Currently I have put nearly 80 or so hours into Pokemon Sun and I have to say that this has been one of the best games after seeming rather hesitant about it for the last few months.
Story: So with this story it is one of the most complex and intriguing story that they have ever done for a Pokemon game. The main story revolves around three different story elements. The first is the Island Challenge that replaces the Gym system, which I will get later on in the review. The second is with a character that you get introduced called Lillie and her Pokemon, Cosmog, to find out where it came from and trying to find its way home. The third revolves around Team Skull and the Aether Foundation which gets really weird and strange.
With the island challenge you travel around the four islands of Alola and partake in different challenges that revolve around facing Trail Captains, Totem Pokemon and then the Island Kahuna which some can be rather challenging. I know I have a hard time fighting Lurantis in the Lush Jungle. In the end of the challenge you then unlock access to Mt Lanakila and then challenge the newly formed Elite Four and Champion.
The story line with Lillie and Cosmog does get rather interesting since that it also works its way into the story line with the Aether Foundation. But in the mean time Lillie and Cosmog head to the different ruins around the different islands since that apparently Cosmog is linked to the different ruins. Later in the game we then find out that Cosmog is also linked to the Ultra Beasts that has the interests of the Aether Foundation since they want to preserve the Ultra Beasts against Team Skull. But then it turns out there is more to Cosmog than what even Lillie knows and that is Cosmog is a legendary Pokemon that can evolve into, depending on the version, the cover legendary. Lillie then comes to the realisation that she can no longer look after Cosmog now and you get the chance to capture it to help you with the way to get into the Alternate World to fight the Ultra Beast.
The story line with Team Skull and the Aether Foundation is the weirdest one since that in the end, and a bit of spoilers, the leaders of both factions join together for some strange. With Skull they are around sort of the same thinking of Team Rocket with mainly wanting to steal Pokemon. But with the Aether Foundation they start off rather innocent wanting to help preserve and protect Pokemon from Team Skull but then when it comes to the Ultra Beasts they start to show more of a strange intentions to get them that involve Lillie and Cosmog where it at least seemed that Lusamine the president of Aether Foundation wanted to use all of Cosmog energy to access the Alternate World. When in the Alternate World we see that there are a lot Ultra Beasts and that Lusamine merges with one of them but then after your battle with her gets separated with the help of the cover monster. Team Skull in this game seem to be rather lacklustre but the fights are more interesting especially in the abandoned town that Team Skull takes over.
Island Challenge: The island challenge is one of the best features that they have added to the game and is a breath of fresh air from the Gym system that they had in all the previous games. The concept of the island challenge is rather simple and that is that you go around the island and do roughly three different types of challenge. The first is the Totem Pokemon; they are Pokemon that you fight in the game that have special abilities that can boost stats such as attack and speed. The second are the Trail Captains; these are trainers that some can fight to progress further on or later in the game, I think since that I have faced one of the Trail Captains after I beat the game. The third are the Island Kahunas which are basically the strongest trainers on the island who, theoretically, should be some of the strongest trainers that you will fight on the islands. But beating the final Kahuna isn’t the end of the story by beating them you unlock a new area called Mt Lanakila where you can take on the Elite Four of the game and become the first Island Champion. The cool thing about the Elite Four is that the majority of the Elite Four is made up of the Island Kahuna’s and some characters added in. Plus an additional awesome thing is that when you beat the Elite Four the first time you can retake the challenge and then face off against different challengers like Hau and other characters that you encounter around the different islands. It is a rather big step up from refighting the Elite Four and Champion from the previous games since that it does mean that the last fight will always be different.
Pokémon: I originally thought when I saw the Pokemon designs for this generation were rather lacklustre and looked rather bland and rather uninterested. But once I started catching them and training them that they were rather good. A lot of the Pokemon have a lot of good new abilities and from previous generations they seem to be totally different. I have had a lot of fun coming up with different ideas of combinations for when I was doing the Elite Four since that there were some Pokemon that could only evolve in certain areas that are near the end of the game. But other than that I actually changed my mind about all of the new Pokemon and they are really good. I also really do like the Alola forms of the first generation Pokémon since that they all have a different abilities and type match up since that the region had different effects on Pokémon.
Problems: With this game there are a lot of problems I do have with this game. The first is to do with the fishing mechanic and that is that you can only fish in certain spots. Plus the fact that there are two different sorts of fishing spots, the regular fishing spots where you have a higher chance of mainly getting Magikarp and then you have bubbling spots where there is a higher chance of catching other Pokemon other than Magikarp. I do hope that this could get fixed with the encounter rates since that there is also a chance getting items as well. The second problem that I have with it is the SOS system, even though that it does give a chance of getting rare Pokemon, the main problem that when you take out one Pokemon the SOS Pokemon can call out to bring another one in and it is a rather 50/50 chance of getting a third Pokemon called in and so on. The third problem that I have with this game is more of a minor problem is that when you catch a new Pokemon, the registration data shows you the evolution of Pokemon by showing blank spaces next to them. I know that I really wanted to be surprised if a Pokemon had an evolution by getting it to a certain level or stone or area to see if it would evolve but for some reason they decided to show what could come for the Pokémon. The final problem that I have with the game is that there are too many Pokémon from other generations in the game and it does rather bug me that there are so many, I’m fine with the Alola forms since they have a reason why they are like this but having Pokémon such like Caterpie or Magikarp in the game seems to me that they just wanted to fill out the Pokedex more. It is disappointing that there has only been one game that had only one generation (pre Elite Four) where you can’t get Pokémon from other regions. Hopefully in future instalments they will have a game that will just have just one generation.
Overall Score 8.5/10