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This review will discount the 'newness' of this game. That is because I am reviewing this game almost four years after its release date. Please bear with me on this, all will become clear.
The Pokémon RPG's have been a household staple for adults and children alike for years and years. I'd like to say a few words about Pokémon games in general, specifically about their addictiveness and sheer playability. If you are a mother/father that is looking for a suitable game for their fanatical 5 year old, buy this game. If you are a middle aged technophile with a gaming itch to scratch and a 2 hour daily commute to fill, buy this game. If you are retired, and feel the urge to fill a few hours after the gardening, something with a bit of purpose, something that can be developed to resembe a hobby, buy this game. If you are a nineteen year old with a hankering for some old school nostalgia, and EMA to blow, buy this game.
Never has something hit the world with such universal force. Pokémon Pearl is not going to dissapoint those with a love for the older Pokémon RPG's, as we still have a firm grip here on the adventure from town to city, city to town and finally to the Pokéon league. This game will also, never disappoint the younger generations with a thirst for new gadgets. This game, of course had the first 3D stylings for Pokéon RPG's and contains other cool features like the Pokétch...(something they really should have developed through the later games).
This review could have been written to dazzle and bimbazzle with technicalities of this game, because the game has the uncanny ability to be as ultra technical in its methodologies (i.e battling) as you make it; this review could also have spoiled or given away the magic in the story; this review could indeed have dwelled on the great little nuggets of morality that come with Pokémon RPG's, but instead it aims to tell you, once Pokémon Pearl has been "completed (i.e the Elite Four have been defeated)" there is scope for hours, days, years of gameplay afterward, and I'm sure that many out there will agree, that each time you switch on the DS, it feels like coming home.
Well this is the first 3D Pokemon game to make onto the handheld consoles, the battles aren't 3D, but the in-battle graphics are greatly improved over its GBA counterpart.
The Pokemon series has always been extremely popular, ever since it started with the almost black and white games on the original Game Boy. Ever since then, it has made its way onto every Nintendo console, the N64, GBC, GBA, DS, GameCube and the Wii. There is no doubt to how much success it has enjoyed.
Pokemon Pearl the new generation of Pokemon games, it still follows exactly the same playing style as the oold Red, Blue and Yellow games, but now the buildings have been replaced with 3d models instead of 2d sprites.
There are tonnes of new Pokemon, as well as all the old Pokemon, making a total of more than 500 Pokemon, it now really is a challenge to catch em all.
This is yet another game which uses the DS' Wi-Fi feature. It allows you to trade Pokemon, as well as play up to 4 player battles, there is also an underground feature, more ideally suited to several players. While underground you can create bases and furnish them, as well as cover the entrance to prevent other players from finding your base. I believe the aim of the underground mode is similar to capture the flag.
As with most if not all of the previous Pokemon games, the aim is to defeat a 'team' of evil NPC's that are planning some disasterous event. In Pokemon Pearl you face against Team Galactic, as usual you will beat them on various occasions, and eventually face off against the leader of the team, and then against Palkia the legendary Pokemon.
The game features a very large soundtrack, a total of 149, most being over 1 minute each.
The handheld Pokemon games have usually had links with the Console versions, and the the same is true in this case. You can wirelessly upload your Pokemon to your Wii and use them in Pokemon Battle Revolution or My Pokemon Ranch. Also inserting a Pokemon GBA cartridge into your DS will allow you to upload 6 Pokemon from the catridge to your DS.
Overall, although this game fits into the RPG genre, like other Pokemon games, its definitely more of an adventure game. Although this one is obviously better than previous games, more multiplayer options, more Pokemon, better graphics, i still prefer the GBC version of the games. Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal.
So, a 30 year old guy reviewing a Pokemon Game. Aren't I too old for this you ask. Definitely not. I've played through all the Pokemon RPG games. Blue, Gold, Ruby, Leaf Green - I've owned at least one of the games from all the different generations. I'm a veteran & for all their cuteness, Pokemon games are rock solid, long lasting & immensely tactical.
