|If epic was a Pokémon Type,|
Tyrantrum would be half that type.
I never bought Pokémon FireRed. It was a gift given to me by my friend Laura, who I like to nag by calling the Poké-Addict (it has a positive connotatio, be assured). She knows more about Pokémon than all my other real life friends put together. From the most mundane to the most incredible to the most bizarre to the most useless details. She's like my city's Jwittz. I received FireRed as a Christmas gift back when I was, what, in ninth grade? It was, what, seven years ago? I completed the Pokédex this year for the first time?
Anyway, I'm dedicating this three-part review to Laura. You heard right. My first three-part review. So, let's see if Pokémon FireRed deserves its reputation, or if I'm wasting my time writing a 6,000+-word review of it.
Oak has a little favor to ask you, though. You must head to Viridian City's shop and bring back a parcel that belongs to him. That mission is simple enough, and once it's done, he hands you five Pokéballs and a magnificent tool: The Pokédex. For some reason, it can only get all the information on a Pokémon after that Pokémon was caught, yet if this info appears in the machine it's because somebody had to write it in there in the first place... right? Never mind, it was the science-fiction fan in me speaking for that sentence...
So, you go back to Viridian, catching Pokémon in the wild. Once there, you can go to the left, which will lead to a fight against Blue, or you can skip that fight and head north instead. A grumpy old guy is blocking the road. Once that man is off the road, he shows you how to catch Pokémon. In case you didn't know. He also hands you a Teachy TV, which will have very little use if you know the freaking game series already.
Once you defeat Brock, he hands you the Boulder badge. One won, seven to go! As you head right to continue your journey, you receive a gift from your mother: Running shoes! You can run with these shoes! I imagine them red with a white Velcro strap. Anyway, you go right, battling other Trainers, and then up, until you reach a cavern. Hey, there's a Pokémon Center here? How convenient. You enter Mount Moon. In there, it starts off fairly easy. Some nagging Zubat, some strong Geodude... As you make your way through this cave, however, you start seeing things that aren't quite right. After a while, there's a lot of black-clad folks, mostly on the lower floors. And they are angry when you pass by.
Once you get Surge's badge, you can head to the fourth Gym... Where the Hell is it? ...Well, the only way to get there is by going back to Cerulean, cutting the tree to the right of the city, revealing another passage, and reaching a rocky tunnel. Yeah, it's the only way to go to Lavender, as a Snorlax blocks the bridge over the water, which would be the quickest way to reach Lavender Town. However, the Rock Tunnel isn't too bad a place. Besides, later in the game you can come back near the Rock Tunnel's entrance and reach the Power Plant, which houses the famous Legendary Pokémon Zapdos. Except he's Level 50 at the moment, out of your league. (Get it? Pokémon league?)
|What happened to the gracious|
purple of the old generations?
Once Erika's Gym Leader badge is yours, you can finally go hunt for that mysterious tool that is the Silph Scope. As you look around town, you catch word that there's something hidden under the infamous Celadon Casino. I wonder, maybe if you enter this place, defeat the Grunt near a suspicious-looking switch, and pull it down, you'll find the entrance... Bingo!
This Monday, the review continues. Rocket gets stormed by a ten years old kid, the quest for the four remaining Badges continues, and lots of things happen. Tune in Monday!