Well, Pokemon Diamond was a longer undertaking than I ever expected and I can thank the bed and tram-friendly Nintendo DS because I never would have finished it on the couch. This was my first (and probably last) Pokemon game. I gave up most book reading to “get it done” and I feel a sense of exhaustion that it’s now over. Looking at the other 21 games that Ash loaded on the D4 card when loaning it to me, I also feel exhausted. Does anyone else look at all the games on the market now on the various platforms and think – THERE ARE TOO MANY GAMES? If I look at those 22 games, I could easily play for a couple of years without picking up a newspaper or book again.
As for Pokemon – It is surprisingly grindy when played in single-player mode, because when you come up against the “Final Four”, it’s somehow expected that you have gained 10-15 levels on each Pokmon since the end of the story. The only way I could really grind these levels was just to repeatedly practise on the final four, as they gave the most XP. That got a bit old. These were the Pokemon I used to beat the Final Four and Cynthia (highest pokemon of hers is 66) – they fights have to be done back to back, so you need lots of reagents (26 Pokemon to beat in a row).
Crobat – Level 50
Dialga – Level 56
Empoleon – Level 57
Luxray – Level 53
Staravia – Level 56
Rapidash – Level 52
My greatest weakness was not having any Pokemon who were mostly immune to Ground attacks, so when I got a couple of Earthquakes I nearly lost both Dialga and Empoleon which would have been curtains, but thankfully some well timed health potions got me through them.
Now, is it Band Hero on the PS3, is it the PSP with Patchwork Heroes, or some Lord of the Rings Online on the PC? Answer: A book first for my sanity.