Pokemon Crystal is the second generations’ answer to Pokemon Yellow (although Yellow was closer to the anime than what Crystal was). Just like before, you play as an avatar who gets access to a Pokemon, so that you can take on the gym leader challenge while stopping an evil organization along the way. Outside of introducing more Pokemon and two new types (steel and dark), the second generation added new mechanics.

Day and Night Cycles
A mechanic that is what you think it is. The game has its own day/night interaction with it being day and night in the game depending on what time you chose at the start. The day and night cycle creates so that you can only find certain Pokemon in a specific timeframe. Some are only available in the morning, while some are only accessible during the night.

Hold Items
This mechanic is, like the Day and Night cycles, rather self-explanatory. The next generation of Pokemon games allows the trainer to make their Pokemon hold items. This mechanic adds a lot of layers to the strategic elements.

Splitting the Special Stats
The stat that was previously called Special is now two different stats; Special Attack and Special Defense. This choice makes the matches (like the ability to hold items) a lot more strategic.

Egg Breeding Egg breeding is one of the mechanics that has gotten more complex over time. But here it’s rather simple. Just put two Pokemon that are accessible to lay an egg. A mechanic that got welcomed considering it eased issues o being able to trade around with people.

How does the game compare to its predecessor? It’s a success on every level. The graphics are updated and look much cleaner. Even if the game is still challenging like the previous entry, it feels like a smoother and more balanced journey, thanks to the added strategic elements I mentioned before. I never got that feeling of difficulty spike which you can find in the first generation. It feels more fleshed out, and much more rewarding once you finally finish the story.

However, just like with Crystal, I would recommend the remakes (Heart Gold/Soul Silver) since I consider them a much better game with everything that has come along from the third and fourth generation. Crystal is a game that I find easier to recommend someone that is a Pokemon fan, but yet to play one of the older titles like Yellow.

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