4 Reasons To Avoid Pokémon Platinum At All Costs

Pokémon Platinum Version

4 Reasons To Avoid Pokémon Platinum At All Costs

Pokemon Platinum is regarded by many as the best game in the entire franchise. If not the best, it ranked among the top with HeartGold/SoulSilver. However, even the best games have their problems, and Platinum is no different. This article explains the reasons to avoid Pokemon Platinum and play other games instead. One size doesn’t fit all, and Platinum isn’t what it’s cracked up to be, especially for new players.   


Generation IV is often cited as one of the hardest Generations in the franchise, and Platinum is up there as one of the most difficult Pokemon games. The difficulty comes from the AI, which often has higher levels during Gym Battles and makes smarter decisions in fights.

No Pokemon game would ever be listed as hard compared to other RPGs. Still, compared to other titles in the series, Platinum can give players a challenging time—especially newer players who don’t know the ins and outs of the game yet. 

Pokemon Platinum is a great choice if you are looking for a challenge. But looking at other options would be best for those wanting to start their Pokemon journey or just want to relax with a fun game.    

Pokémon Platinum Version
Pokemon Platinum features the Sinnoh region for players to explore and catch new Pokemon.


The price for old Pokemon games and handheld devices like the DS has decreased recently. During the COVID-19 pandemic, prices skyrocketed due to people being at home and wanting to pass the time. Regardless, the price for Pokemon Platinum will be around $60, depending on the condition and what it comes with.

This doesn’t even mention buying a DS if you don’t already own one, which can range from $60-100. But why does this matter? If you collect retro or older games, it would be a perfect buy. But those who want to play the game solely because it’s a famous title should stay away. For the price of a game and DS, you can buy two AAA games or are halfway to buying a Nintendo Switch. 

It’s an expensive investment for an older title and may not live up to the hype. If you aren’t sure you’ll like it, consider watching a Let’s Play on YouTube to understand better what the game entails.

ROMs and emulators are also used for playing older titles such as Platinum. This can dramatically decrease the cost to practically zero, but given Nintendo’s history and ROMs being illegal to download, it’s best to stay away. Playing an old game is not worth the potential headache that can arise from using these sources.     

New Games

Modern Pokemon titles like Legends: Arceus and even Scarlet/Violet changed how people view the series. Legends: Arceus was the series’ first truly open-world game, allowing limitless potential. Scarlet/Violet made more effort in the story by including the eight Gym Battles and having two other plots to follow. These games shake up a tired formula. 

While Platinum does fix many of the problems that Diamond/Pearl had, it’s still an older title that fell victim to many common tropes. The game pushes hard into Pokemon battles, which makes sense, but the story is hidden in the background. Platinum may become repetitive compared to modern titles if you aren’t used to it, as it can take hours to grind and level up Pokemon.   

The Missing Story

For a long time, the story of Pokemon games was never a priority. Fans only cared about collecting and battling Pokemon while some storylines played out in the background. However, it has become apparent that a change has occurred in recent years. Storylines and characters have become a large focus in the titles, with more emphasis on them.

Unfortunately, Platinum falls into the old style of gameplay that disregards storylines. So, if you are a fan of modern titles and cutscenes or in-depth characters, then Platinum will not be for you.  


Depending on when you first started playing Pokemon games, Platinum can feel outdated. The games on the 3DS and onwards have a completely different feeling than past Generations. So, while the game is seen as one of the greatest and often ranked at the top of the franchise, you must figure out if it’s right for you. 

Based on your needs, games like Legends: Arceus, Ultra Sun/Moon, or Scarlet/Violet may better suit you. These games have exceptional stories; Scarlet/Violet has additional DLC, with Part 2 coming out later this year. These expansions provide more storylines and shake up a tired formula for the better. 

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