Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl is the second biggest boxed game launch of 2021 (UK)

It's another blockbuster launch for Pokémon this week, with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl taking the top two positions in the UK charts.

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Teflon0258d ago

That's sad, this is why gamefreak will never get with the times...

No Way57d ago

Unfortunately, I agree. Those games could be so much more.. so much better, yet, why should they? They sell like hotcakes, as is - with a smaller budget.

ABizzel157d ago

Technically Gamefreak didn't make these, they're working on the Arceus game. But to your point I agree.

These are $60 games, and bare minimum upgrades of a 2006 DS game that launched for $40, and still getting away with the foolery of having two versions of the EXACT same core game that swaps 10 - 30 Pokemon in an effort to "encourage trading" but happily sell a double pack at $120. CASH GRAB. The QoL upgrade should be expected and a bare minimum change. No one was asking for a complete revolution of these games, but there is nothing to warrant the price increase for these.

No new forms (Primal Dialga / Palkia / Giratina / Arceus), no Megas (at this point they're gone for good), no Sinnoh-ian forms of newer mons, just nothing. HGSS and ORAS were both significantly better executions of these games, and just another game in one of my favorite franchises for me to skip.

SoulWarrior57d ago

This is my favourite gen, and although the nostalgia is strong for me I completely agree, especially with the last paragraph, the amount of additions ORAS got was great, it added so much and was the last truly "great" pokemon game imo, with this one that are using the "faithful remake" as a cop out to be lazy imo.

metalgod8857d ago

The two original games were fantastic, but it's been a very very long time since I last played them. I bought the double pack and went with Brilliant Diamond first because I love Ho-oh and Entei. I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy it because people are saying its boring and same old, but dude, this game is fantastic.

My opinion:
First, the presentation, UI, and overall graphics are the most clean I think they've ever had. It a simplistic look, but I like it. Second, the quality of life changes significantly improve the game over the original games. I don't need to assign an HM to my pokemon. I can just use the move using the 'Poketch' and bam, done. Also, I can access to my PC at any time.
Third, I can battle and trade online, not just local mp.
I'm sure there's more but, I'm like 6 hours in. I have a LONG way to before I can give it a proper review, but from what I've played so far, it's been fantastic.

The one thing I really really wish the devs would do, is give us the option to TURN OFF exp share.

ActualWhiteMan57d ago

See that to me is what ruins the charm of the original. HM's were permanent and tied up a move slot, they were a serious decision to make. Also we had to walk back to a pokemon center to use a PC, which was a strategy in itself. You had to manage potions and inventory, and spend wisely. The games have gotten too damn easy, too casual and it pisses me off. Ive been playing since I got Pokemon Blue and a Gameboy color for Christmas in 1998. I have played them all since and the GBC era games will always be the best.

metalgod8857d ago (Edited 57d ago )

Bro, I also started from the beginning, Pokemon Red, so I feel you. The thing is, times have changed and it's not the same as it used to be. I mean, if you want to enjoy that experience, go back and play RBY.

I agree, that it is WAY easier than the old games, and they're definitely catering to the younger audience. With that said, some of the quality of life changes are nice and remove some the annoying aspects (in my opinion) such as mobile PC and the HM change. But hey, to each their own.

If you're not a fan of the way pokemon plays today, I'd recommend something like Persona 5 or Disgaea 4.

ActualWhiteMan57d ago

This proves that the new games lack any substance and they just cant make them like they used to. IMO They should have remade Red\Blue\Green first. Then moved to Gen 2\3\4 remakes.

Name Last Name57d ago

FireRed/LeafGreen was the Gen 1 remake. It’s just been so long.

fan_of_gaming57d ago

Gen 1 just had a remake (Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee) on Switch, and Gen 3 had a remake (Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby) not that long ago on 3DS. With the Gen 4 remake now released, Gens 2 & 5 are the next ones that need doing.

Name Last Name57d ago

Gen 2 Remake was HeartGold/SoulSilver

fan_of_gaming57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

yeah I know, I meant that Gen 2 (for it's 2nd remake) & Gen 5 (for it's 1st remake) should be next as those Gens are still on DS, while every other Gen is on the 3DS or Switch.

Name Last Name57d ago

The problem is that remakes take a long time. By the time they remake B/W and X/Y then ORAS will look old like the DS remakes and the cycle has to start again.

FinalFantasyFanatic57d ago

At this point, I don't know why we don't just have a collection of say the first 3 gens on one cartridge, and then the next 2 or 3, surely it would be doable (although you'd have to merge two games together e.g. Red/Blue/Yellow into one game, silver and gold into one, ect...).

I know that will never happen though, because money.

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ABizzel157d ago

FRLG, HGSS, ORAS, are the remakes. The problem is this is just a bare minimum effort compared to any of those, even with the Battle Frontier mess in ORAS.

metalgod8857d ago

I'm not sure what you mean, when you say 'substance' because there's like almost 500 Pokémon in this these two games. They've done a bunch of remakes like Heart Gold/Soul Silver, and Fire Red/Leaf Green.

Honestly, I'd love them make a pokemon game that's just hard. Just a difficult game that requires you to use weaknesses and skills wisely. Sadly, we'll probably never get something like that, and we'll have to leave that type of play style to online play (post game).

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badz14957d ago

see, Rockstar, this is how you do low effort remake/remaster and still have people happily buying it! suckers that they are, they still expect a game that at least runs good!