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PostSubject: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Review   Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:25 pm

This review I've written is about a year old, but with Platinum coming out in the US a while, I decided to post it here with revisions.

Gameplay - 9/10 - The gameplay was very good, superior to any other pokemon game. I am going to explain this as tersely as I can. The best part in terms of gameplay was the change between physical and special moves, which, instead of moves being classified by type, it is classified by the move itself, so Thunderpunch, which is an electric type move, would be Physical, and Hyper Beam, which is a normal type move, would be Special. Otherwise, battling is the same, except you utilize the touch screen. Also, all non-legendary pokemon from the older games (With the exceptions of starter pokemon, Tangela, and Tropious) can be caught in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl without use of trading.

The best part about this game that separates it from previous pokemon games is the ability to trade and battle online. There are two ways you can use Wi-Fi: Friend Codes and the Global Trade Station. The Global Trade Station (GTS) is a building in Jubilife City that enables you to store a pokemon while requesting a pokemon, and if someone else has that pokemon, it trades, even if you aren't online (But you can only request pokemon that you have seen). For example, if I put a Mudkip up for auction, and I requested a Wooper, someone else, with a Wooper, can take the Mudkip, give the Wooper to me, and leave, and I will claim it the next time I go on Wi-Fi. You can even request the level and gender of the pokemon you want. The replay value diminishes once you caught all of the legendary pokemon or if you saw all of the pokemon. but hey, there's Wi-Fi.

Graphics - 8/10 - The overworld consisted of 3-D sprites. Yes. Three dimensions. That included your player, buildings, signs, and many other things I can't think off of the top of my head. The overworld still retains the same gameplay as the previous games, however. The battle scenes are still classic 2-D, with enhanced sprite graphics as well. This must deserve a 10/10, right? Well, no. Battle screens scroll automatically, so if you are using your computer while playing this game, you will get annoyed when you see a message that says "Will {Player's Name} change pokemon?".


Sound - 7/10 - The music and sounds were generally good. The music soundtracks were mainly spiffed up versions of previous game battle themes, while other themes were original. The cries of the pokemon were rather disturbing. Seriously, listen to Skuntank's cry.

Difficulty - 8/10 - ****/5 - This is probably the hardest pokemon game (Out of all four main game generations, in my opinion). The Elite Four was harder and more diverse than the previous elite fours. After that, it gets easier. Catching Dialga/Palkia is a breeze. It has a 30 capture rate. Other legendaries are also easy to catch.


Overall - 8.5/10 - This is a love or hate game. If you are new to pokemon, and you want to see if it is any good, play Gold/Silver/Crystal. If you are a pokemon fanatic, such as myself, this game would be great for you, espscially with Wi-Fi.
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PostSubject: Re: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl Review   Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:44 pm

Very nice job! I disagree a little bit but thats ok!
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