Pokemon Brilliant Diamond for Nintendo Switch
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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond

Nov 19, 2021
8.50
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About this game

Developer: ILCA
Content Rating: Everyone

Summary

Experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond Version game in a reimagined adventure, Pokémon™ Brilliant Diamond, now on the Nintendo Switch™ system! Adventures in the Pokémon Brilliant Diamond game will take place in the familiar Sinnoh region. Rich in nature and with mighty Mount Coronet at its heart, Sinnoh is a land of many myths passed down through the ages. You’ll choose either Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup to be your first partner Pokémon and then set off on your journey to become the Champion of the Pokémon League. Along the way, you’ll be able to encounter the Legendary Pokémon Dialga.

Gamer Reviews

8531 Reviews
9.52
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Feb 8, 2022

If your looking for a Pokemon game that feels like the older mainline series games then this could be for you.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond does alot right in it being a faithful remaster to Diamond and Pearl. Graphics are nice, great revised sounds and music, easier yet still challenging to obtain shinys, interesting EV system adding a new layer to your pokemon. The underground has been revised to the Grand Underground containing traders, national dex pokemon, evolution stones and more. The battle tower remains challenging and fun, HM's are no longer required by pokemon in your party to be used which is a blessing. Running is also now automatic.

I enjoyed visiting the Sinnoh region again despite the disappointment of it not being a Platinum remaster. The Platinum content was missed. (Team Galatic are a drag in this game with alot of the same pokemon)

The game has crashed on me 7 times in my 160 hour game time on version 1.1.3. At times you can see black lines appear on edges of the floor which I doubt they will ever patch now given the games already had its major updates. The Elite four are overpowered and use items for days which is irritating. Cycling is now a right pain as you get caught on the edges of objects and characters alot. I suggest only cycling in open areas. Xp share can't be turned off (why?!)

It's not a bad game in my opinion and is totally worth picking up on sale, especially if your a fan of the older games, but I wouldn't say it's a must have pokemon game.

It's been a great excuse for me to start a living dex and I'm thankful for a gen 4 remaster. Just wish it was executed better.

6.5/10. Good Diamond, not brilliant.

Jan 6, 2022

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Dec 11, 2021
WARNING
This review contains spoilers.

The Pokémon franchise returns this Christmas and provides the fans with a revisit to the Sinnoh region. However, this latest installment in the franchise is a mediocre one at best. It makes an effort to please every wish, but fails at doing so thoroughly, which leads to a lack of coherence and a sense of completion in the finished product. Here is my take on these games: (MINOR SPOILERS INCLUDED) (SAME REVIEW FOR SHINING PEARL)

Pros:

  • The games give work on the original Diamond and Pearl visuals and revamp them to 3D.
  • It finally opens up the Sinnoh region once more to fans, who were ardently waiting for it.
  • It integrates new generation mechanics to the games, like the Fairy type and hidden abilities.
  • Pokémon Contests have a fresh and new atmosphere to them, which entices newer faces who are willing to try that kind of playstyle.
  • Following Pokémon have returned from Sword and Shield (although, they do have certain upsetting features, which we will look at later)
  • Character Customisation has been featured in this remake, which is fortunate, since previous remakes did not contain this feature. Although it is understandably streamlined and simplified from Sword and Shield, it still give players the option to change their character into snazzy different alts.
  • The Grand Underground, an enhancement of Diamond and Pearl's Underground, is an extremely welcome addition and improves the gameplay substantially. It imparts a richer sense of immersion to overall experience, with the various habitats and copious Pokémon available to catch there.
  • The absence of the HM Mule System. While the games still contains HMs, they are adjusted to not hinder the player's gameplay anymore. That is, HMs do not need to be taught to your Pokémon, the simply summon wild Pokémon to solve the task. This is a much needed boon and an interesting work-around to the HM dilemma, which could be implemented in upcoming remakes in the future.

Cons:

  • The game's difficulty curve is absurd. It starts off easy and continues monotonously at the same pace, while suddenly upping the ante during the climax and ending of the game, without much prior warning or indication.
  • The movement mechanics for this game seem as if they were designed for a 3D open-world game, but applied to a 2D Chibi game. There have been countless instances where players face issues due the movement being uncooperative.
  • The graphics of the game aren't abysmal, but they certainly aren't admirable either. To be clear, I am NOT talking about the art style. The chibi art style of these games is acceptable, nevertheless, I feel that the developers could have worked on them a bit more. Coming to the main point however, the scale and proportion of these games is bizarre. When Pokémon follow your character in the overworld, the ratios are vastly different to what we have come to expect from Pokedex entries and prior games.
  • Speaking about the Pokedex, it is in a sorry state right now. Forgoing the fact that the national dex isn't included, the complete Platinum dex isn't included as well. We were being misled by trailer footage that the Pokedex in these games were going to include the entire Platinum dex before the post-game, but in the final version, there are many Pokémon who are not available at all during the main plot and some whose evolutions/evolutionary items are only available after beating the Pokémon League. Only a select few survivors from the Platinum dex can be found in the Grand Underground.
  • The Battle Frontier, something which I did not expect to be included is still a disappointment natheless.
  • There were numerous glitches and bugs during the initial release of the games, and they still continue to exist. While some glitches are tolerable during release, they are quickly patched a short while later. These games though, contain a haven of bugs. It does not set a good precedent for a company as respectable and distinguished as Pokémon.

The generation 4 remakes were heavily awaited by the Pokémon fanbase, but now having finally arrived, they do not deliver the experience that was promised. An important thing to make note of is that these remakes were outsourced by the Pokémon Company to ILCA. Hopefully at least some of the predicaments can be alleviated by a possible DLC in the future, however that remains in the hands of ILCA and the Pokémon company.

Critic Reviews

50 Reviews
7.48
Chris CarterNov 23, 2021
If you haven’t experienced Pokemon Diamond or Pearl yet and don’t have access to Platinum, then the Gen 4 remakes on Switch might be worth exploring. Sinnoh has its own charm to it, and completionists will likely enjoy the endgame that is Grand Underground collecting. I just hope that when the time comes to remake Black and White, whatever team handles it is a lot less conservative.
Richard SeagraveNov 26, 2021
It may seem a little bit costly for a remake that stays fairly close to the source material aside from a snazzy new look, but there’s still a lot of game here. Even better, it’s enjoyable no matter your age, gender or skill level. Once you’ve started playing Pokémon Brilliant Diamond you really will feel the urge to catch ’em all. And the improvements here mean it’s never been as easy or enjoyable.
William CennamoNov 18, 2021
For anyone new or returning to the Pokémon series, Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl is a perfect starting point that bridges the gap between classic and modern Pokémon games. The quality-of-life additions make the game more accessible without making it feel bloated, the art style is simplistic and cute, and the gameplay mechanics will keep players moving through the adventure with ease.