It's been four years since the third Pokemon generation began with Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire on the Gameboy Advance, and a lot's changed in that time, but, Pokemon fever continues unabated. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are the best entries in the series yet - fans undoubtedly already have their copies en route, but a deep and engaging game awaits everyone else who can get past the cute characters and irritating marketing.
Unsurprisingly, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl don't try to stray from the
Oct 16, 2007
So you were transformed into a furry critter in the previous Pokémon Fushigi No Dungeon (Pokémon Mystery Dungeon in English) and you liked it. That's nothing to be ashamed of. Life as a Pokémon is actually quite good and doesn't ever involve being shoved into a ball or forced to bite out the throat of some other poor creature, because when humans aren't looking, Pokémon live in houses and talk Japanese.
Because it was reasonably entertaining the first
Just as every few years brings us a new Harry Potter movie, or another awful Dane Cook album, it's once again time for a new Pokemon game. HeartGold and SoulSilver are the latest in a long line of Pokemon remakes and updates, and as such offer the exact same improvements everyone has come to expect: more Pokemon, more side quests/mini-games, and better graphics.
Stop-gap solutions are a necessary evil. Sometimes people or companies have to offer a temporary remedy to address a need without fully satisfying it. That's exactly what Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team is. This tourniquet of a title is meant to keep Pokemon fans occupied while they wait for the new Pokemon role-playing games - you know, the ones that have been dazzling gamers for the last decade. Until then, they'll have to make do with this game, which has some good qualities that
Hurrah, it’s time to become a Pokemon again! After answering questions on such varied subjects as how we feel about school and what we’d do if a TV crew asked to interview us, we were transformed into a Mudkip and sent off into the land where Pokemon live free from human interference. We’re sure we’ve been here before...
Last year's Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games were an interesting mix of developer Chunsoft's dungeon-crawling designs and Nintendo's inimitable pocket monsters. It was an interesting blend that offered a fun time... for a limited audience. For most Pokemon fans, the game was a bit boring compared to the mainline Pokemon titles. The latest games in the series, Explorers of Darkness and Explorers of Time, are more of the same. While there are
It’s a cycle nearly as old as time itself: two marginally different Pokemon games are released, and then a year or so later a third version comes out that compiles the few differences between the two and renders them both obsolete. Red/Blue preceding Yellow, Gold/Silver preceding Crystal, Ruby/Sapphire preceding Emerald, and now Platinum is here to rescue everyone from the choice between Diamond and Pearl
Another month, another Pokemon spin-off. Yes, the Pokemon money-making machine is full effect on the DS now, building speed in anticipation for next year's Pokemon Diamond and Pearl. Pokemon Ranger is relatively insubstantial and ultimately forgettable, but remains an amusing dual-screen diversion until the next real Pokemon adventures arrive.
So what exactly is a Pokemon Ranger? Unlike a Pokemon trainer, Pokemon Rangers watch over a specific area, its people and its Pokemon. They try to help
The Pokemon Ranger series appeals to a specific demographic: young kids. If you're old enough to appreciate the sophistication and depth of the main Pokemon games, Pokemon Ranger will probably bore you. Of course there are still some diehard fans who can't help but love anything and everything Pokemon-related, and if you've played the first two Ranger games you can rest assured that Guardian Signs doesn't mess with the formula...
We were willing to forgive the first Pokmeon Ranger for being overly simplistic. After all, there was still an adventure there, and even though we weren’t participating in deeper-than-you’d-guess turn-based pokemon battles, at least we were exploring the world and befriending one cuddly critter after another.