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Old February 10th, 2008, 09:42 AM
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I've decided to review all the Pokemon RPGs to truly see if they have gone downhill. Feel free to post your own reviews. I'll be sure to check them out.
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NOTE: This is all MY OPINION


POKEMON RED, BLUE, YELLOW

I believe the originals had a lot of content that the newer generations are severely lacking. In R/B/Y, the story, although basic, was catchy enough for kids (of course) to really enjoy and we all remember it. One thing I really want to mention is the Gym Leaders. In these games, the leaders were very memorable in the game and the Anime helped with that, that's something leaders in the future titles began to lack. It might have not had all the Egg Moves, Lucarios, and Volt Tackles, but it still built the foundation for more complex Pokemon titles (in gameplay and Pokemon training) for the future.

STARTERS

Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. Grass, Fire, and Water became the formula for all the future starters. Most people picked Charmander for it's final evolutions awesome appearance and how it was every kids dream to tame a wild fire breathing dragon like Charizard . These starters were a memorable bunch that started the franchise and they literally felt like they were your "partners" in the games adventure and again, the Anime helped with that as well.

GYM LEADERS AND ELITE FOUR

Everyone remembers, Brock, Misty, Lt.Surge, Erika, as the "good" Gym Leaders, and Koga, Sabrina, Blaine, and Giovanni, as the "evil" or more elite Gym Leaders in the game and Anime. These leaders felt very original and in the Anime, their characters, motivations, and Pokemon were really entertaining even now. They never got as complex in future games and the "big" surprise of Giovanni as the last leader really was cool.

The Elite Four in this game was very good. They were tough and never got any tougher. Lance was the most popular for having the infamous, Dragonite as well as a appealing collection of other Dragon-like Pokemon like, Gyarados and Aerodactyl. He was truly a tough opponent and Nintendo really messed up in future games with the whole thing.

LEGENDARY POKEMON

Another very memorable aspect of R/B/Y. Some were simple, like the extras, Zapdos, Articuno, and Moltres being birds who's appearances matched their specific types, and some were complex, the main legendaries like the infamous Mewtwo and Mew. The extra Legendary Pokemon really didn't start to get bad until R/S/E.

GAMEPLAY AND MECHANICS

The gameplay and mechanics were simple and haven't changed too much. A Pokemon learns moves by leveling up, you find a good combinations of moves, and then go to town on fellow trainers. It was very basic to the naked eye, but for players who dug deeper into the game, they found out about when Pokemon would learn certain moves by NOT evolving them at their set levels, and the right time to evolve Stone Evolution Pokemon like Eevee at levels that would make sure they got all of their best moves. Not much else in R/B/Y, but it G/S/C it got A LOT better.


POKEMON GOLD, SILVER, CRYSTAL

In G/S/C, things slightly started to go downhill for the "story", but as far as gameplay and mechanics were concerned, it was incredible. The story was basically like always, a rehash of the first one in a new world with new Pokemon, but this was the first time new Pokemon had ever been release (new Pokemon didn't really start to go bad until D/P), so it really made the game a lot more interesting. What really makes this game shine above all other Pokemon games including the newer ones is that you could go back to Kanto and not only visit all the cities from the last generation, but BATTLE THE GYM LEADERS ALSO! Why Nintendo didn't do this with future Pokemon games? I don't know, but it truly made the game amazing even to today's standards.

STARTERS

Chikarita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile might not have been as memorable as the originals, but they still were very popular being that they were the first new set of starters. Again, the Fire-type was most popular here because of how Typlosion looked so cool. I believe Chikarita might be the most underused starter in the game's history being that it looked so feminine, not too many people picked it lol.

GYM LEADERS AND ELITE FOUR

This is really where the series started to go bad. The Johto Gym Leaders in the game and the Anime were not too memorable because their characters and Pokemon weren't that good (besides Blue being the last KANTO Gym Leader, which was a surprise.) With the exception of the last leader, Clair who was notable for being the first leader to use Dragon Pokemon, being the only last leader that was female, and for being Lance's sister. Also, she was pretty tough to beat, which was good because Lance was a complete joke in the Elite Four.

