Pokémon Sun and Moon

a game by Nintendo
Genre: Action
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 15 votes
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See also: Pokemon Games
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon

Sun and Moon were the first games of the seventh generation of Pokémon. They were also some of the most anticipated games in the Pokémon series as they made more than a few changes to the formula that we had all gotten used to.

The Island

The formula of going from gym to gym was something that we all loved but had been done to death at this point. Pokémon Sun and Moon changes things up by having an “island challenge” here you will take on various other Pokémon trainers, do challenges, quests and so on before fighting an extra tough foe. It feels very similar to what Pokémon games in the past have done, but it feels new enough that it is quite exciting and like you are on a Pokémon adventure for the first time. You will have to complete a number of trails and these include different mini games that you will have to do before you have an actual Pokémon battle.

The Best Region Yet

The Alola Region that you will be exploring is the richest and most fleshed out of any Pokémon game that I have played. This whole region feels like it is alive and there are very few places that are just empty space. The larger world that you have to explore keeps you on your toes and while you will be going out and looking for items and battles so that you can grind. You will also want to explore to see what other secrets this region has.

What About The Pokémon?

Of course, a new Pokémon game is going to bring with it a whole host of new Pokémon, but before I get to that I want to talk about some of the old classics. They have done a great job in giving some of the older Pokémon like Grimer and Exeggutor have been given an Alola makeover to make them fit in with the new setting. Honestly, I got just as much of a kick out of seeing these new versions of classic Pokémon as I did the new ones. The new starter Pokémon are great and while most people seem to love Litten, I must admit that I am a Rowlett man myself. The new Pokémon are great and the way that they fit in with the setting gets you even more invested in the game and makes you really want to catch them all.

Fight!

Of course, a huge part of Pokémon games is the battles and the battles in Pokémon Sun and Moon feel great. The battles are much easier to do and the way the game gives you more information about what your attacks do is great and welcome addition. There are also these new Z moves that you can use once in a battle. I think as well as the battle, the overall gameplay is much more refined. The wheel may not have been reinvented in Pokémon Sun and Moon, but I feel the better graphics, more streamlined menus, and the tighter battle system make this a much better experience.

No matter which one you get, Pokémon Sun and Moon are both fantastic games. I feel that this is a game that is great if you are a long time hardcore Pokémon fan. If you played Pokémon back in the day and want to get back into it. Also if you are brand new to the series. This is a game that is fun for everyone who plays it no matter what their prior relationship with Pokémon is.

9/10

Pros:

  • More realistic looking characters
  • New Pokémon are a lot of fun
  • Alola versions of classic Pokémon are awesome
  • Battles are a lot of fun
  • The story is very engaging

Cons:

  • It is still Pokémon
  • It will suck up all your free time

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