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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Review


Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity is a little different from what I was expecting. Having last played a Pokemon game on the DS, I was expecting to be running around 'collecting them all', but instead found myself taking on the guise of a Pokemon while crawling around numerous dungeons, fighting off one enemy after another.

It's a far cry from any Pokemon game I've played before and also a bit of a disappointment. While the game seems to be aimed at children, my kids got bored of it after 10 minutes of scrolling through a wall of text which didn't ever seem to amount to much.

The story, from what I can tell, starts with the you having a weird dream and waking as a Pokemon of your choosing, before you are guided towards a village, taking on your first corridor filled dungeon along the way. In this dungeon you'll get your first taste of combat as you take on all manner of creatures using one of four attacks. Combat is turn based, although there is no separate screen here, instead all the action plays out in front of you on the same screen, making the action a lot more fast paced and fluid, if not a little repetitive.

Unfortunately you'll soon discover that every dungeon offers much the same experience. Sure the encounters are randomly generated, however even though you may meet creatures in different places and the environments may be swapped over, it makes little difference.



One thing that does make things a little exciting is that you can create a team of other Pokemon to dive into the dungeons with, at least giving some variety to the style of attacks you can use. Also, when you level up your also able to choose new spells for the Pokemon, so once again this helps make the action a little different, although not much.

Outside of the dungeons you'll discover the main hub of the game - Pokemon Paradise. This is your own area, which can be expanded as you gain new items and cash from your adventures. This area probably gives you the most incentive to keep playing as it'll allow you to build new shops, play mini games and grow your population of Pokemon - although to grow your Pokemon and get these items you'll need to keep taking on jobs from the notice board, before heading in to those ever repetitive dungeons.

There are a few little additions which try to make things fun. For instance, outside of the main story there is a Magnagate mode. Here you'll be asked to point your 3DS camera at circular objects in your surroundings in order to find hidden portals. I tried this with a balloon, at which point a portal opened up and I was met with what turned out to be yet another randomly generated dungeon. To be honest it made me wonder why bother, considering you'll get more than your fill of these when playing the main campaign. Using the camera to find Pokemon in your house seemed like a good idea, it's just a shame that it ends in disappointment.

As mentioned, I've never played this style of Pokemon game before, so it's hard for me to judge just how much it's changed. As far as presentation goes it's pretty great looking, with the 3D effect proving pleasing enough to the eye and the colours feeling bright and vivid. The real star of the show though is the soundtrack, which offers a real nostalgic feeling that's been plucked out of the world of Nintendo. The music is a great accompaniment to the action and at least offered me some hope that I hadn't wasted the time I'd spent playing.

I'm sorry to be down on this Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, but I just found it dull and tedious, as did my children. The walls of text, repetitive dungeons and combat just made for a game that I didn't really want to play for longer than I had to. I'm sure hardcore Pokemon fans will probably find something to love about Gates to Infinity, but everyone else should steer clear because the 3DS has countless RPG's in its catalogue which wipe the floor with this.

(Version Tested: 3DS)

Pros

- Lovely Graphics
- Great Soundtrack

Cons

- Repetitive Dungeons
- Walls of text which make little sense
- Dull and Tedious



Edited On 09 May, 2013

Comments
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DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
You're not the only one, it's been getting panned all over the shop. I didn't enjoy the first one I played, and hoped they'd improve on it but alas, it seems they've just foamed it in.
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
The Mystery Dungeon games are only for fans of the roguelike RPG genre. I for one can't wait till I get this
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
think i will just stick to getting pokemon Y
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
Have you played any Mystery Dungeon games before Shep? If not I recommend you pick up Blue Rescue Team, it's pretty cheap now
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
i honestly have not tried 1 of these games i dont even know what they are like lol! i know poor for a pokemon fan! what they like?
Joe2120's avatar
Joe2120 4 years ago
This game is very disappointing. A far cry from the next 3DS game review which will be posted on May 17 - look out for that review, probably one of the best 3DS games I've played in ages. amazing.
Loli-Nox-Tan's avatar
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
They are for are for certain crowd (A Relatively Small one) but if you are interested pick up Pokemon Mystery Dungeon : Blue Rescue Team. PS: Look up Rougelike
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
You basically are a Pokemon, you team up wtih another Pokemon, and you walk through dungeons, defeating other Pokemon by pressing A to do a thundershock or a water gun(The only move you can do...) and you get to the end, celebrate, then go do another mission with the same mantra.
Spear 25's avatar
Spear 25 4 years ago
I wonder if the game could see a sales boost due to the Nintendo games offer. People sitting on the fence or not fussed might think its worth a try if its a free download, providing the other games on the offer don't interest them.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
That's the first handfull of Dungeons Whyte. If you like a good story with a lot of hidden meaning then pick it up
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
ill give it a go!
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JoeToots 4 years ago
i personally don't like mystery dungeon games.
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
It's all about red and blue style games. Have never even ventured onto these mystery dungeon games as don't want to ruin anything for myself.

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