Ghost here blah blah spoilers and such let's talk about Pokemon.
On November 18, 2016, Pokemon Sun and Moon were released to end the year-long celebration of Pokemon's 20th Anniversary. It had a whole lot to live up to and with the promises of exciting gameplay, traveling around a region based on Hawaii, and experiencing a different kind of adventure from the usual setup that every main entry game for the last 20 years has followed.
I'll be honest with you all. I kind of didn't want to do this one because my feelings about these two games have fluctuated nonstop since I got them. I knew this would be a tough write and I kept putting it off. However, one must eventually pay the piper and since I've reviewed every main Pokemon game that's been released since I started doing reviews, I guess I'll just need to buckle down and do this one as well.
As usual, it's time to take a semi-comedic look at this game's offering for new pokemon. Pokemon Sun and Moon actually gave us several new creatures as there are 83 new pokemon, 7 ultra beasts, and 18 new regional variants of older pokemon.
Someone needs to listen to a little less My Chemical Romance
This is a thing of beauty and grace which is based on female Japanese Pop Idols. The problem? There's an 87.5% probability of it being male.
"We will make Kanto Great Again!"
You mean to tell me that we waited 7 generations for THIS? The company that created a fish that turns into a dragon has decided that our first toucan and koala pokemon would be.... just a toucan and a koala? LAME Gamefreak, lame
Looks like Toad has seen some better days.
As if this series doesn't give Rule 34 artists enough to draw, let's include Sexy Plant and Sexy Cockroach in the mix..... *sigh* I don't even...
OMG This thing looks freaking amazing!!! It's too bad his ability makes him kinda crap. Seriously though, look at this magnificent specimen!
I swear. I wish they would stop trying to reinvent Pikachu. We have pikachu, baby pikachu, the discount pikachu twins, squirrel pikachu, flying squirrel pikachu, and fairy pikachu already. We didn't need them (except Emolga who was awesome) and we don't need this.
WHAT DID YOU DO TO PERSIAN??? Alolan Meowth looked glamorous then you have this thing which looks like it got stung by a bee and had an allergic reaction.
I'd love to know who took a look at the shiny form of Alolan Graveler and thought this was a good idea. That shade of brown with yellow bits in? It's crap... LITERALLY a turd ball with corn in it.
I'm not even going to bother making fun of the Ultra Beasts because....
yeah just WTF
What's Good About It?
Team Skull is an absolute gem! I'm not joking about this in any way. These guys are fantastic and are easily the best villain team that we've seen to date. This is not because of their plan or their evil nature... it's actually because of how ridiculous they are. These guys are basically a dysfunctional family of street thugs. They talk big but are mostly pretty stupid. For example, several of them speak as if they are rapping to you. Others talk big then run off quickly... one in particular steps up for a battle then is like "nah I'm not an idiot. You can pass." There are a pair of grunts who stay in the Pokemon Center in Po Town and even though you are invading their territory, they will heal your pokemon for cheap. That's not to mention the one trying to warn his buddy that they are being invaded while the other is oblivious and thinking the former is noticing how good looking he is. They are absolutely hilarious and they steal the show during every section they are in. I haven't even mentioned their sort of mother figure with Plumeria or their leader Guzma who is the first threatening (and not weird) bug-type user we've ever had. Seriously, these guys are the best.
As a side note: Lillie and Hau are awesome... as is Professor Kukui. I don't really want to make this any longer than I already have, but I just have to say that Hau is brilliantly optimistic, Lillie goes through a transformation of her own that makes you love her to death, and Kukui is just insane and awesome. They are legitimately good characters!
In fact, the trials are a nice little change to formula. Running around stopping wild pokemon, finding ingredients for a meal, investigating a waterfall, a trial about dance. It was all unique...well sort of unique... well.... not really. That leads me directly into the next section
What's Bad About It?
As I said at the beginning, my opinion about these games has constantly fluctuated since their release. When I first picked it up I was having a blast and couldn't wait to start my adventure. When the S.O.S. battles started I began to really dislike the game a lot. Then I got to the meat of the story and was having fun again. Then I started seeing some of the other problems with it and I got disappointed. Then I got to the Elite 4 and the champion battle where I learned that subsequent trips to the Elite 4 have you being challenged as the champion. It was amazing and I was having fun once more! Then I got to the Battle Tree and I honestly couldn't care less.
I honestly don't know how to feel about it. It's simultaneously fun and infuriating. It's a change from the norm but still kind of the same. I really loved Team Skull, but I also really hated how the messed around with the mechanics of catching pokemon. It's something that I'm very glad I played but also didn't really bother to even finish the Elite 4 on my copy of Moon which I played second. If you're a pokemon fan you'll love it and chances are you've already bought it. If you haven't yet, then I still recommend getting one of the versions just to keep going with the adventure but I also pass on a warning that this is probably the most frustrating pokemon game I've played outside of a couple fan games that were intentionally made to make your life difficult.
I just... I don't know so I'll just leave it there.
This is Ghost, fading into the darkness.
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