Pokémon: Diamond/Pearl/Platinum (2006)

A love-letter to previous generations, D/P/P evolves and expands the mythology of Pokémon in a beautiful new Hokkaidö-inspired region in Sinnoh w. the best 2D visual aestheticization of PKMN, epic new pre/post evos of old ‘mons, clean NDS technical proficiency, and avant-garde storyline contrastively juxtaposing church-like religion allegory with science-fiction galaxy x time by its all-time great legendaries. 9.2/10.

Expanding the mythology with a beautiful new Hokkaidö-inspired region in Sinnoh, good legendaries led by brilliant-demonization Giratina, 3DS Wi-Fi features, gender differences, & brilliant expansions of multiple classic Pokémon evolutionary lines. 9.2/10.

Plot Synopsis: Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company and Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. They are the first installments in the fourth generation of the Pokémon video game series.

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Best: Giratina, Cresselia, Empoleon, Luxray, Mime Jr., Garchomp, Magnezone, Palkia, Mamoswine, Riolu, Togekiss, Heatran

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Region Sinnoh: overworld less vibrant colorful lively alive grayer not as imaginative nature routes great city sucks whereas past gens one of best partsmore tame less interesting grayer like armor cities suck but wild areas where sinnoh shines by legends less fantastical watered down basic than hoenn kind of blah in parts of overall beautiful and hwere it does matter packs the most pounch several breathtaking all-time legendary locations enough to make up for flaws, region divided into halves by mt coronet interspecific speciation shellos snowy place makes up best in pkmn /// twinleaf meh feels like subpar pallet town lazy small charmless platinum at least makes it interesting thourhg with snow, lake verity the lake of emotions good evokes reminisces lake rage, sandgem okay city design a little blah colors architecture okay so far, jubilife city good gas stretlamp big city skyscrapers atlanta-like balance grass good cityscape refreshing to seee after hoenn best cityscape of pkmn so far after rustboro but here bigger big city lights platforms skyscrapers huge tv station commercialized theme connecting whole region realistic capitalusm sinnoh tv sports mystery shows programming screens paved streets condominium buildings realism tv station awesome hollywood feel tv, oreburgh gate best rock cave so far, oreburgh city rocky underdroung coustruction miner old west town good more diverse aestheticization, architecurally fascinating most avant garde worldbuild so far flexes new abilities to create oreburgh mine flowing coal huge equipment sweaty brow machismo work coal industrial plant oreburgh mine awesome to explore new territory archetype for series, opens up later floaroma town meadow rainbow hued flower fields, valley windworks again architecture more amitious huge solar powered turbines fans ec0ssustainability, milky hallucinogen forest of eterna forest sunlight cloudy, hate eterna city again brown ugly aesthetic after oreburgh brown, awesome lets you explore underground just like dive not as gcool but at least new area to explore hangh out with friends dig for treasure set up spaces play with pkmn cool below the surface mystery lets us become a miner explore caves sledgehammer pickaxe dset traps for friends dig up buried treasure, eterna city gym one of best designed of all-time natural grasss paradise water fountain geysers flowers big one middle FLORAL CLOCK AWESOME one of goat locations, absoliutely love team galactic eterna building headquarters twinkling lights star galaxy mad science laboratory gold generators most beautiful base in pkmn, cicyling road mixed like fog above clouds but kind of blah mountainside, mt coronet breathtaking silvery ore dark bluegrey stone turqoise water feels almost neon great where sinnoh region began, route 208 one of fave routes spiritual succcessor to bridge of gen 3 route 113 I think here mountainous water flow river and mroe diverse, hearthome city gold bricked casablanca streetlamps most desirable place to live in sinnoh hollywood feel with colosseum for pkmn contests, silence of hearthome church gives importance hearthome maze dark ghost type duskulls haunted house maze fun halloween, amity square west giid nice charming quaint little park central park in city good stroll riverside flower garden walk east bizarre exploration zone bizarre stone monoliths transport pipes stret lamps mountains one of few areas of sinnoh dont like and when god couldve been more open field, the hazy lost tower pokemon tower avender but here blue foggy graveyard hazy blue flames wall minight purple probably best gravvdyard aesthetic of any pkmn game mossy increasing fog limestone mausoleum white marble absolutely love it luminescent stairs jawdroppingly beautiful, solaceon town lazy just regular town nothing specialonly thing cool is daycare whole playpen field see baby pkmn like buneary running around cute, solaceon ruins amazing dark blue mystery ground textured unown connects to johto ruins of alph unown letters endless labyrith hidden just like tower love it adds depth to overworld even though not huge from outside structure hidden inside great and possible withtech that hides pkmn in balls same should be possible to make overworld much bigger more adventure exploration, fancy chichi town veilstone again basic overreusing aesthetics stone grey more colors veilstone awesome gym literally gym fighting boxing awesome, beachside bluff postmodern archutecture retro resort of route 213 white beatiful beach again better nature than citiyes, same pastoria city blah regular city better great marsh shuttle trains in the marsh called quick trams love the diversiiform biomes expansion real marsh swampy one of best wild areas in sinnoh new flavor to safari zone, thick fog route 210 awesome new weather, celestic town boring, ends strong on cities canalave city cargo port bridge imaginative architecture, SNOW ROUTE 216 ONE OF TOP 5 GREATEST AREAS IN PKMN HISTORY alone enough to make sinnoh passable as a region huge powder snow this is the snow we’ve been crueely deprived of for 3 gens winter wonderland conifers christmas trees snow overworld masterpiece world design real mountaintop alaska tundra like a christmas present or merrie melodies cartoon god one of happiest moments of childhood frolicking exploring skiiers grass fringed with snow bridges mountain maybe the best route in pkmn history and natural area, route 217 full blizzard crazy nothing like in pkmn, snowpoint city might be one of if not the best city ever made in pmn get real feel of rustic mountain town like aspen or big sky montana, old chateau creepy haunted house in forest ghosty awesome glowing purple doors changing colors old floors decrepti mansion cool mystery notebook abandoned som]eth]hing so pecu]lia]r shou[ld] make off [w]ith the mot[or] rest of pages blank when you have rotom from tv post game new area of galactic building accessible two journals charon and child both mentioning motor discover after, awesome even tiniest details pictures on walls watching you red eyes but when face it disappear ghosts behind paintings GHOSTS OF LITTLE GIRL AND BUTLER RANDOM OCCURENCES AWESOME! little details truly craftsmen little love for game easter eggs one of most mysterious locations in all of pkmn no information backstory given who what when where why rotom poltergeist tv legend,

