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Pokémon: Ranger (DS)

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      06.06.2010 00:11

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      overall not too bad but dont expect too much!

      Pokemon ranger is a good game but may not be what you think it is.

      It is not like pokemon diamon or pearl! In this game you have to get around places but have problems along the way! You use pokemon to help you. Instad of catching them the normal way, they appear on screen and you have to try and draw a circle around them a few times to catch them. Meanwhile they move around a lot and may try using one of their powers! They then follow you around and you can use them to help!

      This is a good game, but only once you have got into it. At first I found this quite boring but I kept on playing and it did get better. I still think pokemon pearl and diamond were better but they were a different type of pokemon game.

      Would I reccomend this game:

      Yes, for pokemon lovers because they are sure to love this game. However, if you are someone who half like it but only because of emerald then probably not because it may not be what you think it is!

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      19.03.2010 13:44
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      Bit disappointing to a fan of the series, but probably worth a try

      I recently purchased this game as it was reduced in Tesco and after having really enjoyed the good old generations of Pokemon games, I thought I would try and see what this one was like. First impressions of the game after a few minutes of playing it was that it was quite a refreshing change to the original format of Pokemon games, and I was having fun, for a while at least.

      After about an hour I missed the old format more than I thought I would, the new gameplay does get quite repetitive, and yes I know the old games could get that way sometimes, but not in the same way, I feel the story of the other games would generally ease away that feeling.

      The graphics are of a cute, Nintendo DS standard, nice anime designs and lovely bright colours, I also liked the idea of using the stylus to "capture" the Pokemon, but the most enjoyable element of the Pokemon games I found was the training, the interaction with your friends and the general progression of the game, but Pokemon Ranger is mostly just drawing circles, going through all the trouble of capturing a pokemon only to let it go a few moments later. :(

      If this game wasn't a Pokemon game, it probbaly would have been fine, but as a Pokemon game, I was disappointed. I wouldn't call it a bad game exactly, but it wasn't what I expected, and I probably wouldn't play it again. One thing I did find out recently was that apparently it is possible to access the rare Pokemon Manaphy which can be somehow exported to the Pokemon Diamond/Pearl and possibly Platinum games, but I'm not sure exactly how this is done as I have not tried it myself.

      All in all, not a bad game, just in my opinion, I just don't think of it as really a Pokemon game.

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      02.12.2009 10:41

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      Great for people who get bored of training up pokemon for hours

      This is a great little game for those Pokemon fans who, like me, get bored with catching and training Pokemon to higher levels. Training Pokemon can take time so this game is a welcome break. In this game, you simply catch pokemon in order to calm them down or use a special skill that they have and then you can let them go. You build up your 'browser' by encountering as many different pokemon as possible, which kind of resembles the pokedex in pokemon training games. The game is fun, with a good little storyline. While the game gets harder as you advance, it is not impossible, and it makes you feel that you are really good at the game! You get to use the stylus to catch pokemon and to navigate your character round the various maps which is fun and easy.
      The only downside is that there is a lot of talking and tutorial at the beginning, but I think that's the same with all pokemon games. You have to persevere through it to get to the action.
      All in all, this is a great little game and it had me completely hooked!

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      06.08.2009 01:24
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      Become a friend to pokemon

      Pokemon Ranger DS is a sort of spinoff game from the pokemon series. Instead of being a pokemon trainer whose mission in life is to capture pokemon and battle with them you are a pokemon ranger, friend to pokemon everywhere.

      The game consists of several missions which you must complete. Pokemon Ranger differs from other pokemon games as you cannot catch pokemon by throwing pokeballs, instead you must use your capture styler - you have to draw circles around the pokemon using the stylus. Also once pokemon are caught you cannot keep them forever - except for your partner pichu - you can however use the pokemon to remove obstacles in the way of your mission. Each pokemon has a different field assist move and in order to succeed in missions a variety of pokemon must be captured and their assists used.

      Pokemon Ranger DS is enjoyable for its originality. It is very different to other pokemon games and may seem more appealing to many than the usual turn based combat. Pokemon Ranger is however rather lacking as once all missions are completed there is really not much to do and playing the game again from the start just doesn't have the same appeal it originally did.

      I would recommend pokemon ranger to pokemon fans out there who are looking for something different.

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      22.12.2008 19:05
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      A great game for all ages, but probably easier for older gamers.

      This game is not for those of the normal pokefandom. This game is quite difficult unless your willing to put in the man-hours to beat all the pokemon, and by beat i don't mean battle. I mean repeatedly cirlce the creatures until they are captured.

      However these pokemon are not caught in balls, they are infact not caught, but rather befriended by you, so that you can use them for certain tasks. These tasks could be like removing a tree, or putting out a fire, so as you can see not your normal pokemon game, more for your hardcore pokemon fan.

      The one great thing though, is the chance to obtain a mystical creature, known as manaphy.

      This is a rare pokemon only available from the pokemon ranger games. It is obtained by entering a special code on ranger net, and then completing the side mission to get the egg.

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        20.12.2008 13:09
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        Good game, and definitely worth a look, but don't expect to revisit it for years to come.

        Pokemon Ranger is one of those games you either expect to be good because of the new take on an old style and concept, or you expect to be rubbish for much the same reason. In my case, I bought it for my brother (as with most of the pokemon games, he's a bit addicted) and found myself playing it more on my own near the start. This is mostly because for a younger person the stylus is a bit finicky to control, but once they get the hang of it, it's pretty enjoyable.

        Some of the best features of the game are the innovative use of the stylus for something other than menus etc (at the time, I remember thinking this was a big deal), and the ability to roam around with an increasing number of pokemon without actually catching them.

        On the downside, the actual capturing takes a little while to master, and once you've completed the game there's little to keep you engaged.

        Overall, its definitely worth getting and playing for a while, but it's better not to expect to still be playing it months and years later.

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        22.07.2008 16:28
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        Worth a play for the novelty factor.

        One of those pokemon spin-offs, that looks like it's going to be a big cash-in, and a waste of your time and money, but actually turns out to be quite clever and enjoyable. And better than mystery dungeon, definitely!
        It's a typical pokemon RPG-style story, but instead of a trainer and collector of pokemon, you play as a more humane "ranger", whose job it is to protect pokemon's natural environment and care of their needs. In fact, the concept of the game was so attractive it got my little brother up in arms about animal rights in the bigger picture, let alone cramming digital pocket monsters into small pokeballs!

        The way this game is interesting is by the very-DS style gameplay/battling system, where you draw rapid circles around the enemy in order to capture or sedate them. Abilities and extras make this more fun and challenging than it could be, but it's still reasonable basic, and there's not a lot of room for strategic thinking. Still, fun?!

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        Pokemon Ranger is unlike any Pokemon game you've played before. You control your character using the stylus, and all Pokemon are captured using a Capture Styler instead of a Poke Ball. Since you're a Pokemon Ranger and not a trainer, you must release each captured Pokemon back into the wild after they help you. It's a whole new way to explore the Pokemon universe!