Pokemon Platinum Version :: DS Game Review
Pokemon is back once again, but how does Platinum compare to Diamond and Pearl? Is it worth it enough for you to dust off your trainer's cap and pokeballs?
Pokemon Platinum is an upgraded version of Diamond and Pearl, which were released two years ago. The vast majority of the game is still the same as it was before, but there are plenty of changes that can make it worthwhile to play through once again, especially if you are a true Pokemon fan.
Same Old, Same Old, but in a Good Way
The basic Pokemon formula has not changed from its Red/Blue origins. You still get to pick a fire, grass or water starter pokemon and challenge eight gyms and collect eight badges while capturing and training strong pokemon for your team. You still traverse Victory Road and fight the Elite Four at the end of your journey.
All this stays the same, but it is a good thing. Diamond and Pearl had already improved on this near-perfect basic formula so that levelling your pokemon between gyms is smooth and easy, with plenty of side quests and side stories. The single player story offers hours upon hours of enjoyment before inviting you to take your pokemon training to the next level and battle real players from around the world. Pokemon is always fun and enjoyable, no matter what version.
Shiny and New Goodies
Platinum does bring with it a shipload of new features. There are minor improvements like graphics and animations and then there are huge changes, like the gym orders and gym layouts, which can make you feel like you are playing a brand new game.
Shiny new toys, like the VS Recorder and GTS email, greatly improve the Pokemon experience as it makes the game more convenient and enjoyable. But the best thing about Platinum has got to be the sheer number of pokemon available for capture in the game. A trainer is no real trainer until they have caught them all; and Pokemon Platinum give you the best opportunity to do so, providing over 400 pokemon to catch.
It’s Super Effective!
Diamond and Pearl were already the best Pokemon game to date and Platinum does much to improve on that, which definitely makes it a great game to pick up and play. Even if you have already own and beaten the other games, this is one that you should not miss out on!
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone