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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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  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
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  1. There are a metric buttload of Pokemon to catch and you'll be hard pressed to finish everything this game offers in under 100 hours, much less 150 or maybe even 200.
  2. Whatever anyone tells you, you're never too old to enjoy Pokémon. Anyone who says otherwise is an idiot, a liar or possibly both. No, the immense depth, inescapable charms and boundless personalisation found here is enough to put most other commercial releases to shame, with the new battle mechanics making Diamond and Pearl even more covertly complex than the series has previously been.
  3. An extremely well conceived game. While some may complain that it is too much like past titles, it's hard not to get drawn into the charm and depth of the universe.
  4. 85
    Renting won't do justice to the amount of content the games provide and the inclusion of online (though limiting) boosts ups the replay value tremendously. It's simple and engaging for newcomers while catering to long time players. Buy it and go catch 'em all!
  5. 85
    The differences between Diamond and Pearl and their predecessors are small, but they add up. Refinement is paramount here -- refined balance of battle skills, refined relationships between monster types -- as is expansion.
  6. netjak
    81
    If you can get past all this, it’s a magnificent game and easily the most solid Pokémon game yet.
  7. Though the online mode fails to reach its potential, the game itself is polished to perfection.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 55
  2. Negative: 1 out of 55
  1. [Anonymous]
    Mar 29, 2007
    10
    What can anyone say? If you hate pocket monsters, then this gets a 1. But if you are a fan, then it gets 10. It's definitely an What can anyone say? If you hate pocket monsters, then this gets a 1. But if you are a fan, then it gets 10. It's definitely an improvement over the previous games, with extra connectivity, more monsters, and a longer gameplay time. Expand
  2. AlexG
    Jan 14, 2008
    10
    Absolutely brilliant game. Extremely addictive as always, trying to get all four hundred something pokemon is one hell of a task and Absolutely brilliant game. Extremely addictive as always, trying to get all four hundred something pokemon is one hell of a task and thankfully its actually possible this time since the game has pretty much all of them in one cart and the rest can be traded for on Wi-Fi Expand
  3. TaliesinC
    May 10, 2009
    10
    Absolutely the best Pokemon game that I have ever played. Even better than Emerald. NEw Textures and graphics look new, great and refreshing Absolutely the best Pokemon game that I have ever played. Even better than Emerald. NEw Textures and graphics look new, great and refreshing while the battle animations have been tweaked. Battle Frontier was slightly disappointing offering only the tower. Expand
  4. BobR.
    Apr 23, 2007
    9
    I have diamond and pearl and have only played diamond but if pearl is basically the same than this is one hell of a game.
  5. Dec 6, 2020
    8
    Pokémon Pearl was the first Pokémon game I played. I've played it on and off since getting it in 2017/18 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. ThePokémon Pearl was the first Pokémon game I played. I've played it on and off since getting it in 2017/18 and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The game features a roster of around 400 Pokémon to capture and battle with and a stellar story. However, there are a few flaws.
    There's very little outside content of the main gameplay and story features, and non-main content is often uninteresting and doesn't offer enough incentive to return to it. The only fun extra mode is a short local online mode that's a great time if you have nearby friends who own a Gen IV Pokémon game, but useless otherwise, and even then it offers no collectables for the main game. Other than that, it's your typical Pokémon game. Collect, train and battle hundreds of Pokémon and try to collect gym badges. It does very little to distinguish itself from other Pokémon games and is easily overshadowed by future releases. Not much to go back to if you own a modern game.
    But, it features plenty of amazing features as well. The gameplay is snappy, the story is great, and it nails the basics like art and music.
    If you're playing on a console from the original DS line the gameplay is smooth, but I've run into problems on my 3DS with inserting the cartridge. It may just be me, but it can take five or so tries to insert the cartridge before my 3DS can actually read the card correctly. The emulation itself is what to be expected from a DS game on the 3DS, but be warned if you're buying this game and don't have an original DS

    (Played on a Nintendo DSi and a Nintendo 3DS XL)
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  6. Feb 27, 2012
    7
    Pokemon--the series--evolves. But old little problems remain unsolved.

