Is it worth playing? Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shinning Pearl – Games – Tecnoblog

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are available (Image: Press Release/Nintendo)

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl, the two remakes of the so-called “Sinnoh generation” are among us. Both games were released for the Nintendo Switch and also set the stage for the next big releases in the saga, while delivering the return of classics to fans. What do we think of them? Is it worth playing?

As they are two games, although with very similar experiences, this text has the participation of two excellent coaches, who explored the adventure and share their particular experiences below, without necessarily having order of preference – you can read the opinions separately, including, or ignoring one or the other, just like with these games.

Without further ado, check out:

What does coach Felipe Vinha think?

I’ll tell you that I have so much to play and enjoy with the year-end releases that I even forgot that Pokémon Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl would be released now, in the very end of 2021. That says a lot about what I followed or was previously impressed with the games, as I remember much more about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

But good, come on. Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl starts in the same way as the classic versions, released in 2007 on the Nintendo DS, putting you to choose your trainer or trainer. There are clear additions here that came from more recent games, such as the ability to choose characters with more diverse skin tones, albeit in a very limited way.

The infamous choice, what is your starting Pokémon? (Image: Disclosure/Nintendo)

Soon the game betrays its graphic style. Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl chose to follow an “SD” style, or Super Deformed, as it is called. This is a design style that was very popular in the 90s, thanks to the hardware limitations of the consoles at the time. The characters only appeared super detailed and more realistic in some scenes. In most of the game they were miniatures of themselves, with different proportions, like a “head” – hence the term “SD”, which later also became known as “Chibi”, alluding to a Japanese term for “ little”.

I need to emphasize that I have absolutely nothing against style. Final Fantasy 7 it’s one of my favorite games to date and has that same design choice. But it all depends on the artwork done on top of each character’s design and graphics. Here in Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl it all seemed a bit… too generic perhaps?

I’m not sure how to express the impression that the chosen art style makes on me in this particular game, but strangeness is a word that seems apt. Perhaps the lack of outline in the characters makes them look too basic, because the proportions really are different and unique.

But let’s talk about what matters, in fact, in a game of Pokémon. Is the gameplay good? Is it the same old classic scheme? Yes and no. Here the remakes closely follow what is in the originals, which I think is a mistake. Perhaps if they opted for the capture scheme Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee e Let’s Go Pikachu I would have felt a more complete renewal. I know that no-battle capture scheme didn’t appeal to everyone, but I felt it was something else really. It didn’t look like I was playing a game from 15 years ago.

Game follows a “chibi” graphic style (Image: Press Release/Nintendo)

We have some small innovations, but very few. Everything here gives you the real impression of playing the same Nintendo DS game, just a little cuter. There’s that idea that The Pokémon Company just decided to launch Brilliant Diamond e Shinning Pearl to “meet the schedule”, since the company is re-releasing, from time to time, its older games for newer generations – from the excellent ones FireRed e LeafGreen.

Interestingly, the production of these new Pokémon was in charge of a third-party company, the Japanese ILCA, which never actually released a game, but collaborated with several industry releases, such as Yakuza 0, Nier Automata, Ace Combat 7 e Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. Perhaps because of inexperience, I feel that ILCA failed to bring The Pokémon Company’s classic form into production.

This not only yielded a game with few inspirations, but also with problems. There have been numerous player reports on the forums and YouTube about bugs and glitches, some of which allow users to leverage to clone Pokémon or items. This is a type of flaw that The Pokémon Company has always tried very hard to avoid. Seeing that it happened in the first game they deliver to an outside team sends the wrong message, very wrong.

It’s still a Pokémon and it’s still cute (Image: Press Release/Nintendo)

Anyway, I’ll be honest: in the end, it’s Pokémon. If you really like the series as a whole and don’t want to wait almost two months for Arceus, go without fear. If you’re not such a fan of the saga or the original Diamond and Pearl, expect a promotion or get it as a gift, as this is one of the darkest releases of the year.

What does the coach Murilo Tunholi think

The fourth generation of Pokémon is, without a doubt, one of my favorites, and Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl they managed to transport me back to 2007, when I pioneered the Sinnoh region for the first time. However, now, the experience has been much better, because of the several improvements introduced in the most recent games in the franchise.

Battles have a more modern look (Image: Press Release/Nintendo)

The remakes of Pokémon Diamond e Pearl are quite faithful to the original games, and that may not suit everyone. Because I think the Nintendo DS titles are amazing, I really liked what was done in these new versions for Switch. Among the main positive highlights I can mention the graphics, the soundtrack and the Grand Underground, but I’ll talk more about it.

the development of Brilliant Diamond e Shining Pearl it was in the hands of ILCA, and the producer did a beautiful job inspired by the first games in the franchise. The chibi-style characters — with small bodies and big heads —, as well as the entire Sinnoh region, were very well done and brought a great sense of nostalgia. The revamped songs complete the package, being one of the best soundtracks of all the main games in the series.

As much as the remakes have little news in relation to old titles, Grand Underground makes up for the lack of some content and guarantees many hours of gameplay. Underground, you can not only dig for fossils and rare items, but also capture Pokémon unique and strong, and hunting shiny little monsters more easily — things that the original Diamond and Pearl lacked.

Capture and battle, as in all Pokémon (Image: Disclosure/Nintendo)

As it’s not all flowers, the remakes fail in some points. If you’re looking for challenges, these might not be the ideal games. Gym Leaders, Elite Four, and Champion Cynthia might be a bit of work, but all the other battles are too easy.

To get around this, there are rematches with coaches after winning the League. Only then do they use full teams with six Pokémon and high-level competitive match strategies.

In Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, the overall experience is very similar to the original fourth generation games, so don’t expect a revolutionary adventure. Don’t think you’ll find Pokémon Platinum content either, because these remakes are based only on Diamond and Pearl.

The new Pokémon have some new features (Image: Disclosure/Nintendo)

Expectations aside, fourth-generation Pokémon remakes deliver all the best Sinnoh has and more. If you want to relive that era or have never experienced the original Diamond, Pearl or Platinum, then Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are well worth a try.

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