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Pokémon Ultra Sun

Posted by GG Goblin On December - 5 - 2017

Too soon to go Ultra?

 
Pokémon fans should be quite used to what are effectively updated versions of their favorite games. Game Freak have been doing this for ages. They bring out a pair of Pokémon games, with each game offering very slightly different content, and then further down the line they bring out a third game, which usually combines the two original games together and offers a few improvements. It’s nothing new, and usually after the couple of years break, players are quite excited to jump back into these version 2.0 titles.

 
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However, something is very different this time around. Firstly, we have Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon – two games in the place of what would usually be one. That means that the content hasn’t been compiled into one title and players will still have to trade with others to catch ‘em all. The other difference is that it has only been a year since the original Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon came out. Some would say that it is too soon to return to the Alola region.

 
But that would only be players who finished the original games last month. It is true that the vast majority of the content in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is identical to the original games, but there is quite a lot of great new content that has been added. Unfortunately the early game will see players pretty much doing exactly the same as they did last time, albeit with a few little changes. This means that those who only recently played the originals will find themselves having to go through it all again while it is still fresh, which would be much less exciting than the first time around. It is for these Pokémon fans that a longer break would have been ideal.

 
But for those who rushed through the original games, or those who passed on this current generation of Pokémon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are worth the cost of entry.

 
Just as in Sun and Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon take players to the Alola region, a lovely bright new area made up of islands. Here, as always, players will follow a story that has them dealing with a new group of criminals, all while they collect different Pokémon to build up a team and participate in battles using the Pokémon’s different abilities, all while the player strives to become a Pokémon master. At its most basic, not a lot has changed since the first Pokémon games, but damn it looks so much better. Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon were probably the best Pokémon games in the series.

 
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For Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, new features make the game even better. The story and characters in Sun and Moon have always been among the best, and this is expanded in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon with the introduction of a new team, Ultra Recon Squad. These new characters and their motivations are both interesting and exciting, changing the story in ever so subtle ways as the player gradually comes to know them. The new team don’t make a huge difference to the game, but they are certainly intriguing enough to warrant the attention of regular Pokémon players.

 
Another big addition comes in the form of Totem Stickers. These stickers are spread throughout the region and need to be collected, before turning them over to Samson Oak in exchange for oversized Pokémon. The great thing about the stickers, other than giant Pokémon, is that they are all over the place, giving players a great excuse to explore absolutely everywhere in the game, from the normally passed by alleyways, to the top floors of otherwise uninteresting buildings. The Totem Stickers are a great motivator for both returning and new players.

 
Then we have Mantine, a Pokémon from a previous generation that comes to the game as a Ride Pokémon. Players can use Mantine for traveling from island to island rather than just taking a simple boat, and then have some fun with a hgih score chasing mini game. It makes the traveling that bit more interesting, and it is a nice nod to the previous Pokémon games.

 
In fact, there are quite a few ways that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon pay homage to the previous games in the series. While there are a few new Pokémon added to the roster for the Ultra games, there are a whole bundle of older Pokémon for players to collect, many of them from different dimensions. Players will even be able to challenge some of the villain teams from the previous titles, such as Team Rocket or Team Plasma, later in the game.

 
Which actually brings me to the Battle Agency which can be found in Festival Plaza. Here, players can try out different Pokémon and moves against a variety of opponents, giving players a chance to try out new tactics with Pokémon they may not yet have caught or never used before.

 
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There are plenty of other little tweaks and additions to the game, many of which will go unnoticed to all but the most fervent Pokémon fan. For the newcomers to the series, those who may have had their Pokéinterest piqued by the excellent Pokémon Go, it is simply enough to say that Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are the best Pokémon games available on the 3DS. Packed full of content and so much fun to play, there really is no reason for new Pokémon fans not to pick up one of the games. For those who played Sun or Moon, it may be too soon to jump into the version 2.0 games. But then, you know you will play them eventually, so you might as well start now.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★½ 



 

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