In fact, the entire Elite Four in this game was very, very bad and extremely easy to beat. The strongest Pokemon was Lance's LV 50 Dragonite which was odd because in the last game his Dragonite was in the 60s (???) Not too much to say about them, but it was neat that the former Gym Leader, Koga was now in the Elite Four, even though he was tougher to beat as a Gym Leader in R/B/Y. This was the first and only time that there was exactly 4 trainers you had to face instead of the 4 "Elite Four" and then the champion.

Also, being able to battle against Red from the previous game was very interesting because he had a Pikachu that was in the LV 90s, as well as a classic team of Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, and others.

LEGENDARY POKEMON

The Legends still had their shine here in G/S/C. The extras being Entei, Suicune, Raikou, and Celebi, while the main Legendaries were some of the coolest ever made, Lugia and Ho-Oh. Lugia being the Guardian of the Sea, Ho-oh being sort of a Guardian of the Sky. The way you found all these Legendary Pokemon was extremely well crafted. The infamous "roaming" Pokemon debuted here when you had to randomly search for the 3 Legendary Dogs which added some surprise and more strategy to the game, being that they could strike at any moment you were in grassy fields once you released them, as you had to be quick to put them to Sleep and then catch them before they escaped, but really Lugia and Ho-Oh were the main attractions. You didn't NEED the other game to get both, it all mattered on which one you got to search for first and what level it was. Lugia being the first one you'd be able to search for in Pokemon Silver which would be found in an underwater cavern being LV 40 and Ho-Oh being at the top of Tin Tower at 70, while in Pokemon Gold you'd be able to search for Ho-Oh first and their levels would swap. I believe you could pick the one you wanted to search for first in Pokemon Crystal (not sure though) with the first being LV40 and the second LV70. This also effected the moves they knew when you caught them. The Lugia in Pokemon Gold might have forgotten Aeroblast when you caught it, and the Ho-Oh in Pokemon Silver might have forgotten Sacred Fire. They truly did a good job when deciding how you'd find these Pokemon. It never got as good and balanced as this.

GAMEPLAY AND MECHANICS

This is the best part about the game besides the Legends. Pokemon breeding was introduced which has become a standard for raising competitive Pokemon today. They also added a bunch of new moves, and TMs. You were also able to trade with past games, R/B/Y in order to fill up the new National Pokedex which including all the Pokemon from those games, as well as those in G/S/C. Perhaps the biggest thing introduced in these games were the new SHINY POKEMON. With very little chance at finding/catching them, you would be able to find a Pokemon with a distinguished color from it's original. Also, the Pokemon that was "shiny" would have all it's stats increased that would pass on to any Pokemon you'd get by breeding it (this unfortunately wasn't included in the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl shinies.) This game should've set the standard for all future Pokemon RPG releases, especially since you could basically travel back in time (some Chrono Trigger action! lol) to the original stages of the game, but somehow that wasn't the case in Pokemon R/S/E.

POKEMON RUBY, SAPPHIRE, EMERALD

Now that Pokemon was on the Gameboy Advance, the game's graphics started to look a lot better and the music was good too. Actually the music is some of the best you'll hear for any GBA game and Pokemon game (I think only Golden Sun, and Final Fantasy 4 and 5 are better then this.) Some of the themes when you battle Gym Leaders and Trainers are really catchy and well done, but besides that, and the new Pokemon, everything else didn't change too much, but the games definitely feel a lot more polished then Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.

STARTERS

The last batch of unique looking starters. Treeko, Mudkip, and Torchic evolve into some of the best Pokemon in the game, even today. The series started to feel a bit "new" again being that it was on a newer generation handheld, so the starters quickly became popular and AGAIN most people preferred Torchic because of Blaziken.

GYM LEADERS AND ELITE FOUR

Not memorable one bit. I can hardly remember their names. The only 3 that stand out are Tate and Liza for the 2-on-2 battle you had against them, Norman for being your "father" in the game and for being pretty tough to beat, and Wallace for having a pretty tough Milotic.

The Elite Four is not much better, except the champion, Steven is interesting for replacing Lance from previous games and for using a unique pack of Steel, Ground, and Rock Pokemon.

