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Genre: Role-playing / Video Game for Nintendo DS / Universal, suitable for all / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2009-05-22 / Published by Nintendo

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      30.12.2009 20:33
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      Great Game For All Ages

      I first fell in love with the Pokemon games around 10 years ago when the legendary Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Red were released closely followed by Pokemon Yellow. I had played the first two games but it was Pokemon Yellow that I bought first, the same game but slightly re-vamped. So, 10 years later I find myself playing Pokemon Platinum the slightly re-vamped version of Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl and it is superb.

      The game play is pretty much the same as the original games 10 years ago, you play it and you feel like the makers have just been making small tweaks and slight improvements until the game is perfect.

      You might find yourself thinking: Pokemon, isn't that a kids game? However, that's just the start of it as you work your way through the game you'll realise that the game is actually pretty difficult, there are numerous puzzles to solve as you work your way from town to town catching pokemon a battling against other trainers.

      As I haven't played any of the games in between this and the first Pokemon games, except a slight but unsucessful flirtation with pokemon silver, I don't really know what the latest editions to the game are.

      However, since the first games 10 years ago I have to say there are many new features that make the gameplay much more enjoyable and even more consuming. Firstly, a device that let's you have re-matches with other trainers within the game is genious and makes the game run for longer and makes training your Pokemon even more fun than before.

      There are also many other features, such as better A.I, which I am sure has been developed over the previous editions and will continue to be developed in future editions, just makes the game more challenging and even more enjoyable.

      The most obvious change to the game is the addition of new Pokemon and an even wider range, compared to the measly 150 available on the original games. As good as this is it can also br frustrating, espeicially for me, I knew the original games inside out and I knew what all the different Pokemon were, with the knew games I am totally lost with it and I have to learn as I go along. Although this is frustrating it also makes the game more enjoyable as I don't know what to expect from each Pokemon I catch.

      Overall I have to say that despite been relatively the same as the original games with a few changes and a different story this version of the game is the best I've played and I would recommend it to anyone with a Nintendo DS.

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      06.09.2009 12:09
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      great until you reach the elite four and release that you need to have pokemon of atleast 65-70

      Seen as i love my DS and this game, i think it makes the perfect ds.
      This game is great, it has increased the graphics, and yet again more pokemon appear on this game which makes it even more interesting and new. the pokemon shown on the front of the cover is called giratina, the pokemon from the other world that keeps balance and it is a shadow/dragon pokemon, i know this due to me catching it on about the 20th time, yes it is hard to catch, but not as hard as i find the elite four, i beat all the gym leaders first time, the elite four i have not yet got past the 3rd person, so it has gotten harder in my mind. this game is addictive, it drags you into its den to make you play with it, i thought it was good but it can be boring and 2 easy until the elite four where you need pokemon of levels like 60 i have 3 that are just 60 one that is 62 and then the rest are 53, i struggle. so if you are going to take the elite four on then try and totally get them to 65 each, you would struggle finding people to fight to.

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      11.08.2009 23:18
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      Fantastic

      The game starts off seeming quite childish, with the pokemon being very cute, but it quickly progresses into a far greater adventure than previous generations. As Emerald was to Ruby and Sapphire, Platinum is essentially a revamped version of Diamond and Pearl, albeit with a slightly modified storyline and more available pokemon. The pokedex system for Generation 4 is by far preferable to the other generations, in that you only need see the pokemon, rather than having to catch them too. Platinum provides the player with endless hours of fantastic gameplay, along with stunning graphics. The replayability value of the game is incredible, with a wide variety of different team combinations. Like Generation 2, though (Gold, Silver and Crystal), there is more to do after completing the pokemon league, which is an incentive not to just switch off the game after completing the pokemon league. There is even a harder version of the pokemon league to contend with, and the possibility of re-challenging gym leaders!

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        10.08.2009 14:33
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        really good long addctive, even if its practically the same as the others

        Now then if you know your pokemon you will know thiss game is prety much like crystal was with gold and silver. It is a remake of diamond and pearl just with a few added extras. There are new maps areas, mini-games added pokemon you can catch and new forms of some pokemon.

        The game itself is the one I would reccomend to anyone who is thinking of getting one the new pokemons, it has more to it, and the pokemon you can get in the game compared to the other two are better.

        The graphics are every so slightly improved, however in essence the gameplay, and graphics remain unchanged. the game is still addictive as ever when you can spend many hours of your time trying to build up your team so they kick butt. the game requires you to build up a team of pokemon (monsters everyone in the game fights with). you gotta cptures them, train them and then make your way around the game getting the 8 gym badges and beating the elite four in order to be the greatest trainer live.

        The best part of the new games is that you can put pokemon up for trade with other people online, you can search what people want to get rid of and what they want in exchange and then you can put up what they want and get all the pokemon you love. Building up a good team abnd training them is the most addictive part especially when you have friends to try and beat.

