Excerpt: In just over 10 years since its first incarnation, the Pokemon franchise has proved that, despite its unstoppable success, it’s the one title whose quality adult gamers are still loathe to admit. Perhaps it’s the marketing blitz that heralded its arrival in the late nineties, perhaps it’s the perceived shallowness of its turn-based battling, but nowadays most gamers would rather be caught playing Pippa Funnell than the latest Pokemon instalment…
Conclusion: As lovely as it would be, good things don’t last. The Pokémon RPG series used to be something so phenomenal in its beginning. What really bothers me is that this series may continue on using the same method, creating the same experience every time, that slowly dulls, and people will still buy it. 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.
Excerpt: Name: Pokémon Pearl/Diamond Genre: RPG System: Nintendo DS Pokémon is the biggest RPG force to ever hit videogames. Bigger than Dragon Quest , bigger than Final Fantasy , and yes, bigger than Quest 64 ... The reason is simple: they are really easy games. They simplify the overcomplicated genre to more focused games.
Excerpt: The Pokemon franchise single-handedly kept Nintendo on the market when the GameCube and Nintendo 64 hardware couldn’t keep up with Sony’s PlayStation and PlayStation 2. RPG-style gameplay combined with an addictive collection mechanic made Game Freak’s Pokemon a winner from the start, and after successful games, movies, television show seasons, and trading card game editions, it is still running at full speed.
Excerpt: Pika-pika, yada yada -- it won't take long for anyone who's ever played at least one of the previous Pokemon games to be able to comfortably adapt to this "new" poke-deal. With an all-too-familiar storyline and a decade's worth of more-of-the-same, core gameplay of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl has gone through no major evolution.