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Pokémon Pearl Version (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
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Category Description MobyScore
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.6
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Overall MobyScore (14 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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Snackbar-Games.com
Simply put, if you liked the previous Pokémon games, pick up Diamond or Pearl. The new story and significantly expanded multiplayer will leave you happy. If you weren't a fan, this isn't going to change your mind. Nintendo didn't mess with the formula that makes them millions, and there's not a company out there that would. And for the Pokémon fanatics out there, I'm sure you're already playing.
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GameLemon
Seriously, I could go on and on about all the great stuff in these games: additional types of pokéballs make capturing new pokémon much easier later in the game; sometimes you'll team up with other NPC trainers to conquer dungeons co-op; a bunch more items and areas become accessible once you finish the main campaign, etc., etc. These are truly fantastic RPGs, and if you're a fan of the series, or even just someone who likes lighthearted JRPGS, you need to own one. I'm pretty sure you'll die if you don't. In fact, you look a little wan right now. You better go buy it quick. And make sure to bring me back some beef jerky. I'm really hungry.
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Atomic Gamer
This really is the Pokemon game that we've all come to know and love, with a couple of new things tossed in.. You've got the same strategy elements that were around before, the addictive “catch-em-all” gameplay and the most-desired feature, WiFi capability. There are a metric buttload of Pokemon to catch and you'll be hard pressed to finish everything this game offers in under 100 hours, much less 150 or maybe even 200. The Pokemon universe is pretty wide reaching should you choose to go all the way. The best part of it, though, is the fun and addictiveness even if you don't want to try to catch em all – the game is still a blast. DS owners, this is the Pokemon adventure you've been waiting for.
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Eurogamer.fr
Pokémon Perle ou Diamant, c’est pour les gamins. En tant qu’adulte, on peut y voir un rouleau compresseur ludique. En tant que joueur, il faut bien admettre que les mécanismes du jeu sont de la plus grande complexité tout en restant assez harmonieux. En un mot passionnant. Des dizaines d’heures de combats et de découverte vous attendent. Mais méfiez-vous. Ce jeu peut devenir dans les foyers l’argument d’achat ultime d’une nouvelle console. Et je me demande si Nintendo n’y a pas déjà pensé.
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Pocket Gamer UK
As well as providing an addictive and extensive single-player campaign, the Wi-Fi modes of Pokemon Diamond (and Pearl) mark the game's first true evolution.
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Hooked Gamers
I honesty can't fault this. I'm forcing myself to be subjective. If you've played one before and didn't like it, you're unlikely to buy this, and if you did, you'd be put off by the lack of solid change - but it is exactly this, combined with the little changes, that will draw all the Pokémaniacs in, and keep them hooked for a very, very long time.
90
Cheat Code Central
If you've never played a Pokémon game before, then it still probably won't interest you, but if you're willing to try one, pick up the DS one first. It's almost guaranteed that you'll find a feature or Pokémon you like in the game. I recommend everyone who used to play Pokémon 10 years ago to play and most certainly any kid 8 and up. Remember: Basic reading skills are required.
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videogamer.com
Regardless of such niggles, Diamond and Pearl are among the best Pokémon titles so far, if not the best. Visually the game is fantastic, ably juggling 2D and 3D elements, and the soundtrack is catchy, upbeat and distinctly Pokémon themed. If you are a virgin monster hunter or seasoned fan with a bulging Pokédex, this game will be engrossing, exciting and provide wonderfully fulfilling escapism.
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GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
Pokemon Pearl doesn't break much new ground (aside from digging underground, ho ho ho), but it's still a great addition to the Pokemon franchise. With tried-and-true gameplay, catchy music, and the addictive collecting and trading aspects, it will be easy for anyone to sink well over one hundred hours into this game. A recommended purchase to anyone who owns a DS and does not have a hate hard-on for Pokemon.
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GameSpy
These are the best games in the series by a considerable margin, and should provide you with entertainment for weeks to come, especially if you're planning on playing Pok¿mon Battle Revolution for the Nintendo Wii. If you've never played a Pok¿mon game before, then Diamond or Pearl make for an excellent place to begin your love affair with this series.
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USA Today
While Pokémon is geared toward a younger crowd, the robust options and countless hours of gameplay Diamond and Pearl provide should entice players of any age.
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Gaming Target
There’s a lot to do in Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl, which looks as good as a top-down Pokemon game is going to get for some time. It also benefits more than any other sequel in the series from a predecessor due to online capabilities. We just have to wait for an English version to arrive on April 22.