The gameplay is quite basic & easy to understand. You are a Pokemon Trainer. Pokemon are Monsters found in the wild that can be caught & trained by trainers for fighting. You begin with one & are able to catch more. You can hold a maximum or 6 but you can store over 500 on the game cart. Pokemon range in strength. This is displayed by their level. Level 1 is the lowest. Level 100 is the strongest that any Pokemon can become.
Each Pokemon has a type. There are close to 20 different types available & they are usually based on Elements. Fire, Water & Grass are 3 examples. Each type can beat some others easily although each type is vulnerable to some others too. Water beats Fire, Fire beats Grass, Grass beats Water. There is no such thing as a perfect team of 6 & the options & combinations available are huge. The best option is for 6 different Pokemon all with different types. Based around these types. Each Pokemon have 4 moves to fight with. As they grow they can learn more. However they can only ever have 4 at once. Some moves hurt the opponen. Some heal the user. Again, how you play & the balance you put on attack & defence is up to you. I'm a very direct player & favour attack over defence & speed over health. I try to win quickly instead of by attrition. How you play is up to you.
There are 2 main aims to the game. The first is to use your team of Pokemon to become the League Champion. To do this, you improve your Pokemon as you go around the game world defeating 8 gym leaders in battle before taking on the Elite Four & becoming champion. Dependin on how focussed you are on this objective while playing it can be done in around 15 - 20 hours of gameplay. However if you also focus on the other aim as you progress it can take longer. The second aim is to collect & own all of the 493 Pokemon available. You don't have to own them all at once as the data is recorded on owning them the first time. You can also trade them with other players locally or over the internet to help you. You can even breed Pokemon to keep them or trade them. I am in the middle of trying to own all 493 at once & have around 300 of them.
On top of these objectives there are other things to do too. Contests provide a fun diversion & to win all 5 ribbons in all 5 catagories would take a good few hours play. Plus there is a battle tower where you can compete for prizes against pokemon uploaded by other players. I have spent over 220 hours playing this Pokemon Game so far in the 2 & a bit years I've owned it.
There are some downsides to the game. Firstly an updated version called Pokemon Platinum has been released. This is a better game with more options & can be bought for around the same price now. That is probably what you should get. Game play wise, it can get repetitive, so you do need to have some patience. Lastly, I have to take an issue with the number of Pokemon. 493 is far too many. Bearing in mind there's at least 100 that can't be caught on this game & have to be uploaded to the cart from older Pokemon games. Then there are some that can only be bred. Some that have to be traded & hold a specific item to evolve. The task verges on the impossible unless you want to cheat. They ought to lose some for the future games although this is very unlikely.
I do recommend the game. It is good fun. Will keep you entertained for a great deal of time & if you know people with a copy you could be playing for ages. The upsides really outweigh the down & it is a very good game.
As of in the Title Pokemon Pearl is spelt ''perl'' for some reason, but anyhow if I continue to write about that error I wont be giving you any useful information on the game itself!
As of all other Pokemon games including dash, and link etc. , Diamond and Pearl as well as Platinum have become the best of them all so far, as all Pokemon fans would desire Diamond and Pearl rather than Link And Dash and all other Pokemon games. The reason being for the liking of Pearl and all new Pokemon games, its because of a more detailed, enhanced, richer presentation, and the ability to trade world wide through world wide over the internet, and of course the main Pokemon themselves. There are so many more pokemon to chose from in the new games.
Like any other Pokemon games from the Originals Blue and Red when they hit in 1999, Diamond and Pearl offer some brilliant new features, But if you were not into Pokemon in those days you probably would not like it now, but give it a shot anyway!
Pearl starts in exactly the same why as Diamond does as in any other Pokemon game, in his house. And although surroundings and people are different, the story line follows suit to Diamond. For instance the Buildings are nearly all in the same place.
You get to chose from either boy or girl when starting your game and then travel out to pokemon battles and trainers to make your starter pokemon higher. You can pick from Chimchar, Piplup and Turtwig. You in both Diamond and Pearl start from Twinleaf town in the Sinnoh region. You and your friend which you can name anything you wish travel on through Professor Rowans requests to collect as much pokemon and pokedex data as possible for him. Your friend really is competitive so watch out, he can switch on you at times out from nowhere what so ever!