overworld great tremors started previous gens to next level more to explore every xcity touridst destibnations bigger cities more architecturally diverse, fleshes out overworld exploration lava cookies mt chimney makes every city and route have some new exploration detailed overworld, dept stores have escalators bloom evolution high detail of pokeworld scribbles on wall to art perfect encasulation of vg charm weather and night cycles, new weather snow fog

Visuals: the best visual 2d style of pokemon of alltime until lets go absolute masterpiece design somehow even more charmfilled then rse gen 3 evokes reminiscees of g/s/c while far more texturally proficent high fps beautiful chibi art design perfect vibrant bursts with spirit charm life perfect colors even minutiae of details like sand pebbles pop up adorable style, every battle is a painting of surroundings far more dynamic lively sprites great move animation everyting is absolutely damn near PERFECT HUGE UPGRADE IN ONLY ONE GEN INSANE 10x BETTER VISUALS DS MASTERPEICE FLAWLESS VISUAL STYLE processing power but my gosh what a difference breathtaking makes gba feel and lok like dinosaur comparatively, even the way subtles to f nuances way the floor is parqued in the mines and caves gosh so clean perfect even if game sucked on every other level had to be passable for how jaw droppingly gorgeous detailed beautiful the visual style is godly, dybanic cgaging batttlefields based on not onlyly terrain but also time of day sunset night blue day bright green etc

