Pokémon Ruby's updated graphics with weather effects, amazing sound, more than 200 Pokémon with over 100 new species--as
well as its faithful adherence to the existing series of Pokémon games--makes for a welcome evolution in the series.
First, the game has a lot in common with Pokémon games Silver, Gold, and Crystal. For example, players can choose to be
a boy or a girl trainer, an internal clock sets events at certain times, and you’re the game's handy-dandy Pokédex helps
players keep track of the many stats. You're main goal is still to beat all the Gym Trainers and become the Pokémon
Master. If you've played the old games, you will be right at home. But not all is the same.
The most obvious change is in the battles themselves. Now that two Pokémon can fight on your side at the same time,
you can tag-team them against an enemy by taking advantage of the strengths of your Pokémons while covering their
weaknesses. For example, you can now have a water Pokémon watch your fire Pokémon's back. You can also attack more than
one Pokémon at a time.
A whole new element to the game focuses on how berries are used in battle. And if you collect enough berries, you can
take them to a Berry Blender and make a PokéBlock, which is a little super-charged candy that raises your Pokémon's
"Condition" attributes. You can then groom your Pokémon for regional contests and compete for ribbons like "Best of
Show," which will unlock additional contests. There's even strategy in how to best use your berries: pick too many and
the berry tree will disappear; plant berries, though, and a tree will grow. You can also build a Secret Base in special
areas of the game, which you can decorate just like you can your room.
And let us not forget that Pokémon Ruby has a kickin' multiplayer system, too. You can trade Pokémon, and link up to
four players for incredible battles. The only downside is that you can't link up with the old Game Boy Color games.
* You can control two Pokémon in battle
* Much needed graphic and sound facelift
* Nice multiplayer feature (requires link cable and extra game cartridge)
Cons: * Can't trade Pokémon with Game Boy Color