady Studios wanted to push back the release date of Batman Arkham Knight to June 2015. But I understand that Rocksteady want to make sure that they create a solid game and you’ll be sure that I’ll review it when it comes out (it’ll also be the main reason I’ll buy a PS4). For now though, I’m going to review the last game in the series, Batman Arkham Origins. Now when I saw the first trailer of Arkham Origins, I was exited. Batman was duking it out with Deathcstroke and Deadshot and Black Mask hiring six other assassins to kill Batman before the night is out. When the game finally came out, I got it on launch date and does it manage to stack up with the other Arkham games? Well…let’s find out.

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Aside from the classic Mega Man series the only other sub series I’ve really gotten into is the Mega Man X series. With a futuristic look, darker themes and fast flowing action this felt like an evolution for the series. So I am now going to rank the main 8 games (I’m not including Command Mission) in order from my least favourite to favourite. Bear in mind I haven’t beaten all of these games as this series is WAY harder than the classic series, but they will still be ranked on how I enjoyed them from what I played.

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Of all the internet celebrities out there my personal favourite is James Rolfe. Amongst the many other things he’s done like Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness, Board James and You Know What’s Bullshit, the series that made him most famous was undoubtedly The Angry Video Game Nerd, where he relives the frustrating games from his youth. Over the years many people have been making games based off him and his reviews, the most recent of which being Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures developed by FreakZone Games. A game which gives the player a first hand experience of what it’s like to be The Nerd. It’s gonna take you back to the past, but is this a shitty game that sucks ass?

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