From the bad guys, if you have watched the Pokemon episodes, you might of well seen that the Bad guys are team Rocket, but in the case of Diamond and Pearl the Bad guys are called Team Galactic Grunt. These bad guys are much more strict and tough rather than team rocket in the cartoons for some reason.
Catching pokemon is quite simple, simply walk in to some long grass or what ever bits shade up for you and no sooner will a wild pokemon attack you, you will have to fight back with one of the pokemon you chose, choose from the moves the pokemon styles for instance scratch. Make the wild pokemons HP go down as low as possible, and then if your lucky enough and you have a poke-ball you can capture the pokemon, but make sure the wild pokemons HP is low as possible, otherwise it can break free.
You can trade pokemon from Diamond to Pearl, and so invite your friend over, and send each other pokemon which you cant get in the other game!
The attacking mode is touch screen mode by clicking on the attack move you want, and in general adventure mode its the normal keypad to move around while using a,b,x and y to help you pick up items an stuff.
Overall the Pearl version is a much much more advanced improvement not only to Diamond, but to all the old games such as Red, Blue and Link, Dash, Green... Its a well worth it game for money, and the game should be owned for all DS owners whether young or old, the game is much suitable for all ages that understand the DS technology.
I have to rate the game 5 stars!
Ever since I was 11 when pokemon first came to popularity in the UK, I have always loved the gameboy games, even now nearly nine years on, it still has a strangely nostalgic and pleasant grip over me, insanely addictive and completely new as it is the first (along with Diamond version) to be released on the DS which symbolises almost a rebirth of Red (Pearl) and Blue (Diamond).
A complete breathe of fresh air as the series of games benefits from a dramaticgraphics improvement making the game easier to play for eaven longer, and believe me you will find you're self wanting to play this game for upwards of 5 hours a day. You play through the game earning gym badges and training your pokemon up in the hope of everntually creating a party of pokemon strong enough to take down the best of the best and becomse a pokemon master. Same old story but it never gets boring no matter how many incarnations of this game I play.
Pokemon Pearl, The first DS release of the original pokemon blue and red games (along side it's partner game Pokemon Diamond)
For many Pokemon Gameboy fans this was a long awaited release, exciting to see the new features and was definitly worth the wait.
All the new pokemon are included along with wifi battles, your own secret hide out which you can decorate with furniture, battleing with two pokemon at the same time, growing berries, entering fashion contests with your pokemon and much more i'm yet to discover!
The game is packed full of loads to do, in my opinion this is all well and good, but can also seem like a LOT you have to do; i feel like i need to spend more time on this game than i actually have, and the motivation to play is lacking after getting halfway through. To enjoy the wifi battles means finding yourself some friends into Pokemon games - a hard task for a 23 year old female like myself!
Overall the game is very well made and the layout is just like the originals with added extras which is what makes it so appealing. It's only downfall is i think it might be too jam-packed and too much pressure to do everything in the game puts me off going back. Once you leave it for longer than a week it's very hard to pick it up again. You want to restart so you know where to go and what to do but at the same time you don't want all that training of your Pokemon you've done to go to waste!
Pokemon pearl is a game in which the user has to create a character who then befriends Pokemon. A pokemon is a creature which lives in the "long grass" found in the game. When the user walks through this grass the user has a decision, does he stay and fight the pokemon (using his own pokemon) or does he run and lose whatever possible rewards he might gain. The user can capture and train pokemon to make them stronger and enable him to win harder battles and advance in the game.
There are hundreds of pokemon and this game will keep most children occupied for hours on end.
The graphics in this game are more advanced than in previous games. Other differences arein the amount and type of pokemon you can collect meaning that it takes longer to complete the game and you therefore get more for your money.
The price is very expensive for such a simple game and afterwards you might regret your decision not to have bought an older pokemon game secondhand.
Overall this is a tried and tested game that children will immediately take to and is probably worth your money even if it is more expensive than previous games.