LEGENDARY POKEMON

This is also another aspect that started to go downhill, but not too much. Groudon and Kyogue both were very different and original, same with Rayquaza, Deoxys, Latias, Latios, and Jirachi, but the Regi's were simply uninteresting and the methods for getting them felt pointless and this is when Nintendo began to not include important information in the games themselves. The only way you knew how to unlock the gate to a Regi was to go online or look in the Strategy Guide. Also, this was the first time that you'd have to trade with the other version in order to obtain it's main Legendary Pokemon (as well as Latias or Latios.) What really bothered me was the method you had to obtain Deoxys and Jirachi which, like most event only Pokemon is extremely difficult for most people and unreasonable. If the event is in a city you're not able to get to, then you'll never be able to get that Pokemon legit, forcing players to use cheating devices to obtain them, which can cause problems with the game. It was not smart for them to have this as a way to get certain Pokemon, same for a bunch of past Legendaries like Mew, Lugia, and Celebi in FireRed and LeafGreen.

GAMEPLAY AND MECHANICS

This aspect has some flaws, but it's mostly excellent. The gameplay is the same except for the new 2-on-2 battle mode, and so moves that effect both Pokemon in that type of battle, but some new additions like the E-Reader were pretty much pointless. The Dive TM allowed you to swim underwater with a Pokemon which would be used to reach certain areas of the game, but it was basically a glorified version of Surf. Also, in Emerald they added the Battle Tower which returned from Pokemon Crystal. It was a nice "new" addition that SHOULD HAVE been put in Ruby/Sapphire also, but wasn't.

POKEMON DIAMOND AND PEARL

The big ones, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. The newest edition to the Pokemon RPGs have definitely made an impact, but Nintendo has definitely showed that Pokemon games are starting to get old OR that they are starting to get really lazy with the game's content. The story has gotten really stale and Team Galactica is basically a laughable version of Team Rocket with a more "interstellar" gimmick. If another Pokemon game is released, they should either start completely new with a whole new complete set of 151 Pokemon, or make one last game which has all 4 regions, all 493 Pokemon, and all 32 badges.

STARTERS

Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup look very uninteresting except for their final forms. It seems like they just threw ideas together to come up with their basic forms and names, and they just don't seem that notable besides their move sets. However, they do evolve to have unique type combinations that make them some of the best Pokemon in the game. This is the first time the starter Pokemon have had types so robust and Torterra is the first starter to learn the powerful move, Earthquake (lv 32.)

GYM LEADERS AND ELITE FOUR

They are even less memorable then the leaders in R/S/E. The only ones that stand out are Maylene because she uses the popular Lucario, and Volkner for being the first final leader to use Electric Pokemon. That's all I can say about them...

Cynthia is the only real one mentioning in the Elite Four. She is very, very good, but they really just made her set of Pokemon look like what the player would actually use to beat the Elite Four or use as a competitive team for online play. Would Lance's Dragon Pokemon really beat all of Lorelei's Ice Pokemon in R/B/Y? Probably not. They just made her team look like what a real team would look like just like Blue in R/B/Y. This is arguably what all the "Pokemon League Champions" teams should've looked like.
*A side note is that Cynthia is suppose to be a Pokemon Master in the Anime*

LEGENDARY POKEMON AND THE 3 ELITE POKEMON

A thing that R/S/E started that D/P continued that got worse. Other then the Gym Leaders, all the extra Legendary Pokemon in D/P are completely boring regardless of their interesting move sets, and Palkia and Dialga aren't much different, they look like clones of eachother just with a different body shape and color, but most of their features are identical. The extras are very poorly done in appearance, which is sad because their move sets are quite good. Girantina looks like something they just threw together, same with Heatran, and Cresselia's appearance doesn't even make sense. Manaphy has a pretty difficult method of obtaining and it's not even that good of a Pokemon. Phione is laughable for being the first "baby" Legendary Pokemon that is basically a watered down version of an already so-so Pokemon that IT CAN'T EVEN EVOLVE INTO which makes it worse. It feels like they just threw random "legendary" looking Pokemon in the game to just have them be there and this doesn't only apply to the legends. Many of the regular Pokemon, like Bidoof, Kricketot, Burmy, and Cherubi are all completely useless and just look like rehashed versions of past "beginner" Pokemon like Rattata, Caterpie, and Weedle. Anyway, Azelf, Mesprit, and Uxie, all look a lot like Mew and have questionable move sets. If you see their stats, you know that Azelf is the only acceptable one to use competitively unless you want to take chances with the others. Those along with Dialga and Palkia are the only ones who's appearances look decent. None of these are as "epic" as Lugia or Mewtwo. I feel as Nintendo started to add new extra Legendary Pokemon, the more they started to look less, and less interesting until now finally the main legends are starting to look the same.

