Pokémon Platinum Version Reviews (Nintendo DS)
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Pokémon World / Pocket World (2009)
While Platinum shares much with Diamond and Pearl, it is the most sophisticated and fun Pokémon adventure yet!
Nintendo Life (Mar 29, 2009)
From the new characters to the addition of the Battle Frontier and the enhanced online experience, you’re getting a lot for your money with Pokémon Platinum. Instead of just taking the easy way out and adding only a couple of minor things, the developers have gone out of their way and added a ton of worthwhile additions that are enough to warrant a purchase. For veterans and newcomers alike, there’s plenty of fun to be had with Pokémon Platinum.
NintendoWorldReport (Mar 26, 2009)
If you were burned out on Pearl/Diamond two years ago, I can tell you that these features aren't really reason enough to go back quite yet. But for the rest of you, Pokémon Platinum is the best Pokemon game ever made, and everyone should try it out, especially Pokénewbs.
N-Europe (May 27, 2009)
As with all the third versions made after the main two, this offers something a little different for you. And this seems to offer the most extras to gamers than previous versions. Go grab a Giratina.
Digital Chumps (Apr 09, 2009)
However, I must again emphasize, if you’ve played Diamond or Pearl and you’re not addicted to the series, Platinum is not recommended for you (as it’s merely a new iteration of these two games). For everyone else (gamers new to the series, new to the current Pokémon generation, or hardcore fans), this game is every bit the best iteration of the fourth generation of Pokémon. Though my allegiance to Gold/Silver/Crystal will probably never be surpassed by any other Pokémon game, Diamond/Pearl/Platinum are the closest ones to rival them as of yet. Highly Recommended.
IGN (Mar 22, 2009)
I'm reluctant to recommend Pokemon Platinum Version to anyone who's plowed through either Diamond or Pearl in its entirety. Unless, of course, you're completely addicted to the collection element and absolutely must have every creature available. However, for those who haven't jumped into the Pokemon adventure yet, Platinum is the one to back. Even though it's not a huge advancement over Diamond and Pearl, it does have a larger list of features. The single player adventure has a bit more to explore, and more importantly the online component is fleshed out a bit more compared to the 2007 releases.
RPGFan (May 04, 2009)
This is what it all comes down to: if you've already played Pearl or Diamond, the only reason to plunk down another $35 or so for Platinum is if you are dying to have the new expanded online presence. If you haven't played the latest installments, though, Pokémon Platinum is definitely worth the purchase price.
WiiDSFrance (May 22, 2009)
Le jeu est toujours aussi efficace, il est toujours aussi bon de jouer l'aventure d'un jeune dresseur en quête de gloire. Espérons juste que Nintendo saura renouveler sa franchise fétiche avant que tout ceci ne tourne au vinaigre … peut être après les remakes d'Or et Argent …
Worth Playing (Apr 03, 2009)
Altogether, Pokemon Platinum is a really great follow-up to the Diamond/Pearl combo, and there are definitely enough changes between the games that I can see Platinum as being something that fans will want to check out. It's a shame that you have to repeat a lot of the game to get to the new stuff, but considering that the challenge isn't particularly high, and the series has seen enough refinement at this point to keep it from being any type of chore, it'll definitely keep you entertained. It's also a great entry point for new players, so if you've been on the fence about giving Pokemon a try, pick up Platinum and see what you think.
1UP (Apr 03, 2009)
There's not much new to Platinum, but, compared to the other side-story offerings (Ranger and Mystery Dungeon), the main game of collecting, trading, and battling is what Nintendo does best. And if you haven't played Diamond/Pearl since its release two years ago, Platinum changes enough around to almost feel like a brand new game. But if you've had your fill of Diamond/Pearl, it might be better to wait a few years for the next major release.
Mygamer.com (Apr 11, 2009)
Fans of the Pokemon series know what they are getting with this title - some small tweaks on an otherwise familiar game. What can’t be understated, though, is the sheer potency of the single-player experience, which you can’t tackle more than once without erasing all the little critters you worked so hard to catch and train. The simple fact that you WILL want to go back and retackle everything, though, just about says everything you need to know about this game.
GameFocus (Apr 16, 2009)
Ultimately, this is a good game on its own accord and will satisfy your portable gaming requirements but the series needs to evolve. With the DSi now available and developers proving what can be done with the DS hardware, you know a more magnificent product is possible and fans deserve it.