        One annoying thing about the game is that if you ever battle with someone who has got diamond and pearl already the pokemon with new forms look like their old forms again on the other presons screen. Which is sucky when you wanna be showing off your super cool new lot of pokemons.

        The game is really good as an rpg and has a long story to it. There are many min-games available along with side quests such as catching rare pokemon, winning pokemon contests, growing berries, feeding your pokemon berries, and finding new items. The game will last you ages and is a brilliantly good game to play for kids of all ages and even those adults who aren't too embarassed to admit playing it.

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          17.07.2009 12:26
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          Addictive game, with lengthy gameplay. Don't let the goofy graphics and childish music put you off!

          You might wonder why on earth a 32 year old man would want to buy Pokemon Platinum, the latest addition to the Pokemon game series. And... I must admit, I was slightly red-faced as I stood in the queue, clutching this title in my sweaty, game greedy hands! The sad thing is that Pokemon Platinum's initial 'childishness' - think cutesy, goofy graphics accompanied by sugar-coated and slightly demented soundtrack - might be the main obstacle to it reaching a more mature audience. So... let's get one thing straight before I commence with my review:

          Pokemon Platinum is not just a children's game. For those of you over the age of 20 - there is no need to feel ashamed in making this purchase!!!

          And let's get another thing straight also:

          Pokemon Platinum is a very addictive experience. Be prepared to lose a substantial amount of hours in front of your DS.

          Pokemon Platinum is more or less the same game as it's predecessors, Pokemon Pearl and Pokemon Diamond. In fact, the mechanics, graphics, sounds and gameplay of the Pokemon games have changed very little over the years. The aim of the game is to travel the fantasy land of Sinnoh, catching and training Pokemon, beating Pokemon trainers and obtaining Gym Badges. As you train your Pokemon, they start to grow, changing in physical appearance, and acquire more battle abilities. The battles themselves are nothing special to look at... think 2D figures, with minimal movement based on a turn-based battle system. The gameplay mechanic is however, so addictive that before long I found myself losing hours on end training up my Pokemon. And yes, let's not forget that I am a 32 year old man! Ha! See what I mean about it being addictive?

          A new addition to Platinum is the WiFi-Plaza, an online gathering ground for players across the globe. The WiFi-Plaza comes with it's own set of mini-games, you can play with other people. My only gripe with this aspect of the game, is that it all seemed pretty pointless. Also, most of the mini-games are actually fairly tedious, not to mention very difficult. I am thinking in particular of one called Merry Mime Jr, in which the player has to balance a bizarre looking (dare I say creepy!) individual upon a moving ball. After numerous frustrating and unsuccessful attempts, I felt like beating my head to a bloody pulp against a hard surface!

          Another gripe with this game, is that it is practically the same as Diamond and Pearl, except with the addition of a newer area towards the end of the game (and no, I wont spoil it for you!). I can't help but think that the game developers perhaps should have been a bit less lazy and more creative in trying to differentiate this title from its predecessors.

          All in all, I would recommend Pokemon Platinum for those who like RPG and strategy games. It's a great and addictive adventure, for all ages. Don't be fooled by its goofiness. In fact, buy it, play it for a few hours and come back to tell me that you didn't enjoy the experience. However, if you have Diamond or Pearl you might want to hire it first before purchasing it, in order to decide whether or not you want to fork out the extra cash for what is a very similar gaming experience.

          Have fun!

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            01.07.2009 00:24
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            Highly reccomended as first pokemon purchase, exisiting users: beware of repeats

            Now for the long-time pokemon fan, this handheld title is, just like the diamond and pearl: a revolution to the whole pokeom gaming experieince. The whole colour theme encapsulates a more of a golden tint, there are a few more added maps, decorative items and of course the extra superpowerful legendary pokemon (on cover). It sticks to the classicly loved routine of catching pokemon, training them up, going through the quests of earning gym badges, however there is more to do and game play is brought to new levels. They have taken full advantage of the dsi/lite's wifi connection, meaning these is more interaction with global players: trading battling, chatting, taking on mini adventures, as well as the enhanced berry candy games. I highly reccomend this game for children aged 6years to around 18ish. It has become the fullest title of the series, over 350 pokemon can be held within the extended pokedex, new terrirories explored and the routine can be postponed at any point, by connecting live with other real player across the wifi. It definitely promises to provide hours and hours of entertainment. Bear in mind there are some tricky spots, and the start is kind of slow moving, as such a little patience and a thirst to speak to almost every non-playable character is a must.

            connecting with friends and taking the time to look into the mini adventures is a must, otherwise it may be received as a longer extension of the originals.

            Good game, but in league this pearl and diamond. I feel that this release is a similar move to that of pokemon emerald back in the GBA ruby/sapphire versions.

            Thanks you and enjoy.