Score: one of best of series, electronica modernize, 10x more diverse instrumentation genres tempos keys technicalities evolution makes rse look tame way past 8 bit but stll evokes usesjazzy also acoustically panned bounces one side to another especially hearable on headphones high tech mixed mastered engineered sound and updates old themes way better score literally changes tempos mid song can tell scorers composers pushed limits acoustically /// incredible screen epic crescendo orchestral symphony opening mysterious twinkles low rumbling xylophonic chime imbues epicness, brand new theme opening professor soft gentle harmonics soothe into adventure, funky barry theme energy hyper synergizes with personlity, more perolous villain theme, marimba 8bit synthesizer falling synth plucks twinleaf town theme one of best themes, routes funk 80s discotheque synth doubletime, sandgem smooth accordion soulful brassy wurlitzer, rowan’s lab discovery scientific floating arpeggios of synths anchored by hard piano crunches, lake verity jazzy electronica future bass double time, jubilife jazzy insuuciance calmative, jubilife tv station 8bit gliitchesfuzy energy like gameshow, oreburgh gate floating cascades mysterious, frontier country twangs rusticism of oreburgh city, team galactic warbling synth arpeggios, trippy alice in wonderland minor key piano slow booming pads chords flurrys kaleidoscopic euphoria classical floarama town one of best themes of entire series, bass guitar twangs and reverb piano delay of eterna forest peaceful tranquility quiescence nature timeless liquid flow great beautiful scoremasterpiece chopin piece, eterna city ancient flute and clocking horse hooves western rusticism great, underground high octane explore hi-ho railroad songs, galactic theme even feels like old classic sci fi monster movie galaga synths frankenstinian, classic anime soundscape of cycling road doppler efect arpeggios wizzing by on cycling road, bouncy ritzy sumptuousness of hearthome, fancy chichi strut fashion catwalk lowdown of veilstone, rock techno of game corner 90s pop get weird /// EVEN UPDATES OLD SCORES new theme pkmn center and marts fresh more energetic and new battle theme all infused with more energy drums better orchestral diversification, new feature different themes based on trainer archetypes battling rustic for mountaineer rock guitar electric for battle girl etc, great marsh tropical african marimba safari, canalava city calmative industrious, route 216 sleighbells jingle christmasy doubletime snowy, quiescence slow motion of snowpoint city like snowflakes falling pads hit hard slow motion bells cold tonicism, warbling epic arpeggios harmonic synth scales of cyrus theme, squealing violins harsh piano staccato chords synthy decrescendos otherworldly moans old chateau straight out of a horror movie /// pkmn gets more with times modernized dubstep harmonics electronica synthy progressive

reuses scores between city vexing even back on gba ruby sapphire emerladhere absolutly no excuse with ds advancements celestic town and mining city old twangy western same score

New Features both new and refining old: info on front screen more compatability accessibility introduction for newcomers control info adventure info involves viewer interactive ioiuch pokeball ,t more name options symbols heart smily face gender symbol star clover etc, item used last helpful, forbidden gatekept guarded entrances to city parts, global terminal, groups form or join visit union room mix records events new level of interatibility, poketch basically protosmartphone ai evolving apps technical upgrade to pokenav cool apps like step counter clockmap link searcher flip a coin effective chart typecaldndar draw pad minigames gives ds bottom screen alive along with battles, condominiums never before exposiion on where ppl live besiedes houses expansion realism, mid battle words more involving realistic, new pokeball types dusk best designed pokeball of all time extremely helpful in catching legends, fashion case dress up your pkmn awesome new feature girls will love play dress up new way to interact with pokemon, witchcraft depending on gba game in gba slot diffferent pkmn encounterable in overworld diamond pearl amazing, encounter wild pkmn in twos /// RETURN or refinement OF DAY NIGHT CYCLES YES also sunset sunrise in between also comebines with weather elements for ultimate overworld realism differentiation, dybanic cgaging batttlefields based on not onlyly terrain but also time of day sunset night blue day bright green etc, different themes based on trainer archetypes battling rustic for mountaineer rock guitar electric for battle girl etc, awesome lets you explore underground just like dive not as gcool but at least new area to explore hangh out with friends dig for treasure set up spaces play with pkmn cool below the surface mystery lets us become a miner explore caves sledgehammer pickaxe dset traps for friends dig up buried treasure, pokeball seals cool way to customize appearance of sending pkmn out hearts stars etc everythingcustomizability, planting treees new level depth watering watch color of soil dark watered lighter water it wow, fleshees out overworld exploration lava cookies mt chimney makes every city and route have some new exploration detailed overworld, contests revamped far more contestlike visual dance acting sections graded in those categories contests groundbreaking new level of enjoyment girl-minded boys battle girls like pbeauty contest pageantry entirely new way to interact with pkmn not as violent to grow appeal sheer brilliance here made bigger better not just from colosseum dome setting visual competition rate on appearance voted by audience dancecoordinated dance performances with everyone acting perform moves to judges five contests cool beauty cute smart tough four different ranks like gym badges normal great ultra master collect ribbons like gym battles so fun esp dance like minigames eclectic red carpet crowd cheer sport awesome fantasy wear pink frilly dress great, addition of Poffins increase coolness cuteness etc puff pastry treat minigame cooking, revamps gyms FAR more challenging imaginative minigames puzzles in gyms love it hearthome maze dark ghost type duskulls, BRINGS BACK FOLLOWING PKMN wish it wasin entire overworld not just amity square and not only restricted to cute pkmn but still great one of most connective features of pkmn foundational to how I imagine it pikachu following ash /// legacy more of finetuning refining existing mechanization not terribly exciting or revolutionizing, far more pronounced gender differences shinx luxray for example male has far bigger mane than female mimics real life nature lions pride males have mane females dont, pokemon news press awesome journalism more fleshed out overworld, dept store veilstone has basement food produce section leves separated by colors awesome, rock climbing LOVE new hm awesome to be able to scale mountain ranges with so much innovation wish they’d made hm’s not mandatory so many now 8 to ear and crowd losing valuable tm/move space with unforgettable hms or at least make forgettable but still

