Fourth-generation features to improve in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest gaming news, you’ll know that the long-awaited remakes of Pokémon’s fourth generation, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, will finally be released for Nintendo Switch on November 19th.

Well, as you might expect, with just a few months to go before release, users and press alike have been pondering why the fourth generation is one of the most remembered. CBR points out that the original Nintendo DS games were a mixed bag of opinions.

As such, we leave you with a compilation of areas for improvement, although they point out that some of their problems were fixed with the third edition, Pokémon Platinum.

Points to improve:

  • The pacing of the gyms is quite strange, while the first 2 take quite a while to get to (and there’s a long walk between them), each time we get closer to the end the gyms will be quite a bit closer together.
  • There is a clear imbalance in the types of wild Pokémon, for example, the only wild fire-type Pokémon you will easily find in the game are Chimchar (and its evolutionary line) as well as Rapidash (and its evolutionary line), while other types such as water or bug abound throughout the Mount Crown region.
  • Performance and optimisation issues in its original DS versions, with various framerate issues in combat.
  • Routes 217 and 212 can be quite frustrating due to snow and mud respectively.
  • To progress through the game, you need to have a lot of MOs on your team simultaneously.
  • Lack of a consistent post-game.
  • The story is considered half-hearted by some fans.

Positive points:

  • Physical and special attack categories were split, which meant that the types no longer had this feature built in, and it was purely up to the Pokémon.