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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 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. 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. Pokémon Diamond or Pearl will satisfy any fan of the previous games: it’s accessible, it’s fun, it features online play and trading, and the battles are more involved than ever, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it – as long as you play against people your own age.
  3. As much as I love Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it alarms me to see how little the core game has evolved over the years.
  4. While naysayers can decry the repetition, the strength of the handheld series continues to be that nobody will whip through the games in few weeks. Diamond’ or ‘Pearl’ are worthwhile investments because they represent months and months of gameplay.
  5. The additions and alterations aren't game changing, and Diamond and Pearl do what the Pokémon franchise has always done best--deliver an accessible and highly addictive role-playing game experience.
  6. With Wi-Fi battles and Global Trade, D/P is essential. [Sept 2007, p.81]
  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: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. TaliesinC
    May 10, 2009
    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
    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
    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. KyleM.
    May 28, 2007
    I haven't played a Pokemon game since I got Blue for Christmas many many years ago: now I'm in college and was given Pearl as a gift. This game is awesome. The touch screen functionality is superb and injects a great deal of ease into the UI. I have logged 40 hours thus far and have very few gripes with the gameplay. The only thing I have to complain about is a sidequest: the Pokemon Contests. These comprise perhaps the most retarded feature ever to appear in a video game, ever. Unless you're six years old and like dressing up your Pichu. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2012
    the first game i ever got for the ds was pokemon diamond and i enjoyed it.......i have chieved so much in that game though.....it was then that i got this game stolen a few years later from a 25 year old person named jeff.....well to be exact he said he lost it......months later he finally decides to pay me back woth a yu gi oh game that sucks compared to pearl....the game itself was so bad it probably couldnt make it to the black market......i mean seriously i lost all that hard work for nothing......it was then that one of mybfriends was generous enough to trade me that horrid game for his pearl....and i enjoy that game and find it rather pleasing......and i cant be beat in download play except maybe now and then....if only you didn have to cheat to get some of the exclusive stuff in the gam..... Expand
  6. ManoelQ
    Jun 11, 2008
    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
    An awful game with zero story.

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