Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2: Time Exploration Team
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon 2: Darkness Exploration Team
|September 13, 2007|
After the success of Mystery Dungeon Blue and Red Rescue Team, its successors have been given quite a bit of hype. Unfortunately, these games don't live up to all of that hype. Nintendo has tried hard to improve the storyline and add new features but overall, the games aren't much better than the 1st versions.
The plot is a bit better. You still start out as a person that has somehow turned into a Pokemon. You meet your partner and team up together. The main objective is to find out how to turn back into a human, but you sometimes do get sidetracked by your partner who knows about these legends and with him/her, travel around seeing if these legends are true or not. Also instead of making your own rescue team, you join a Wigglytuff's Guild. You'll be recruited and go on missions and so on. Along your journey you'll do more exploring than recruiting. You'll help more people and face stronger opponents and even take down thieves as a new type of mission.
Mystery Dungeon 2 keeps most of the things from the previous versions like hunger and recruitment but there are some things missing. There aren't any friend areas in the game. Most of the shops and facilities have new people running them and there isn't a Pelipper post office. Instead you have 2 separate message boards.
The game is really just to introduce Pokemon to young people. It is a pretty slow and repetitive game with very basic features. It doesn't really entice you into playing. There's a bit too much speech in the game, slowing everything down.
The graphics are basically the same as before - 2D animations, sprites, nothing else really besides that.
Like most Pokemon games, the background music here is pretty decent. It does suit the situation you get into. Most of the music has been changed into a remix or a completely new track.
There are 2 ways of looking at this. If you're looking at this compared to other Pokemon games, this is quite unique since you do different things and it all isn't about battling. There are different strategies and it does prove to be a challenge at times. But compare it to the previous versions and even to other non-Pokemon games, this one won't score very high for uniqueness.
Being a RPG game, it has a plot or storyline. The main one to this is that you're trying to find out how to turn back into a human again. Unlike others, this storyline is pretty basic and you probably will never achieve it unlike other games like Pokemon XD.
Game Play: 3/10
There's pretty much nothing else in the game besides walking around in dungeons and battle wild Pokemon. There aren't any mini-games or other things to keep you occupied.
The controls are basic and aren't confusing as other games. There aren't a lot of commands you have to remember.
The game is ok but nothing great. It isn't much different from the 1st versions so if you liked them, then I'd advice you to buy this game. However, before buying this game remember these two things: 1. The game is mainly targeted for younger people. 2. This is my opinion so you might think differently.
Online play has been added
Decent background music
Very few new features added
Some features have been removed
Graphics haven't improved much
Oversimplified (boring) game play