better capitalization of puzzles in gyms great more fun game inseide a game itself more complexity scale ambition like in veilstone

G4 Pokemon: god tier – new pidgeot staraptor aggressive mohawked hawk masculine king of sky badass punk rock hawk starling, kricketot love it conductor musical notes antenna tuxedo suit bug adorable cricket amazing pkmn, mime jr paris mime kid hat adorable fixes mr mime and shiny one of best ever christmas grinch whoville with candy gelatin head and plump candy nose jello body great like xmas dessert, riolu puppy kid superhero mask fighter, gible baby piranha dragon torpedo chubby, spiritomb true ghost grave scary /// great – buneary cute bunny, starly best bird since pidgey great sparrow evolves, bidoof the hm slave king one of fan favorite delightfully awkward chubby clutz new psyduck beaver, drifloon ghost balloon /// good to fine – pachirisu pichu/minun squirrel, stunky skunk dark, budew plant seedling, /// mixed – , glameow, shinx simba, burmy wormadam bagworm different cloaks seasons /// bad – mothim, shellos slug, leafeon, glaceon, combee, chingling //// major theme: evolving and remixing past mons takes good previous ones and makes them GOD TIER or even entirely saves lines makes them 10x more badass and diversified makes better togepi electabuzz rhyhorn gligar aipomsaves entirely magmar swinub roselia mr mime sudowoodo the kryptonite opposite of gsc which gave baby evolutions doing same here bigger ones, fewer overall step down but its heights more than enough to make it one of the better gens at least good half in terms of pkmn design

flaws: no fire pkmn wtf why devs hate fire types no coverage one of major types ~forgotten

Starters: starters themselves again mixed bizarre again just like rse only good one first stage is piplup but grow to all be good infernape okay but way better and more balanced overall than rse /// turtwig to blastoise-like even down to jaw snapping turtle with seedling growing head but eventually torterra epic planetariam remix of venusaur more dinosaury and badass interesting typing ground grass mix of squirtle and bulbasaur /// chimchar hate baby form just basic monkey fire tail ugly design eventually becomes infernape good and wayyyy better than blaziken also more exotic anial diversification goku-inspired hindu fighter monkey god look up but still somewhat missing not bulky enough to play into design too limber skinny low stature ironically firsst time ever maybe grovyle arguably where mid evolution better than final monferno amazing more superheroic mask /// piplup the vp one of top 5 starters ever maybe even top 3 and perhaps best starter itself adorable cute baby penguin just like mudkip far more exotic animal choice one of rarest most adorable kind one of cutest pkmn ever this is everything torchic did wrong in water elemental guise evolves into empoleon poseidon king water steel fantastic typing and icy blizzard water type penguin emperor kingly royal imperial top 5 evolved starter ever to and dont even get started on shiny might be best shiny colorway of starter so far, best triplex of starters since g2 love that all 3 dual types interesting torterra continet back like better than tortoise venusaur more badass spikes tree worldly cool typing grass ground, infernape fire fighting goku warrior monkey indian wish little more beefed up scrawny but badass, empoleon best of trio king emperor penguin poseidon water steel incredible typing maybe the best starter ever made besides charizard

