July 25, 2018

Series: Pokémon
Genre: Turn-Based JRPG

Hours to beat: 32 hours
Release date: JP: November 18, 2016 | NA: November 18, 2016 | EU: November 26, 2016


3,5 out of 5 stars

Pokémon is a franchise that feels like coming home and taking a warm bath for me. I’ve been a Pokémon trainer ever since we managed to receive TV Tokyo on our satellite TV and loving the anime on there, despite not speaking a single word of Japanese as a 6-year-old. Pokémon Sun and Moon celebrate the 20th anniversary and tries to improve on the formula by changing some things around.

Alola

Pokémon Sun and Moon places you on the tropical islands of Alola with 81 new Pokémon and 18 Alolan Pokémon, which are generation 1 Pokémon with a new design, typing, and moves. the new Pokémon feel balanced compared to the previous generations and generally have good designs. A new feature of Alola which I welcomed very much is the removal of HM’s and replacing them with Ride Pokémon, which leaves you multiple attack slots which can then be used for actually useful attacks and helps the backtracking for missed HM’s a lot. Something else that has been changed is the removal of the Pokémon League, instead of entering the Pokémon League the trainers that come of age in Alola take the Island challenge.

The island challenge consists of multiple island trials, which all concentrate on one specific type of Pokémon. The trials all consist of a challenge like a scavenger hunt, or a quiz which will lead you to challenge the Totem Pokémon, a bigger sized Pokémon with boosted stats for a chance to beat the trial and earn the type-specific Z-crystal and their accompanying Z-move. Sadly the trials can start to feel very repetitive after you’ve done a couple, as they all depend on the same formula of solving a puzzle, maybe battle some Pokémon and battle the Totem Pokémon.

Z-moves

Z-moves are powerful attacks you can use once per battle, with varying effect. Some Z-moves blast some powerful attacks on your opponent while others boost the stats of your entire team. The use of Z-moves is almost a novelty during regular gameplay as the difficulty of Sun and Moon lies even lower than that of X & Y, but I can imagine they can prove useful in the competitive scene.

Plot

The plot of Sun and Moon takes some steps forward compared to the previous installments but does this in a way that gets pretty frustrating quickly. The game is filled to the brim with cutscenes that could have benefitted from more facial emotions (especially in the main character that usually stands around like an emotionless block), awkward dialogue and generally still a weak plot for a JRPG.

Improvement on old features

To help you along in your quest some features return from previous installments in a new form; Pokémon Refresh is an altered version from Pokémon X & Y’s Pokémon Amie which helps you get rid of status ailments outside of battle. X & Y’s Wondertrade also makes its return, but rather than it being a stand-alone function Sun and Moon turned it into a Festival-themed island where you can set up stands where you can earn multiple items and participate in multiplayer battles. If you’re a vivid Pokémon player you’ll be able to appreciate the improvements Sun and Moon were able to make on these functions.

Conclusion

All in all is Pokémon Sun and Moon an entry in the franchise which tries to bring some evolution, sadly this comes to the expensive of the Pokémon League which gets replaced by trials which can start to feel very repetitive once you’ve beaten 2 or 3 of them. The pacing of the game gets halted a bit by the very frequent cutscenes. Sun and Moon also made some really needed improvements to the formula with the removal of HM’s and improving on features like Pokémon Refresh and Wondertrade.

If you’re someone that likes Pokémon definitely give this one a try or someone new that’s looking for a fun JRPG. But if you’re new and you want a good introduction to the series, look for X & Y or Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby instead.

 

January 22, 2018

It’s finally time to do another book tag, the Pokemon tag! Pokemon is a franchise I’ve played and loved since my childhood and the start of the series, my favorite type is the Grass-type, and my favorite Pokemon is Leafeon! Books will be chosen based on my opinion, and choices are not meant to be offensive to anyone

Gotta tag ‘m all!

Starter – The book that started your love for reading
For my Starter pick, I have picked The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
While I definitely have read books before I started the Harry Potter series, this series is the first one I remember loving. I started reading the books as they released, starting with Philosopher’s stone in 1997!

Pikachu – An iconic classic that you’ll always love
For my Pikachu pick, I have picked Mathilda by Roald Dahl. A lot of Roald Dahl books have stuck with me since childhood, but that’s, even more, the case for Mathilda. Ever since childhood I’ve loved the book and the movie adaption that was made of it.

Zubat – A book that you lost interest in because it’s literally everywhere.
For my Zubat pick, I have picked The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I read The Fault in Our stars back when it just released and while I had some major issues with it, I liked it. Sadly the Nerdfighter community and John Green’s fanbase got overrun by young teens the moment the movie adaption was released, making me lose interest in The Fault in Our Stars and John Green as a writer.

Snorlax – A book or series you have not started because of its size
For my Snorlax pick, I have picked A song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin clocking in at over 5000 pages over 5 books high fantasy this series is a beast to pick up. I’ve tried multiple times but the size, the high fantasy, and the language used makes this a hard one to truly start.

Eevee – Series you’ll never get tired of seeing spin-offs for
For my Eevee pick, my shout out goes to Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo
With the Grisha trilogy, Leigh Bardugo has started a beautiful world she didn’t expand a lot upon. the Six of Crows duology already expanded much more of the world than it originally was, and I can’t wait for Leigh Bardugo to write more spinoffs of this series!

Margikarp – A book/series that was surprisingly awesome
For my Magikarp pick, my shout out goes to Kanin Chronicles by Amanda Hocking. Kanin Chronicle series is a series I picked up because of its gorgeous covers, and immediately fell in love with its world-building, characters, and the story

That’s it for the Pokemon tag! It’s fun to connect some beloved Pokemon to books we know and love, definitely check out the books I noticed, i’ve linked all the reviews in the titles!