Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

Game review by Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Classic titles get a visual upgrade, simpler monster play.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+

Buggier than the Original

How did they make it more glitchy and carry over bugs from the original games? This is what happens when you outsource your entire game to an outsourcing company. They make assets. Not entire games. Pray Nintendo doesn’t let these people on their IPs again. This was completely and utterly insane in terms of gameplay. Everything else is fine.
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age 6+

Best Games Since Heart Gold and Soul Silver

The games are very well made remakes despite what some critics and toxic Pokémon fans say. The games are mostly faithful remakes of the DS games Diamond and Pearl with some much needed improvements to the originals. They also fixed the EXP Share issue where you don’t get as much experience points if you are at a higher level so it’s not as easy to over level like the other Switch Pokémon games. They added a feature from the old DS games Heart Gold and Soul Silver where you can have your favorite Pokémon follow behind you. The Grand Underground fixed the issue of fire type Pokémon being scarce. Once you beat the game and have seen all of the Pokémon, there is a post game where you can battle the gym leaders at much higher levels. And once you capture Giratina and Heatran you can also battle the Pokémon League at very high levels. Champion Cynthia has a team of Pokémon that are all in their 80’s making her final team the strongest in the series and debunking the myth that the games are dumbed down and easy. There is also a way to get the original games music if you want to listen to the old DS music. And the games reward you for playing Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee and also Sword or Shield by giving you a free Mew and Jirachi early in the game. These games are so amazing and developer ILCA did an excellent job on the games. There is so much content. There’s the Ramanas Park where you can use Mysterious Shards found in the Grand Underground to encounter legendary Pokémon from the first 3 games. The only bad thing about the games (and it doesn’t bother me) is the lack of Pokémon after 2006-07 which is when the original Diamond and Pearl came out. This means that newer favorites like Yamper and Scorbunny are not in the games at the moment. You can catch everything else for a total of 493 Pokémon counting event Pokémon. All and all these aren’t perfect games but they are still very enjoyable.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much consumerism
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