Legends: dialga blessings control time armor design galactic, palkia parallel dimensions space rifts in space, arceus god of pokeworld creator of universe unown characteristics unown? sinjoh, giratina devil of underworld pkmn one of top 5 pkmn ever made, mesprit symbolizes emotions spirits, uxie being of knowledge, azelf willpower hate sprits awful designs like celebi jirachi gone wrong only good one azelf zelda elf design power of spirits maintains natural balance of sinnoh, old charm made in honor of mythical deity created sinnoh celestic ruins ancient town there since beginning of sinnoh cave painting three beings deities power match each other formed a pyramid balance mirages

Story & Themes: religion contrastively juxtaposed with science space time mystery of universe galaxy /// most involving story from very beginning literally opens into story beat exploration team rare oddly-colored (shiny) red gyarados failed to aapear to crestfallen team ominous sky alarm villainous music what does this mean why back to gen 2 lake of rage team rocket? news report jubilife tv, professor rowan gone for 4 years before returning home when you embark where go?, pkmn statue improtant timeless, themes time laughter in tears blessing of time even though things change civilization shiny new city coat etc what’s important in life fulfillment love etc and nature remain same for millennia, parallel dimensions space rifts in space, humanity utopia original world began no conflict only time flow space expanded because human spirit weak and incomplete strife spread also brings in religious iconography allegory fall of mankind sin adam eve garden brother kill brother cain abel,time heals wounds, silence of hearthome church philosophical wondrous balace cycles of nature in regards to space adn time, sacredness of life creation unown ruins friendship all lives touch other lives to create something anew and alive ecosystem order nature beautiful celebration of life theme for kids when the universe was created its shareds became this plate mind platemythology, lake valor island inside lake island mirage of a pokemon no one enter chamber of that pokemon, time and space filled with memories our creation as well as gods defines who and what we are sure world not perfect but harmonize complex nature way it is laws of physics universality EXISTENTIAL COMPLEXITY OF THEMES ambition way beyond slowpoke wells, original story in the beginning only churning turmoil of chaos heart of chaos where all things became one appeared an egg having tumbled from the vortex the egg gave rise to the original one from itself two beings the original one arceus did make time started to spin dialga space began to expand palkia from itself again three living things the original ones did make azelf mesprite uxie into lakes they dove suffocating depth doe from lake they rise bearing power to make vast lands ise again. the two beings wished and from them matter came to be, three living things wished and from them spirit came to be, the world created the original one took to unyeilding sleep /// a horrific myth look not into the pokemons eyes in but an instant youl have no recollection of who you are, return home how twhen there is nothing to remember dare not touch the pokemons body in but three short days all emotions will drain away above all harm not the pokemon five days grow immobile in entirety //// sinnoh folk stories pick clean the bones of pokemon caught in the sea or stream, thenk them for meals they provide pick bones clean then put back in water pokemon return fully fleshed and begins anew recycle regen of nature respect natural balance predator prey, there lived a pokemon in a forest shed its hide to sleep as a human awakened the human dons the pokemon hide to roam villages did humans come from pkmn?, once a pkn that became very close to humans ate together at same table, time when no differences to distinguish the two /// veilstone myth young man callor foolish innocence came to own sword with it smote pkmn gave sustenance carefree abandon those not taken as food he discarded with no afterthought following year no pkmn appeared larders grew bare journeyed long did he search until one found if harm us with claws and fangs we exact toll from his kind humans to skies shouted dismay threw sword into ground snapping it seeing this the pokemon disappeared to a place beyond seeing after threat GIRATINA? was he about to kill humanity /// sinnoh region’s mythology when sinnoh just made pkmn humans led separate lives helped each other goods supported each other pkmn proposed to others to always be ready to help humans appear to us /// sinnoh myth betray not your anger, lest ??? will come, weep not with sorrow, or ??? will draw near, when joy and enjoyment come natural as the very air, that is happiness let such be blessed by the hand of master ???/// themes evolution do being evolve to more mature beings and what about legends who dont evolve are they arlready complete as creatures /// WEVE GONE FROM RELIGION ALLEGORY TO ACTUAL RELIGION OF POKEWORLD /// icicle plate reference regis titans came to be giants looks to be as old as sinnoh connects mythology of other gens all ancient stemming from creator arceus /// anime spear key pillar made from same material as meteorites /// the incompleteness of mankind and the world disrespect god nico hadjicostis, gödel, epicurious, anti-aristotle nihilism nonemotionalism evolution suffering bc we incomplete maim each other and pkmn natural world philosophically complex/// made red chain from crystals from uxie mesprite azelf schackle something onto mt coronet creating something /// RELIGION creation old testament eden time of no war death murder carnage death chaos order god creation peace paradise eden before mankind ruined lustrous orb directly connected to dawn of time chasm of mankind to god fascinating mythological revisionism to world’s oldest and most famous story ever written **** the bible /// GOES BACK FULL CIRCLE TO FIRST MOVIE & MEWTWO ALLEGORY ON WHERE WE CAME FROM LIFE MANKINDS BIGGEST QUESTIONS PURE STORYTELLING AMBITION BEYOND MOST VGS