GameTrailers (Apr 01, 2009)
Diehard Pokéfreaks will buy Platinum regardless, and anyone who appreciates a solid RPG should consider it. Yet oodles of new Pokemon and some slight design tweaks aren't enough to keep it from feeling like a quick-and-dirty cash grab. If you've never experienced a Pokémon game it's as good a place to start as any, but if your interest has waned on the series over the years games like Platinum is the reason why.
RPG Site (Aug 25, 2009)
All these additions create an atmosphere where you feel familiar with the game, sometimes a little too much so, but with just enough new to make it feel refreshing. In a series based on baby step evolutions of mechanics, Platinum is a nice fit.
Jeux Vidéo Network (May 29, 2009)
Dispensable pour quiconque ayant déjà parcouru les version Perle ou Platine en long en large et en travers, Pokémon Version Platine se pose malgré tout en véritable référence du genre. Efficace, passionnant, addictif, la Nintendo DS tient avec cette cartouche l’un de ses RPG les plus remarquables.
Jeuxvideo.com (May 22, 2009)
Avec ses graphismes améliorés, son nouveau donjon en 3D et ses fonctionnalités onlines inédites, Pokémon Version Platine est sans aucun doute l'épisode le plus complet de la série. Bien sûr, si on a déjà passé des mois sur les versions Diamant ou Perle, on y réfléchira à deux fois avant de se procurer cet épisode en forme d'add-on mais dans le cas contraire on peut se laisser tenter les yeux fermés.
GameDaily (Mar 23, 2009)
Yeah, Pokemon Platinum could've undergone a few more visual upgrades beyond the weirdly-designed Distortion Town. And sure, the gameplay hasn't changed enough. Nevertheless, Pokemon Platinum delivers a single-player quest that lasts dozens of hours, and the Wi-Fi supported options, limited by Friend Codes as they may be, are still welcome. Platinum should have no problem living up to its name, selling a million-plus and guaranteeing the legacy of Pokemon will live on. So go on, catch 'em all.
Modojo (Mar 27, 2009)
Pokemon Platinum is probably the most elaborate entry of the series, thanks to its involving storyline with the Distortion World, its Wi-Fi-supported features and its addictive gameplay. Sure, it feels familiar, but thanks to its new additions, Nintendo earns the game's Platinum status.
GameSpot (Apr 13, 2009)
Though most of Platinum's content is recycled from the Diamond and Pearl games, the Battle Frontier and numerous tweaks applied to even the smallest of elements manage to make it feel fresh. Pokemon Platinum's rich gameplay and extensive replayability create a highly satisfying adventure that's well worth taking for newcomers and Pokemaniacs alike.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) (May 20, 2009)
Though by no means a large step away from Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon Platinum is on its own merits a deep, engrossing and virtually endless game, and a crown jewel for the Nintendo DS.
Fragland.net (Jun 12, 2009)
This Platinum edition is nothing more than an extended and adjusted version of the excellent Pokémon: Diamond/Pearl. For experienced pokémon trainers there's little new to be found, for all the rest this is a perfect moment to jump on the bandwagon. Look at it as a worn out cheeseburger, but one with an extra slice of tasty cheese.
GameZone (Apr 02, 2009)
t’s these glaring issues that make it all but impossible to recommend Pokémon Platinum to anyone that has already played Pearl or Diamond. If you’re one of the few who hasn’t, hesitate no further. Add Platinum to your collection at once. But don’t buy it as the diehard Pokémon fan looking for a fresh experience – doing so will lead to great disappointment.
JeuxActu (May 29, 2009)
Incroyablement accueillant, Pokémon Platine, le dernier apôtre d’une religion tellement obscure pour certains, est à coup sûr l’épisode à se procurer lorsque l’on est débutant. Synthèse enrichie de ses modèles Pokémon Diamant & Perle, il offre une exhaustivité à laquelle on peut se refuser, d’autant que la qualité du contenu inédit est à même de faire rappliquer les possesseurs d’un des épisodes du précédent diptyque. Entre l’apparition du Mont Distorsion, la possibilité de rencontrer Giratina dans sa forme de ver et les défis de la Zone de Combat, Pokémon Platine offre du rab qui ne se refuse pas ; tout le contraire du Square Wi-Fi dont l’intérêt est déjà plus discutable. Vraiment addictif contrairement à ce que bien des préjugés peuvent faire croire, Pokémon Platine est l’occasion ou jamais de se lancer pour tenter de comprendre le phénomène qui entoure la série.