Pokemon, that's just a game for little kids, right? Well that's what I thought when I first heard there was a new pokemon game out for NDS but shortly after the release of the game, my sister bought the game and now I'm completely hooked! The main object of the game hasn't changed, working your way through gyms to get to be a pokemon master but the technology that has been added to the game by the use of NDS software has given it a new lease of life. There are lots of new, interesting 4th gen pokemon and new features like your poketech which shows the time, steps you've taken and lots of other useful applications that enhance your experience of the game. The graphics have now got a 3D effect but still have the pixel charm of the graphics from old games. I think that the game is best for children age 7 up but no younger as I think the game may be too complicated for younger children
I know pokemon on first glancemay seem like the most childish thing on the planet! When talking about the anime I would have to agree with you. The game however is another story completely. It is nothing like the anime. First and foremost it is an RPG. That stands for Role playing game! These games use strategy rather than button mashing fights.
At the start of the game you go through some basics like your name, sex and a few other preferences. You are then introduced to the world the game will take place on. Your told pokemon are used to battle in tournaments or against random opponents you may encounter. There are over 200 pokemon in this game.
As with all pokemon games it isnt long to your first pokemon. This is given to you by some dude who you save. You get a choice of three each representing a level of difficulty. Grass and fire type pokemon are generally easier to use than water types. I chose the fire type. This means my pokemon can learn fire moves which are powerful against grass pokemon etc. In this game most pokemon have a second category , my pokemons was fighting, meaning he can learn fight moves which is stronger against other types.
Anyway, you soon get to your adventure. You can enter battles with wild pokemon or trainer battles. When you win you get experiance. When a pokemon gains enough Experiance (XP) it will go up a level. Higher level pokemon are stronger and learn more powerful attacks. After going up enogh levels some pokemon will evolve into a more powerful version of itself. Saying all this does sound a bit childish but I assure you its a good play.
Also on your travels you can catch wild pokemon which you can then use in battle. All very simple and explained well throughout the game. The goal is to travel the world and beat 8 gym leaders. The leaders specialise in one type of pokemon and get increasingly difficult. There are quite a few sidequests also which involve secret organisations or rare pokemon. There isnt really a storyline as such but the game progresses well.
I like the strategy element of the game. Knowingwhich pokedude to use at the right moment. Also it can be annoying to train your pokemon to a high level but it is rather addictive and I hate to say it but you feel pretty good once its done!
The figures dont lie people. This is a great game. It has shifted millions of copies to people of all ages around the world. I know this game is a big hit in Japan but it has become huge in the western world aswel showing its appeals to different cultures.
The price isnt bad. It cost me £25 when it was new so id guess you could pick it up for £15 - £20 from Ebay or maybe even play.com.This is a great game and definately worth the money. To complete the game fully it will tkae many hours and after that there is still plenty to do. An example of this is online play. You can challenge people around the globe. To be honest, if your not amazing your going to get beat here. There are some very... dedicated players around the world! Another great thing is that you can trade your pokemon. When it first came out Americans were trading low leveled run of the mill pokemon for level 100 super rare guys with Japanses players. This was due to the Japanese player wanting pokemon with their english names! Crazy.
This being a DS game I thought I should mention the new DSi that has been announced. If your planning on buying a DS it may be worth waiting for this new model that has cameras and load of new features!
After recently obtaining this game from the States, the experience has been nothing less than awesome.
Not properly executed since Gold/Silver, the night/day system is back! Of the new Pokemon introduced (over 100) the time system treats you with new events and Pokemon at different times of the day. The atmosphere is beautifully pulled off, with orange tints to the game in the evening and lights switched on in the building at night.
The new Pokemon are a real treat, although you may find some disappointment that you're still getting your Ratatta and Pidgey equivalent in the game, rather than a complete new line-up. But if that's what you know and love, then this game will only satisfy you further!
Not only that, but finally, you can obtain majority of the 493 Pokemon within the game and transfer between your older Advance generation (Ru/Sa/Em/FR/LG) are possible through Pal Park.
The graphics, although still much the same despite the new system, are beautiful and colourful. They match the game perfectly with its slightly pseudo-3D environment. You might be disappointed though if you expected a real update.
Although, perhaps the most alluring feature of the game is the new WiFi system, allowing you to battle and trade your precious Pokemon all over the world. This also includes voice chats amoung mutual friends.
However, one must be aware of the faults of the game.
