Reviews and Problems with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness
19 July 2008
Excerpt: I’ll be totally upfront about this right from the start — I have no idea what Pokémon is all about. I’ve heard the name and know it’s from Japan, but that’s about it. Seriously. For whatever reason, Pokémon as a cultural phenomenon has totally passed me by.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game features plenty of combat by pitting the Pokemon on the player's team against various renegade Pokemon. Conflict isn't graphic, and the Pokemon retain well-known special moves from other Pokemon games, like Bulbasaur's Leech Seed move – so, a prior knowledge of...
Excerpt: Look up the 25 top-selling video games of all time, and you'll find every original installment of the main Pokémon series on the list. Even Yellow, Fire Red, and Leaf Green show up there, and they're essentially re-releases of older games.
Conclusion: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness is far too familiar to its predecessors. With very little changes in the already stagnant gameplay, the only great thing this game has going for it is the Pokémon name (which does wonders on sales).
Conclusion: Fans of the two previous Pokon Mystery Dungeon games, Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, will marvel at the greatly enhanced graphics, new story and grand adventure in Pokon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness.
Conclusion: Because players have become Pokon, they now can fully communicate with other Pokon. Instead of using a PokBall to capture Pokon as in past games, players must use diplomacy to recruit them to join their expedition team.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness (DS) Review
25 August 2008
Conclusion: It’s unfair to judge a new game on the previous one, but when the two games in question are so similar its very hard not to. At a basic level, Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 1 and 2 are almost identical in looks, play style (controls haven’t changed), sound and storyline with minor tweaks separating them.
Pros: Inventive character selection system, Randomly generated dungeons, 20+ single player missions
Cons: Random dungeons can have pointless tunnels, Story is uninspired, New elements are underwhelming
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness - DS
15 August 2008
Conclusion: In short it would appear that Nintendo are still shamelessly cashing in on the franchise, this time with not one but two versions of their latest offering. Explorers of Darkness, the follow on to Explorers of Time is good fun and infectiously addictive; however I’d suggest sticking with your Mystery...
Pros: Some cute cutscenes and highly-addictive game play
Cons: You’re at the mercy of what the computer decides in terms of which character you play