Impulse Gamer (May, 2009)
In conclusion Pokémon: Platinum doesn't add anything new to the single-player gameplay which is a shame, however the multiplayer options are quite interesting and really centers on trading, battles and the like. It's definitely a step in the right direction for the franchise, shame about the graphics though.
JeuxVideoPC.com (May 26, 2009)
Pokémon Version Platine est objectivement l’un des meilleurs jeux Pokémon paru à ce jour et dans tous les cas un excellent RPG. Addictif, techniquement propre, accessible aux plus jeunes sans être ennuyeux pour les plus grands, disposant d’un game system riche et ayant fait ses preuves depuis plus de quinze ans, le jeu vaut incontestablement d’être essayé… a la seule condition de n’avoir pas déjà joué aux versions Perle et Diamant. A 95% identique à ces dernières, cette version Platine ne se distingue que par quelques nouveautés anecdotiques qui n’intéresseront que les plus accros. Les autres peuvent passer leur chemin, ils ne verront pratiquement pas la différence.
Eurogamer.fr (May 15, 2009)
Pokémon Version Platine n'a rien de particulièrement joli, opportun ou original, et il n’a pas vraiment d'argument massue pour qu’on le recommande à quelqu'un qui aurait joué une partie importante de Diamant/Perle. Il ne convertira pas non plus ceux qui sont allergiques à la baston et à la répétitivité d'une grande partie du gameplay. Malgré tout, c'est un RPG abouti et fignolé à la perfection. Il ressemble à un titre propriétaire de Nintendo, avec toutes les bizarreries agréables et l'équilibre judicieux que cela suppose souvent. Si vous voulez un véritable RPG sur DS vous feriez mieux d'acheter Chrono Trigger, Dragon Quest IV/V ou un des remakes de Final Fantasy, mais, si vous voulez perdre votre virginité avec les Pokémons ou donner un nouveau souffle à votre passion pour eux, cette édition Platine est indiscutablement la version ultime à posséder. Voilà où nous en sommes, en attendant la prochaine fois.
Pelaajalehti (Jun 03, 2009)
Numeroina seitsemän on tätä heijastava keskiarvo. Mitä tuoreemmassa muistissa Diamond ja Pearl ovat, sitä vähemmän pelin ulkokohtaisia uusia ominaisuuksia arvostaa. Sama pätee toisinpäin. Ensimmäistä kertaa Pokémoniin ihastuvalle seitsemään on syytä lisätä kaksi pistettä lisää.
Thunderbolt Games (May 03, 2009)
If you missed Diamond and Pearl or you just find yourself shaking in anticipation every time word of a new Pokémon release reaches your ears, then don’t miss out on Platinum, as it acts as a small step up from the package that the 2007 titles delivered. Anyone else will find this game to be a disappointing reworking of two very enjoyable Pokémon titles of the past, and will find both their time and their money better spent elsewhere.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (May 12, 2009)
Pokémon is not a particularly pretty, welcoming or original prospect, and there's not really a great deal here to recommend it to anyone who's played a significant portion of Diamond/Pearl. Nor will it convert anyone who really can't take the grind and repeat of much of the gameplay. However, it is a solid, and incredibly polished, RPG. It feels like a first-party Nintendo release, with all of the pleasing quirks and satisfying balance which that often entails.
UltraNinjas (Jun 09, 2009)
If you like skipping to the end of these reviews to read the final summary, then you probably should have taken the preceding seven paragraphs into account and not been so hasty. As I am in a good mood, though, I’ll sum up things nicely enough for you: if you are new to the series or just really, really like Pokemon and can cope with playing a pimped version of Pearl/Diamond over again, then you’ll probably want to pick this up. It doesn’t do anything wrong as a standalone game, with bright and breezy graphics, tons of Pokemon to catch and a pretty decent online offering. For those who played Pearl/Diamond and thought ‘yeah, that was pretty enjoyable’ but wouldn’t want to play the same thing again with a few additions and tweaks, then you may want to wait this one out and get the next fully different (if such a thing is possible) version in a couple of years’ time. Capiche?
Game Revolution (Mar 24, 2009)
Beneath those new features lies an adventure that can last at least 40 hours, the ability to battle friends and strangers wirelessly or online, and a Pokedex that spans every other game in the series. That, by the way, is one of the benefits of this game changing as little as it does. As the titles progress, you can keep rolling all your captured Pokémon forward into an ever larger and more impressive Pokémon army. So even though Pokémon Platinum isn't the most breathtaking RPG in recent years, it is part of one of the biggest and deepest phenomena in gaming, and that alone makes it worth grabbing it by the Pokéballs.