Game Freak recreates the experience to what I believe to be the best Pokemon games in the series, and delivers.
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I'll admit it right away without shame - this game is a nostalgia blast. I try not to let that fact affect how I perceived it the second time around, but darn it, some of my best video game moments and fondest memories were with that game. I played it all the time. It was my favorite Game Boy Color game and Pokemon game ever. I racked up ninety hours on it trying to catch all the Pokemon while training my legendary party. Those were great times.
Since I am obviously so fond of the series and the original, I purchased Heart Gold the day it came out early in the morning. The big improvements are a major graphics overhaul (extremely impressive, although I'm not obsessed over graphics), updated music (I'm iffy on the new arrangements, especially the one of my favorite town Goldenrod, so I'm glad there's the GB Sounds at the end of the game), and the Pokewalker device. More on that later.
If you take it at face value, its hardly changed from the original game, which I think is a good thing, since it didn't need that much of an improvement or different take at all. Although this is true, it breathes fresh air into the pivotal point in the series. I honestly missed the elements that blew my mind when they were first crafted in Gold. Although little petty things like the time system, day and night, PokeGear, and the radio system sound cheesy now, I missed them all, and these things don't seem outdated at all. The overall game and menus and battle screens are simplistic yet stylish, almost streamlined. So in the looks and functionality department, you can't expect more from a Pokemon game, or a remake of a classic game.
Focusing on the battling, it's what you expect from a Pokemon game. Nothing really changed there. It's still equally intense, boring, and sometimes even frustrating. The Elite Four gets harder after every defeat, and I haven't even defeated Red yet, as he has a level 82 Pikachu. The grinding takes a lot of time and effort. It's a work in progress. The story is the same too, if I remember correctly. The big change with Pokemon is that the first one in your party can follow you and you can check it's status like Pikachu on Pokemon Yellow Version. It's a cute addition. Your Pokemon has many different attitudes and emotions, so check it out often!
One of the reasons this game shines is because of the Pokewalker. It's a cute little Pokeball looking device that will allow you to store one of the Pokemon in your party in the little device so you can walk with it. The device counts steps you take, and you can find items and catch Pokemon with the Watts you collect. When you are finished walking you transfer the data, items, and Pokemon back to your DS and Watts accumulated unlock new paths with rarer Pokemon. It's really awesome. There are even some select rare Wi-Fi walks were Legendary Pokemon could be found. It's a good way to level up your Pokemon if you're gonna go walk your dog or jog anyways.
Basically, if you love Pokemon, the old G/S/E versions, or if you want to get into Pokemon, do not hesitate to buy this gem. It's the only perfect remake of a game I can think of. It doesn't quite achieve the level of greatness that Gold did in my opinion, but I think since I already played it through I can't experience it again, and I'm not enjoying games as much as I used to. You won't be disappointed.