Shaymin, Darkrai, and Arceus are also included, except no one is suppose to know about them yet lol. Thanks to Action Replay, we are able to use them now and they are the only Legendary Pokemon in the game that have good appearances. With their move sets, Arceus and Darkrai definitely out weigh Shaymin, but they really overhauled some of their moves and abilities to make them pretty cheap. Darkrai being able to hurt both Pokemon (in a 2-on-2 battle) with it's STAB Special Attack, "Dark Void" which automatically inflicts the Sleep condition, and it's built it Nightmare ability make it overpowered and Arceus isn't much different. It can become any type of Pokemon with it's Multitype ability by using "Plates" and it learns "Judgment", a move that becomes the same type as the Plate equipped. Arceus along with it's base stats of 300-350, is very overpowered. Besides that they are Pokemon that do deserve the title of "Legendary Pokemon" and they are on par with the classic legends.

GAMEPLAY AND MECHANICS

The game really does shine here though. Being that Pokemon was yet again on a new handheld, there were bound to be new features. The game doesn't make much use of the DS's touch screen, but that's besides the point. The ability to now battle and trade online is an excellent addition to Pokemon games, and it makes up for someone not having anyone in their area to play with, thus extending the games lifespan. Not much has changed with the gameplay again, except for the new TMs and moves, but the biggest addition is still the online play and the methods of training your Pokemon have gotten immense credibility. Although it was available in R/S/E not many considered the method of EV training that has gotten a lot more popular now that you can compete online, making opponent's to find a lot easier. A big problem is that there's not ANY information in the games (or even in some of the Strategy Guides) themselves that mention enough about EV training or any other training methods that most competitive players use, which hinders the amount of actual "competitive" players you'll find.

Nonetheless, the online play has REALLY helped out a lot with the game, and no matter how poor the story and the characters have gotten, being able to build up a good team and battle and trade with nearly endless amounts of Pokemon and players online will last a long, long time.

CONCLUSION

In my opinion, Diamond and Pearl looks like it will be the last Pokemon RPG for a very long time, at least on a handheld until they come out with another god awful Pokemon Colosseum-like game for the Wii. There just doesn't seem like anything they could add to the game at this point. Not unless they completely change the battle system and make it more current RPG based like Final Fantasy maybe. The newer Pokemon are starting to look less appealing and most of the good ones are either just Pokemon that have always been good like Alakazam, or better versions of Pokemon that were either bad, or fairly good in previous games. Also, finally including a Pokemon like Arceus "God of all Pokemon" would be awkward if it wasn't the FINAL entry into the National PokeDex.

It has been one of my favorite RPGs for years, but does Nintendo have it in them to make one last generation? If not, then they should just make one with all regions, badges, and Pokemon, with a surprise ending where you find out the entire Pokemon World was a dream including the Anime, and that Ash is really a Pokemon O_O

POKEMON R/B/Y - 10/10

POKEMON G/S/C - 10/10

POKEMON R/S/E - 8.5/10

POKEMON D/P - 7.5/10
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Apart from the DP reviews, how is this in any way associated with 4th gen?
This mite be appropriate in another forum, but not this one.
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This should go into he General Pokemon forum. This thread is great and you have written these reviews very detailed. I agree with most things you said, but i think Pokemon Diamond/Pearl is better that what you said.
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I wouldn't even consider these to be reviews. For one, they're way too short, and secondly, they don't explain crap about the game. Anybody who doesn't know anything about Pokémon will feel completely lost when reading this. It just explains what Pokémon you can find and what Gym leaders you have. I want those 5 minutes of my life back.

And comparing Pokémon with Final Fantasy? Hahaha, oh wow.
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I think this is better in Other Pokémon Games.

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I wouldn't even consider these to be reviews. For one, they're way too short, and secondly, they don't explain crap about the game. Anybody who doesn't know anything about Pokémon will feel completely lost when reading this. It just explains what Pokémon you can find and what Gym leaders you have. I want those 5 minutes of my life back.

And comparing Pokémon with Final Fantasy? Hahaha, oh wow.
lol you're funny. "I want those 5 minutes of my life back" how original is that? I'm sure since you're such an "expert" gamer that you'd write much, much better reviews then me, so go ahead. This is what I made the thread for, I look forward to reading them, but I'm sure you won't write one...

