Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

For our Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Review, we set off on a mystery-filled adventure through the Sinnoh region, as you catch Pokémon, battle against the region’s strongest Pokémon Trainers, and uncover the truth behind Team Galactic’s nefarious plans!

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Review Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 6.7GB download size.
  • Pokémon gameplay.
  • Opening and ongoing tutorials.
  • Game settings – text speed, skip battle animations, change Pokemon every fight.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Turn-based combat.
  • Each Pokemon has an element type like earth, firewater, etc and they counteract each other.
  • Poketech is a watch you have whereby it has apps built into it and you can have them displayed on the screen like the time, Pokémon in hand, pedometer, or even secret moves.
  • It is a very happy game.
  • Gyms are controlled by a boss of the area and beating these guys is key to progression.
  • Mystery gift – redeem codes and get free gifts from Nintendo periodically.
  • Unlocks can be had in multiple ways giving the game a more open feel.
  • Ball capsules – you can buy/find/earn stickers to customize your capsules.
  • Computers allow you to sort your Pokemon and swap out your team members.
  • Pokemon earn EXP and level up to earn new moves (optional), increase stats and evolve into a new version of themselves.
  • Trainer card – you avatar, name, ID, playtime, cash, Pokémon count, badges (displayed in a cool box), Battle types and count, and all this is shown to people online.
  • Pause the game and it tells you your latest mission goal or where to go.
  • When playing the game you are like a young chibi version of yourself whilst when I’m battle you are a proper grown kid.
  • Fish whenever you want when next to the water.
  • Shops to buy and sell items.
  • The Pokemon center allows you to use a computer and heal all pokemon at once.
  • Hidden items around the world.
  • Long grass – when you see it shaking you trigger a random fight with a pokemon.
  • You can customize the order of apps on your menu at any time.
  • Pokémon get EXP between fights if you are against a team so in essence, they could learn a new move in between fights.
  • One of the most accessible Pokemon games in years and breaks the typical pokemon traits.
  • Poke balls – there are many types for catching different pokemon. For example, you can get one that makes catching water pokemon easier or when captured a pokemon will heal in the ball.
  • Fight against other trainers in-game.
  • TM – these are moves that you can equip (dependant) to a pokemon and are generally rare or special attacks.
  • Fights can be 2v2.
  • Pokémon traits can be things like intimidating the opponent to lower their defense for example.
  • Plant berries in certain soil to grow more of them.
  • Trees can now harbor pokémon as you can rub honey on them.
  • Underground mine system – at any point you can use an item to go underground into a huge Labyrinth of tunnels and rooms. It’s all the same size as the games Overworld, in the mines you can play mini-games to earn statues and gems, find rare and only available underground Pokemon.
  • You can play underground mines with friends or randoms on the Internet along with local communications available.
  • The bike allows you to go around faster but it also has gears so you can go over different terrain and go faster/slower.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond Review Cons:

  • You still need to know how to read the map.
  • Random fights can get annoying.
  • No way to rebind the buttons.
  • Still slow to start.
  • Early on you get a lot of dupe pokémon.
  • You don’t always get a lot of help in terms of how to get past an obstacle.
  • The difficulty doesn’t scale so you can just level up early and walk through the game.

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Pokemon Brilliant Diamond:

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Developer: Nintendo

Publisher: Nintendo

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


Honestly, they do take a slightly different approach to the game series but it soon becomes the exact same loop as it always is. At the time of writing, this is my favorite Pokemon because I was so fatigued by all the previous games and the ever-changing loop. At least here they add in more things to do, they make the initial hour a lot more bearable, and plus it looks fantastic. Returning players will notice the new additions quicker than new players but it won’t actually matter in the grand scheme of things as it is a solid entry, not without a few flaws and hiccups but overall it’s the best Pokémon to date.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!