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semater

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#1

semater commented on Review: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Inf...:

@Tertis
Good graphics does not always equate to a good game. The overall quality of Explorers of Sky was vastly greater compared to Gates to Infinity. I'd rather have lower quality graphics than a lower quality overall gaming experience that has prettier graphics and music. I would rather buy a visually upgraded version of Sky than Gates to Infinity. Gates is still enjoyable, but it lacks in many areas.

semater

#3

semater commented on Review: Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Inf...:

I have to say, I was rather looking forward to this game when it was first being talked about. However, while there are some things that this game does better than its predecessors, there are a greater number of things that make it a worse game than the Explorers series.

First the Pros:
~No more quizes to determine who you play as. Now you can just pick who you want out of the starters.
~Beautiful Graphics
~Good storyline
~The ability to improve on your attacks in power, accuracy and PP based on usage and training
~TMs are reusable
~You can build your Paradise
~The ability to 'pause' the main story and play as a team made up of Pokemon that are not on your main team
~All members of your Team (not just the four that make up your party) level up so that no Pokemon is left weak

And now for the cons:
~Only 144 Pokemon that can join your Team, and the vast bulk of those are Gen V
~Only 5 Choosable Pokemon to pick as yourself and your partner
~All starting Pokemon (You and your partner) are all male. You are unable to choose your own gender or that or your partner
~Boss AI is not all that bright (though for some that could be a good thing)
~Not much after story following the main storyline
~Main storyline is rather short (Beat it in less than 40 hours)
~You have to pay for new dungeons via DLC, about $2 per new dungeon
~So far, there seems to be a vast lack of evolution items. Also, while your other party members are able to evolve, you and your partner cannot until after the main story, and no logical reason or explanation is given.

All in all, if you're looking for a quality PMD game, I highly recommend PMD: Explorers of Sky. This game is fun, don't get me wrong, but for long-time fans of the series, this latest game is a letdown. However, those who have never played a PMD game will find this enjoyable and a good way to get into the series.

semater

#4

semater commented on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity:

Pros:
1) THE BEST LOOKING POKEMON GAME TO DATE. Seriously this is the most gorgeous Pokemon game to date, the world is vibrant and colorful, and the 3D Pokemon models look incredible. I can't wait for X and Y if this is any indication of what Pokemon on 3DS can do.
2) This may be a con for some The game is more streamlined, meaning, it's a lot more accessible for people who have not played the previous entries.
3) The Dungeons themselves have these sub puzzles where they take you out of the Dungeon, these are a nice change of pace. Also for dungeons, they look incredible in terms of layout and design, and finding the staircase is more challenging than the others.
4) Menus look a lot more like clean and easy to use.
5) Your moves can be upgradable. ie) Dragon Rage can be turned into Dragon Rage II; giving it more PP, accuracy, or damage.
6) This may be a con for some Hunger is gone for the majority of the game.
7) The MagnaGates are a nice distraction. You can enter random dungeon as other teams and collect items from that random dungeon. They give you a difficulty level as well. The items you take back can be used for your main party, but you can't take the Pokemon there.
8) Street Pass and DLC. Streetpass can be used if you faint in a dungeon, someone can help you if they have the game as well. DLC is offered and the first one is free until April 30th. Other DLC dungeons vary in difficulty and cost around $2.50.
9) A nice amount of upgrades, in terms of bag, rank, properties for your paradise, etc.
10) One major Pro I forgot... The music in this game is incredible! I normally don't use headphones for handheld game, and for some I mute it, but for this I had it on full volume for the music.

Cons:
1) Game is a little on the Easy side. Since hunger is gone for most of the game, you mainly have to worry about PP consumption.
2) ONLY 5 STARTERS This can be "game breaking" for some, because you can only choose: The Gen 5 Starters, Pikachu, and Axew. Last PMD had around 19... To me that is lazy because you have much more processing power on the 3DS.
3) There seems to be lacking a lot older Pokemon and even some from Gen 5 are missing.
4) You can only do ONE REQUEST at a time. I find that very annoying that even though there are 3 or four requests on a board, you can only do one at a time.
5) Text Speed. It's very slow, and unskippable.
6) The story itself isn't as long, or epic as the others. It takes awhile for it to hit it's stride, so some may be turned off from this. Also there isn't as many dungeons. Lastly, the story can feel more childish, ie) Phrases like, "Give it your all," "Try your hardest," etc are used. And the dialogue can drone on, BUT there is some dark themes to this game.
7) You are UNABLE TO CHOOSE YOUR GENDER OR YOUR PARTNER'S GENDER! This is a point of infuriation for most that I've talked to on other forum boards. And this is, I believe, out of pure laziness. In the Japanese version, you are able to do so, but in the US version, all choices are 100% male. This pretty much shuts out female players, and it doesn't allow guys to choose to have a female partner.

For those who love the PMD series, this is a rather disappointing installment that had plenty of potential. But perhaps it can work as a good way for newcomers to get their feet wet, so to speak. As for me, I'm returning my copy and I'll stick to PMD: Explorers of Sky until Gates to Infinity gets some much needed updating.