You said "...they're way too short..." and "It just explains what Pokemon you can find and what Gym Leaders you have" so how would anyone feel "lost" by reading it?

Finally, you said "and comparing Pokemon with Final Fantasy?" followed by some really "mature" gibberish. Final Fantasy has always had a unique battle system. This is extremely unlikely, but I was thinking they could change the Pokemon battle system to be more unique like older FF games with Job Systems. Possible make every Pokemon like Deoxys (but look the same for all forms) and have the Pokemon learn different moves for whatever "form" you chose.

Ex: A Defense Gengar, might learn more defensive moves like Mirror Coat and get a slight boost in it's defenses, while a Attack Gengar, have the same for more physical moves like Shadow Punch. Get it? Probably don't...

I appreciate the criticism, but a lot of what you said doesn't make any sense. Actually, none of what you said makes any sense.

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This should go into he General Pokemon forum. This thread is great and you have written these reviews very detailed. I agree with most things you said, but i think Pokemon Diamond/Pearl is better that what you said.
Thanks for reading it. I think D/P is great, but I just think the newer Pokemon and Legends don't look that interesting. However, being that it's the first Pokemon game you can play online, makes it very good.
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lol you're funny. "I want those 5 minutes of my life back" how original is that? I'm sure since you're such an "expert" gamer that you'd write much, much better reviews then me, so go ahead. This is what I made the thread for, I look forward to reading them, but I'm sure you won't write one...

You said "...they're way too short..." and "It just explains what Pokemon you can find and what Gym Leaders you have" so how would anyone feel "lost" by reading it?

Finally, you said "and comparing Pokemon with Final Fantasy?" followed by some really "mature" gibberish. Final Fantasy has always had a unique battle system. This is extremely unlikely, but I was thinking they could change the Pokemon battle system to be more unique like older FF games with Job Systems. Possible make every Pokemon like Deoxys (but look the same for all forms) and have the Pokemon learn different moves for whatever "form" you chose.

Ex: A Defense Gengar, might learn more defensive moves like Mirror Coat and get a slight boost in it's defenses, while a Attack Gengar, have the same for more physical moves like Shadow Punch. Get it? Probably don't...

I appreciate the criticism, but a lot of what you said doesn't make any sense. Actually, none of what you said makes any sense.



Thanks for reading it. I think D/P is great, but I just think the newer Pokemon and Legends don't look that interesting. However, being that it's the first Pokemon game you can play online, makes it very good.
I laugh at the fact that you don't understand how somebody would be lost. People might not even know what "Defense" means. "Dragonite in the 60s..." You think that makes sense to somebody who's just stopping by reading a random review? I really don't think so.

Oh, and I don't really care about your strategies bullcrap. Reviews aren't for that, either, unless you're offering some kind of random strategy guide.

Also, you didn't "fight back" to the point where I said they were way too short, so you must agree with me on something, right?

Plus, as a matter of fact, I have written a Diamond/Pearl review, and if you really want to see it, then here it goes.

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Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl. The first time the franchise has really hit the Nintendo DS. We've had stuff like Pokémon Dash, Ranger, Trozei, Mystery Dungeon - you name it. However, as we all know, nothing can really beat the main RPG's formula.
Since 1998 when Pokémon Red and Blue were released, Pokémon was considered one of the best video game franchises ever, growing onto trading cards and even its own show. We've had remakes, new regions, new Pokémon, new trainers, etc. 10 years later, does the magic still hold up?

When Pokémon Diamond and Pearl were announced over two years ago, we didn't really know what to expect. Whether it'd be an all-new Colosseum style, whether the same old GBA graphics would hold up on a DS, etc.
Little did we know that we were in for the greatest and biggest Pokémon adventure yet.
Diamond and Pearl's region is the all-new Sinnoh region. With new trainers, new creatures and new Pokémon, you're certainly in for a world never before seen. You start out as your usual local trainer, by inputting your name, whether you're a boy or a girl, and then woosh; you're ready to start off. You begin the game by watching this TV report on a peculiar Red Gyarados showing up at the lake just north of your town. Your mother then tells you that your friend (more like your rival later in the game) was looking for you. Turns out he's interested in this little rumor and decides to go check it out with you.