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Gamestyle
Diamond and Pearl could be described as being the same old thing, rehashed, but that would be unfair. The original games are excellent examples of RPGs, and people continue to cry out for updates. They didn't want it to deviate too much from the classic formula, hence other Pokémon spin-offs being met with disdain from fans. An update is what they've got; graphical upgrades, new characters, new moves, but with the same classic gameplay. Whether this is your first Pokémon game or your fifth, this formula still works like magic.
90
AceGamez
As much as I love Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, it alarms me to see how little the core game has evolved over the years. There will come a day when this formula will fail Game Freak and Nintendo, but for now they still have a winner on their hands, thanks to all of the new complimentary features and the inclusion of true, handheld online play. For now I hold my glass high in salute to the handheld world's supreme ruler - may your shortcomings never overcome your successes.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Allow yourself to succumb to its ample charms and you'll never look back. Or at anything that isn't a DS screen, for that matter. Not for some time, anyway. After all, all those cuddly little critters... they're hardly going to catch and raise themselves now, are they?
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NintendoWorldReport
The only reason to not play this game is if you played and are sick of the original ones. Even then, the online community may be enough to change your mind. If you haven't touched a Pokemon game before, regardless of your age, you should start now.
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Cubed3
Pokémon has been around for ages and still it continues to sell millions. The release of Diamond and Pearl in Europe will definitely follow this trend, and even though the majority of former Pokélovers will just write it off as a “boring, nothing-ever-changes” follow up, just remember what they all say - “If it ain't broke, don't fix it”.
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Armchair Empire, The
Pokémon Diamond or Pearl will satisfy any fan of the previous games: it’s accessible, it’s fun, it features online play and trading, and the battles are more involved than ever, and you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it – as long as you play against people your own age.
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Gamernode
Even though D&P changes nothing regarding the franchise's core gameplay, it won't be long until things do begin to stir up. Whether it's going to be real time combat, or a 3D camera put in place, a major change is in due for Pokemon universe. If there isn't, Pokemon is going to eventually start tasting sour . Although Diamond and Pearl show a visible start to this trend, the games' nostalgic style and basic RPG mechanics prove that Pokemon doesn't need all the technical elements or new gameplay to have our mouths watering for just yet....but the franchise is going to need them sooner than later.
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Portable Review
This is Pokemon! Never in the history of handhelds has there been an RPG filled with more replay value than this series. Diamond and Pearl even go the extra mile to add MORE content to the post-game scenario than there is in the actual story-driven RPG experience. That's a lot!
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Lawrence
If you've missed out on the Pokemon series all these years, Diamond and Pearl are a great place to jump in. They retain everything that's made the series good all these years while adding some much needed new elements. Sure, the graphics and sound could use some work, but that's nothing they can't fix for the next game.
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NDomain
Waar het bij de meeste titels de vraag is of je je zuurverdiende geld wel wilt steken in een desbetreffende titel, is dit bij Pokémon Diamond en Pearl niet het geval. Hier draait het juist om de vrije tijd die het spel opeist: waar het worden van Pokémon Master nog geen vijftig uur in beslag hoeft te nemen, mag je voor het verzamelen van alle monstertjes gerust een slordige tweehonderd extra uren uittrekken.
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Gamer 2.0
In a nutshell, this new generation of Pokémon has enough for both old and new players to keep their heads spinning with Pokémania. For those who zip through Pokémon games, you can become the League Champion in a little more than 30 hours, but it should take everybody maybe 40 or more hours to complete. Rest assured, the game isn’t anywhere close to over after the credits roll. There’s plenty more Pokémon to catch and people to save. How does it rank with the rest of the Pokémon games? It’s not engaging as Gold, Silver, and Crystal—which many believe are the best of the main Pokémon games, but it’s definitely a whole lot more addictive and better than all the GBA games before it. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl are definitely must-haves for anybody with a DS, and even those without one.
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Gaming Target
Pokemon Pearl is a great addition to the ever-expanding Pokemon franchise. Both newbies and veterans alike will find themselves sinking endless amounts of time into these games. Additionally, people who have been away from the games for a while will find plenty of reasons to return; if only just for the Wi-Fi battling/trading. If only Nintendo had managed to include a less restrictive online battling feature, the game may have been close to perfect. Instead we must wait until Pokemon Battle Revolution for the Wii hits store shelves come June.
85
GameZone
Pokemon Diamond is a nice step up for the series. It keeps the classic gameplay formula that the series has offered for a decade, and adds some elements that only the DS could pull off, from touch screen functionality to online play.
