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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 PokemonPokemon 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. Easily one of the greatest titles on the DS...Between exploring the massive towns, wandering through the multi-tiered wastelands, and challenging legions of trainers, you’ll enjoy a lengthy adventure that no other DS game can boast.
  2. AceGamez
    90
    As much as I love Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it alarms me to see how little the core game has evolved over the years.
  3. 90
    These are the best games in the series by a considerable margin, and should provide you with entertainment for weeks to come, especially if you're planning on playing "Pokémon Battle Revolution" for the Nintendo Wii.
  4. 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.
  5. The addition of online trades and battles finally delivers on the promise that the first Pokémon games made. The crucial social interactivity aspect of Pokémon now takes place on a global scale. It only took 10 years!
  6. There are a few slight tweaks here and there, and the online functionality is surprisingly robust, but otherwise, this game could have been done on the Game Boy Advance with minimal issues. At the same time, there's more content on this card than four typical DS games combined so you're definitely getting your money's worth.
  7. Just back-to-basics, old school pocket monster capturing and training. The bad news, however, is this: these two new games are exactly what you would expect in a new Pokemon RPG. So no, you’re not having a drug-induced flashback to the crazy times you had playing "Pokemon Ruby and Emerald." It’s, well, pretty much the same game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 71
  2. Negative: 6 out of 71
  1. GeorgeS.
    Jul 18, 2008
    10
    THE best game on ds. It makes mario kart look like rubbish.The fact that you need to migrate old legendary pokemon to this game because the THE best game on ds. It makes mario kart look like rubbish.The fact that you need to migrate old legendary pokemon to this game because the new one has only about 10 legendary pokemon (including the ones that are very difficult to even find). If you have already fully completed an old pokemon game then you might want to think twice about getting this game as starting off is quite difficult. Every thing else is superb. E.I. get the v.s seeker because if yo have god pokemon you can battle the same trainer twice. They will get stronger every time though. Expand
  2. Jul 5, 2020
    10
    Backstory: It may be my first and only review on ever, because it is genuinely the only game I feel like I have fully understood. Would youBackstory: It may be my first and only review on ever, because it is genuinely the only game I feel like I have fully understood. Would you kindly go on a trip with me to the past? It was Christmas of 2007 and my father told me that he has an amazing gift for me. After impatiently waiting all night, I open up my present and I found a black nintendo DS. I have never heard of a nintendo DS before and at first glance I thought it was a phone (please note that i was 7 at the time). I open my other gift and it was a game for the nintendo DS: pokemon diamond. All the games I have ever played so far were games on miniclip and random arcade games on my ps2, but never full fledged RPGs. It took me a while to dive into the game, but I was surrounded by friends older than me who helped me through the play-through and it took 1.5 years to beat the game. i was amazed by the amount of pokemons and by the colorful world, but that was about it. I eventually moved on to other games. But as I was growing up, I kept being attached to this game, coming back and beating it again, and again. And in every play-through, I would read more of the dialogues and pay attention to details. I went on youtube and researched pokemon theories. I was (and still am) in love with the game.

    Actual review: Let me tell you that pokemon is a masterpiece of a video game on a portable handheld system that shook up the world. It is filled with amazing music. The music is filled with passion, hope and depth. It really gives a soul to any area of the game. It is truly fantastic. In some ways, it gives me hope, hope to do better in life and that everything will be okay. The music is the main thing that keeps me going back to the game, it keeps on telling me that everything will be okay and that you will be a great person, like you have always wished you'd become. The music gave me a small taste of what my real life journey is about and what it should be, full of passion, hard work and determination. It is truly fantastic symphony that introduces you the lovely world of pokemon.

    The game has a darker and deeper story than any previous pokemon game. It doesn't look to appeal to the masses but to actually stand by its own identity and I love that. Am I blinded by nostalgia? Yes, I am. It is the game that introduced my the RPG genre and to story based video games. It showed me that a video game can be much more than just a small time breaker but actually a world you can get submerged in with the amazing visuals, backstory and music. The legendary fights were legendary, the story line was the best I had ever encountered. If I had the power to go back in time and select the game that I would fall in love with, I would choose this game without a doubt. It is a timeless triumph of video games and I really wish the pokemon game franchise would go this direction once again. What I truly regret was not falling in love with its music earlier as it is something you hear in the background while you go through your journey as a trainer. However, whenever I hear its music I should tear up, reminding me of the happiest days of my life. I don't know if anyone will actually read this review as it is coming from a "no one", however, dear reader, i want you to know that this game is really dear to my heart as it kept me busy while I was going through a really rough phase in my childhood. It gave me hope and it gave me a second, virtual home that only made me happy whenever I booted it up. This game will forever be in my heart, thank you GameFreak and Nintendo, for making my childhood, a happy one.

    TLDR: I give this game, or should i say, this timeless masterpiece a well deserved 10/10.

    This review was written at 1am, by a 20 year old who wants to do well in this world. Thank you for reading my first ever review.
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  3. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    This is the first Pokemon game I was introduced to, and it will always be my favorite. As with the rest of the Pokemon games, it can beThis is the first Pokemon game I was introduced to, and it will always be my favorite. As with the rest of the Pokemon games, it can be accessed on any level. You can simply grind through, giving no thought to your IVs, and leveling up your starter to around 75, with a Level 18 Staravia, and beat the game. However, you can also take the most out of it by creating a perfect team, and you'll need more than a level 75 starter to do well in the Battle Tower. Oh boy. There's so much to do--searching and chaining for Shiny Pokemon (many more Pokemon become available when you beat the game) making poffins, going underground, trading online. It's so extensive, and I've spent over 115 hours on it. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Expand
  4. AlexS.
    Apr 23, 2007
    9
    This game is different than the others and takes a while to get used to but it is very fun. the new Pokemon are cool and interesting. the This game is different than the others and takes a while to get used to but it is very fun. the new Pokemon are cool and interesting. the game uses the touch screen a lot but is still good. I just got it yesterday so this review is only on the begging my highest level is 19. Expand
  5. Nov 24, 2016
    8
    Although the graphics aren't exactly 4K, this game doesn't disappoint and is a great first Pokemon game to play. With so many Pokemon there'sAlthough the graphics aren't exactly 4K, this game doesn't disappoint and is a great first Pokemon game to play. With so many Pokemon there's always something to collect, meaning hours of gameplay, including battles and storyline. Expand
  6. Nov 1, 2019
    7
    A very good pokemon game, interesting storyline, some new great pokemon designs. For me the game is just a bit slow, everything in the game isA very good pokemon game, interesting storyline, some new great pokemon designs. For me the game is just a bit slow, everything in the game is slow moving. With the 3rd generation of games everything seems to move a bit more fluently than in DP. As I stated before I do like the story, and the origin of the legendaries and the mythicals. Some awsome designs like Lucario, Garchomp, Infernape, Torterra and so on. I would definatly recommend it to every pokemon fan out there, but it is a bit tideous. Expand
  7. someonedoe
    Jul 13, 2007
    0
    The last games like red version and blue were good but all pokemon has ever done is just change a few things like new pokemon and new region The last games like red version and blue were good but all pokemon has ever done is just change a few things like new pokemon and new region but still its all ways the same thing beat the gym leaders then beat the eliet four and you beat the game always the same thing kinda sick and tired of the same stuff do not buy anymore pokemon games if youve beat one of the pokemon games. Expand

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