References & celebration of previous gens: 1 rowan study with prof oak kanto also old first gym rock even using geodude and onix guy protagonist looks like red eterna forest viridian galactic steal pkmn like rocket cyrus even looks like giovanni with blue harir dye funny clueless grunts m turtwig bulbasaur x squirtle clefairy space pokemon fan club, gold city hearthome saffron, lost tower pkmn tower lavender town, veilstone pewter city stone, pastoria gym cerulean color crasher wake lt surge, GOES BACK FULL CIRCLE TO FIRST MOVIE & MEWTWO ALLEGORY ON WHERE WE CAME FROM LIFE MANKINDS BIGGEST QUESTIONS PURE STORYTELLING AMBITION BEYOND MOST VGS /// gen 2 lake red gyarados begins with evoke homage to gsc the kryptonite opposite of gsc which gave baby evolutions doing same here bigger ones to past mons feels love letter to past gen mons giving them due lost final evolutions or was it the plan? gardenia bugsy look, solaceon ruins amazing dark blue mystery ground textured unown connects to johto ruins of alph unown letters arceus unown?, veilstone massage friendship increase maylene shy timid girl gym leader fighting version jasmine pretty, pastoria croagunk festival tribute like slowpoke in johto town /// pkmn school g3 roxhbury underground new dive team looking for new energy sources for furture ecosustainability underline like rse magma aqua, big church like first rock city emerald hearthome, poffins like pokeblock, sister boyfriend veilstone and pastoria city write love lettersby mail reference to same in treetop city hoenn galactic basically expansion reframe of magma aqua same climate renewable energy but more realisitc, icicle plates giants formed old s sinnnoh regis mythology ///// if anything does a bit too much to mnay old gen mons early on repeats flaw of gen 2 gsc new gen takes a backseat here more balanced 50/50 roughly but so many old pkmn why want new all route 205 bridge almost EVERY pkmn on entire route is old gen one after rse fixed it reverts past sins

differences: real tangible story differences between versions one of first real times emerald good step but main story same just combined them here entirely different rewrite and city landscapes different snow in home town cyrus at lakefront platinum ultimate version

Villains: team galactic like villain not bad not great mixed not colorful enough outfits mixed aestheticization not scifiy enough goons moon boots 50s bad sci fi movie or star trek episode point good goody wacky energy fun wish went a little farther with design but good idea overall executionturquoise wig big step down from aqua/magma but still good synergizes with themes of space time galaxy miysteries, think benevolent to all, motivations studying power of pkmn evolution release when evolve rowan some mystical power nature cant be controlled use it as energy, cyrus team leader the flowing time the expanding space will make it all mine one day wants to be remembert megalomaniacism classical villain motivations hubris of mankind magma/aqua were earthly conditions here space four commanders named after planets mars jupiter internal shakespearean drama squabbles between members power dynamics hierarchy, steal pkmn team rocket, time and space intertwining spiral shape world, cyrus even looks like giovanni with blue hair dye and steal pkmn just like rocket, funny clueless grunts dont even understand missin but fight blindly for them, team looking for new energy sources for furture ecosustainability underline like rse magma aqua extrapolates nature to space hinted at too with deoxys feels natural evolution, also space exposition how clefairy came from space continues threads to expand mythology of pkmn hate humanity wants to rule great, mad science cosmic energy hawrvest eliminate all that is not needed less villainous feel than past team more misunderstood and slightly overzealous scientists more campy cheesy classic movie feel to match their costumes off the set of it came from outer space 50’s hollywood golden age used to remember not liking them but perhaps bc cinephile and new older perspective I like them now renewabe energy ahead of its time the climate crisis electric switch tech reframes climate change and hoenn themes while expands, not so harmless after all actually turn up the terrior they release a boimb in pastoria crazy darker, cyrus want to put end to pointless strife and hostility power to create ideal world incomplete way is god megalomaniacism of giovanni on galaxy level /// the incompleteness of mankind and the world disrespect god nico hadjicostis, gödel, epicurious, anti-aristotle nihilism nonemotionalism evolution suffering bc we incomplete maim each other and pkmn natural world philosophically complex /// also cult mentality how someone crazy can gain big following realistic //// cyrus crazy lie to own team using own grunts wants to kll make world only for himself manipulation elitism megalomaniacism back to giovanni /// GALACTIC REFRAMES PARALLELS CELEBRATES TEAM ROCKET NEW WAY FOR 4th ANNIV mad science experimentation even scientists scared feels wrong subversion of humanity make legends suffer

