When I see a Pokémon from the second generation, the image of a long-ago summer usually comes to my mind in which, after many restores everything, I surpassed the Johto Pokémon League for the first time with my powerful Typhlosion. I also remember many pokémon unreachable for me because of the ‘magic’ of the exchange, either because of its evolution or because of its exclusivity (Or maybe because of my lack of patience when it comes to headbutting trees).
Be that as it may, what I want to get at is that Pokémon Gold and Silver are games that have a mystical atmosphere that surrounds them. That’s why, and because I love Pokémon, that after speaking here in VidaoPantalla a few weeks ago about Pokémon Red and Bluetoday I come to talk about Pokémon Gold and Silver.
This time we are once again a child who begins a Pokémon adventure (without any supervision) with the only help that our Pokémon can give us. From Pueblo Primavera, the Professor Elm He gives us a pokémon to do him a favor: go to a house on Route 30 where Professor Oak and Mr. Pokémon are to collect a mysterious egg.
This is how our story begins, as we advance through the Johto region we will repeatedly meet a character, who will act as our rival, who seeks to find and seize the strongest Pokémon in the region. We will also have clashes with members of the dissolved three years ago (Due to the actions of the protagonist of Pokémon Red and Blue) Team Rocket.
Following the scheme of the previous game and establishing it as the beginning of the saga, the main objective (Although it is insisted that it is the Pokédex) is to defeat the eight gym leaders in the region to get their respective medals and face the League. Pokemon. thus becoming the Johto Region Champion.
In Pokémon Red and Blue the Pokédex was made up of 151 Pokémon. Next to the new Johto region, these games introduce a hundred new species.
When talking about the Pokédex, the original Johto species are often ignored. However, it has very interesting and striking designs: Tyranitar, Magby, Flaffy, Crocodile, Dunsparce, Heracross… Pokémon that are very loved by the community, but that we sometimes forget that they belong to this generation.
Focusing on the designs, and more specifically on the sprites, this generation took a very important step towards the style that would be followed in the rest of the installments. If in the text about Pokémon Red and Blue he spoke of a ‘living’ encyclopedia, the second generation of pokémon solves many of the concerns that Red and Blue left me with. The rough and cold treatment of pokémon between PC and computer is updated this time to show an image of the pokémon next to its name allowing us to easily identify the creature.
Returning to the theme of the new designs and the updated sprites of the existing ones, its change of style allows us to have a vision of the pokemon as partners more than as tools. While the first generation Pokédex was full of figures of ferocious and monstrous character, the second generation presents some more rounded, natural and even fairy-tale designs.
Being Pokémon Gold and Silver a sequel to Pokémon Red and Blue, the combat system is identical to that of the first installment. However, it introduces a few important changes: the introduction of two new elemental types Y the separation of the special stat into two completely independent values.
For starters, the introduction of the Dark and Steel elemental types is very relevant. The sinister type is introduced for stand up to psychic and ghost type pokémon, mainly to reduce the dominance of the former somewhat. For its part, the steel type is established as a defensive type having a large number of resistances and few weaknesses, so that it endures in this role to this day.
The special stat is divided into two separate stats: special attack and special defense. The relevance of this division lies in the balance of the pokémon, previously a pokémon with the high special stat was not only very resistant to this type of attack, but also very good offensively. In this way they can better distribute the points in the statistics, being the most normal (or conventional) that the pokémon that enjoy a better attack, either physical or special, suffer more when it comes to receiving hits and that the pokémon with good defenses do not have exorbitant offensive statistics either.
Each generation of Pokémon has a central motif. The first focused on the scientific and technological advances of a world inhabited by pokémon, but the second, and as has already been said in thousands of videos and texts, focuses on the traditionit rural and the mystical-fantastic.
While in Kanto its inhabitants live in buildings and we see large developments with shopping centers and skyscrapers, in Johto we see more traditional houses, with wooden roofs, spaced between them and less crowded in large cities. Temples, altars, ancient forests and a great presence of the beliefs of the inhabitants of the region create an image of Johto that, in my opinion, overshadows the one also present in this installment, Kanto.
Pokémon Gold and Silver are, compared to their previous installment, much more refined games. This translates into a very pleasant experience. Among the new implementations that help improve the so-called ‘standard of living’ of the players, we find the total use of color, the cycles of day and night, the events related to them, shortcuts to use Hidden Machines…
In addition to these improvements that allow the gaming experience to be much more fluid and enjoyable, second generation games are characterized by the parenting implementation (Mechanics that are maintained in all the games of the main series from now on) along with new pre-evolutions of some already known pokémon such as Magby from Magmar or Smoochum from Jynx. In relation to breeding, to obtain a hatchling of two pokémon of the same species (or of the same egg group) it is necessary to leave them together in the nursery. After a while, the manager will give you the message that an egg has appeared among your pokémon and if you want to catch it. Once you have the egg, to hatch it you have to have it on your team (which removes a slot for another pokémon on your team) at the same time you take steps in the game.
At first glance, it seems to be something incredible that allows you to get more powerful species to face the adventure and fill some gaps in the Pokédex. But once you get into the action only contribute to the Pokédex(And that if you want to complete) since the system of improving statistics and inheritance of movements (and skills in future deliveries) is not something that is explained in the game, much less something that is exploited in the main story of the title .
Pokémon Gold and Silver are, in short, worthy successors to Red and Blue. They improve the sections in which the first installments of the series limped and polish those that already worked.
Although the passage through Kanto is anecdotal in these games, it fulfills its objective. Prepare the player’s team to face the final challenges. It is something that adds a lot to the adventure (For all that it means to return to the region in which the saga was born and the presence of powerful trainers) and does not require anything in return.
Thanks to the implementation of color in all spaces, the facilities to manage your pokémon, the updates in everything related to combat (Since in the first generation they were dominated by movements and pokémon that were unintentionally abusive due to bugs , generally programming)… Pokémon Silver and Gold are more than worthy sequels to their previous installment. Some mandatory games for all those who enjoy Pokémon Red and Blue and any fan of the series.