Pokémon Emerald (ポケットモンスター エメラルド, Poketto Monsutā Emerarudo?) is a title in the Pokémon series of video games. It was released for the Game Boy Advance in Japan on September 16, 2004, in North America and Hong Kong on May 1, 2005, in Australia on June 9, 2005, and in Europe on October 21, 2005. It features the Dragon/Flying type Pokemon Rayquaza on the cover.
The game is an enhanced remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, adding to the third generation of Pokémon games. Like the games it was based on, the player controls a Pokémon trainer, whose general goal is to traverse around the Hoenn region and capture Pokémon. Like Ruby and Sapphire, the game features the third generation pokémon, but also adds some second generation pokémon that were once limited to Pokémon Colosseum. The National Pokédex is also available without trading. The game follows the same storyline as Ruby and Sapphire, but adds new elements such as the Battle Frontier, where the player can enter Pokémon battles with other trainers. The elements have been considered by many to be major additions, and the popularity of the Pokémon franchise had seen the game meet commercial success. Emerald was 2005’s second best-selling game in the United States.
The story begins with the player moving to their new home in Littleroot Town, where their neighbours include Professor Birch, a renowned Pokémon researcher, and his child. The child is Brendan if the player chose to be a boy, or May if the player chose to be a girl. Afterwards the player hears a cry for help, and sees the Professor being attacked by a wild Zigzagoon. Taking control of one of his Pokémon, the player must drive off the Zigzagoon, receiving as a reward the Pokémon they used. Birch then sends the player north to find his child, who challenges the player to a friendly practice battle. The two head back to Littleroot, where the protagonist decides to become a Pokémon Trainer, and sets out to visit their father, Norman, who happens to be the Gym Leader of Petalburg City. After Norman declines to battle his inexperienced progeny, he sends his greenhorn child on a quest to defeat some of his weaker counterparts.
On the way, the player encounters Team Aqua, a criminal syndicate bent on flooding the land to expand the ocean and sea. Eventually the player meets Archie, the leader of the organization. Archie warns the protagonist not to interfere with Team Aqua’s plan. Travelling onward, the hero meets Team Magma, a parallel group that wishes to increase the landmass. Learning that Team Magma has stolen a meteorite, and is using it in an attempt to force dormant volcano Mt. Chimney to erupt, the player must team up with Archie. The two clash with Maxie, the head of Team Magma, and successfully prevent the volcano from awakening and erupting.
When the player encounters Team Aqua again, they are holding hostage a group of scientists that have supposedly learned how to control the weather. The battle is interrupted though, when they learn that Team Magma is racing to a Pokémon cemetery called Mt. Pyre in hopes of stealing a precious artifact held there, the Blue Orb. Delayed by Team Aqua, the player sees Archie stealing its counterpart, the Red Orb. One of Mt. Pyre’s caretakers entrusts the protagonist with the Magma Emblem (a medal like key item), a medal engraved with Team Magma’s crest. Following Archie to the seaport of Slateport City, the player watches helplessly as he steals a prototype submarine. Back at Mt. Chimney, the Magma Emblem can be used to open the door to Team Magma’s hideout. Confronting Maxie, the hero learns of his plan to use the Blue Orb to reawaken Groudon, an ancient Pokémon with the power to control heat and sunlight, and use Groudon’s powers to dry up the ocean. Although Maxie is defeated in battle, it is too late to stop Groudon from awakening. Unfortunately, the beast doesn’t respond to Maxie’s orders and disappears. Distraught, Maxie and his cohorts flee.
Heading to the seaside town of Lilycove, the protagonist spies a cave on the coast, which turns out to be Archie’s base of operations. Held up by constant attacks from Aqua grunts, he/she arrives too late, as Archie departs in his submarine. The player continues on to the Mossdeep City Space Center and obtains the power to Dive to the ocean floor. As he/she leaves, Team Magma invades the space center. The team plans to use the rocket fuel to ignite Mt. Chimney in a furious eruption; doing so will destroy their base and any evidence along with it. Defeated for a third time with the help of a local named Steven, Maxie realizes that his ideals were twisted, and he sets out to find Archie. Meanwhile, the player Dives down to a seafloor cavern, and finds a sleeping water Pokémon, Kyogre,which has the power to create tidal waves and massive rainstorms. Archie arrives and reveals his plan to use Kyogre to flood Hoenn After the Red Orb awakes Kyogre, the leviathan departs, and Maxie arrives to inform the player and Archie that bizarre weather is affecting much of the surrounding area. Outside, the weather shifts between fierce rains and blazing heat, as Groudon and Kyogre resume the confrontation they started ages ago. If their battle continues, eventually the weather system of the whole world will be thrown out of balance and will cause mayhem.
Story-6/10 As most gamers know, you cannot have a good game without a good story. Apparently, this doesn't curse the name of pokemon emerald. You see, the major plot is for your trainer (girl or boy) to fill your pokedex, and become a pokemon master. A little more is thrown into the field. You will encounter two teams, Magma and Aqua. Each team represents a different nature-based process. Team magma wants to expand the landmass, and team aqua wants to expand the sea. They will go to great lengths to try and reach their opposing goals, but to what extent? That my friends, you'll have to find out for yourself. Also, this story has something to do with rayquaza. This is a different angle, as the other games portrayed him as a overpowered dragon. The reason this game scored so low (in my opinion) is because its very linear.
Game-play-10/10 Ah, the cream o' de crop. Now, for the "Casual" gamer, basically you will catch and train wild pokemon to defeat the elite 4 and become a pokemon champion. This is still present in emerald, but their is more. After you beat the game, you may question yourself. Whats next? I have all the pokemon. What CAN I do? Well, you can explore battle frontier! my friend! Unlike ruby/sapphire's battle tower, Emerald sports the Battle Frontier! It's a place where only elite trainers met set their eyes on. Here, you have 7 different tents. You do battle within these tents. Of the tents, are the Battle Dome, Battle Factory, Battle TOWER, Battle Pike, and 3 others. Here, overpowered monsters aren't essential to win. Your pokemon need great stats, and smart and well-planned movesets. Be careful, battle frontier requires very skilled pokemon. If you went through emerald depending only on power, stay away from the battle frontier. The point of the BF is to battle. You get battle points (they vary within the tents.) You can use these points for AWESOME prizes! This is without a doubt the core of pokemon emerald.
Sound-8/10 Not much to say here. You get a different tune in each city, but they can get slightly annoying. If you have a problem, simply turn off the sound. The cries of pokemon, not realistic, are interesting. I find the music and cries unique.
Graphics-10/10 Tee-hee. A step up from R/S. Everything is so...vivid! The pokemon look amazing, along with their moves. Eyecandy, this game is! Although don't buy it for that reason ;) Everything is so detailed in its own respective way. Trees resemble trees, Pokemon resemble their counterparts, and so fourth. Very purrrty.
Overall-10/10 This is an awesome game. Period. With so much to offer, who could turn it down? I know I couldn't, and frankly I wouldn't. So, if you're a fan of RPG's, or love pokemon,g et this game. It is worth the 34.99. I would recommend it to anybody. It's replay factor is limitless.
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