Looks like somebody arrived before you - Prof. Rowan from Sandgem town was already there, and while leaving, it looks like he dropped a suitcase. Your rival, being as curious as ever decides to go check it out. Heads up! A few Pokémon appear, and you're in for your first battle.

You then get to choose your own Pokémon out of the 3 starters initially available, the Grass-type Turtwig, the Fire-type Chimchar, and the Water-type Piplup. Whichever you choose, your rival will choose your type's weakness.

After battling you proceed to get the running shoes, the Pokédex, a few Poké Balls, and you're off to fight a few trainers.

The game is a bit slow at the start, but after a few hours in you really start getting into the story, and really understand what's going on.

Your new Team Rocket is Team Galactic, and with their incredibly retarded plans they try to make a whole new universe - 'cept you intervene and it all goes down the hill. There are loads of new items, accessories, and stuff to do, recreational-wise. You have new Gyms, which are Pokémon trainers at a much higher level; these Gyms usually appear in big towns, and you must challenge them to properly progress in the game.

Daytime and Nighttime also return in the game thanks to the DS' internal clock. Now, you'll only be able to meet certain Pokémon starting from a certain time. This is a great addition as it adds a better feel to the game.

Besides the main region itself however, you've got a whole new world downstairs called the "Underground". The Underground is a connection of tunnels below Sinnoh and the size of the region itself. In here you dig for gems, talk to people using local wireless, and even build your "secret base", where you can put furniture, posters etc. While not essential for the main quest, it's still a fun little addition - or should I say, massive, taking in account the size of this whole network of holes, tunnels and gem maniacs.

The way Pokémon Diamond/Pearl are presented is no news to current Pokémon fans. The menus all remain the same as in previous games. That is, you've got it all in the press of a button that leads to the menu - you can view your Pokédex, your Pokémon team, your bag and items held inside, your "trainer card" which contains all general and basic travel info such as points, money held etc., your Options like text speed and so on and so forth. Some menus use touch-screen functionality, but it lacks a lot even though. The overworld has taken a radical revamp as well - but I'll explain that right now, moving on to graphics.

Graphics-wise, this game appears very different to Poké-fans, but seems to have no change whatsoever to those who have only seen footage of previous games.
The main field is now rendered in 3D - all objects which you see - be it houses, PokéCenters, PokéMarts, trees, heck even street lights - are actual 3-dimensional objects. Many gaming websites have put in a lot of criticism into the graphics department, simply because it's not up to what the DS can really do.
If you want to hear my honest opinion, do we really need to see top-notch textures in a handheld Pokémon game? I most definitely think that this top-down style, with 3D environments instead of the old sprite map is a big step. Not too little, not too big.
However, I'm not here just to talk about the main field. There's something we all care about. Battles.
The battle screen is the same as the one you've seen before in Ruby, Sapphire, FireRed, LeafGreen, and Emerald, if you don't notice a few changes. The battle screen now has touch-screen features, but I'll go on to that later. The Pokémon still remain as simple sprites, with a little yet nifty addition, which allows you to compare genders between Pokémon. Take for example a Wooper. You'll notice that the female form has less horns than the male, but you really have to see it to believe it.

I can't really say much about sound. Some Pokémon, especially the 1st generations ones (nos. 1-150) retain their original cries from Red/Blue, which sound appalling compared to those of Diamond/Pearl itself.
Music-wise, it's amazing. Every single piece of music is just great, easy to remember, easy on the ears. Heck, like Kimekaro said on his Pokémon Diamond/Pearl preview (which can be seen here), I found myself actually humming one of the tunes. Whether they're jazzy, or just plain calm, each song fits perfectly into the game.

Now we're getting onto the serious battle - gameplay, and controls.
While there are some new touch-screen features, like scrolling through the bag with an iPod-like scroll wheel resembling a Poké Ball, or cleaning your Gym badges etcætra, everything can still be used with the D-pad and buttons. While some situations really lack touch-screen controls (like choosing a location on the map when Flying - that would really be a lot of help), it's a great addition.
The battle screen has also been flooded with these touch-screen controls, and could even be considered a revolution as to how battling is done. You select your attack moves in big fat buttons that are easy to access, not to mention that you can access also divisions in the bag more easily, and quickly use items or even switch Pokémon in this all-new, yet comfortable interface.

