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Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon Review

Prepare yourself for another visit to the Alola region!

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon retell the story of the trainer that moves to the Alola region all way from the Kanto region. This game should be seen more as a newer version of the original Sun and Moon games rather than an actual sequel. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon have new content and further surprise that will make veterans wait before they can enjoy. However, is the wait worth it? Let’s find out!

The game starts the same way. As a new trainer moving to the Alola region, you are contacted by the region’s Pokémon professor, Kukui. The game pretty plays the exact same way for most of the game. Plot-wise, the general telling is the same except for a few encounters with the Ultra Recon Squad. It is a bummer that the game feels so much like the original. For a long time, that feeling will persist except until the big change in the story happens and everything feels brand new.

At first, the only real change is the introduction of the Ultra Recon Squad, a duo who hail from a different dimension and have come to investigate. Talk of a parallel dimension is very intriguing especially to those who played the original Sun & Moon. To be honest, these encounters gave me a boost to continue pulling through and see where it really kicks off. It was worth the wait.

A few other activities are also introduced and they help collect certain currencies such as BP and FP, Battle Points and Festival Points. Of course, there is Mantine Surf: a mini-game where you can surf on a Mantine’s back and play to score Beach Points, which are essentially Battle Points. It is much easier to gain these points this time around. New counter was introduced in the Festival Plaza, a feature place introduced in the original Sun and Moon. In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, they have introduced the Battle Agency, where you can use a team of Pokémon all ready for battle in a tournament.

Now, although the story hasn’t that changed much, the experiences, like the aforementioned mini-games and other activities, help make this playthrough feel new and different. Of course, these could only take so far off the original course of Sun & Moon. It was very helpful that a lot of other Pokémon species have been introduced to the Alola region. There is a lot more variety as you explore the multitude of islands that make up this tropical region. There is also a few brand-new Pokémon introduced in the game such as the new Dusk Form to Lycanroc, the flagship new forms of Solgaleo and Luanala and many more.

The end game, however, is where the real meat is. Boy, is it worth it! Not is there new Ultra Beasts to discover, but you can now capture every Legendary Pokémon such as Mewtwo, Lugia and the like. Keep in mind that Mythical Pokémon are not part of this deal. Wait, there’s more! Sun & Moon already provided a generous and very healthy amount of post-game content. Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon bring all that and more. Many NPCs will have their own story to share and next thing you know, you’re helping all kinds people who will, in general, give you something worth your time.

The overworld is realistic in the sense that it reacts to you. Sun & Moon brought the element of a more vibrant and wild overworld with the sounds and the little movements here and there. Sometimes, when you interact with the environment from sheer curiosity, it can lead you to something or trigger a reaction from unexpected places

 

Writer’s Blox:

Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon did keep me skeptical, to be honest. The first half of the game started bumming from the lack of change in the storyline. However, I am glad I toughed it out and the reward, in the end, is worth it. The sheer amount of content and experiences that await is a nice reward. This game is a definite recommendation to those who have played the original Sun & Moon as well as those who have yet to experience it. This is a definitive edition of Alola region with some extra content.

8.5
The Good
  • End Game Is Very Developed
  • Plot Becomes A Lot More Interesting
  • A Lot More Pokémon To Catch This Time
The Bad
  • First Half Isn't That Different
  • Presentation
    8
  • Graphics/Sound
    8
  • Gameplay
    8.5
  • Lasting Appeal
    9.5
  • Fun Factor
    8.5
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Smasher, analyst and has sworn allegiance to Hyrule, Seif Mazzene is the Executive Editor at IMGMR. Big Fighting game enthusiasts including Melee, Smash Bros Wii U, Street Fighter and Pokkén Tournament.

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