Here, finally here
(Climbed gently down the hillside), After so many years of ardent requests from fans. “Pokémon Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” will be officially released on Friday, November 19th, with a familiar brand and a lot of nostalgia to warm the last period of this year-what an unparalleled combination. This time, under the seemingly familiar surface, there are more changes than they seem.
“Pokémon Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” is special. It is not Game Freak but ILCA that is responsible for the development. A typical Pokémon studio has delegated these games to the team responsible for projects such as the Switch version of Dragon Quest XI. This is a tricky gift-it seems easy, because its essence is a remake of the original “Diamond Pearl” game from Nintendo DS (2006), but it is actually difficult because the fan base has never been so full of enthusiasm. Participation.
The result is good, but not outstanding. “Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” reminds us why the 4th generation is still one of the most beloved works, but they also expose the troubles and unevenness encountered in the Shenao region, but they are erased by our nostalgia.
I will not unravel the complexity of Pokémon in this review. The core mechanism of combat and creature collection in the remake has not changed. The Galactic team, the same as the villain, fights… everything is business as usual. Even the team dominated by the opponent’s trainer 15 years ago has not changed. The same thing happened on the map of the Shenao area with wild creatures scattered around.
This reveals something about DS games that we may have forgotten: the diversity of some Pokémon and how often they appear can be nerve-racking. I was afraid to open the refrigerator and find the Big Tooth. I heard Yuanmage and the speaker screaming in my nightmare. I swear that if I meet another Big Tooth again, I really don’t know what I can do.
This is why we appreciate new features such as Pokémon Secret Nest more. They are scattered among the underground tunnels of Shen’ao. This is the only place where you can find Pokémon from other generations roaming freely. The tail stand, duck-billed baby, dull-fire camel, one-horned rhinoceros, black Luga and other creatures that are not in the original version are now here, expanding the scale of the illustrated book for you. This is a solution for paths with sparse diversity, but it brings another problem: these are high-level and provide so many experience points for your team that you don’t need to spend a long time on Can destroy any opponent on the surface.
The main story lacks difficulty. In all the gyms we defeated, apart from the strange little surprises that were forgotten, we did not encounter any gym owners who made us feel difficult. What about the Pokémon Alliance? We cannot talk about it, or what might be behind it, but we have more reasons to be optimistic about it than ever before.
However, “Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” does not just change the underground. It also introduces some indispensable quality of life improvements, such as being able to manage your Pokémon boxes from anywhere, allowing your Pokémon partners to always follow you, or managing HM’s Pokémon (also Let you re-pair with other trainers, count your steps and even act as a computer).
There are other more controversial changes, such as the adjustment of the cooperative operation of the Pokémon Super Gorgeous Tournament. Although it adds charm, it does not make the experience more groundbreaking or force the sharing of experience points. The latter has always been one of the most controversial changes. Although its integration makes the game more accessible, it is understandable, but we would prefer to have a “disable” option. “Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” is not designed for this mechanism, it shows it.
I understand why ILCA firmly grasps the essence of the original game. Shenao is a more interesting area than Galer, it forces you to go back in your footsteps, explore alternative routes, and these are rewards for curious players. Sometimes I have to stop and look at the prompts on the menu to determine which way to go. This is a traditional system with modern features added, and the overall effect is good, even if in the end, the scale of the challenge becomes a bit unbalanced.
In addition, the new version of the soundtrack is absolutely great (there are several super-killing songs), and it is very beautiful. I don’t particularly like the art direction of the remake of “Diamond Pearl”, but the game will always accompany you when you walk through grass, caves, oceans, and even snow-capped mountains. Obviously its goal is to bring something similar to “Diamond Pearl”. The feeling provided by The Legend of Zelda on Switch: a toy-like feeling. It even uses miniature photography technology to give people an impression of the world full of models, where everything is “shiny” and “radiant.”
We have left out parts such as online games and final content, because it is not yet possible to talk about them. However, almost the entire Shenao is behind us. What we can tell you is that “Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” is decent and completely faithful to the original, but not as radiant as its name implies. The loyalty they displayed became a burden, which was overshadowed by their new features, sometimes even clumsy. The Pokémon Formula continues to provide core role-playing games that are easy to understand, difficult to master, and addictive, and “Crystal Diamond/Bright Pearl” also confirms this.