I personally loved the games. Although the continent seemed large and jumbled together, there was a distinct path. Plus, being the first games with the Physical/Special split was pretty significant. These games were so much faster moving than Black and White per say.
I like Platinum more than DP though because of the added Pokemon within the game and also getting some pokemon (like Gible!) sooner. I don't know about y'all, but Garchomp definitely carried my team in Platinum. I personally like going through a game once, and then going through the game again but have more options for your team. BW2 for example was a much better experience for me personally than BW. It was a nice surprise seeing all new pokemon in zones.
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