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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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Score distribution:
  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. 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: 57 out of 67
  2. Negative: 1 out of 67
  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. May 9, 2014
    10
    Pokemon Platinum corrected many issues present in the previous installments Diamond and Pearl, like fixing the shortage of Pokemon (thePokemon Platinum corrected many issues present in the previous installments Diamond and Pearl, like fixing the shortage of Pokemon (the Pokemon the Gym Leaders and Elite Four used in Diamond and Pearl were horrendous), and the game also runs faster, as opposed to the yawn-inducing processing times of the previous installments. There are nice additions onto the story from Diamond and Pearl as well, like new character appearances, making the story tighter and further clarifying the purpose/significance of the Legendary Pokemon. Likewise, there are plethora of new Pokemon, including those with new, fresh, and exciting cross-generational evolutions in the region's Pokedex - much more appropriate than the Pokedex in Diamond and Pearl.

    Long story short, Platinum unlocked the fresh potential that Diamond and Pearl tossed out the window. An amazing game, especially if you have not played the previous versions.
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  3. 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
  4. JackM.
    Jan 29, 2010
    9
    My personal theory is that the third release in any generation of the Pokémon series (Yellow, Crystal, Emerald) is always FAR superior My personal theory is that the third release in any generation of the Pokémon series (Yellow, Crystal, Emerald) is always FAR superior to the first and second. Platinum is the red herring, as only slight improvements have been made. In my opinion, except with the addition of the battle frontier and the Distortion World (which was over-hyped, annoying, and hard to navigate), it is a carbon copy of the Diamond and Pearl with a slightly altered battle screen look and an incredibly small change to the main story-line. Once you've got the National Dex, and all the legendaries associated, the 5 battle zones really have no longevity to them, which is a real pity. Thankfully, the Wi-Fi plaza and the online play DO manage to keep any general gamer hooked, as well as those pesky competitive battlers. BUT, and this is a big but, it is still the 2nd best game out there on the DS behind the Phantom Hourglass. If Game Freak had made the Distortion World just that little bit easier to navigate, it would get a 10. 9.8/10 Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2019
    9
    One of the best Pokemon games out there. Many fun multiplayer features, such as GTS and Underground are no longer avaliable through normalOne of the best Pokemon games out there. Many fun multiplayer features, such as GTS and Underground are no longer avaliable through normal means, but the core experience remains strong to this day, featuring a fairly long journey and a good selection of pokemon to choose from. Even after beating the main storyline, there is still a lot of meaningful and fun content to do. The game engine may be rough around the edges, but the game itself stood the test of time remarkably well. Expand
  6. Dec 2, 2018
    8
    It puts the pokemon in routes and the trainer's teams to what they should be from start, you can have the entire new pokemon dex (yes even theIt puts the pokemon in routes and the trainer's teams to what they should be from start, you can have the entire new pokemon dex (yes even the likes of magmortar weren't in dp dex despite being their debut games) as you adventure through sinnoh, and Looker would become a series staple. While it only bothered to change 0,000001% of d/p, its still not only good but enhanced enough that right now its the best sinnoh game until one day a remake may surpass it, the changes may be small tidbits but they "recalibrated the content" in the right direction. Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2018
    4
    I'm a veteran player who played all games with no exception, but this came with a price: when taking my fanboyism behind, this game is BAD.I'm a veteran player who played all games with no exception, but this came with a price: when taking my fanboyism behind, this game is BAD. It's not even due its problems but mostly due it's complete lack of change when compared to diamond pearl. Even the low speed of everything wasn't fixed, almost nothing new to do anywhere, and the pokedex, while slightly changed, is still really bad and with few options. Bored me to death. Tried to give it a second chance really: BORED me to death.
    Games like USUM and B2 did a vastly superior job at having a third version that's actually fresh and worthy of playing, so I say if you don't know the series: play them instead.
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