One of the perks of this job is being sent copies of games I'd never otherwise consider playing. Like Pokémon Platinum, for example.
I have clearly not spent enough time running through long grass, as my encounters with Pokémon over the years have been minimal. From memory, I'm pretty sure I played the Ruby/Sapphire versions five or six years ago while I worked on a short-lived Game Boy Advance magazine.
So vague is my recollection, however, that if you were to ask me what the game was like, I might be able to tell you there was some turn-based combat, some walking around between towns, not much of a story, and, well... that's about it.
I've just started playing Pokémon Platinum - due for release next week on Nintendo DS - and so far it all feels very familiar. So I've got a few questions for the Pokémon fans out there:
- How have the Pokémon games changed over the years?
- Do you enjoy the world, the story and the characters?
- Or is it really just all about collecting and levelling up your Pokémon?
- Any starting tips for a novice trainer?