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Wham! gaming
While naysayers can decry the repetition, the strength of the handheld series continues to be that nobody will whip through the games in few weeks. Diamond’ or ‘Pearl’ are worthwhile investments because they represent months and months of gameplay.
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V2.fi
Pähkinänkuoreen pakattuna Pokémon Pearl on ihan mukava päivitys varsin koukuttavalle pelisarjalle. Pelin suurimmat uudistukset eivät välttämättä ilahduta niitä, jotka tykkäävät pelata lähinnä yksinpeliä. Toisaalta soolonakin tekemistä riittää kymmeniksi tunneiksi.
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Game Informer Magazine
Still, that next level, evolution, or uncaught Pokémon is always only a few battles away - dangled in front of you like a golden carrot. Even after nearly a decade, that basic Pokémon formula still works.
85
Kombo.com
A great game that plays just like every Pokemon before it. Pokemon fans will be happy.
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RPGFan
It might be more of the same, but it's still a blast to play. Nintendo established a working formula from the get-go and always managed to expand upon it. Renting won't do justice to the amount of content the games provide and the inclusion of online (though limiting) boosts ups the replay value tremendously. It's simple and engaging for newcomers while catering to long time players. Buy it and go catch 'em all!
85
GameSpot
Between the 100-plus new Pokémon, the improved presentation, and the online play, this is a must-have game for established fans. The new features also make this the most well-rounded Pokémon game to date, and if you've never dabbled in the world of Pokémon before, there's no better game to start with.
85
1UP
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.
85
IGN
It's been a two year wait for the true Pokemon experience to surface on the Nintendo DS platform. After ten years of Game Boy Pokemon catching and battling, the core game mechanic still holds up as an addictive game design -- tons of strategic depth and gameplay that's incredibly rewarding; it's one of those games that offers an enormous sense of accomplishment for even the littlest things performed. And the touch screen functions of the Nintendo DS help move things faster and easier with simple navigation menus.
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Mygamer.com
Hardcore players will love being able to finally get online play and actually be able to find competition outside of a handful of kids they kind of know. The game is also guaranteed to offer many, many hours of fun. All in all, even though Diamond falls short in completely establishing its own unique adventure, it is still and excellent game and definitely worth picking up for DS owners.
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NZGamer
It’s a cute, light-hearted RPG with a surprising amount of depth and plenty of content to keep you addicted and entertained for months to come. If your DS is itching for a new game, then you shouldn’t pass up on Pokémon: Diamond or Pokémon: Pearl.
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UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are far from a stretch for the franchise. The graphical and gameplay improvements are nice, but too slight considering the more powerful DS. It does, however, make excellent use of the system's WiFi capabilities, and the adventure is still lengthy and rewarding. So, if you're sick of Pokemon puzzle games, racing games and cooking sims, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl return the franchise to former glories and is well worth your time.
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Game Informer Magazine
That said, the addition of online trades and battles finally delivers on the promise that the first Pokémon games made. The crucial social interactivity aspect of Pokémon now takes place on a global scale. It only took 10 years!
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Game Freaks 365
It’s a lot more of the same with enough change to be satisfying for any gamer, Pokefreak or not. Of course, as this is written, copies are flying off of the shelves–Pokemon Diamond and Pearl were officially the fastest-selling Pokemon and Nintendo DS games in history when they launched April 22nd, but for those of you who haven’t experienced the mania on Nintendo DS, get yourself to your nearest video game store and check out one of the two versions.
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VicioJuegos.com
Completo, con un motor de combate de solvencia, quizás se debería haber apostado por una modificación más intensa de los gráficos y jugabilidad
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Netjak
Don’t get me wrong; Nintendo fixed many of the problems I had (which were fairly minor) in previous generations of Pokémon and have added some new features. However, the power creep seriously worries me, the online isn’t sufficiently secured from cheating, and I’m tired of the fact that there are nine Pokémon that are nigh-impossible to get (even if my attendance at previous events has ensured I have four and can get a fifth). Plus, even ignoring those 9, there are 484 Pokémon for me to catch and the huge bulk of those involve way too much frustration and busywork. I still enjoy it, but I can see quite a few people putting this aside in the belief that this game isn’t quite worth that effort. If you can get past all this, it’s a magnificent game and easily the most solid Pokémon game yet. However, I feel a bit sad as it plays like a swan song should, but I don’t see Nintendo letting this one go so easily.
