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Pokemon Platinum

Platform : Nintendo DS
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4.4 out of 5 stars 130 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B001O1OBFY
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.6 x 1.5 cm ; 113 g
  • Release Date: 22 May 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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THIS IS THE NTSC FORMAT, BILINGUAL USA VERSION


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Well I've played through the Japanese version of the game fully. It has many improvements and additions over the earlier Diamond and Pearl versions of the game, although most of them are minor things, so anyone who has played the older game to death needn't feel that Platinum is an essential purchase. If you can't get enough of Pokemon though, this is the best version so far, of course, and anyone who did not play the previous game could not choose a better value game for their DS than this! It is packed full.

The more substantial new additions in Platinum include an extended storyline, new transformations for a few key pokemon (see Giratina on the box cover), new animations for pokemon and trainers in battle, three of the gyms have entirely new interior design and puzzles, enhanced visuals or new design for many locations, more pokemon to catch (the Sinnoh region pokedex has expanded), the option to rematch key characters including gym leaders at a cafe, the massive new Battle Frontier area that provides hours of difficult challenges for advanced players, and the poketch on the lower screen now has two buttons so you can cycle through apps both ways!

Oh, and for those who care, both Dialga and Palkia can be obtained in Platinum, whereas in Diamond and Pearl you could only get one or the other depending on the version. The opportunity to catch both of them comes later in the game, because your first visit to the Spear Pillar atop Mt Coronet now leads to an encounter with Giratina in another world! Also the legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres can each be caught after the player has defeated the Elite Four and visited Professor Oak when he goes to Eterna City.

Aside from content changes, gameplay is identical to previous pokemon games, so you know if you like it already. If you've never played a pokemon game, it's worth checking out and this is as good a place to start as any. x
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After discussing the old RPGs I used to love on the SNES, a friend couldn't believe I'd be turning 30 next year and yet never played a Pokemon game, so with DS in hand I started playing Pokemon Pearl and got quite into it - but then I lost my DS (and the game along with it).
After buying a new DS, I happened on an opportunity to play the Platinum edition in the Pokemon franchise and decided to give it a go....

...Enthusiasts can tell you the differences between this and the Pearl/Diamond edition down to the most minute detail, but for me I couldn't see many differences. In fact, the first few hours seemed practically identical. That didn't bother me though as my previous experience of the game was my 'breaking in' period and so it was nice to start afresh armed with some basic knowledge of how it all worked!

If you aren't familiar with the Pokemon games then this game is the latest in a series of games which involve traveling around a fantasy region called Sinnoh and battling strange monstors called Pokemon. You can capture wild Pokemon and train them up, a big part of the game is seeing how may you can collect and serious gamers try to catch them all. Many of the Pokemon require very specific conditions to appear and capture, so it isn't just a case of wandering round and hoping every type will fall into your lap. Newbies may find it all a bit daunting as the game is massive, but as you advance through and talk to the other characters - they explain things on a very simple level to point you in the right direction.

The genius of the game isn't the epic scope, it's all down to strategy. Your success is determined by your choices when you create your 'team' of Pokemon and decide which one to use in battle and when.
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Pros:

+Simple, yet addictive gameplay
+Deep, strategic combat system
+Touch screen controls make battling easier
+Wi-fi improvements
+Being able to battle trainers all across the globe and being able to trade with them is fantastic
+Game can keep you busy for hours with all there is to do, easily over 80 hours worth of gameplay
+Some new additions for those who mastered Diamond and Pearl

Cons:

-You can still only save one file
-Graphics and sound were outdated even in 2007, and they're still outdated
-The formula works, but there are bound to be gamers out there who are sick of the same old storyline
-If you mastered Diamond and Pearl you probably won't have much incentive to play through Platinum. This will change from one gamer to the next

When Pokemon Red and Blue came out, Pokemon Yellow followed just a year later to expand on the games. When Pokemon Gold and Silver debuted, Crystal followed shortly thereafter. When Ruby and Sapphire came out, it wasn't long until Emerald followed. It was only a matter of time before Pokemon Diamond and Pearl also got a third version into the mix. Pokemon Platinum. Just like the previous "third" versions of the games, Platinum adds in a few new things, though it's hard to say you'll ultimately want it if you've already got Diamond and/or Pearl and you've already worked your way through them. Then again, you might find some of the extras worthwhile.

Pokemon has been doing the same thing since it came about ten years ago. The formula is so familiar to gamers that there's a "been there, done that" kind of feel all over.
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