Navigation in the overworld is still done with the D-pad, and talking to people still requires a bit of button-pushing. So, you might be asking, what's the touch-screen used for in the overworld? Well, I'm here to answer that as well.

In Jubilife City, you'll run into this weird-looking guy saying that he's on a promotion giving away Pokétchs, short for Poké Watch. This nifty little gadget will show up on the bottom. You'll be collection gadgets like a probability simulator, a calendar, etc. Nonetheless you start with some nifty apps in the beginning like the clock, which shows the time (believe me, it's actually useful - stop laughing back there in the corner), a calculator, a step counter and much more. It's very useful and will be handy later on in your adventure for countless times.

There are just so many things in this game that you have to see them to believe them.

OK, now we're going to the part where you were all waiting for - online. In past games there has been no way to try and implement online gameplay - just connectivity between multiple versions.

I'll start off with the things you have access to first, then gradually go on to stuff that appears later in the game.

Regular Wi-Fi Trading and Battling: It's sad that Nintendo chose to force you to utilize friend codes in order to experience true battles online. Nonetheless, this is is sort of like a lobby which contains a list of your registered friends and what they are currently doing. There isn't much to do there, 'cept that you can post an invitation to trade or battle, or you can even select a friend that isn't doing anything and just voice chat with him. Voice chat can also be done while making a battle or a trade, so this makes it a whole lot easier, and it's much more fun too. Believe me, chatting with your friends while battling is seriously "for the win".

Global Trade Station: After you obtain the first badge, you'll be able to access the Global Trade Station (GTS for short), which is used to trade worldwide with people (from around the world). Inside the GTS building will be a globe called the GeoNet. In here you can input your location and state. That's not all, however, as you can see the location of people you've battled with, traded, or used the GTS with, so you're likely to see a bunch of dots in Japan in the beginning when you start doing some trades.

The GTS is incredibly simple to use. You either "deposit" a Pokémon in request for another one, or you search for Pokémon and see what that certain person is asking for in exchange. As soon as you deposit a Pokémon it'll be up for trade, so even while you're offline, somebody might select it and then when you connect again, you'll have already received a new critter for your "collection".

Do note that you can only ask for/search Pokémon that you've seen, so unfortunately there's no asking for ultimate legendaries to complete your Pokédex.

Battle Tower Wi-Fi Room: OK, now this is a little different. It allows you to randomly battle people... sort of. Instead of actually battling somebody, you download their team, which is then controlled by the computer, not the person in question. There's not much to it as you just download teams and upload your own team of Pokémon, but it still is one definite step closer to random encounters.

Longevity-wise, you can already start to realize that this game has tons of stuff to offer besides the main quest. While they're not really considered sidequests, there's stuff like contests where you compete with one Pokémon to succeed in various competitions like dancing in a DDR kind of way, dragging appealing items and clothes to your Pokémon, and using moves to impress judges. One can only complete the game after tons of hours and effort being applied on it - especially trying to complete the Pokédex, with over 493 creatures to obtain as of yet.
All this and more, plus the online features on top, this game is seriously going to render endless hours of fun and random talking to people.

Overall this latest installment offers you everything you've dreamed of in a Pokémon DS game. Online battling, great online trading, voice chat while in-game, whole new graphic style, thousands of touch-screen controls alongside with new accessories such as the Pokétch, etc.

Even if you aren't a Pokémon fan (unlike yours truly), I highly recommend this, as it will provide you endless hours of fun in this world in which we catch, collect, and trade these creatures that go by the name of Pokémon.

Presentation: 15.8/20
Everything remains the same, and feels incredibly familiar to one who's played the previous games of the franchise. A little more touch-screen fun could be added though, and this constantly keeps you switching to buttons if you really want to use the stylus at certain times.

Graphics: 16/20
I gave it a 16 not because of the lack of detail of the overworld, but because of the lack of detail in battle. Hardly anything has changed, and we could see some little tweaks and updates every now and then, besides the great touch controls. Also this is definitely not the best the DS can do 3D-wise.
Sound: 17.5/20
Some Pokémon retain their near-8-bit cries, but the incredible overworld music is astounding and compensates this. There's music for night and day, and almost every single tune will catch you inexplicably humming along to it. Beautiful.