- nothing has really changed dramatically, except the addition of WiFi
- there is on random battle system with other players in the WiFi, forcing you to find your own means of contacting someone
- the WiFi is heavily exploited at the moment, with illegal and hacked Pokemon being fought and traded with. One must be aware of scammers and hackers if they don't want to lose their hard-earned legal Pokemon
- there is still only one save file, so sharing your game is still not easy
- new day/night system integrated
- WiFi trading and battling
- New Pokemon, boosting the current number to 493!
- Beautiful music and atmosphere
- Lots to do with contests, new events and a whole new world!
Conclusion: If people are expecting a new game, you'll be disappointed. But for all you Pokefans out there, this will tickle-you-pink with everything that is included. For those waiting, roll on June!
This is a great game, my favourite game at the moment. I am a huge Nintendo DS game fan, and I partically LOVE Pokemon Pearl. This is a probably a good game for ages 10 and up. I am not a fan of pokemon, so I was very surprised when I found that I liked this game a lot. My brother actually bought the game for himself and let me play it when he was done with it. I found that it actually has nothing to do with pokemon other than the fact that they use pokemon characters. This game is so great that it has NO FAULTS!!! I've never play a game with no faults!!!!!!!!!
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are absolutely everything you've come to expect from major Nintendo sequels, and that's probably more for the better than for the worse. You know the routine, right? The company invents a really brilliant idea, then spends the next two decades refining the hell out of it. The resulting succession of games is progressively better with each new release, but rarely will you see any actual risks taken along the way. Twilight Princess was brilliant, but that brilliance hewed closely to the framework laid down 15 years prior in A Link to the Past. Metroid Prime, fantastic as it turned out, was unabashedly Super Metroid gussied up with fancy 3D polygons.
And so it is with the latest Pokémon. Yes, the series' fourth generation is largely the same as the past three -- but it's also, without question, the best to date.
The uniformity hasn't exactly hurt so far. Given the insane sales that Diamond and Pearl have racked up in Japan (not to mention their startlingly huge U.S. preorder numbers), it would seem that fans are perfectly happy to keep playing fresh remixes of the game they've been addicted to for the past decade. Make no mistake, though: Diamond and Pearl's similarities to their predecessors are a deliberate, stylistic decision by developers Game Freak, not the creative bankruptcy you might assume. The graphics resemble the tiles and sprites of the original Game Boy titles, but they're actually rendered in 3D that's been carefully crafted to look retro. Returning pokémon retain their classic scratchy, computerized battle cries, but the developers also went to the trouble of making sure the game's 100 or so new monsters emit equally 8-bit sounds. Battle sprites demonstrate two frames of animation at most, but combat feels livelier than ever because of all the other visual effects happening -- stretching, rotation, bursts of light -- so while it still plays out like the older games, it also feels more dynamic.
In short, the creators have gone out of their way to preserve the aesthetics of the series while quietly, subtly improving on them. The same also holds true for the underpinnings as well -- for the gameplay. On the surface, Diamond & Pearl could be any other Pokémon: Players control an ambitious young monster trainer on an RPG-style quest through a small island infested with pugnacious creatures, collecting new critters as part of a mission to catch (or at least spot) them all. The path to the end is lousy with virtual cockfights -- combative trainers lurk along every path, monsters roam in the grass, your rival is always one step ahead of you, and an army of power-mad scoundrels keeps trying to conquer the world. Battles are simple, turn-based affairs that allow your team of monsters (up to six) to share the chance to defeat their foes, one at a time. (Or, on occasion, two at a time.) Monsters are acquired by weakening them before capturing them in a capsule. It is, in short, Pokémon, almost exactly as you remember it.
That "almost" is important, though; 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. The pokédex has been upped to nearly 500 creatures total, new abilities and powers have been introduced, and new battle modes are available (including a forest where the player is accompanied by an NPC for team battles at all times). Every feature and innovation of the previous games is present, from monster breeding to diurnal cycles. The game also makes use of the DS in small but effective ways: Menus have been shifted to the touch screen where they consist of huge, friendly panels that may be tapped, conveniently, with a thumb.
Like an MMO, the real test of these changes will come in the next year or so as obsessive fans dissect every last detail about the game, uncover unfair exploits and generally turn the game inside-out in their zeal to trump their peers. But the key to Poké'mon's success is that it's flexible enough to engage the wild-eyed fanatics while still being enjoyable to novices and kids.
