POKÉMON SUN & MOON
By Tom "El Diablo" Brock on December 6, 2016
Gotta catch 'em all!
The 7th generation of Pokémon is finally upon us, and boy what a long wait it was. Although Nintendo revealed the first trailer only at the start of this year, the wait for the actual release of the games felt like it lasted a lifetime! But that shows exactly how much Pokémon means to its fans; whenever a new game and especially a new generation is announced, the fans (including myself) jump aboard the hype train!
Okay, let's get the version exclusive features out of the way first. When you play during the daytime in real life, you will play at daytime in Pokémon Sun. In Pokémon Moon however, if you play during the daytime in real life it will be night in the game. Also, the legendary Solgaleo, Buzzwole and Kartana as well as Alola Vulpix, Ninetales, Cranidos, Rampardos, Tirtuoga, Carracosta, Cottonee, Whimsicott, Rufflet, Braviary, Passimian and Turtonator are exclusive to Pokémon Sun. At the other hand, the legendary Lunala, Pheromosa, and Celesteela as well as Alola Sandshrew, Sandslash, Shieldon, Bastiodon, Archen, Archeops, Petilil, Lilligant, Vullaby, Mandibuzz, Oranguru and Drampa are exclusive to Pokémon Moon.
Now that's out of the way let's get to the actual game! I personally picked Pokémon Sun because I liked Solgaleo better than Lunala. And picked Rowlet as my starter, for any of you who were wondering.
So, as you start the game, you will be welcomed to the brand new Alola region by your cousin, professor Kukui. He will also teach you about Pokémon and what you can do with them. After about 20 minutes of gameplay, you will have to make an important decision; who is going to be your first Pokémon? (Rowlet girls and boys make some noise!) Together with your first Pokémon you will start a journey through the Alola region. On this journey you will meet hundreds of Pokémon which you'll be able to catch or defeat in a battle. (Both will give your Pokémon EXP)
Instead of the usual "gym battles", you have to beat "island trials" and "island kahunas" to progress through the game. I personally liked the gym system of earlier games better but I guess that's just nostalgia talking. What I must say though is that the trials bring a new and fresh idea to Pokémon and creates a fun new feature.
The story itself is pretty good, Team Skull doesn't really have a good backstory as to why they do what they do, but they don't really need one, now do they? They are just absolutely hilarious in the way they move and act, and are pretty easy to beat. The whole Aether Foundation was a little shady to me, even when I finished the game it still wasn't quite clear to me what they stood for. The way the story climaxes with meeting the cover legendary is genuinely brilliant though. Hats off to the writers.
Battling has seen a few changes as well. If you're facing a Pokémon that you have faced earlier in the game, the game will show you which of your moves are most effective against that Pokémon. This is a great new feature for new players, but I can understand that long time players of the series are less satisfied with this. Also, Pokémon Sun & Moon introduced us to Z-Moves, Pokémon can do an ultimate attack depending on what kind of Z crystal they're holding. I personally like this new feature because it gives Pokémon that cannot Mega-Evolve something powerful to use as well.
The entire game requires a few hours out of your life to beat, that is, if you stop playing after you beat the Pokémon League. If you continue to play the game after you beat the league, you will be able to enjoy the aftergame which focuses on so called "Ultra Beasts". These are basically legendary Pokémon that came from other dimensions and you have to catch or beat them in order to keep Alola safe.
These are basically the most important things you need to know about Pokémon Sun & Moon, but this isn't even a fraction of all the things I could cover out of this game. You could easily spend 200+ hours in this game and still not be bored by it. But yeah, that's Pokémon for you!
So, go out there and get your hands on the game, start playing, enjoy and come challenge me, the real Pokémon master, when you think your worthy of my time. I will teach you what battling is really all about.