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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. May 28, 2013
    Pokemon Platinum is my personal favorite Pokemon game and my personal favorite DS game. This game has the best team, the best region, the best music, the most original Pokemon and the most hilarious rival EVER. Simply amazing. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    A Classic,The soundtrack and storyline are unforgettable. And you can catch some brilliant pokemon. The new distortion world makes for a fun new part of the game. The updated sprites are cool too. So this game is a must-have even though it's quite old now Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jul 10, 2011
    Pokémon Platinum has a lot to show. Many improvements were made compared to the previous generation, and the heavily modified storyline compared to Diamond and Perl make this game a very good addition if you are into the series. The best part of it is the virtually infinite replay value, with many options such as online play and Battle Frontier. Sadly though, europeans must suffer from an empty Game Corner, issue that was thankfully addressed in the Generation II remakes. Expand
  5. Feb 2, 2012
    Unnecessary addition to the Poke franchise , with few changes and part lacking. They made this move before with Crystal and Emerald version so for me is no surprise that we can see another addition for the White/Black version. While not disappointed in all the senses I'm sure they can do better than this. ( I'm looking at you Game Freak ) 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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