My Pokemon LeafGreen adventure begins now, and this online diary will track my progress from neophyte to master.
Since LeafGreen (and its counterpart FireRed) are remakes of original Pokemon classics Blue and Red, it's back to the continent of Kanto, Professor Oak, and the original eight Gym Leaders. I named my character JoeLG, which was intended to stand for LeafGreen but now looks like JoeLarge. Bleah. How about JoeLegend? Yeah, let's go with that.
Since Oak can never recall the name of his own nephew - destined to be my greatest rival - I named him Liquid. I just finished Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes, so the allusion amused me.
As expected, Liquid is a complete prick and wanted to battle as soon as Oak gifted us our starting pokemon. I chose Squirtle; he picked Bulbasaur. I won. Then it was off to wander through a couple of in-game tutorials about catching and status effects and such. Now I'm in Viridian Forest, which if I recall correctly, was just the place to catch native Pikachu.
First impressions: the cartridge is a very healthy glowing green color. The graphics are much the same as they looked in Ruby and Sapphire, with a couple effect tweaks... like a cooler Pokedex, and fullscreen splash screens upon entering a new area. One feature I really like is the flashback recap that occurs every time you load a saved game. You get a brief visual rundown of your latest accomplishments, which will be great if you pick the game up after an extended period of not-playing and have forgotten what you have to do next. The flashbacks are all black & white, and they even animate your actual actions, so it's just like watching yourself on a convenience store monitor. And yes, they're skippable, o impatient one.
My name is JoeLG from Pallet Town, and I will be the greatest pokemon trainer Kanto has ever seen.
Party: Squirtle lv8, Rattata lv3, Caterpie lv4