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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
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I bought Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia after my sister got it, and instantly got completely addicted. The plot was stupendous, and the ranger twist was great.

When I found out a new ranger game was coming out, I was thrilled. I bought it as soon as I got my next Amazon gift card. I started to play as soon as I got it. Most of the new additions were quite fun, for example the primary feature of the game: being able to call back certain Pokemon previously captured. However, there was one feature that I constantly regretted: the change in how Poke assists work. The fact that your only available partner Pokemon was Ukulele Pichu also saddened me.

The game would have met all of my expectations if I had not played Shadows of Almia beforehand. The plot in Guardian Signs is not nearly as intriguing. While Pokemon pinchers offer an exciting opponent, I find the notion of machines controlling Pokemon much more on-the-edge-of-my-seat intense material. Also, there was the fact that you start out as a ranger as opposed to going through ranger school and the trainee process. In this you missed all the fun of exploring the fundamentals of pokemon, rangers, and target clears, and going through the ranger ranks.

The return of Murph was a welcome feature, although he definitely would not be the character of choice to traverse the games. There was one part where Murph attempted a "human target clear" (only shadows of almia fans will appreciate this) and ran at the wall, yelling, "target... CLEAR!!!" After failing, he said, "A ranger I know is really good at that" When he said that, I found myself yelling, "Barlow! Don't say a ranger I know, say Barlow!"

Anyway, if you are the type who skips through all the dialogue, hands down get this product. If you are looking for a more developed plot-line, get Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2010
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Get rid of the other two, this is the only one you need. It's full of awesome gameplay, many many hours will be put into this one. The animations are awesome, really colorful and bright. It's just... fun. If you enjoy video games, Pokemon, or both... then buy this immediately. You will NOT be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
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As a person who has been playing Pokemon Ranger since the original, I have to say the games have gone a long way. I love the fact that after the original, you didn't have to continuously loop to capture in gameplay, and they kept that here (which is amazing). They have a new summoning function that takes in the "Guardian Signs" side of the title, and I have to say, traveling around the world looking for legendaries to summon is amazing, but not as annoying as you would think. I've played games with no warp option (this one has no warp) and no way to skip the transport (be it flying, walking, swimming, or sailing). Luckily, the islands aren't that far apart, so flying is bearable, but there is also a quick-fly option of sorts where you can go to fly (made much easier by summoning latias or latios) and then just arrive at your destination in seconds, rather than flying the entire route. Land travel is made easier by the use of entei, raiku, and suicune. The story is just like most other ranger games, but with its own twist, like normal. The music is nice, and the graphics... Well, they're Ranger graphics.

Overall, I have to say this is an amazing game, and I played it nonstop for almost a month trying to clear all the side quests, and just enjoying the story. I would recommend this to anyone who can read (because you need to read to enjoy the game fully and understand all of it), as well as anyone who is a fan, old or new of the rangers or just Pokemon in general. I will never sell this game ever, and I will continue to enjoy it of rears to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
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Kids love game. We got very fast service. Will buy from seller again. Came very fast in the mail.
Great seller!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2012
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My boys each bought a copy of this game. They love playing it as single player and playing together in multi-player.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
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I would say that this is a game designed for younger people. I praise the graphics and unique battle/capture style which it makes great use of the Nintendo DS's touch screen. With a diverse array of pokemon and vivid colors Guardian Signs makes for a good distraction and its easy to adapt to. I found myself wishing that I could command characters in much the same way Guardian Signs does, but in the mainstream games like Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heartgold and Soulsilver. I did find the dialogue a mite bit boring and juvenile, but then again I made this purchase to make use of Pokemon Ranger's downloadable content and not for its gameplay appeal which younger people will enjoy. As an young adult, this feature was the sole reason for my purchase as the downloadable content gives exclusive items to the mainstream games. This feature in my opinion is what makes the game a worthwhile purchase, but I'm sure other individuals will enjoy it for its other qualities as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2013
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I got this for my friend's son for his 7th birthday and he seemed really excited about it when he opened it. The price was right - all of the other Pokemon DS games were more expensive and this one was cheapest but seemed to offer the same amount of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
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This game was very fun to play. This game features a pokemon ranger that rescues pokemon in danger. This game includes puzzles, quests, and a new features that is not includes within the other pokemon ranger games, the ability to summon legendary pokemon that you have captured that will help you within the game. This game also has missions that can be played with other players over the nintendo wireless feature. I highly recommend this game to any Pokemon fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have found the pokemon ranger titles to be a welcome change to the usual pokemon hunting. However the length of play that can be utilized is limited when compared to the normal pokemon titles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2012
Intro:

i'm a huge pokemon fan. while the only old pokemon game i played was crystal, my very first actual pokemon game was platinum. This is the first time I've played a pokemon ranger game (even though I've heard and saw others), and surprisingly enjoyed it very much.

story:

story is quite simple, (basically like all the other pokemon games), you are a ranger who have to stop a team of mad people from doing something stupid. the story is very entertaining. you don't know who is with you or who is against you and i was truly shocked at the ending (or finale battle).

Gameplay:

The gameplay is easy to get use to but comes with a unique twist. you draw circles around your pokemon to calm down and help you on various things. Do this to legendary pokemon and you will get a sign that will allow you to call them at any given time. the game is also suprisingly difficult. this is where pichu comes in handy and so do your other pokemon before they run away after taking to many hits from the pokemon. your pokemon and pichu are able to assist you in tough times, playing a song (pichu) or attacking the pokemon (your party).while the game is unique and entertaining the real drawback is the constant dialog between characters. its not exactly constant but it is very, very, LONG. it takes about 15 minutes just for me to finish one persons dialog. The other is the constant running back and forth between long distant areas which are tiring alone. i love the dramatics when your about to fight a "boss" pokemon. the pokemon lets out a huge cry and the screen turns black showing a picture of the pokemon. Gotta love it. The last drawback is the lack of use of pokemon. while pokemon do come in handy, you barley use them besides remove a few blocks or obstacles or when you need help calming down a pokemon.

Overall:

Entertaining and fun but lack of usage of pokemon and long dialogs.

story - 10/10
characters - 10/10
enetertaining - 8.7/10
Score - 9.5/10
replay Value:

moderatly high considering the long dialogs and constant running back and forth.
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