My Top 50 Games from 2000-2009
#19 - Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green
Game Boy Advance, 2004
While the original Pokemon are amazing games, they were dated. Pretty much an update of two console generations, this is a flawless remake. Improved graphics and sound are the very first thing you notice, as it’s so much better to play this with color and 16-bit music. Along with the looks, the gameplay also got a major overhaul. Using the same system as R/S/E, the remakes have many things that the originals never had. New moves, breeding, sexes, move tutors, important competitive values such as EVs, the Special stat being split into Attack and Defense… and the list just goes on. The greatest addition however, was a brand new, expansive area called the Sevii Islands. As the name would suggest, this area consists of seven main island groups which are accessible late in the story, with the majority being unlocked after you beat the game. Not only were there new sidequests to be done there, but there were a variety of Pokemon that could be found that aren’t native to the Kanto region, such as Dunsprace and Sentret. This was an excellent addition that added a lot of content to an already near perfect game. If you were a fan of the classic Pokemon games, but have since moved on, I urge you to give this one a shot.
[Song: Gym Leader Battle]