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It comes down to how much you enjoyed the previous Pokemon titles, and which of those you own. Gold and Silver owners have reason to be reluctant in purchasing Nintendo's latest Pokemon product, but anyone else who moderately felt compelled to complete Pokemon Red, Blue, or Yellow at some point won’t be disappointed with the new adventure that Pokemon Crystal holds. Now that the two trios of Red, Blue, Yellow, and Gold, Silver, and Crystal have been complete, it’s about time the series heads to Game Boy Advance after almost three years on the market here. Of course, we can always battle with Crystal until that time comes.
My final opinion on Pokémon Crystal is that it is worth owning, even if you have caught them all in Gold and Silver. It is the best version of Pokémon available and offers more for your money in its additional features. It also looks the best on Game Boy Advance and comes in a clear blue cartridge with sprinkles of gold and silver confetti embedded into the milky blue cartridge's plastic. This is a pure joy of Pokémon gameplay and it has sprinkles. Mmm... sprinkles.
I think it's time to say "enough's enough." Granted, there are very few games on the Game Boy Color as good as Nintendo's classic RPG, but it's time to pick up and move on. No, this isn't a knock on the Pokemon license, since the game is still a great one on the handheld. It's just that the mentality that the same game engine can be milked over and over and over, and we've been playing this game for almost three years now in English...and more than five years internationally.
We're all ready for the Advance version, guys. And we're sure you are too.
It's not a brand-new game by any means, but for those who are new to Pokémon or have yet to upgrade from the Red/Blue/Yellow series, Pokémon: Crystal Version offers a great deal of value for the investment involved. As for those who already own the Gold or Silver versions of the game, unless you absolutely need to snag Celebi, there is no reason why you should even consider buying Pokémon Crystal.
Pokemon Crystal bietet durchaus viele Neuerungen. Allerdings ist dieses Spiel, wie alle Vorgänger auch, nur für Fans der Serie und der Sammelkarten zu empfehlen.
Un épisode moins indispensable que les versions Or et Argent, surtout pour qui possède déjà l'une ou l'autre, mais le succès de ce nouvel opus est tout de même assuré par les nouvelles caractéristiques qu'il apporte au jeu et par son principe toujours aussi addictif. Enfin si vous ne possédez aucun des épisodes précédents et souhaitez découvrir l'univers des Pokémon, optez sans hésiter pour Pokémon Cristal.
Game Informer Magazine
I don't care what Nintendo says, this is the same freaking game as Silver and Gold. Adding a playable girl and some pre-fight animations does not a semi-sequel make. For those who remember the Pokémon Yellow debacle, this is déjà vu all over again. I still love the series, but the money-grubbing makes me sick.
Un jeux plus complet que les deux autres, mais, cette sortie est surtout un acte marketing un peu trop poussé et qui même pour un Pokémaniak, peut paraitre trop abusif. Si vous n'avez joué à aucun des deux autres je vous recommande cette version sinon, à moins d'être vraiment fan, n'y jouez pas...
Overall, if you have never played Pokemon Gold/Silver, then this game is a definite must buy. If you already own Pokemon Gold/Silver, it's really not worth it to get Pokemon Crystal unless you are a serious Pokefreak. The Japanese have an incentive in the way of online play, Americans don't, so the biggest draw for Pokemon Crystal has been removed. Blame the not-as-big cell phone market in the US if you want, it won't change the fact that the US Pokemon Crystal is just half the game it's supposed to be.
Game Informer Magazine
I gotta tell ya, I thoroughly enjoy the Pokémon games, but unless it’s a brand-spanking new adventure, I can’t stomach any more. Honestly, if Nintendo reissues this game again with the smallest of changes – as in Crystal’s case – I’d do anything to get out of playing it. I’ll break both of my arms, gestate a baby (if genetically possible), and drink every fluid worthy of the Mr. Yuck sticker.
The bottom line is that if you own Gold or Silver there is absolutely no reason to fork out more money for Crystal. However, if you're looking to buy your first Pokemon game, then Crystal is the best place to start.