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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, 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. If you were burned out on Pearl/Diamond two years ago, I can tell you that these features aren't really reason enough to go back quite yet. But for the rest of you, Pokémon Platinum is the best Pokemon game ever made, and everyone should try it out, especially Pokénewbs.
  3. One of the finest strategy games ever made. [June 2009, p.50]
  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. Pokémon Platinum is in fact one of many variants on the first few parts, with the marginal note that the game lacks any form of renewal. Nevertheless Pokémon Platinum still offers a very decent roleplaying game that makes good use of the online capabilities of the Nintendo DS. If your not familiar with any of the preliminary titles that this one will be a perfect opportunity to get accustomed to the series.
  6. Old idea still has it charm.
  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: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    Best Pokemon game ever definitely worth the money. I will never sell it. To rare, rarely ever get amazing games like this. Its graphics were amazing for its time, could a been better but was great. Expand
  2. Jan 12, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pokemon Platinum has lived up to my expectations as an excellent Pokemon experience. The game consists of all the features that have appeared in Diamond and Pearl, (such as Nintendo Wi-Fi connection battles and trades, new Pokemon species, and the battle tower) and expands and improves on them. In Diamond and Pearl, you were limited to battling and trading by yourself in the single player storyline, or battling and trading against other players across the world. However in Platinum, you now have the choice of also battling alongside friends throughout the new battle frontier facility, or if you don't feel like fighting, you can take a break with your friends, and cook different flavored Pokemon treats (called poffins) over the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection.

    Aside from these online features, there is also another newly added feature called the Wi-Fi plaza, which allows you to meet up with people online, without exchanging those bothersome friend codes. Of course, since there are no friend codes required for this activity, there is unfortunately no battling or trading, so this mode gets a little boring after a while.

    However, the reason why I bought Platinum was mainly because I believe that Platinum is the only Pokemon game that gives you the "complete package." In Platinum, EVERY SINGLE POKEMON is available for you to catch, train, or trade with. The reason for this is because Platinum features a variety of Pokemon from ALL four of the Pokemon generations, and features them in the wild for you to capture. This means that you are able to construct the "Pokemon team of your dreams" very easily, since a lot of the Pokemon are available without having to trade. Of course, Platinum does not have all the Pokemon available in the wild, so there is reason to trade with other people, and that adds to the total experience in the long run.

    In conclusion, Platinum is truthfully the game that everyone interested in Pokemon needs to get. It features all the features of Diamond and Pearl, plus more. If you could only buy 1 Pokemon game, then I would highly suggest buying Platinum above the rest. It is a game that will please old and new gamers alike.
  3. Jun 15, 2013
    Before you hate me for liking newer gens and not your precious "generation", i have reasoning. This game has a crime organization with the most intimidating leader of the series, made bad pokemon have good evolution (Togetic to Togekiss, Yanma to Yanmega, etc.) and stopped fire punch being a freaking special attack. It even updated the story line from diamond/pearl and made one of the best legendaries out there, Girantina. I could go on and on, but It would take too long so just play the game yourself. It's easily my favorite pokemon game. Expand
  4. KaiK
    Jul 24, 2009
    Platinum version is sure to satisfy any Pokemon fan who missed either diamond or pearl. If your looking for a expansion to the online area, or a expanded quest in a dark delusional world with 3-D game play, its sure to satisfy fans who purchased the previous 2 titles. although platinum is generally the same game as diamond or pearl , The new additions to the games include a more polished interface, a expanded quest, a improved battle tower, better online and more legendary Pokemon, which both diamond or pearl doesn't have. If your a more of a casual player who has purchased either diamond or pearl , platinum maybe more of a rehash to you. Over all its a excellent title for the Nintendo DS , and I highly recommend this game over Diamond or Pearl. Note: For those of you who are fans of series or new comers who haven't played the 4 generation games, platinum will tide you over until Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver is released in the U.S. (Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver is a fourth generation iteration of Pokemon Gold and Silver released in 2000 and considered by fans and critics as the best game in the series and classic game on Game Boy Color.) Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2010
    Completely useless if you arn't a Pokemon lunatic and have Diamond/ Pearl, but since when did non-Pokemon fans buy D/P. Though while it's a small update, it's a crackingly good update, with the new Battle Frontier and the rather clever Distortion World. Pokemon die-hards are used to only subtle remakes, and this, unfortunately, is yet another subtle one, but lets you enjoy that adventure again,but slightly different from last time. Expand
  6. Oct 29, 2012
    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 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
    Disappointing. 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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