Review: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum (Nintendo DS)

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Content Warning: This game is rated E for everyone and is as clean as every other Pokemon game. Very family friendly.


Pokemon Diamond/Pearl was released in 2007. Riding off the momentum of Ruby/Sapphire in 2003 and FireRed/LeafGreen in 2004, everyone anticipated the release of the first DS Pokemon game. Would it rock a 3D look? What new features would be added? I played Pokemon Platinum, the “ultimate” version of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl. In fact, it is the last ultimate version of any generation of Pokemon games. Ever since its release in 2009, Pokemon has been on a yearly release schedule.
2009 – Pokemon Platinum
2010 – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
2011 – Pokemon Black/White
2012 – Pokemon Black 2/White 2
2013 – Pokemon X/Y
2014 – Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire
Unfortunately for Platinum, it is also the laziest and most uninspired of the series. Let’s take a look at why.


The story formula is worn out by this point. Where Ruby/Sapphire made an attempt to mix this up, Diamond/Pearl/Platinum go back to the tried and true. Team Galactic is trying to do some evil plan, and it is up to you as a child to stop it. As usual you end up fighting the leader in between gym seven and eight. Nothing special, and I actually did not even pay any attention in the slightest.
The only cool part to me was when the leader was speaking to his crowd of minions. Not exactly sure why it stood out, but it did. As usual you travel the region, in this case Sinnoh, to defeat the eight gyms and their leaders. Afterwards you defeat the Elite 4 and go down in history as a champion. The game is quite short. I completed it and the post game content in twenty-six hours. Speaking of post game content, it is disappointing and short. Content and story wise, this is the weakest entry since Pokemon Red/Blue.



Have you ever played Pokemon? Well, Diamond/Pearl/Platinum is no different. The gameplay has made minimal changes since Ruby/Sapphire. In fact, so little has changed that it seems like this generation did not add much at all. Adding 107 Pokemon and online play seems to be about it. This was quite disappointing after Gold/Silver and Ruby/Sapphire made strides and attempted to do new things. Diamond/Pearl/Platinum seems content to rest on its laurels.
This is not to say it is a bad game. Not at all actually. The gameplay is as good as ever. There just isn’t much new to be seen here. The main difference between Platinum and Diamond/Pearl is the Battle Frontier, VS Recorder, and the Distortion World. Distortion World is the only area in Sinnoh where it looked like the developers took a risk and tried something new. It is also the area I remember the most fondly as it was much different. It is hard to explain, but let’s just say there is an awesome legendary Pokemon at the end.





Man, what a lazy job on presentation. I don’t just mean the lack of a real graphical jump from Ruby/Sapphire to Diamond/Pearl either. The menus are unintuitive and do nothing to take advantage of the touch screen. The addition of a second screen with touch features should have made the PC and many other features a breeze. Instead, they are a pain in the butt to use as if you were using a Gameboy Advance and not a Nintendo DS. Just pure laziness as this was not fixed between Pokemon Diamond/Pearl and Pokemon Platinum.
Also, the presentation in general is lacking and ugly. I do have the benefit of seeing the presentation of Pokemon Black 2/White 2 and let’s just say that it makes Platinum look bad. Real bad. They are both on the same system yet Platinum just lacks … everything.
On the other hand, the music is as solid as ever. How the battle theme in every game gets stuck in my head is beyond me. I applaud the developers as they never fail in that department.



Pokemon Diamond/Pearl/Platinum is by far the laziest, least-inspired of the series. Seeing as there was three years in between FireRed/LeafGreen and Diamond/Pearl, I expected more. I do have the benefit of playing this many years later and seeing how later entries do not rest on their laurels. Nevertheless, this generation did and I can safely say that this will be the last Pokemon game I want to return to in the future.


The Bottom Line

A lazy, uninspired Pokemon game.



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Wesley Wood

Wesley Wood is an aspiring film director. He would love to make GOOD films to help spread God's word and help Christians grow.

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