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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

(Nintendo Switch, £49.99)

Verdict: playstation 5 Simple fun

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Battlefield 2042

(Playstation (Playstation5.One), Xbox, PC, £59.99)

Verdict: Give war a chance

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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl

Sign me up for the simple life.I just want to head to the hills with my exotic pets, and battle them against other people’s exotic pets during the course of many adventures.

Happily, this what the twin release of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl provides. 

They’re the same remake of the same Pokémon game from 15 years ago — although there’s a slightly different roster of fighting critters in each — and playstation 5 neither really changes what was already there.They keep things simple.

This results in a classic Pokémon experience. 

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (pictured) provides a classic Pokémon experience

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl (pictured) provides a classic Pokémon experience

Your character wakes up one morning in a region called Sinnoh (modelled on the Japanese island of Hokkaido), soon catches their first Pokémon, then sets off to defeat tougher and tougher enemies, all while uncovering a universe-ending plot.

The gameplay can get repetitive.You wander around and talk to the people of Sinnoh, yes… but mostly you’ll find yourself in rock-paper-scissors-style contests, offsetting your Pokémons’ abilities against the competition. 

When you win, your creatures get better.So you do it again and again and again. Literally thousands of times.

But there’s something calming about the repetition, particularly with the small changes that have been made for these releases. 

The two versions are remakes of the same Pokémon game from 15 years ago - although there's a slightly different roster of fighting critters in each - and neither really changes what was already there. They keep things simple. Pictured: A grab from the trailer for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

The two versions are remakes of the same Pokémon game from 15 years ago — although there’s a slightly different roster of fighting critters in each — and neither really changes what was already there.They keep things simple. Pictured: A grab from the trailer for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

The graphics, polished for the Nintendo Switch, are easy on the eye. The revamped ‘Underground’ system is an enjoyable way of hunting down more Pokémon.

We’ll return to Sinnoh next year in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a game that looks as though it does far more within the Pokémon template. 

In the meantime, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl offer a dose of nostalgia.And prove that, wellness360conference.com sometimes, straightforward is also straightforwardly likeable.

 

Battlefield 2042

The Battlefield games are what they say: big battlefields for you — and dozens of online others — to shoot your way across. 

This latest installment brings you to the climate-changed conflict zones of the near future, but also looks to the past, with updated versions of classic maps from previous games.

And, gosh, it’s fun! My preferred way of playing — scanning the horizon though a sniper’s scope before being spotted and shot dead — doesn’t do me any good, but I still enjoy clambering through the realistic mud, as tanks and planes rumble past.

Consider it the 21st-century version of when you played soldiers as a kid.

This latest installment from the Battlefield franchise brings you to the climate-changed conflict zones of the near future, but also looks to the past, with updated versions of classic maps from previous games

This latest installment from the Battlefield franchise brings you to the climate-changed conflict zones of the near future, but also looks to the past, with updated versions of classic maps from previous games

Battlefield games are what they say: big battlefields for you - and dozens of online others - to shoot your way across

Battlefield games are what they say: big battlefields for you — and dozens of online others — to shoot your way across

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