Test: Pokémon Radiant Diamond & Pokémon Shining Pearl (RPG)

It’s time for an additional Pokemon remake. Pokemon Radiant Diamond and Radiant Pearl are the games of the fourth generation that first appeared on the Nintendo DS in 2007. These games are now visually enhanced and are available on Nintendo Switch. We experienced the same experience on our return to our home in the Sinnoh region, which you’ll discover in the game.

How quickly time passes

More than 15 years ago, the new generation of Pokemon was introduced by Pokemon Diamond and Pearl within Japan. The excitement was also brought to Europe. When I was a teenager and with my heavy Nintendo DS, I once again set myself the goal of finishing my Pokedex. With Pokemon Radiant Diamond and Radiant Pearl, both newcomers and veterans alike can be back in the Sinnoh region, with a fresh set of graphics and optimized Nintendo Switch. What’s different is, however, that the team of Game Freak isn’t behind the remake. Instead, the less well-known studio ILCA was the one who was asked to create the remake. Not really noticed, however, isn’t.

There isn’t much that has changed within the structure of the initial. The cities, routes, trainers, and activities are the same fifteen years ago. After selecting the right Pokemon Trainer, begin your journey at Two Leaf Village. You’ll be greeted by your foe Barry as well, and a bit later, Professor Yew, who will supply you with the Sinnoh Pokedex and the starter Pokemon you’d like to use before you begin your quest to become the next region’s champion. There’s nothing new here for long-time Pokemon enthusiasts. You level up your team, collect all eight medals, and then face

battle against the “top four.” In reality, as there’s an entire decade between the first and second versions and a lot of the tale have likely been lost in the past, Retelling the story in a new way isn’t an issue. More importantly, the pleasant nostalgia is felt when one can remember an old location from time.

New lows and highs.

Visually, the sequels to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have been significantly updated. While the bird’s eye view of the original game is still there but the characters of the game’s world are displayed in an adorable chibi style. In some places, this is like The remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, in which Nintendo chose to use the same kind of graphics. Particular praise should be given for the effects on water in Radiant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which the team at ILCA has done a great job in applying. You won’t get the new Chibi appearance in Pokemon battles. In this case, the creators are using the existing central portion in Pokemon Sword and Shield and, with only minor changes, took almost everything from the battle system that is currently in use. In general, these remakes give quite an impression. The frame rate did not show any drops during my playthrough, which previous Pokemon games on Nintendo Switch have always struggled with.

As mentioned earlier, the core content of the two remakes is identical to their earlier originals. However, the creators managed to include some enhancements and improvements to Pokemon Radiant Diamond and Shining Pearl. This includes, for instance, the caves that are underground, which can be explored at the beginning of the game. Compared to the first caves, this one is massively increased and is now equal to the realm in Sinnoh itself. Trainers don’t have to dig for treasures or find Pokemon fossils in this. The caves under the ground also provide diverse habitats that house Pokemon, some of which can only be found in these caves. In addition, caves are an ideal location if you wish to improve the strength of your Pokemon. The level of your opponents here will depend on the progress of your game. This is especially beneficial in the final match. Before that, you’ll likely only enter the caves to fill up your Pokedex or strengthen your team with additional Pokemon. It is unnecessary to upgrade your Pokemon on an ordinary run; you can be named Sinnoh champion.

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