Excerpt: Pokemon Ranger: Guardian Signs may have some new places to see and more gameplay features, but like previous titles in this side-series, it's just not interesting or engaging enough to warrant much attention from older gamers. Only the most hardcore Pokemon fans will want to trudge through this lengthy adventure for the promise of rare Legendaries, but everyone else might be better off sticking to the vastly superior core games.
Pros: Lengthy single player mode for $30, plus the ability to import rare Pokemon to other DS games. Flexible multiplayer missions can be played with human companions of computer-controlled A.I.
Review: Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki (Nintendo DS)
12 September 2008
Summary: Pokemon Ranger: Hikari no Kiseki is both the newest and the weakest entry into this Pokemon spin-off so far. Things have either taken a step back, like only allowing you a single Pokemon partner, are fluff rather than substance, such as the drawing of runes with your stylus, or are actually quite good, but will be lost on the core audience, such as the increased emphasis on character customization.
Excerpt: Pokémon Ranger is the latest game in the series, but it's a spinoff.
Developed by HAL Laboratories (most notable for their work on the Super
Smash Bros. and Kirby series), instead of playing as a Pokémon trainer
whose purpose is to capture all of the Pokémon in the world and become
a Pokémon master, you play as a Pokémon ranger whose purpose is to
protect Pokémon from poachers and other threats using objects called
Excerpt: Pokémon games - proper Pokémon games - are all about battling and collecting as many Pokémon as you can. They're role-playing collect 'em ups, basically, and when Pokémon games don't stick rigidly to that formula there's a worry that they won't be as good as the 'real' outings. Last year's Pokémon Mystery Dungeon was disappointing, but Pokémon Ranger is here to restore our faith in Pokémon spin-offs.