Tuesday, January 18th, 2022

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl Review (Switch)

When recreating a game, it’s always difficult to know how many games to change. That’s certainly true when it comes to insanely popular games. Pokemon series. If you go too far, you risk keeping the audience away. This is a fun but slightly simplified Let’s Go! Pikachu and Eevee Switch are remakes of the original Pokemon Red and Blue. But if you can combine the elements that have advanced the formula over the years, you can create some of the best games in the franchise, as in the case of DS Heart Gold and Soul Silver. increase. Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls fall somewhere in the middle. It’s a pair of titles that offers a great opportunity to get some of the Sinnoh Dex that the current mainline sword and shield game lacks, but in the end it’s an adventure that probably won’t come back when it’s over.

These remakes have a strange sense of duty. Generations 1, 2 and 3 have all been reimagined by stars, and Generation 4 felt strange. However, instead of Game Freak’s remakes and love letters to generations, ILCA, a studio dealing with Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls, has exacerbated art style and has many elements of Pokemon, the best game of the generation. Platinum that could not be included.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls have a 3D “chibi” art style in their world, making all characters look like emotionless funko pop, but that was a real mistake. The fight definitely never looked good-in the background with some incredible arenas for your Pokemon to compete-the world looks cheap compared to. It also completely robs some NPCs that were intimidating and serious in the original 2D game. Why should he take this big adversary seriously when he looks like a (non-) threat like any other trainer?

All fighting characters have full-sized models that resemble the style used in Sword and Shield, and look even better than the world-covering chibi toy-like models. This really wants to maintain the global scale of the previous Nintendo Switch game, rather than trying to move the crouched 2D sprites of the original game into the full 3D world.

The art style is overwhelming, but the music is great. The Sinnoh game is home to some of the finest themes in Pokemon history and has been lovingly remastered here. The whole area has a wonderful atmosphere and you can feel that it is a familiar environment built around the impressive Mt. Coronet. In wise moves, we often see the shadow of Coronet in the background during battles in the wild. This makes it feel like the battle is taking place in the world, not in some closed areas.

The heart of the game is the same as it was 15 years ago. You are traveling from town to town collecting badges and trying to thwart plots to take advantage of the legendary Pokemon. If you’re fed up with that official, these games do nothing to shake you. Smart quality of life changes include the new HM system. This means that surf, fly, and other movements that were driven by the only Bidoof at the party are now handled by the Bidoof. However, this time it will be displayed when needed. It, and no longer occupies the party slot.

A really disappointing step for the franchise, Pokemon no longer spawn in the wild — instead, when you’re walking down the path of Sinnoh, it returns to a random battle in the grass. We really wanted to stay away from this outdated system forever, but unfortunately it wasn’t.

Where pokemon NS But the spawns in the Overworld are in a whole new “Grand Underground”. The Grand Underground is a rethink of the same system as the original game, allowing players to explore, search for debris, and meet other players. Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have been refurbished with a new biome that roams wild Pokemon. This not only fixes the lack of fire-type Pokemon, which is a major issue in Generation 4, but can also include some of the Platinum Dex omitted from the main game.

However, there are a few issues. I feel that the leveling system can be abused a little. As soon as I had access to the Grand Underground, I started exploring different biomes and came across two rare Pokemon. Considering the early stages of the game, it’s “unusual”. Absol and Haundome. Both of these two powerful mons are just sitting there, seven levels higher than the other members of our team. We managed to catch them, and for the next few gyms we broke the level curve altogether.

With a permanent, non-removable EXP share, your team will be absolute Stack For the whole game. But that’s aside, the ability to revisit the Grand Underground and look for new Pokemon is a lot of fun. In particular, because it is displayed before the battle, you can avoid the incredible hassle of random battles elsewhere in Sinnoh.

The game works well in both docked and undocked modes and looks very sharp on the new shiny Nintendo Switch OLED model. It never pushes the limits of graphic fidelity, but all Pokemon models look great, even if static animations aren’t quite lively. The movements are well animated and many Pokemon have their own animated signature attack. Thankfully, the frame rate issue that plagued Sword and Shield and subsequent DS titles doesn’t exist, and you can experience the battle smoothly. A top-down perspective also alleviates the problem of pop-ins in recent titles. This is because the area that the player can see is usually only a few feet in any direction.

These are not bad Pokemon games are by all means-still totally fun-but since we’ve sampled all the Pokemon remakes, these are the ones that feel the most stuck in the past.When Heart Gold and Soul Silver came out, they Definitive DS title, and arguably the best game in the series. Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls don’t seem to be close to that level of impact. Also, it is not possible to emphasize how much the chibi art style has been downgraded from the original pixel art. Not only does it make the game feel cheaper, it also ruins the design of the game’s main adversaries.


Some of the slower elements of the original game have been fixed and the Grand Underground supplements the relatively weak Pokédex, while the new art style of Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls and some other stumbling blocks in this pair of games. Makes a slightly disappointing retread Generation 4. They are also very clearly visible in the shadow of Pokemon Legend: Arceus. It’s an open-world-like Pokemon game where fans want to go beyond the mechanics of 20 years ago and take the series in exciting new directions. If these remake missions were to remain true to the original 4th generation pair, we also hope to stick to the aesthetics of pixel art. Apart from the connectivity between the Grand Underground and the current game in the series, there’s little reason to play Pokemon Brilliant Diamonds and Shining Pearls on the original DS copy.