While the game certainly caters to the unhealthily obsessive -- to collect every monster, you'll need to jump through some draconian hoops and demonstrate true brand loyalty, not least of which includes suffering all the way through the execrable Pokémon Ranger and Pokémon XD -- it's perfectly playable for people who like to be simply thorough. Or people who just like the cute characters, or who enjoy the amusing banter. Or people who don't really care so much about thoroughness and just want to battle with friends.
Honestly, the quest element of the game is secondary to the competitive aspect -- or rather, it exists primarily to supplement your battle roster and beef up your team. Pokémon's real draw has always been linked battles, so it's fitting that this is where Diamond and Pearl's biggest improvements lie. Being on DS affords the ability to play wirelessly, a huge relief after the Game Boy family's clumsy and unreliable link cables. More importantly, the wireless battles can be linked across the Internet -- which tends to be laggy, but not unforgivably so. The standard friend code requirement, on the other hand... that's a little harder to stomach. Yes, yes, children are playing Pokémon and linking with strangers might result in naughty words being exchanged via voice chat, but really -- why not simply add parental controls rather than ruining it for the rest of us?
Aside from this one limitation, Diamond and Pearl feature a fantastic array of multiplayer options. You can do the standard one-on-one battles, sure -- but you can also link up for double-team fights, too. You can explore the vast Sinnoh underworld and play capture the flag. You can even go up against your friends in a pokémon fashion show... you know, if for some reason you really want to. You can wander around for months trying to collect the ultra-rare monsters, harvesting berries, playing capture-the-flag in the tunnels beneath Sinnoh, powering up your monsters, nurturing eggs, whatever. And like an MMO, there's no real "end" to the game, because even once you overthrow the elite trainers and thwart Team Galactic and catch 'em all (even the stupid legendaries and that damnable carry-over from Pokémon Ranger), you still have to best your peers. And those guys are total bastards.
Hardcore gamers tend to turn their nose up to the Pokémon series, but the secret of its success is that it isn't designed for the hardcore. It's for everyone else, and let's face it: There's more of them there are of us. But why does it matter? Sure, it's easy to forget that the games themselves aren't the same thing as the world-consuming, soul-destroying marketing juggernaut spawned by an unassuming pair of Game Boy cartridges so long ago. Look beyond the cheaply-made anime and the overblown collectible tie-ins, though, and you'll find that the foundation upon which the whole endeavor has been constructed is an enjoyable and often addictive RPG with a fantastic social element.
But then, that's hardly a surprise if you've been paying attention at all for the past decade. The fact that it's better than ever this time around, though? That's almost as shocking as the fact that Pikachu can still run circles around every bald space marine the industry has to offer.
Right from first buying this product for £23.99 in Tesco I realised that I had made a good choice. The 4th Generation or pokemon brings along over 100 new pokemon and a brand new storyline which allows the player to advance further in thier quest to become a 'Pokemon Master'. The game also boasts the use of the Nintendo Wi-Fi, whereby you can trade and battle with players across the world. Currently, It has taken me 91 hours of gameplay to get 460 out of the possible 486 pokemon, so no expense has been spared or features to make this game take up alot of my time which I have quite enjoyed. Pokemon Pearl can also be connected to a Wii Console with the pokemon game, Battle Revolution. However, there are some disadvantages to the game such as its price. Personally, I paid £23.99 as it was the lowest price for the the game at the time and if I had waited possibly a short while longer, I could of gotten it cheaper on websites such as Ebay. This was a mistake on my part. Overall I recommend this game as it is very enjoyable and well worth the money if your a pokemon fan. Gotta Catch Em All! As they say in the pokemon franchise.
You might not see the supporting merchandise so much nowadays but Pokemon is still the most successful games franchise in history. Diamond and Pearl sold 5 million copies in Japan in under three months and 1 million in America in just one month, breaking all records for the year and the series. At first sight though this looks disappointingly similar to the existing games, with only a subtle 3D effect for the game world and largely static 2D battles. However the gameplay has undergone a complete overhaul, adding numerous new features and reintroducing others from Gold/Silver/Crystal, that had previously been removed.