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Old 03-08-2010, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

A new Nintendo hand held means one thing for certain:
A new generation of Pokemon, and this one isn't half bad.

I decided to review this for one reason: I've played Diamond/Pearl a lot. I borrowed a copy from a friend, and I played for about sixty hours, and she got it back, while I had that one, I bought my own copy and again played for sixty hours, and gave it to a friend who really wanted it. This time I'm just going to keep it, because it's a good game, and I don't want to start over again.

The premise is the same as always: Catch some Pokemon and make them battle other Pokemon. Despite popular belief, you can do this in the real world, but in reality this is known as dog fighting, and that is illegal on several levels.

And of course, the story is the same: You are ten years old, you go somewhere and have to pick one of three Pokemon for some reason, and the creepy old guy who owned the Pokemon lets you keep it because it likes you. He then has you collect data of all the Pokemon you can using a magical encyclopedia that fills entries partially when you encounter a Pokemon, and fully when you actually catch it.

The starters are Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup.

Now that I have introduced the premise and such, let's get to the reviewing part.

A note on the images: you guys are lucky I didn't post any of the anthropomorphic Poke-porn I found searching for these.

Graphics: 5
The graphics contain three basic styles, detailed sprites used mostly for Pokemon. The basic 2d Zelda style used for characters and 3d modes used mostly for buildings. The Pokemon are still cool looking, and even though the new Pokemon from this generation (4) are less memorable than say first (red/blue) or second (gold/silver) generations, they are still worth collecting.

Two of the three graphic styles.

This displays the sprites used in battle.
Sound: 4
The sound effects are still good, the music still conveys the proper atmosphere for a location, and the tune that plays when you heal at a Pokemon Center is still magical. The only issue for sound is the fact that the Pokemon cries still sound like they did in Red, how am I supposed to believe that a living creature sounds like a machine?

Replay Value: 5
With 400-some odd Pokemon to collect and train, and the Battle Tower to test your skills at, you can play this game for an unlimited amount of time and still not grow bored of if.

Challenge: 4
It's easy to learn, but the enemies get stronger as you progress. If you play like the developers intended you to (capture Pokemon and level them up evenly, keeping only a few levels ahead of the next gym leader) the game can be challenging, but if you just level up your starter to say: 20 levels ahead of the next gym leader, you can beat the game without even breaking a sweat.

Overall: 5
While this game is nothing groundbreaking, it is still one of the best RPGs you can get on the DS, you just have to get over the feeling of "been there, done that" created by the recycled premise.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Nice review. I think Richard would like this review as well. He owns Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Thanks.
I haven't played Platinum, but I first had Diamond, the other two were Pearl.
Richard, is that your brother?
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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No, but he is my best friend. We come up with seriously funny things that may sound weird. I mentioned in a different thread about what was dubbed the Butterscotch Theory. That was mine and Richard's idea.
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Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Now I get what Dudebro meant...
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Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

I had pearl, everyone seemed to have diamond, so I bought pearl. I sold it stupidly, I always liked the underground mode for whatever reason...
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Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

It's okay to have all three. Just because others do doesn't mean you can't. I will eventually get a DS and those three games.

@Tails, I think I'll let it drop for now. Don't want to come across as disrespectful for not listening.
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True to your word, pokemon is basically glorified dogfighting. Oh well, its still fun.
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@Tails, I think I'll let it drop for now. Don't want to come across as disrespectful for not listening.
I think he meant the thing about inside jokes. You weren't joking here but you did reference people that no one knows and then had to explain it, awkward and confusing. It's not a big deal but I'm sure it's not helping you fit in.

If he was saying you're spamming then I disagree.
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Mentioning people we have no idea who they are.
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Well, now you know. I ought to suggest this to him so he can share his thoughts and you get to know him as well. Two birds with one stone.
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I wish Nintendo would already make an item in a regular pokemon game that evolved pokemon that evolve only by trading.
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Yeah, well, they don't have that planned any time soon. Besides, it makes it pointless for there to be trade evolutions if you were to be able to do so without training. And that's just Action Replay and GameShark aside.
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Well, now you know. I ought to suggest this to him so he can share his thoughts and you get to know him as well. Two birds with one stone.
This is a much better idea.
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Or at least make the several pokemon that evolve by trading also evolve by training, but at a higher level than usual, like level 50 or something.
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I wish Nintendo would already make an item in a regular pokemon game that evolved pokemon that evolve only by trading.
The point is to get off from your couch and go meet people. Also, they sorta did, like Electabuzz, Magmar, Porygon. Also pre-evolutions like Azurill too.
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Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

I don't know when he'll be by next but I will recommend it to him. Besides, he has one of the most varied parties I've seen in a Pokemon game. I played Pokemon Battle Revolution, a Stadium-type game that centers around Diamond. You can import parties from the Diamond series into Battle Revolution. What make Diamond so good is you can further import from games like Ruby and Sapphire through Fire Red and Leaf Green.
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Or at least make the several pokemon that evolve by trading also evolve by training, but at a higher level than usual, like level 50 or something.
For the higher level, it would have to be more like 75 or 80, a couple of Pokemon evolve at 45, a few at 50 and more at 55, so it would be no harder than training a Tyranitar if the level was set at 50.
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