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WiiDSFrance
Pokémon est fidèle à lui-même, les fans seront satisfaits sans être impressionnés, le manque d'innovation est vraiment dommageable, de plus il est peut-être préférable d'attendre la sortie de Pokémon Platine qui à l'instar de Pokémon jaune, Crystal ou Emeraude en leur temps devrait apporter une bonne dose de nouveauté.
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Jeuxvideo.fr
Au final, ce nouveau Pokémon qui arrive enfin sur DS rassurera les fans avec sa structure globalement similaire aux précédents titres « à l'ancienne » (les Pokémon Rush, Donjon Mystère et Ranger sortis sur DS ne jouant clairement pas dans la même catégorie) et attirera les novices autant par sa richesse que pour ses possibilités multijoueurs. Incroyablement addictif et long, il risque de faire des ravages auprès des joueurs de la portable de Nintendo. En attendant, malgré tout, une refonte plus poussée aussi bien au niveau de la technique que de certains petits défauts de vieillesse.
80
Modojo
Essentially, Diamond and Pearl follow the standard Pokemon design mantra of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." The fact that it's far from a perfect game and not much of a step forward doesn't make it any less of a must-buy. The core single-player adventure is guaranteed to occupy you for more than thirty hours, and the promise of extensive global trading and (surprisingly deep) Wi-Fi battling awaits those who complete the main storyline. Get this game.
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Gamervision
The game is long, just like the others, and its shelf life is even longer due to the online options. Pearl and Diamond bring hundreds of new Pokémon to the scene so you will be busy completing your Pokédex. Overall, if you were ever a fan of Pokémon or simply want to see what all the fuss is, don’t bother renting this game – there is just too much to do. Be a man (or woman), ignore the “Pokémon Sucks!” chants, and go buy this game.
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GamePro (US)
Whether you're a long time fan or Pokemon newcomer, this is a solid, fun game. Pearl and Diamond are virtually identical so there's no reason to pick up both. Though leveling up is easier and quicker than any other game in the series, be prepared to lose countless hours to catching and training your Pokemon.
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Worth Playing
It is a bit unbalanced and it is rather unashamed of rehashing the older games plots, but in the long run, that isn't the primary focus of this generation. Instead, Diamond and Pearl is about finally being able to fight and trade with your friend in the next city, state, or even country. In that, it does things fairly well. The biggest problems are the inability to face random people online and the rapidly aging graphics. If you can get past those problems, Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearl are easily worth picking up.
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EL33TONLINE
Pokémon Pearl isn’t a perfect game in the Triple-A sense of the word, but what it does, it does to the best of its ability and keeps you entertained, while the collection aspect will have you fighting your OCD urges. Learning the further intricacies of battling other Pokémon will instil a sense of challenge and, in that way, Pokémon Pearl’s multiple risk-reward decisions, from deciding which Pokémon to use in which situation to choosing which path you’ll take to the next town, will keep you playing for hours until, finally, you get the joke - Nintendo have caught us all.
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GameDaily
Although the single-player quests might invoke a sense of deja vu, Pokemon enthusiasts will love the brand new story and other small tweaks added to the game. The new online battles, however, make this a Pokemon essential for anyone's -- fanboy or not -- DS collection.
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GotNext
Yet, playing Pokémon has never been about new technology or graphical prowess. It's been about collecting and battling. With over 100 new Pokemon and the ability to trade and battle online, Diamond and Pearl add just enough to the series to keep the frenzy going. Like the old saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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GamerDad
Pokemon is a sensation for a very good reason. The game is compelling, there's always something to do or look forward to, and a new challenge to face before bedtime. The only problem is that it's pretty much the same game as the original Pokemon Red/Blue from close to a decade ago. Anyone who has played these games, however, know that isn't a real problem. When a game is this well crafted, it doesn't need an update or redesign.
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
What Diamond and Pearl lack in core innovation, they make up for in finesse, refinement and an overall abundance of gameplay. An easy recommendation.
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Nintendo Difference
Toujours aussi addictifs, toujours aussi complets, les nouveaux Pokémon continuent de partager le monde vidéoludique en deux. Si une partie des joueurs, comprenant notamment les néophytes, seront comblés par l'efficacité diabolique de Pokémon Perle et diamant, l'autre partie des joueurs auront de quoi être bien déçus. Malgré le changement de support, le peu de nouveautés apportées par ces nouveaux épisodes a de quoi déconcerter surtout quand on a suivi l'évolution de la série depuis ses premiers épisodes. On peut même douter de la capacité de Nintendo à revoir un minimum sa formule mais quand des millions de yens, d'euros et de dollars sont en jeu, ça donne à réfléchir. Pokémon, victime de son succès ?