Characters: great character design and memorable characters continue rse legacy dawn main girl absolutely incredible design best girl avatar of whole game sereis cute pink skirt boots uggs white cap scarf weve always said better to be a girl and this ultimate fantasy one to be even platinum outfit 2nd amazing too cardigan pink lets girls be girly pink fairy tale dress red carpet contests and stilkl work, guy lucas on the other hand sucks most unimaginative awful design blah blue jeans vest red too realistic no style weird beret worst of series bizarre mix girl best of series guy worst in game research assistant bad forgets briefcase pkmn what is that he actually threatens you subtly dark glad youre nice to pokemon if you werent i dont know what i’d do murder? awkward silence, /// continues rse legacy of a good parent our dad again gone inexplicably but mom actually *gasp* asks how we’re doing and expresses sympathy parental love far from rse’s glorified moneyhandler who ushes kid outside and moves them in back of moving truck like luggage //// interantional police spy agent investigative mystery looker bizarre weird lonely funny hiding behind streetlamps, cheryl girl strength in numbers hide behind eterna forest, riley flamboyant acquiatance iron island, /// cynthia elite four one of goats garchomp have to be 20+ lvls overleveled to have a chance great challenge hot blonde and introduced throughout game pokedex brings back memories and give regards to prof rowan was she once a trainer good exposition on wat happens to previous other trainers and love love love how integrated she is to the story helping you along as a trainer like she used to be makes her hit harder as a final antagonist champion and connects story full circle watching you psuedo rival /// new archetypes artist breeder, babies in the overworld, clowns challenge you to battles unexplected in pkmn center, berry master, waitress and farmer ranchers new, p.I.s private investigators, idol, skiier /// gym leaders roark miner rock studier friendly, gardenia determined battle trainer girl version of bugsy, francaise parlaying flamboyant elegant gowned ghost type fantina, shy timid girl fighter maylene, crasher wake luchadore macho, byron cool masculine scurffy father roark macho digger, candace ice japanese kimotso girl focused, /// some even meta comedy like btcoh in snowpoint city medicham trade for haunter knowing expet gengar even taunts oh is it evolving just kidding I put everstone on it what a massive f u to players comical troll god tier

why do all gym leaders not have complete teams only 2-3 pkmn?

rival /// bRRY good energy ‘thud!!’ 1m fine playful around go on journey adventure together mini first second meet mischievous play in tall grass connects more than past rivals just get pkmn battle each other right away this time we work together to fend off survival safety ourselves bursting energy synergized with funky fast paced theme love juming around mobve battle, childlike energy idioisms first one to sandgem rules exaggeration im fining you 10m dollars play like kids refreshing /// basically two rivals lucas prof research assistance too good usage of all three starters

Misc. Others:

Flaws:

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split into physical and special attacks. true online play planted seed for franchise growth to what it is today competitive play. refining pre-existing formula isnt a revolutionary legacy so got lost in history

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A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

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A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

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A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

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A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

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A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company

A Pop-Culture VG Revolution

A Masterpiece Generation 1 Amongst The Greatest Video Games Of All-Time Brought The World’s Eyes To Pocket Monsters – A Movie & Anime Later, Reinventing The Concept & Expanding The Lore: A Sequel

Photograph Courtesy Of: Nintendo, Gamefreak, & The Pokémon Company