TUCSON (Ariz.) – One of the most brilliant marketing strategies behind the “Pokemon” games is that they come in pairs. If you go through both, you will realize you are missing the main Pokemon.
This is also true for Nintendo’s latest duo: “Pokemon Brilliant Diamond” and “Pokemon Shining Pearl”. They are almost identical, with some slight differences. There are also several “legendary”, creatures that you won’t find elsewhere. version.
“Brilliant Diamond” features the legendary Pokemon steel dragon Dialga, while “Shining Pearl” carries the water dragon Palkia.
You might ask “Is $60 worth it to purchase another game to get another Pokemon?”
A Pokemon fan will know the answer to that question: “of course!” For a Pokemon fan, the answer is “of course!”
Any rational person will answer “No”.
You can forget about FOMO and go for “Brilliant diamond” or “Shining pearl” if you are willing to put aside your FOMO. You’ll enjoy a fast-paced adventure, which will take you to the top of the Pokemon trainers who want to be the king of the hill.
Remakes follow the same framework as the 2006 DS games with many quality-of-life improvements and visuals that have been completely revised. The best improvement is in battle scenes which allow for close-up views of throw-downs among the creatures. The battle scenes give you a vivid image of the battles, which gives the experience a sense of excitement that is unmatched in the real world.
There is something intrinsically satisfying about “Pokemon”, Pokemon tracking, scouting and capture. This allows you to take on the tough trainer via dialogue boxes, so you can deliver the punchdown.
Deep levels of strategy are available in the game. Still, it generally takes firepower — meaning you’ll need to collect stronger Pokemon and evolve them into more ferocious forms — to win the higher-level battles. Developers have shown that even the hard work it takes to progress seems like a treat, rather than a chore. Every time you spend with one the games, you feel like you are making a big step toward your goals.
A multiplayer option is also new, allowing you to team up with your friends online or locally to explore the world and find hidden treasures. This mode brings a sense of community to an otherwise solo game. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to get a more detailed experience.
I spent a lot of time playing multiplayer with my 9-year old son. I followed his lead and listened to him while he gave me serious instructions. I didn’t know that fatherhood was in my future when I played “Diamond” & “Pearl” for the first time. When I saw the world through his eyes I had to cry.
These moments are rare and you have to be there for them.
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