Pokemon Platinum Version DS

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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
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  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. Games Master UK
    89
    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: 35 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  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. Jan 4, 2014
    10
    A Classic,The soundtrack and storyline are unforgettable. And you can catch some brilliant pokemon. The new distortion world makes for a funA 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. Oct 4, 2015
    10
    This is the first Pokemon game I've ever played. Probably the second best game of the series, only left behind by the COMPLETELY BADASSThis is the first Pokemon game I've ever played. Probably the second best game of the series, only left behind by the COMPLETELY BADASS POKEMON RED! Wait, what was I- oh, ok. I love the graphics of the game, and the story is probably one of the best Pokemon stories ever. Yeah, some complain about them, but I like the Sinnoh Pokemon too. It makes a very good use of the touch screen, principally on the item finder (man, I love to tap the heck out of that thing, anytime, anywhere, anyhow) and the app that checks if your Pokemon likes you or not. The clock is always there, and that is very useful, because Pokemon Emerald and Crystal had only one screen (duh) and you couldn't check the hours anytime like in this one. Sometimes, the caves can be a little confus-ZUBAT!-ing, and actually kind of borin-ZUBAT!-g. But if you have patience enough to explore it well, everything ends well. The puzzles are actually pretty nice, and the battles too. The legendary Pokemon are very nice and you feel very good after you get each one. Sometimes I kind of think that there are too many Rare Candies along the way, but I think that's okay (I guess. I hope that didn't make the game too easy.). Anyway, even if you prefer the older generations, you should completely check it out. An awesome Pokemon game. 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. Jul 5, 2015
    9
    Lovely pokemon, lovely 4th generation. Pokemon Platinum does a good job of upgrading itself from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The music isLovely pokemon, lovely 4th generation. Pokemon Platinum does a good job of upgrading itself from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The music is solid, near-perfect midi work, and the story is your usual pokemon story. The antagonist party is pretty solid, though not the best (as of 2015). The graphics are your classic pokemon old-school graphics, before GEN6 arrived. I felt that the game slightly dragged at the 15 hour mark, but things picked up quickly afterwards. It's a game worth obtaining if you don't have it, and definitely is worth getting over Diamond AND Pearl (you can get both legendaries + Giratina).

    Gameplay: 8.5/10
    Story: 8/10
    Music: 9/10
    Presentation: 9/10
    Length: 8.5/10
    Overall: 8.5/10
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  6. Nov 18, 2016
    8
    Sinnoh Region ~ Pro's and Con's: Pro's: +Some good Pokemon. +Introduction to special/physical split. +Good Pokemon League Champion. +TeamSinnoh Region ~ Pro's and Con's: Pro's: +Some good Pokemon. +Introduction to special/physical split. +Good Pokemon League Champion. +Team Galactic (In General.) Con's: -Really slow game play. -Too many legendaries. -Bad gym leaders/elite four members. -Bad rival. -Many forgettable Pokemon. Possible Sinnoh Region Remake Improvements: +Faster and less boring game play. +New megas/alolan forms. +Mega/alolan Pokemon for gym leaders/rival/elite four/champion. Opinion on Sinnoh: Personally, Diamond/Pearl/Platinum are my least favorite Pokemon games because they were really forgettable. As some Pokemon were good, a ton of them were forgettable. The game felt like a chore as it felt so dragged on and really slow. The rival was really annoying and didn't have the almost villain yet good guy attitude as rivals like Hugh, Blue, and Silver. The gym leaders and elite four members were only hard for their leveling, otherwise, they were pushovers with their terrible Pokemon choices. Thankfully Pokemon Platinum changed up some of the lineups making them better yet still were not too applaudable. I liked Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum for the evil team the most - Team Galactic. They seemed pretty cool and I liked their themes. They were the one of the few evil teams that I didn't feel like they were handing me their whole secret plan in order for me to defeat them. I also think Cynthia is awesome with her diverse Pokemon choice and surprisingly strategic maneuvers for an AI. The special/physical split is also a huge plus as a competitive battler myself. Overall ranking compared to all Pokemon Games as in of now: 1/7 Video Game Score: 8/10 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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