    The Good: Wi-Fi! Night and day! Poke Radar! X-Scissor, U-Turn, Bug
    Pokemon--the series--evolves. But old little problems remain unsolved.

    The Good: Wi-Fi! Night and day! Poke Radar! X-Scissor, U-Turn, Bug Buzz! Poffins! Underground! Slathering honey! Shellos! Munchlax!

    The Bad: Lazy touch screen... 2D-GBA-like monsters... Poketch... Dressing, dancing... "Saving a lot of data..."

    The much awaited 4th generation of Pokemon games has arrived. And everything fans expected is here, like trading Pokemon and battling through Wi-Fi connection with real people all around the world, seeing day turn into night and so on with a real-time clock working just like in the GBC, around 100 brand new monsters (including new babies), new ways for the Pokemon to evolve (some of them unpredictable), and all that stuff we already know (you may like it or not). But little problems still make the game experience a little tiring.

    As always you start the game in a small town receiving your first pokemon from a professor and your adventure goes on as you become a trainer. You must search for new Pokemon species intending to fulfill the Pokedex and also capturing and raising them through battling other trainers to challenge the Gym Leaders and the Elite Four. This storyline is still the same since the 1st generation of the series ten years ago (and it really has no need for a change); but things evolve, and some little problems were left aside because the developers fear major changes--or just because they are lazy.

    What is better in this new generation? Wi-Fi is awesome, but it was almost an obligation; day turning into night is great (and beautiful), but Game Freak is just apologizing for not including this in the 3rd generation games; splitting all kind of moves in special type or physical type is an important change, and it's a good improvement in battling strategies; good new moves--especially the bug-type ones since bugs always needed stronger moves; Poke Radar (for Pokemon searching) is cool; digging and seeking other trainers in the Underground is funny; slathering honey in the barks to attract wild Pokemon is great; making Poffins using the touch-screen is a fair step ahead PKBlocks; new interesting berries effects; and East Sea/West Sea Shellos rocks. Almost there?

    There are little things that were supposed to make the game better, but... They just don't work that fine. The graphics in the towns are great, beautiful 3D buildings, etc. but what about the monsters? Why they look just a little better than in the GBA? The Poketch is a good idea, but most of the apps are useless or buggy. When you're battling other trainer you can just touch the move you want your Pokemon to use; but when you need to know the power or accuracy of a move during the battle you need to enter the Pokemon screen, and then select the "moves" page. Come on, they have an entire screen to display that info! (At least they should put a little "info" button beside the "move" button just like Nintendo did in Brain Age's training menu.) And why managing items is still annoying when you have a touch screen? I would like to exchange items between my Pokemon by just dragging the item here and there, but I need to select "Pokemon", "item", "take", then select other "Pokemon", "item", "give", and search for the item I want to give (it will be in the last position in the list since it was the last item that entered the bag... and I must roll all the scrollbar over until I can get there). Shouldn't it be more simple?

    And some other... tiring things. Crossing Mt. Coronet through cave and blizzard is unnecessarily unforgiving... Contests are much less technical than it used to be... Dressing? Dancing? I bet girls like it. Not me. :P "Saving a lot of data..."? Are they kidding me??? And why they need to ask "There is already a save file. It is OK to overwrite it?" all the time? There is just one save slot! And (last one) it should bring more options to accelerate the battles, just like in the Advance Wars series, for instance. I don't like to play a game for about 150 hours and see that 50 hours were spent slowly reading "The sandstorm rages.", "Roselia is bufetted by the sandstorm!", mumble, mumble. (My suggestion: a system with arrows poping up and down quickly for poison, hail, leech seed, swift swim, etc. At least as an animation option.)

    Kinda sad for me to say I think it was my last new Pokemon game. The series needs a serious update regarding pace before it starts to feel hopelessly dated.
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  7. linlu
    Aug 20, 2009
    0
    An awful game with zero story.

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