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Underrated: Pokemon Colosseum Review

People will disagree with me here but i speak not from a Pokemon game perspective.
Pokemon Colosseum is a fresh installment to what has become a sterile series. The typical, collect gym badges and battle the elite four trope has been completely pushed aside in favor of a new plot and setting. Whilst the games plot isn't anything special, the setting really does the game justice.

Pheanic City is a great concept, a city built on an oasis in the middle of a desert, it provides a great contrast to the craggy deserts and the shanty towns in the other portions of the game.

Explaining why Pokemon Colosseum is a great game is no easy feat because from a Pokemon fans perspective it is a step down. There aren't as many Pokemon available this time round and being a console title, there isn't any interactivity with other players. These problems shouldn't trouble those who prefer to play alone, but those who don't will probably ignore this game which is understandable. However Pokemon Colosseum makes up for this with it's new features, the ability to "snag" shadow Pokemon from other trainers is interesting and it makes battles feel more intense, especially since battles in Pokemon Colosseum are all double battles. The game play is basically the same as battles in other Pokemon games but with a few changes, the run option has been replaced by a call option which you use to wake up your Pokemon and snap them out of hyper mode.

Go Espeon, beat up that trainer so i can steal her Pokemon!

The presentation of this game is fantastic, though it is a shame that they reused the same models from Pokemon Stadium 2, they still look great, the new models also look great. The best part of the game is the art design. Genius Sonority decided to go with a more darker setting this time round and the art style really shows it, though it does seem somewhat odd at times (some of the buildings look like they're made out of tin cans, perhaps to give more of a steam punk feel) it really shows off the "ghetto" style that they were going for with this game, just look at Pyrite Town and you'll see what i mean, not everywhere is bright and colorful, yet even the places that aren't are very well designed. However not every location is gritty and barren, there are some locations that are bright and colorful and they are also very well designed.

Pokemon Colosseum is an accurate depiction of America in the last 6 decades.

The soundtrack doesn't fail to disappoint either. Most Pokemon games opt for an adventurous, joyful feel with it's soundtrack. Pokemon Colosseum on the other hand has more catchy, jazzy tunes that blend in well with the environment, it is a strong contrast from the other Pokemon games because it gives the game a darker tone, yet it isn't dark in the sense of being totally dull, the soundtrack is very memorable and despite being rather quirky (for a Pokemon game) manages to create a fitting atmosphere whilst keeping it enjoyable and ridiculously catchy, i swear, you'd be lying if you didn't click your fingers to the Pyrite Town music But the best of all is definitely the battle themes. Pokemon Colosseum has in my opinion, the best battle themes in the series, they all have a heroic and coolness feeling to them, it really fits the intensity of the battles well.

Fun fact: Pyrite is a worthless mineral with strong similarities to gold, otherwise known as fools gold. Fitting name for those to foolishly walk into this town expecting a warm hospitality.

As for the storyline itself, you play as Wes who is the coolest trainer in the series (watch the opening scene of the game and you'll see why) and you are on a journey to.... well you're just taking a stroll after casually blowing up your former gang's base and you're trying to lie low whilst everything dies down and what do you know, it's all over the news, you're a criminal and you damn well know it (if you've seen the movie Hancock, Wes plays a very similar role). As you can see, this is not the typical setting of a Pokemon game, and it's nice to see a character who has some kind of identity rather than just some kid who leaves home to become the ultimate Pokemon trainer.

Yu-Gi-Oh might have card games on motorcycles, but Pokemon Colosseum has Pokemon on unicycles, and that is before it was cool (ok maybe it's a shotgun but still).

On his way he notices a bunch of shady looking goons with a sack, Wes chooses to follow them but not before heading to his local bar in the middle of the desert to.... Pokemon Battle! (come on did you really think booze would be involved in a Pokemon game?). Anyways Wes gets to Pheanic city where he finds the goons and realizes that they kidnapped a girl names Rui who conveniently has supernatural powers and essentially serves as the talker in Wes' place since Wes is just too cool to talk. Wes simply tags along as a Pokemon mercenary (presumably) for Rui as she plans to take on cipher with Wes' help and steal all the shadow pokemon, robin hood style.

