Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

For better or for worse, Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls look like a very safe remake

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The choice of video game to catch Pokemon this year has been controversial for fans since it was announced in early 2021. Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls are fans’ remakes of the Nintendo DS game from scratch in 2006. I’ve been begging for years, so what’s wrong? Shouldn’t most people be pretty excited? Some fans are head-on with chibi art style and game simplicity, while others have seen these remakes take things to the next level, try different things, and show more graphical shows. I hope you can provide me with a case.

But for us, we fall somewhere in the middle. Last week, Nintendo invited us to attend a special preview session to check out the game prior to its November launch. I haven’t really experienced it yet, but I’ve gained more insight into what I can expect. From these 4th generation remakes. The Pokemon Company is now full of Pokemon Legends next year, so Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are outsourced to a third party company known as ILCA. They have worked with TPC on the app Pokémon Home in the past, but are now given the opportunity to showcase their stuff in the Sinnoh region.

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If you have played mainline Pokemon games before, you will know what to expect here. Travel around the world with the mission of completing a Pokédex, collecting badges and becoming the best Pokemon trainer ever. If Sword and Shield are the only games played in the series, you might be a little surprised to see the Overworld laid out in a fairly “hard” way, but these remakes are kept faithful. As much as possible to their original vision, it’s part of the charm here. Buildings, plants, and NPCs are all designed with toy-like aesthetics, reminiscent of the art style of the 2019 Zelda Legend of Zelda Link Awakening Switch remake, but I’m not sure if it works here either. Hmm.

Other than the occasional NPC roaming, the overall life of the set pieces isn’t much yet. Trees and bushes sway back and forth as the wind flows, and clouds cast shadows from above. Although all terrain and structure are in good harmony, Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls appear to have given the child a toy playset, rearranged as close as possible to the original diamond and pearl map, and next: It says. “What do you think?” Everything works, but in some places there are details to put everything together, and it feels like there are some tweaks and additions that give a little more cohesiveness to the release of modern Pokemon. Only a few selected areas were shown during the preview, but I would like to know what other areas of the game offer.

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However, the situation is a little different when you participate in battle. The Battle of Pokemon abandons the aesthetics of chibi found in the world and seeks something more modern and friendly. It may be utilizing the same 3D model found in modern mainline games. Battles have a great sense of graphics here and there. The quick flash over the shoulder that occurs at the beginning of each battle is directly inspired by the classics. Beyond that, however, the fight seems to have changed little. Includes some new quality of life improvements that didn’t exist in the original, such as the ability to share EXP between all Pokemon and a clear indication of whether each move is effective against the other Pokemon. It is.

Many Sinnoh Pokemon, including the starter Chimchar, Piplup, Turtwig, and everyone’s favorite bidoof, will make their mainline switch debut with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. I’m not sure if the original event-only Pokemon such as Darkrai and Shaymin will come back, but hopefully they found a way because the story is said to be true to the original story Mystery To include them without gift hurdles.

Most mainline Pokemon games not only collect and fight Pokemon, but also have some additional activity to keep you busy. Brilliant diamonds and shining pearls have revived many of these features since the days of the DS. The biggest improvement seems to be the super contest. This is essentially a rhythm game where one of your Pokemon heads to the stage for a dance-off with the other Pokemon in a cuteness contest. The actual gameplay looks pretty simple and you have to press different buttons to match what you see on the screen, but you can also dress up your trainer in different outfits to suit your occasion.

You can also roam Amity Square Park with up to 6 Pokemon aside, as long as they meet the required cuteness criteria. This helps to strengthen their bond with you, and you can also cook poffins for your Pokemon to munching here. If you want to take some snapshots of you and your Pokemon party, it’s also said that camera control is limited here.

Pokemon BDSP Amity Square Artwork
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If you think you’re a rough and tough trainer who prefers something a little rougher, you can head underground and dig for rare gems and even rarer Pokemon statues. You can also find a hideout in the basement. This is an area that offers a chance to catch a lot of certain types of Pokemon. You can even roam the map, like the Let’s Go series. These hideouts have different themes, so you can expect to find fire-type Pokemon, or wooded forest grass and insect types in areas that look like active volcanoes. I’m not entirely sure how the underground supports such a vast ecosystem, but I’m talking about a fictional world full of monsters that fit in my pocket anyway, so don’t get caught up in the details. let’s do it.

You can also influence the type of Pokemon displayed in Hideaways. The statues found in the mined area can be placed anywhere in the secret base. If you put a batch of water type Pokemon statues, you will encounter many of those types of Pokemon in the hideout. Those who want to decorate their secret base with pocket dolls, trophies, rugs and furniture will be a little disappointed to hear that, as far as we know, only statues can be decorated. It’s definitely a shame to see this section of the game scaled down compared to the secret bases in 3DS Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, but the added utility of the statue may be a fair trade-off. not.

There are many other quality of life improvements that have taken a leap from the past games in the series. You can now follow one Pokemon on the Overworld map, change the skin color and clothing of the player character, and access the Pokemon Box from anywhere in the game.

From what we’ve shown so far, Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls are becoming faithful yet extremely safe remakes. If you want to know more about the Sinnoh story, but don’t have access to the DS, or just want to play another Pokemon game on Switch, there’s a lot of fun. here. But given what Pokemon Legends: Arceus is trying to offer early next year, it’s still unclear if these remakes are enough to seduce those looking for something fresh and new. ..

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl will be available on Nintendo Switch on November 19th.