Review: POKEMON COLOSSEUM



In Colosseum, you follow the protagonist of Wes, a mysterious young man that becomes the keystone to stop an evil organization that does evil experience with Pokemon.

With me reviewing Pokemon Yellow and Pokemon Crystal, some of you probably thought that Emerald was next. You were close to being right since I was a finger snap from doing so. However, looking through the pile of Pokemon games, I realized that I owned some that deserves more recognition. One of them is Pokemon Colosseum.

Besides being the first 3D Adventure game for Pokemon (as well as the first home console RPG), Colosseum is breaking the mold when it comes to a typical Pokemon game. There is traditional fighting (although all of them is double and not single like most usually are nowadays). However, there are no gym leaders or elite four. The main plot is about stopping this organization mentioned in the synopsis.

The way of capturing Pokemon? Steal the Pokemon that have been an experiment on so you can cure them of it. There is no means of getting a wild Pokemon of any sorts. Because of this, your options on how to build a team is limited. While It might be annoying at first, I think it fits considering the premise. It would have felt weird to have as many options as the main games.

Pokemon Colosseum is arguably one of two games that players of this franchise should get if they want a more difficult game in the franchise. That doesn’t mean that it’s a perfect game. It has its flaws like any other games although I wouldn’t call it game breaking.

The first problem is that there are only double battles. If there is anyone who thinks this complaint is a nitpick, I can’t blame you. But I would have preferred if there had been a good mix of single and double matches giving some mixture of strategy along the way.

The second, and largest problem I have with this game. This game doesn’t allow you to save where ever you want. Instead, you can only save at save stations. Having a save station is particularly annoying in this game considering the “dungeons” in the game can be close to an hour long depending on your luck.

But like I said above. These aren’t game-breaking flaws. At worse, they are flaws that would make a game that could be a 9/10 (would I be someone who graded with points) to a 7/10. If you long for a more strategic game, this is something for you. 

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