Conclusion: Concept: Release a Diamond/Pearl director's cut two years later
Graphics: Slightly tweaked graphics and animations
Sound: Mostly unchanged
Playability: We still don't get an eight-way walk or more hotkeys
Entertainment: Not worth playing mostly unchanged content all over again unless you're a superfan
Replay: Moderately High
Excerpt: While Pokémon Platinum is an all new chapter in Pokémon gaming, the simple and ever present gameplay remains untouched. For fans of the series the core game is every bit as engaging as it has been for the last 10 years. Yes, Pokémon Platinum is the same great game as the two most recent releases, Diamond & Pearl, but with plenty of major changes and minor tweaks for hardcore fans.
Conclusion: With The Secret of Monkey Island – Special Edition , LucasArts has created an outstanding adventure game catering to both hardcore point and click fans, as well as those new to the genre. With easily mastered controls and an intuitive and streamlined inventory system, anyone can pick up the game and play to their hearts content. The game is graced with outstanding, hand drawn backdrops, quirky characters and an absolutely wonderful storyline.
Pros: The Secret of Monkey Island returns in all its glory. You can even play the game with the original graphics!
Cons: The sound effects could have been a bit sharper.
Classic format with new Pokemon and online features.
Common Sense Media
28 June 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this Pokemon game has more robust online features than previous games in the series. Through the DS's built-in WiFi, players who have exchanged Nintendo DS friend codes can trade, play mini-games, and battle with friends. But kids can also trade and exchange records with other players from around the world, but there's no communication involved.
Summary: Platinum's familiar gameplay combined with improved graphics and sound will undoubtedly make Pok é mon fans feel at home. Still, the minor tweaks and gameplay additions don't add up to a tangible amount of new content. The Wi-Fi Plaza is a great for making things more social, but otherwise the big changes – the Distortion World and Battle Frontier – are pushed to the end of the game. If you have patience, the long journey may be worth it.
Excerpt: Pokémon has come a long way since it’s initial release outside Japan in 1998 of Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue . The hit Japanese RPG focused on catching and raising monsters to do battle, defeating eight gym challenges, and eventually overcoming the “elite four” to become a Pokémon master. This now famous formula is how Pokémon earned its name as one of the most enjoyable handheld-gaming series’ of all time to many who embark on Nintendo’s portable ventures.
Summary: It’s been nearly 10,000 years since Pokémon reared its head stateside. Since then it has become one of the biggest phenomena in history spawning a countless number animated television episodes and a smattering of movies each introducing new characters and creatures to the universe.
Conclusion: While not entirely essential for those that already have Diamond or Pearl, any DS owner without either pretty much needs this. It’s just got so much to see and do that even after you’ve poured hundreds of hours into the solo stuff, the call of multiplayer trades and battles with add months to your potential play time.