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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 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  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. BobR.
    Apr 23, 2007
    9
    I have diamond and pearl and have only played diamond but if pearl is basically the same than this is one hell of a game.
  5. May 25, 2012
    9
    Pokemon has continued to dominate handheld gaming since its debut and this is no exception.
  6. DivineStorm
    Jul 10, 2008
    9
    A very good game it has 493 pokemon in it and new starters and badges and stuff. There is a new group of criminals called team galactic in A very good game it has 493 pokemon in it and new starters and badges and stuff. There is a new group of criminals called team galactic in the game and try to make a new world depending on what version you're playing they either awake palkia or dialga with the use of uxie,mesprit and azelf. There are new legendary pokemon in the game and there is much you can do after you finished the game. You can also migrate pokemon from gba cartridges into the game by simply going to pal park after you completed the game that is. Expand
  7. linlu
    Aug 20, 2009
    0
    An awful game with zero story.

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