Pokémon Sun / Pokémon Moon
Praise the Sun and Moon
As we continue to assume that Nintendo will run out of names for its second greatest franchise, the video games giant presents us with the seventh generation Pokémon games: Sun and Moon. And with the new generation comes one of the most brilliant stories in the series ever, but more on that later.
Quickly going over the gameplay improvements, we have the return of the day and night cycle with Moon ipping real time by 12 hours, turning day to night. You’ll get Day and Night versions of BGM, as well as Pokémon that only appear at certain times. The standard eight Gyms have been replaced with the Alolan island challenges, and instead of challenging the reigning Champion of the Pokémon League, you will be the rst Champion of the region, defending your title immediately after beating the Elite Four. And beyond the rst two times, you defend your title against random challengers – most of whom you’ve faced before. All this reflects the smaller Alola region, in terms of area and Trainer population.
Your true partner is the Legendary Pokémon itself
But honestly, all this is secondary to the story and narration of Sun and Moon, which is not only brilliant, but also quite the departure from previous Pokémon games. For the rst time in Pokémon games history, the mascot Legendary Pokémon is not just a powerful living weapon (or a godlike being) with powers that shape the fabric of the Pokémon world, which you meet around the end of the story. In fact, you meet the mascot in its juvenile form before you even become a Pokémon Trainer, and it becomes an integral part of your adventure until it nally evolves – another rst among Legendary Pokémon – into the form you see on the box cover, before you formally face it in battle and claim ownership of it. If you’re the sentimental type, you’ll likely do what I did – grant it starter status and keep it in your team for the rest of your adventure.
That is, until you get to the post-game stage and play competitively, where major Legendaries are forbidden anyway. And one of the new modes here is the Battle Royal, where four trainers, each with three Pokémon, battle each other in a free-for-all blender to see who can take out the most opponents, while keeping the most Pokémon in ghting condition. If you’re playing against AI opponents though, be prepared to be consistently matched against lineups clearly advantageous against yours, and having them all gang up on you when you’re close to victory.
Encountering one before even becoming a Trainer, the Legendary Pokémon is essentially your true partner of this generation.
This generation’s secondary antagonists, however, are the goo est of the bunch, with no real motivations other than being villainous.