Pokemon Emerald Emu

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Pokemon Emerald is the fifth and the final Generation III game. It has added many new features which were not present in previous games.

Gameplay is largely is same as that of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire but with some new features added to it. Storyline is also modified; both Team Magma and Team Aqua are featured as the villainous teams. The objective of each team is to awake Groudon and Kyogre respectively which will be eventually fulfilled.

Face The Challenge Of Pokemon Emerald Version

The Battle Frontier is the new challenge in a new place in the newest Pokemon Emerald Version!

The Pokemon games are iconic because every version has always been an excellent RPG game – and the tradition continues with Emerald. The Blue and Red versions were the first games I played on Gameboy Color, which was followed by the Yellow version, a combo of its Blue and Red predecessor; all of these games were in the Kanto region. The Gold, Silver and Crystal versions, which are mostly done in the Johto region although returning to the Kanto region was also possible, followed. The Ruby and Sapphire versions were released soon after, which was followed by the combination of both versions, the Emerald.

Story 8/10

Unlike its predecessors where the gamers play to become the best Pokemon trainer – Pokemon Master or Champion – by capturing all of the Pokemon characters, both wild and with trainers, beating the Gym Masters, and defeating the Elite Four, the Emerald version has a more in-depth storyline. You, the gamer, are the son or daughter – you can choose your gender in the game – of a Gym Trainer and you just relocate to the Hoenn region. You also want to follow your father’s footsteps and, thus, your decision to become a Pokemon trainer. 

On your journey, you will meet your rival, the son or daughter of a professor. You will both be going on a shared journey with one goal in mind – to become a Pokemon Champion.

In the Ruby and Sapphire versions, each version has a set of bad guys – Team Magma for Ruby and Team Aqua for Sapphire – that the gamer has to prevent from carrying out their plans for world domination. Just to make the challenge more difficult, you have to stop both Team Magma and Team Aqua, which demands  a more effective and efficient strategy.

But that’s not all either. The legendary Pokemon also requires greater focus on the game since there are new twists that make it more challenging to overcome the trials, especially in comparison with the Ruby and Sapphire versions. Indeed, it’s an amazing story filled with suspenseful moments! 

Gameplay 9/10

In terms of gameplay, the Emerald version isn’t as different as in the older Pokemon RPG games. Heck, you will find that the first 20 minutes of the game are the same as in Ruby and Sapphire, which is an advantage since you won’t feel lost, so to speak. But as the game progresses, the significant differences between Emerald and its predecessors become more apparent. 

Starting the Emerald version is easy – select your gender (i.e., boy or girl), give your character a name, and proceed to your first event, which you have to win in order to capture your first Pokemon. From this point onwards, you must travel the Johto region in search of more Pokemon to capture and train in preparation for battles. You have to battle it out with other Pokemon trainers and their pocket monsters, prevent the bad guys from Team Magma and Team Aqua from carrying out their evil plans, and making your way to the Pokemon League.

As I previously mentioned, the Emerald version is basically a combo of the Ruby and Sapphire versions. Most of these predecessors’ aspects were adopted in their entirety in the new version including the places, events, and method of getting specific items – or at least, half of the time, these are the same in all three versions.  But keep in mind that Emerald also has its unique aspects, which means that there are features present in it that were absent in its predecessors.

Of course, the differences between these three versions range from the minor to the major features. The minor differences are essentially focused on a single part of the game, such as the locations of the trainers. But for purposes of brevity, I will focus on the major differences between Emerald and its predecessors, Ruby and Sapphire. 

First, the double battles are more frequent, which becomes evident after 20 minutes of playing the game. In Ruby and Sapphire, gamers are introduced to double battles wherein the battles are between a single trainer against two trainers, which are usually couples or twins, as well as two Pokemon characters instead of a single Pokemon. Emphasis must be made that double battles can only happen when two Pokemon trainers are standing next to each other, a concept significantly highlighted in the Emerald version.

Also, instead of fighting Pokemon trainers with the knowledge that there will be a double battle, any two trainers have the opportunity to fight against the gamer – you, in this case – in a double battle. But there are two provisions - both of the trainers are in your vicinity and lock eyes with you just before the battle starts. In short, you can take down both trainers simultaneously, which provides dozens of new combinations aside from increasing the frequency of double battles.

This is actually such an entertaining aspect of the Emerald version especially as double battles become more exiting the more these are played. You don’t have to worry about the version being all double battles as you will also find plenty of single battles. 

As I previously mentioned, you have to battle it out with both Team Magma and Team Aqua, which are the main villains in the Hoenn region. In the Ruby and Sapphire versions, your challenge was in fighting off the main villain team – either Team Magma or Team Aqua depending on the version – but in the Emerald version, you have to fight both teams. Double the trouble, double the challenge because you have to deal with two teams, not to mention that you have to spend more time travelling around and looking for battles. The result: A more interesting gameplay!

