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Pokemon Sun

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Full Review for Pokemon Sun by TVKL

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Introduction

The flagship product of the seventh generation of Pokemon games, Pokemon Sun and Moon (abbreviated to SM henceforth) were released for the Nintendo 3DS in late 2016. But do they hold up to previous generations? Are they a horrific failure or a true diamond in the rough? I've decided to find out.

 

Graphics

Improving on the unfinished work of Generation 6, SM features (relatively) realistic scale character models, better battlefields and an altogether better battle UI. However, it refuses to improve on some of the mistakes of it's predecessor - idle battle animations are still dull and boring, the lighting leaves much to be desired and Blastoise's model remains just awful. Overall, it's better than Generation 6, but not by much.

 

Sound

The soundtrack for SM is hit-and-miss. Some tracks are okay, some are awful but a few stand out as the best in the game, such as the title screen theme. Overall, not much can be said for SM's sound design - battles still sound unfulfilling, the overworld is all too quiet (sans the BGM itself, of course) and it's not too much of a step up from X and Y.

 

Gameplay

Similarly, SM is cursed to mediocrity when it comes to gameplay. The RotomDex is annoying, the map function is stupid, the game is loaded to death with cutscenes, there's NO NATIONAL POKEDEX (which EVERY Pokemon core series game so far has managed to include) and battles, while rather fun, suffer from you knowing all of your opponent's weaknesses once you've fought them once - a non-optional feature embedded into the battle UI.

 

Lastability

Much like Generation 6, SM will most likely be forgotten as soon as the next generation is revealed. It brought nothing to the table (aside from Z-Moves, which did nothing but make good Pokemon better), made no serious lasting changes that won't be improved upon in the next games and is more or less just a stepping stone to the next generation.

 

Overall

Overall, SM aren't bad games. They're not good either. They're nothing special, but are certainly a step up from the atrocious Generation 6. There are many miscellaneous areas where the game thrives - characters, dialog, and the story - but none of these truly matter as much as the above categories. If you absolutely have to have a Pokemon game, I'd say simply grab a DS emulator and get a Generation 4 or 5 game for it - don't get Sun and Moon unless you really want to.


Final Score: 42%

Review by: TVKL

 

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