The game itself is pretty short but there is some end game content that increases the games longevity, still the game is easily worth a purchase even today, I'd also recommend the sequel, Pokemon XD Gale Of Darkness.

Story/plot: Decent
Presentation: Great
Gameplay: Great
Music: Excellent
Lifespan: Quite Short
Would you replay? Yes

Overall Score: Great


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About Terry 309one of us since 11:02 AM on 12.30.2013

"Exactly as I'd hoped. Humans... so weak and malleable. How you ever managed to oppose the legion I cannot fathom. You have merely delayed the inevitable" ~ Balnazzar

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I will publish blogs on there earlier because it has a better editor (plus I don't have the Destructoid rules to worry about). I will still publish blogs on here though and I probably will post any top 10's exclusively on here, this site is merely a home for all of my blogs so that in case anything happens I can keep writing.

My Bio:

Just an outspoken fan of rpg's and gaming in general who likes to rant about first world gamer problems because there are so many.

My blogs mostly consist of reviews/rants of games of all generations, particularly rpg's. I try to blend my reviews with both facts and opinion so that people can see from my own experiences and decide for themselves. i will also tend to review older titles because i still believe that there are few people out there who haven't played these awesome titles and deserve to give them a chance.

Oh and as for some negative's you might point out, i can't spell for my life and my grammar is terrible. Plus i like to exaggerate my points a little to make things more fun, yet some people are dense enough to take them as fact.

Here is my response to those intelligent enough to point them out:

Heres my review rating system:

Masterpiece (Same as masterful but for overall score, will be based on opinion), of course it won't be perfect in every way but it will be close to perfect, no game is perfect.

Masterful - Perfect in every way (Formerly 9.5+) (definitely pick up the game if you are a fan of the genre)

Exceptional - Goes way beyond expectations (Formerly between 9.1 and 9.4) (definitely pick up the game if you are a fan of the genre)

Excellent - Does what it needs to and provides a first class experience (9.0) (definitely pick up the game if you are a fan of the genre)

Great - Does what it needs to, provides a high class experience (8.5-8.9) (recommended to all fans of the genre)

Good - Does what it needs to and provides a very enjoyable experience (was 8.0 - 8.5) (recommended to all fans of the genre)

Satisfactory - Does what it needs to, provides an experience which is just enough to satisfy the player (Formerly between 7.5 - 7.9) (Reccommended to read the review if unsure)

Decent - Does what it needs to, experience can very depending on the players tastes (Formerly 7.0-7.4) (Recommended to read the review if you plan on picking up the game to see if it's for you)

So-So (Now Mediocre) - Not for everyone, has some issues, may be worth a try if patient enough to cope with it's flaws (Formerly 6.5 - 6.9) (Reccommened to read the review if you're interested in the title)

Flawed - Alot of flaws, difficult to recommend, some may be able to pass them by but will require a lot of patience (Formerly 5.0 - 6.4) (Reccommened to read the review if you're interested in the title)

Awful - (Formerly 4.9 and below) (If you see this, don't pick the game up for this catagory)

Kill It With Fire - (Same as Awful but for overall score, based on opinion which in this case is usually right if you see the game, you know what to do, don't buy this and if you do, get some gasoline and a match)


Too Long (Legend Of Dragoon lol)

Very Long (Formerly 9.5 - 9.9)

Long (Formerly 9.0 - 9.4)

Quite Long (Formerly 8.0 - 8.9)

Decent Length (Formerly 7.5 - 7.9)

Quite Short (Formerly 6.5 - 7.4)

Very Short (Formerly 6.0 - 6.4)

Too short (Formerly 5.9 or below)

Worth Replaying?




My favorite games:

Valkyrie Profile 2


Pokemon Gold and Silver


Warcraft 3's campaign

Grandia 2


Mount And Blade: Warband