Yet another great feature is the Battle Tents, the locations for Pokemon contests in Ruby and Sapphire; Lilycove City is an exception. Battle Tents are basically the gamers’ preparation for the Battle Frontier challenges (more on the topic later). When you complete these challenges, you will earn a prize. You have to keep in mind that these challenges have strict requirements about winning and losing – and if you find them difficult, you should see the difficulty levels in the Battle Frontier. 

Many of the existing features in the past versions of Pokemon are also present in the Emerald version. First, the phone feature used in the Johto series is also in Emerald. You may find it annoying with its jarring sound but since it isn’t as frequent as you’d feared, you can tolerate it. You may want to turn off the sound, too, especially when you’re travelling around or doing certain activities since the sound quickly becomes an irritant, if not a distraction.

Second, pocket monsters from the Gold, Silver and Crystal versions are also present in this game! You can now capture and train them, which is certainly a fantastic addition. 

Third, the Battle Frontier is the best add-on to the Emerald version, a fact that I have also previously mentioned. The Battle Frontier happens on a larger island – as big as three cities, in Pokemon terms, aside from being considered a new region like Johto and Kanto.

You have to earn a wide range of symbols, which is an extremely challenging task to do considering the difficulty in gathering all of them. You have to remember, too, that the battle tents are the preparatory steps for many of the battles on the Battle Frontier. You will fight in various locations with one goal in mind – to get every single one of the gold symbols, which are akin to the Gym Badges.

While I cannot say too many things about the Battle Frontier without giving too much away, but suffice it to say that the Battle Frontier will provide excitement for a long time. Plus, the trainers are such excellent fighters that you won’t be disappointed in the battles.

Heck, you will even want to change your battle strategy as the Battle Frontier trainers are the best of the best especially when requirements are involved. I just can’t overemphasize that the Battle Frontier is the most amazing added feature of all.

Graphics 10/10

The Emerald graphics are basically the same as in the predecessors, Ruby and Sapphire, including the details from the cities to the hail, dust, rain, tall grass, and water. You will not feel lost, so to speak, when playing Emerald when you have already played Ruby and Sapphire. 

But there’s a difference – you will find that the animations, which were taken from the Crystal version, have returned! In battle, the pocket monsters have similar movements as in the Crystal game, which is true for all Pokemon characters. Indeed, the returning animations are so much welcome for avid gamers.

Yet another difference are the main characters’ color, which are in green. In the Ruby and Sapphire versions, the colors were red and blue, respectively. Overall, the graphics are among the best in the game –outstanding, if you come to think of it. 

Music/Sound 9/10

The music in the Emerald version is still the same one from its predecessors so avid gamers will immediately recognize it. But there are also new additions specifically for the new places, such as cities, in the new version mostly for the Battle Frontier. You will also love the new remixes for the old music, a great idea since you can listen to the old tunes while appreciating their new arrangement, as is the case for the Mt. Moon music from the Blue, Red and Yellow versions.

The music, as is always the case with Pokemon, is excellent. Aside from the music, the sound effects that come with each attack move, the beep when scrolling a message, and the shopping for the items are also great. Even the Pokemon “cries” are still good although room for improvement is still present. 

Overall, the sound effects and music are still part of the attraction for the Pokemon Emerald version.


Replay Value 10/10

While there’s no storyline as in the previous versions, this isn’t a major issue since the Battle Frontier so challenging that a storyline isn’t as necessary as before. The game has a high replay value, which you can prove for yourself after several rounds of playing it, not to mention that there are several side quests that will also challenge your gaming skills. 

The contests are still present and you can still earn your ribbons. Plus, earning the gold symbols at the Battle Frontier makes playing the Emerald game so much more enjoyable. 

Overall 9/10

There’s something good to be said about combos! The combination of the Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire versions, as well as their sequel, the Emerald version is such an excellent game to play that you will not want to play anything else. The additions including the Battle Frontier make the game more appealing.

If you haven’t played Pokemon games before, then the Emerald version is a great place to start. If you’re already an avid player, you should add the Emerald version to your collection since you will not be disappointed. Overall, Pokemon Emerald is a great game to play for everybody! 


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When two legendary Pokemon begins to fight with each other, then another legendary Pokemon Rayquaza is needed to be awakened by the protagonist to calm them. Though the concept of double battles is already introduced in Ruby and Sapphire, in Emerald two trainers can unite to battle as a team. When player defeats Elite Four, player can re-battle Gym leaders in a double battle. Like Pokemon Crystal sprites of Pokemon are animated in the battle.

Battle Tower which was introduced in Ruby and Sapphire is also added in this game but with expanded version.

It also supports wireless linking with Union room like it was in Pokemon FireRed and Leaf Green.  A new battle area called as Trainer Hill is also added which is similar to Trainer Tower found in FireRed and LeafGreen. Some new Pokemon and characters are also introduced in the game like new Gym Leader in the Sootopolis Gym , Juan and new Pokemon champion, Wallace. Scott is also introduced in Emerald, which will meet the player many times in the game and finally inviting the player to the Battle Frontier.

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