Gameplay: 19/20
The new touch controls are just awesome, the Pokétch is a great gadget, the battle controls are a whole new revised way of battling against your friends, and the extras like Contests and baking Poffins most certainly do not disappoint. This is a game that is here to stay in our memories as one of the best Pokémon adventures yet. Let's face it, Pokémon is one of the most addictive and fun franchises to play, even if you've never played it before.

Longevity: 18.5/20
Trying to get every single Pokémon may turn a bit tedious, but you've got loads of stuff to do even after beating the main characters, called the Elite 4. You've got the Underground, you've got Contests, you've got item collecting, trading and battling online etc. Especially with the online, you'll be spending endless hours of fun with your friends and strangers alike in everything that there is to do in Diamond/Pearl. The replay-value is most certainly a big plus.

Overall: 82/100
Like I just mentioned above, this game is the best Pokémon adventure until now. We've yet to see a Pokémon game with such calibre, mystery, and features that can best Diamond/Pearl. What are you waiting for? Pokéfan or not, go give this a shot!
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Wow, you're really into this aren't you lol. Very nice review, and I applaud you for giving my friendly review so much attention, but you're kidding me right? Please tell me you're kidding. These are some of the funniest lines I've ever read online and I'm not trying to start a fight or be arrogant or anything like that, I'm just saying your words are really, really hilarious to me.

"I laugh at the fact that you don't understand how somebody would be lost. People might not even know what "Defense" means. "Dragonite in the 60s..." You think that makes sense to somebody who's just stopping by reading a random review? I really don't think so."

I don't get it, you say my review is short and then you act like it's so "complex" for people to get "lost" in because of simple words like "defense" lol. I'm not going to even respond anymore to this because it's really.......just......ridiculous....

Oh, and I don't really care about your strategies bullcrap. Reviews aren't for that, either, unless you're offering some kind of random strategy guide.

I never said anything about you "caring" about my so called "strategy" lol. I don't even remember putting too much into the review that was strategy.

Also, you didn't "fight back" to the point where I said they were way too short, so you must agree with me on something, right?

So it's too short and complex at the same time, that seems like a good balance since most of the people on here know at least what "defense" is on a Pokemon lol

Plus, as a matter of fact, I have written a Diamond/Pearl review, and if you really want to see it, then here it goes."

All I have to say is awesome review lol

Now seriously, dude grow up. I never forced you to look at my review nor did I ask for you to give me a long ridiculous spiel about how my review is considered bad with mediocre reasons. People write different kinds of reviews, you're are not some kind of "Review expert" who does game reviews for IGN or Nintendo Power are you? What really makes me laugh and bothers me is that you're trying so hard to make me feel bad about my reviewing skills. It's just childish. You're obviously somehow offended by my review and you notice how you're the only one making such a big deal out of it? You're just one of those kind of people on forums who take any little chance they get to start meaningless arguments with people to entertain yourself. This whole thing is ridiculous. You don't like it? Don't read it, unless you have good reasons to back up your argument of how it's so bad. All you've done is show me that we have different methods of "reviewing" and that you are taking this way too seriously. I will never review differently, nor will I feel bad about this review, and you've showed me that I absolutely can not take you seriously, so move on.

Oh, and have you noticed that this is "Pokemon Themed Forum" (you've been a member since 2005 so I thought you would have noticed that by now) so most people here know about the games and their history, this is a --->FACT<--- so that first line about "defense" and "60" is completely meaningless.
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You asked me to explain. I explained. I can voice my opinion if I want to, and that's what I did. You asked me to explain myself seeing as I wasn't very clear to you. That's what I did.

Now after doing that, don't tell me to stop taking it too seriously. You're the one that's kinda freaking out at the moment simply because I said I didn't like your reviews. ;P
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Your reviews are good but it can be added to
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omahcakaw Is a troll. It's fact but that's why people like him. He makes us laugh.
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Best Pokemon Gold review ever! NOT!
WOW. The grammer was rubbish, it was lie's, just, wow lol.
I was sure I found another 'brilliant' *cough* review on IGN. The guy gave it like a 0 or something. Said he did it to lower the average score or something. because everyone was giving it high scores. He said it might be missleading or something. THEN, he went on and said that if you like other genres of games (none-RPG's) then you won't like Pokemon Gold.

GAWWWD there's so much wrong with those two people.
Not going to review a pokemon game for ya' sorry :(. Don't have the urge to.
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