Gameplay. Ok well you start of at your hometown just like all the pokemon games, just like diamond and pearl except when you go to choose your starter you dont go to the lake. You go just outside of your town and then dawn will come running with a suitcase. Pokemon Platinum isnt the same as Pokemon Diamond and Pearl but its based on them. Practicly a upgraded version of them. The gym order is different and the puzzles in the gyms and some are much cooler and i would say more creative. The new gym leader order is: Oreburgh Gym with Gymleader Roark, Eterna Gym with Gymleader Gardenia, Hearthome Gym with Gymleader Fantina, Veilstone Gym with Gymleader Maylene, Pastoria Gym with Gymleader Crasher Wake, Canalave Gym with Gymleader Byron, Snowpoint Gym with Gymleader Candice and last of all Sunyshore Gym with Gymleader Volkner.
Oreburgh Gym and Gymleader Roark
The Oreburgh Gym is in fact, unchanged from the ones in Diamond and Pearl version. So it’s still a simple gym after all (well, the first gyms are always the simplest ones).
Roark, the first gymleader to battle. He uses mainly Rock-type Pokemon.
Gardenia, The Eterna Gym Leader
The Eterna Gym has a new puzzle to solve. In order to reach Gardenia, you have to battle each of the trainers in there. The Gym has been redesigned, it now contains four sections with a giant garden clock in the centre, dividing these areas. For each trainer you defeat, the hands of the clock move. Once the clocks hands turn to the north, south, east or west you can then walk onto the clock and progress to other areas of the gym. Gardenia awaits the player in the northern area of the gym.
Gardenia, the second gymleader. She uses Grass-type Pokemon in her battles and could be a little hard if for those who have Piplup as starter.
Hearthome Gym and Gymleader Fantina
With Pokemon Platinum the Hearthome Gym has become a little like the old Dewford Gym. It is very dark so you must get around the gym using a torch. Duskull lamps are used as visible walls, to guide you around. There are other trainers with torches that you need to battle in order to get to Fantina. Fantina, the third gymleader, she was the fifth gymleader in Pokemon Diamond and Pearl!. She uses mainly Ghost-type Pokemon.
Veilstone Gym and Gymleader Maylene
Like Eterna and Hearthome, Veilstone Gym also get an upgrade. Instead of sliding through the gym, you now have to punch (literally) the sandbag in order to create a path to reach Maylene.
Maylene, the fourth gymleader. Despite her small and petite appearance, she packs quite a punch when it comes to fighting. As you see, she uses mainly Fighting-type Pokemon. After you defeat Maylene she will give you the Cobble Badge, Drain Punch, and the can use Fly outside of battles.
Pastoria Gym and Gymleader Crasher Wake
Pastoria Gym hasn’t changed from Diamond and Pearl so you will be playing with the water levels once again in Pastoria Gym. The Pastoria Gym is a big indoor swimming pool made up of three levels and numerous floating platforms with switches built in the bottom that raises and lowers the water level. To get to the Wake you use the switches in a certain order soit makes a path in the the floating platforms.
Crasher Wake is the fifth gymleader uses Water-type Pokemon in his battles. He looks a bit like a WWE wrestler. You end up with the Fen Badge, Brine and are can use Defog outside of battle.
Canalave Gym and Gymleader Byron
Canalave Gym has been changed from Diamond and Pearl. It is a fairly easy gym to do. The Gym is a four-story tall building made up of steel platforms with lifts and metal platforms that move. You must take the elevators in the correct order to reach the fourth floor so you can get to Byron. Even though it is simple, it really uses the 3D engine of Nintendo DS pretty well.
When Byron battles he uses Steel-type Pokemon in his battles. Trainers who defeat him will receive the Mine Badge the Flash Cannon and can use Strength when not battling.
Snowpoint Gym and Gymleader Candice
The Snowpoint Gym is a Gym that is a three-floor ice rink and has slides that connect the different floors and there are snowballs blocking your progress through the Gym. To reach Candice the gym leader you have to slide all around the Gym and destroy the balls of snow blocking the way.
Candice is theseventh gym leader and uses mostly Ice-type Pokemon in her battles. When you defeat her you get an Icicle Badge, Avalanche and you are able to use Rock Climb outside of battle.
Sunyshore Gym an Gymleader Volkner
The Sunyshore Gym is a three room Gym where the main floor is made up of huge, gigantic gears hanging suspended from platforms that are operated by buttons. To get through you need to rotate the platforms in the right order to create a path. A little tricky.
Volkner is the eighth and last Gym Leader. He uses mostly Electric-type Pokemon and is a hard to beat Gym Leader. When you do beat him you get the Beacon Badge, Charge Beam and able to use Waterfall when you are outside of a battle. Watch out for the Pokemon Electivire.
On your pokemon journey when you catch your games legendary on pearl or diamond it has either Dialga or Palkia but on platinum it has the all mighty upgraded version of giratina at the top of mount. cornet at the sky pillar. Which has Dialga and Palkia behind it. The “battle frointier” of platinum is a like emerald it has much more buildings and is way better.
The graphics of this game is using the nintendo DS’s full potential this time. The grass, trees, land looks much more realistic but still in a cartoon way. When your in eterna forest you can actually see bundles of light on the ground shining through the top of the forest and it looks soo cool. Also in the battle mode the moves look a bit better too. Overall the graphics for platinum may not be as good as some of the games on the nintendo but it certainly keeps the pokemon tradition!
The sounds are the same the sound quality cant really be improoved for the pokemon games but again Nintendo really keeps the tradition of the original pokemon games even in their newest pokemon games which gives it that pokemon feel when you hear the sounds. I do think the noises of the pokemon have improved and the noises of the pokemon moves have also improved alot. Well done Nintendo!
Overall Rating: 9.5/10