Pokémon Diamond is one of the games in the fourth generation of Pokémon games. It, along with its counterpart Pokémon Pearl, are the latest in what is possibly the best known game franchise for the Nintendo handheld consoles.
So let’s start with our controls. There’s not much to say on the controls of this game, as they’re pretty much the standard in the Pokémon franchise. However, as this game is on the Nintendo DS, a new feature has come to the screens in the form of touch sensitivity. In Pokémon Diamond, the player can use the Touch Screen to select Pokémon, view Pokémon summaries, use it to select attacks to be launched at the enemy(s) and, in a great new feature, even manipulate their own personal Póketch, which takes the place of the PokéNav. The Touch Screen certainly makes this game a lot less tedious, however it can be slightly annoying having to pick up and put down the stylus continuously. However, it’s a warm addition nonetheless.
For some reason, with each new generation of Pokémon games, the quality, depth and clarity of the graphics seems to exceed the previous generation. Pokémon Diamond is no exception.
Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald introduced players of the Nintendo games that perhaps not everything is completely solid. Perhaps roofs don’t stretch all the way down the ground. In the RSE generation, players could walk slightly behind rocks, houses and caves. Pokémon Diamond takes this to the next level.
In Pokémon Diamond, the graphics make use of large bridges, overhanging roads, large rocks, skyscrapers and many other things. It’s fun to hide behind something and then hand the DS to people to have them guess where you’re hiding! Of course, the fun is always short-lived because the character is always in the center of the screen… But that doesn’t make it any less fun.
However, the graphics are more excellent. While slightly pixelated in some places, the graphics far exceed the excellence that came with RSE generation. Also, the Pokémon Diamond generation has held onto the graphics idea started by Pokémon Emerald, which is when a Pokémon enters battle, it performs a small action, that really goes towards making you feel like the game is real once more.
The only problem with the slightly pixelated graphics is when the bar comes across to introduce the member of the Elite Four that you’ll be versing. The Trainer that you’re versing is so pixelated that they’re almost beyond recognition. Although, that shouldn’t deter you from the graphics of the excellent visuals in this game.
The sound in Pokémon Diamond is slightly better than that of the RSE generation.
Especially when facing legendaries, the music that plays is quite stunning, especially when facing the three Pokémon of the lakes (not saying anything more, play the game!). The music just permeates to the very depths of your heads, pitched at just the right frequency and amplitude to really make sure you’ll never forget it.
The amount of legendary Pokémon in this game is extraordinary. Whereas in most of the previous generations, you would have the main legendary of your game, the three sort of lesser known ones that you have to go hunting for, eg the Regis in the RSE generation. There would also, in addition to those, be one more that you could find.
In Diamond, and Pearl as well, you have all of these, plus at least six more standalone ones that require a large amount of hunting, plus a few that you can get by special Nintendo Events. I’m fairly sure that there’s around 12 or more legendary Pokemon that can be captured in this game, instead of about five! I’m not saying this is detrimental to the game, but this perhaps makes it slightly more complex than it has to be. However, I think Nintendo might have gotten slightly excited by the increased storage capacity of the DS Card that they just threw in a few more things. I’m in two minds about this, but when you play the game, you can make a decision for yourself.
Pokémon Diamond seems to have tried its hand at its first real storyline. Sure, all the other generations had their own respective storylines, but this one is just wonderfully done and spreads for a much longer time. Like the others, it always leads to the catching of the main legendary in your game, either Dialga or Palkia, depending on the game you bought, Diamond or Pearl. This did happen in all the other games, and only threw the real part of the storyline in at the end. In this one, you constantly overhear people talking from the new “Team Galactic”, and it ends up leading to an epic battle with Cyrus, the Team Galactic leader for the fate of our entire universe…
This is the first handheld Pokémon game to have the capability of connecting to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (Nintendo WFC). This manifests itself in the form of the Global Trade Station (GTS). The Global Trade Station allows players to trade with people all across the globe. It works like this:
If you’re trying to get rid of a Pokémon, you upload it into the GTS. You then state which Pokémon you want in return, which gender and which level. This is then set, and people will look all over, and if they find yours and it meets their requirements as well, the Pokémon will be traded and you’ll get theirs and they’ll get yours.
When you’re looking for a Pokémon, simply put in which Pokémon you want, what level and what gender, and it will automatically list the people who meet the criteria you put in! I love this feature, and think it’s awesome!
Anyway, this is by far the best game in the Pokémon franchise yet. Probably worth buying, seeing as it’ll take you ages to fully complete it. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed the review!