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  • Summary: Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are traditional Pokemon RPGs that takes place in a region called Sinnoh. When you set off on your travels, you'll be able to play as either a boy or girl Trainer. Pokemon fans have caught glimpses of Lucario, Munchlax and Weavile in Pokemon movies, and these PokemonPokemon Diamond and Pearl are traditional Pokemon RPGs that takes place in a region called Sinnoh. When you set off on your travels, you'll be able to play as either a boy or girl Trainer. Pokemon fans have caught glimpses of Lucario, Munchlax and Weavile in Pokemon movies, and these Pokemon will are debuting in this adventure. Diamond and Pearl utilize the DS's dual slots to transfer Pokemon from the GBA Pokemon games. Also, you can link up with Pokemon Ranger to access more special content. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
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  1. There are a metric buttload of Pokemon to catch and you'll be hard pressed to finish everything this game offers in under 100 hours, much less 150 or maybe even 200.
  2. Whatever anyone tells you, you're never too old to enjoy Pokémon. Anyone who says otherwise is an idiot, a liar or possibly both. No, the immense depth, inescapable charms and boundless personalisation found here is enough to put most other commercial releases to shame, with the new battle mechanics making Diamond and Pearl even more covertly complex than the series has previously been.
  3. An extremely well conceived game. While some may complain that it is too much like past titles, it's hard not to get drawn into the charm and depth of the universe.
  4. 85
    Renting won't do justice to the amount of content the games provide and the inclusion of online (though limiting) boosts ups the replay value tremendously. It's simple and engaging for newcomers while catering to long time players. Buy it and go catch 'em all!
  5. 85
    The differences between Diamond and Pearl and their predecessors are small, but they add up. Refinement is paramount here -- refined balance of battle skills, refined relationships between monster types -- as is expansion.
  6. 81
    If you can get past all this, it’s a magnificent game and easily the most solid Pokémon game yet.
  7. Though the online mode fails to reach its potential, the game itself is polished to perfection.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. TaliesinC
    May 10, 2009
    10
    Absolutely the best Pokemon game that I have ever played. Even better than Emerald. NEw Textures and graphics look new, great and refreshing Absolutely the best Pokemon game that I have ever played. Even better than Emerald. NEw Textures and graphics look new, great and refreshing while the battle animations have been tweaked. Battle Frontier was slightly disappointing offering only the tower. Expand
  2. TorA.
    Sep 22, 2007
    10
    It was a very good game cool sounds and cool movements and cool looks it"s not a wast of money.
  3. JoeR
    Jan 13, 2009
    10
    Simply brilliant. I've spent over 450 hours on this game and still only have 4/5 stars. Online is also very competitive and popular.
  4. MattW.
    Apr 25, 2007
    9
    This game may be like the others, but some of the new features are awesome. This game is one of the Pokemon greats.
  5. [anonymous]
    Oct 3, 2009
    9
    Being a loyal fan of Pokemon, I have very much enjoyed playing this. The mini-game additions are entertaining, but sometimes I feel they Being a loyal fan of Pokemon, I have very much enjoyed playing this. The mini-game additions are entertaining, but sometimes I feel they should just cool it with the amount of Pokemon in existence. I shall always remain a true fan to the original Red and Blue. Expand
  6. ManoelQ
    Jun 11, 2008
    8
    It's a great game. The Fourth Generation comes with two great games, but those also show that the series is becoming obsolete. The goal It's a great game. The Fourth Generation comes with two great games, but those also show that the series is becoming obsolete. The goal is always the same: start as a rookie, win Gym Badges, find some bad guys, defeat those bad guys, go to the League, win the League and then what?... Train your Pokémon until Lv. 100? Nobody has pacience to train at least one without stopping from a day from a week, or even months... The Pokémon Company needs new ideas for the series, or create new series... Expand
  7. linlu
    Aug 20, 2009
    0
    An awful game with zero story.

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