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  • Summary: As the story unfolds, players encounter the mysterious new Distortion World, an area unlike any seen in a Pokemon video game before. The Battle Frontier area (first introduced in Pokemon Emerald) has been added to Sinnoh, containing five new Battle Facilities for Trainers to challenge, eachAs the story unfolds, players encounter the mysterious new Distortion World, an area unlike any seen in a Pokemon video game before. The Battle Frontier area (first introduced in Pokemon Emerald) has been added to Sinnoh, containing five new Battle Facilities for Trainers to challenge, each with its own special rules. Players can explore the new Wi-Fi Plaza a virtual Pokemon amusement park filled with activities, including three new mini-games where up to 4 players can compete at once. Expand
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  1. Positive: 42 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. The ultimate Pokemon game, but only because it's a niftier update of Diamond and Pearl. [June 2009, p.72]
  2. As with all the third versions made after the main two, this offers something a little different for you. And this seems to offer the most extras to gamers than previous versions.
  3. One of the most rewarding and substantial RPGs around. [June 2009, p.68]
  4. If you’ve never experienced a Pokémon game it’s as good a place to start as any, but if your interest has waned on the series over the years games like Platinum is the reason why.
  5. 80
    While not significantly different from Diamond/Pearl, the expanded initial Pokédex alone makes the nearly sixty-hour game far more enjoyable.
  6. 80
    Though by no means a large step away from Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum is on its own merits a deep, engrossing and virtually endless game, and a crown jewel for the Nintendo DS.
  7. It's the same game as either Pokemon Diamond or Pearl, but now with a few carnival games, a nice big cooperative adventure area, a battle record option, and cooperative cooking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 36
  2. Negative: 1 out of 36
  1. May 7, 2012
    10
    Although it doesn't add much to the sequel, Pokemon Platinum is an upgrade version of Diamond and Pearl. The Gym leaders are beefed up. AAlthough it doesn't add much to the sequel, Pokemon Platinum is an upgrade version of Diamond and Pearl. The Gym leaders are beefed up. A couple a new bonus's are added and a new dark world is unfolded when you go after Giratina. Also the Elite Four is beefed up and stands as the hardest Elite Four in the Pokemon series. This is the last best game of the series so I highly recommend you buy this game. After all, Black and White were disasters and had the worst Elite Four in the franchise. Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2013
    10
    Generation 4 is the best gen to me, and this is why. The Pokemon all have awesome design, no ice creams or garbage bags. The competition isGeneration 4 is the best gen to me, and this is why. The Pokemon all have awesome design, no ice creams or garbage bags. The competition is intense. The legendaries are too weak, but I don't use legendaries anyways. This game is everything I love about Pokemon Expand
  3. Jan 9, 2014
    10
    This is what i consider to be the perfect Pokemon game. It took everything Diamond and Pearl did right and perfected it in every regard.This is what i consider to be the perfect Pokemon game. It took everything Diamond and Pearl did right and perfected it in every regard. Probably my favorite handheld game ever. Expand
  4. ShawnP
    Jul 31, 2009
    9
    If you liked Pokemon Pearl and Diamond you will like Platinum better with more fourms to Pokemon, a battle zone, a battle frontier, and a new If you liked Pokemon Pearl and Diamond you will like Platinum better with more fourms to Pokemon, a battle zone, a battle frontier, and a new world to travel to. Expand
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    9
    The best Pokémon game with the best region in terms of structure, the best rival, the best music, the best champion and a decent enoughThe best Pokémon game with the best region in terms of structure, the best rival, the best music, the best champion and a decent enough post-game. A really complete package. Moreover, 4th gen has the best starters and Pokémon designs imo, so you really cannot go wrong with this one. Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2012
    8
    Not the best in total of the Pokemon franchise, however hugely better than Diamond and Pearl. The Pokemon stay the same, but with has a betterNot the best in total of the Pokemon franchise, however hugely better than Diamond and Pearl. The Pokemon stay the same, but with has a better story line. It was easier to get a lot of Pokemon, and at least you could move on after defeating the Champion rather than seeing every Pokemon. Expand
  7. Mar 18, 2012
    5
    Disappointing. The only reason why this game received such generous scores is because of its never changing formula. The storyline is stillDisappointing. The only reason why this game received such generous scores is because of its never changing formula. The storyline is still the same as Diamond and Pearl, however, with an extra 'chapter.' It gets boring that you don't bother paying attention. Sound is good, but not magnificent. The graphics only shines during one section of the game and really adds new innovation to the Pokemon series. Lastly, gameplay has not changed one bit. Use the control pad to move and hold B to run. Press a few buttons or tap the screen to order your Pokemon around simply becomes boring after 10 Pokemon games, with the same gameplay. Pokemon Platinum may well worth your time if you decided not to pick up Diamond or Pearl, however, it is surely a waste of time and money if you did. Expand

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