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Saving Progress
Those of us who once loved the series and want to see it evolve into something that could far overshadow the previous games will be left waiting for an unknown amount of time. Buy it if you’ve never played Pokémon before, or just can’t live without Pokémon. Otherwise, you may just want to pass this one up until Game Freaks gets their shit together. It’s the best game in the series. However, it doesn’t exactly feel like it.
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Sliced Gaming (GameBiz)
If you've ever played a Pokémon title, you know exactly what you're getting. It's pretty much the same as ever, but with the added drawcard of online play. There are no great advancement's in presentation but the multiplayer aspect has been enhanced so greatly that, if you've enjoyed Pokémon in the past, there's a good chance you'll have a blast with Diamond and Pearl. The ability to bring your old friends from previous Game Boy Advance titles is the icing on the cake.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Quelle note attribuer au futur blockbuster de la DS ? Faisant toujours autant office de phénomène de société, Pokémon Diamant et Perle nous ramènent avec nostalgie à l'époque des épisodes classiques de la série. Avec une formule de départ tellement redoutable et un concept aussi bien huilé, le résultat était gagné d'avance et le virus circule sans problème d'une génération de joueurs à l'autre. Si déception il y a, c'est parce qu'on était en droit d'espérer plus de renouveau de la part de ces versions qui marquent tout de même l'arrivée de la série sur DS, Pokémon Ranger et consorts étant classés à part. On sanctionnera donc l'absence désespérante de prise de risque, même si l'ajout de suppléments bien pensés et le plaisir de retrouver l'essence de la série suffisent à nous faire replonger comme à la première heure.
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Computer Bild Spiele
Ohne grundsätzlich am erfolgreichen Spielprinzip zu rütteln, betreten die putzigen Pokémon spielerisches Neuland. Dabei sind die umfangreichen Mehrspielervarianten deutlich beeindruckender als die nur zaghaft ausgenutzte 3D-Grafik und die Stylus-Steuerung. Aber auch Solospieler kommen auf ihre Kosten. Der Spielumfang ist so riesig und mit einigen Neuerungen im Detail aufgewertet, dass bei der Pokémon Jagd kaum Langeweile aufkommt. Die Versionen Diamant und Perl unterscheiden sich nur durch die abweichenden Fundorte der ansonsten identischen 100 Monster. "Gut" sind beide.
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GameCola.net
This game's graphics and audio may not be state-of-the-art, but Pokémon still has the same appeal it always has; it’s a simple, innovative and fun RPG that has more than a passing resemblance to the official sport of Tijuana: Cockfighting.
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RPGamer
However, with it's bright visual style and a predictable plot, the game certainly won't change the general perception of the series, nor the minds of those who already dislike it. In the end, the changes Pokémon Diamond/Pearl makes are welcome, helpful, and useful, and a solid step forward for the series, but gamers who have already made up their mind one way or the other about Pokémon probably won't find much of a reason to change it here.
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JeuxVideoPC.com
Bien qu’appartenant à une saga qui stagne clairement, ce nouvel opus des Pokémon est tout à fait jouable, offrant une expérience de jeu plaisante. Sous un emballage très commercial et un manque de renouvellement flagrant se cache un fond très solide, qui saura satisfaire amplement tout RPGiste console pas trop exigeant sur le scénario. Le fan ne sera pas déçu et au final, le novice ou le sceptique pourraient être agréablement surpris. Malgré ses défauts, Pokémon reste sans conteste un indispensable pour partir en vacances et occuper honorablement toutes les heures de transports ou après-midi pluvieux qui pourraient croiser votre route, et ça, ce n’est pas donné à tous les jeux DS.
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Gamekult
Si les premières heures de jeu s'avèreront finalement assez peu révélatrices en nouveautés, c'est après quelques longues parties que l'on mesure tout le potentiel de Diamant / Perle. Avec la connectivité en tête, ces nouveaux ajouts permettent au principe Pokémon de connaître un nouvel essor. Il faut dire que le nombre de nouveaux Pokémons, assez peu élevé, les rend particulièrement difficiles à les obtenir tous. Les applications de la Pokémontre, les fabuleux échanges via Wi-Fi, le temps qui passe, ces petites améliorations rendent Pokémon toujours un peu plus riche et un peu plus attrayant. Bien entendu, on pourra toujours s'agacer d'une structure de base toujours identique. Mais le plaisir de jeu est cependant toujours aussi présent, ce qui finalement reste le plus important.