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              25.06.2009 13:45
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              Overall, it's a really good RPG

              Pokemon Platinum is the 3rd in the series of Generation 4 pokemon games. It's also the first one that you can catch every single pokemon to date on. Although you do still need access to Fire Red, Leaf Green and Emerald briefly.
              The game itself is similar to previous versions, and just as fun and addictive.
              It's very easy to pick up and play for beginners, but people familiar with the series can get 100 hours plus from this easily.
              The split screen works and it's also nice to use the DS pen for the battles.
              I personally have enjoyed this title as much as the previous ones...as there are enough new interesing pokemon to make it worthwhile. Which, at the end of the day is the main reason toi play this game. To evolve and raise a wide variety of creatures to fight for you. To me, that's why i love the pokemon games as a nice handheld breakaway from your everyday console and pc RPG's. Personally i've put in almost 70 hours this month playing it at work (lucky me i know) and i'm not bored yet. Infact it inspired to buy a copy of FireRed which i never played.
              End of the day, it's worth trying...buy it used if you are not sure and then if it's not for you, sell it on for the same price.

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              15.06.2009 17:30
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              The Pokemon games are still perfectly good to play.

              The Pokemon series is credited as being one of the most popular series of games ever made. Since first released in Japan in 1996 as Pokemon Red and Green, the Pokemon games have sold millions all over the world.

              Sometimes games can go on a little too long, however. The 4th generation of Pokemon Games, including Platinum, have perhaps a slightly tired feeling about them. Game Freak almost seem to have run out of ideas, and seem to be generally keeping the same stuff in the game and adding barely anything bar improved graphics.

              Pokemon Platinum is certainly a good game, one that will keep you playing for a while, however it does not feel as good as Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow or Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal. I would suggest it is one of the best the Nintendo DS has to offer, mind you.

              The idea is that you are a trainer, you have to defeat all 8 gyms before being able to battle the Elite Four, and should you win, you will be the Pokemon League champion. A simple concept but still a very enjoyable thing to do. There are other things to keep you interested, and this game could really keep you playing for at least 200 hours.

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              14.06.2009 12:18
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              Worth getting, even if you have Diamond or Pearl

              This review is for people already familiar with Pokémon as a concept. I personally am a HUGE Pokémon fan, and have been playing the games since I was ten (I'm twenty now). I bought Platinum when it came out in the US as I couldn't wait two more months for its UK release and I was not disappointed at all. It is basically a remake of Diamond and Pearl, with a few added extras (like Yellow was to Red and Blue) but even if you already have Diamond or Pearl this is still worth getting because the extras are amazing. There's new mini games, new maps, new areas, and the best bit of all: distortion world, an Escher-like dungeon with staircases going in every direction, which really makes use of the DS's 3D capabilities. The game also has a different story line from Diamond and Pearl, although the gym leaders and your rival are the same. This game is an absolute must for any pokémon master's collection, and is suitabe for any gamer, even those who've never played pokémon before, as everything is quite self-explanatory. In my opinion, this is the best one of the series to date. But with a remake of Gold and Silver in production, that might not be true for much longer...

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                10.06.2009 15:19
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                Kids will love it, but I feel 16+ may get bored of it fairly qucikly

                I think Pokemon is either loved or hated by people. Some people don't really understand the concept and others a bit obsessed. I like Pokemon as a game but with their being so many previous versions of Pokemon, there was Yellow, Red and Blue for the Gameboy. Fire Red, Leaf Green, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald for the Gameboy Advance and now Diamond, Pearl and Platinum for the DS.

                The idea of the game is you are a Pokemon trainer and you must scour the world searching for Pokemon in order to complete your Pokedex. In the beginning there were 150 Pokemon but now as time has gone on and the craze has caught on there are so many I'm not even sure anybody knows. Aswell as catching the Pokemon you must also travel around the Sonnoh region and battle to win 8 gym badges. After obtaining the gym badges you must compete aginst the Elite 4 in order to become Pokemon Master and thus complete the game.

                Like I said earlier, I do like the concept of Pokemon as a game, but having owned atleast one version of the previous Pokemon games this game really is just same again but with new Pokemon. For the die hard fan they will love this and enjoy the task or catching them all, but I have grown up since I first played a Pokemon game and now find the task of catching them all a bit repetative.

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                Following the vast popularity of PokÚmon Diamond and PokÚmon Pearl, PokÚmon Platinum is the newest in the core series of PokÚmon games. PokÚmon Platinum features a new story full of adventure, never-before-seen forms of powerful PokÚmon û including the legendary Giratina's Origin Forme û and the Distortion World, a mysterious new world that suddenly appears in the Sinnoh region. In addition, with PokÚmon Platinum up to 20 players can interact with other PokÚmon fans from around the world in the new Wi-Fi Plaza, featuring mini-games and activities. Players can also enjoy the new features in the Global Terminal, such as posting battle videos using the new "Vs. Recorder." In addition, PokÚmon Platinum features a new Battle Frontier, where the toughest Trainers can test their skills in new ways. PokÚmon Platinum already has broken previous Nintendo DS sales records in Japan, selling more than 1 million copies in its first two days of release.