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Return to Alola With Pokemon: Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Tony Trujillo, Artist/Staff

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Welcome back to the Alolan region! Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon takes you back on yet another and grander adventure in this Hawaiian inspired region.

                The very first thing that must be said is that Ultra Sun and Moon is a “retelling” of the original Sun and Moon which came out last year, not a sequel. This means that this game’s story doesn’t continue from the last one, but rather starts in the same spot from it. However, this doesn’t mean that the games are necessarily exactly the same. Ultra introduces quite a few new features and locations while spicing up the story a bit more. The question is, did it do enough new to justify coming back to the region a year later?

                The game’s story is a mixed bag. On one note, it’s a bit of a drag for someone who played through the first one because although it does have some differences, it is still too similar the previous version from a year ago.                               

With that said, the true differences come toward the third act of the story and it really picks up from there. There is the return of all the old villains from all previous Pokémon games, which despite being obvious fan service, is still really fun to see. The story with this game’s legendaries is also fun and interesting, especially with the new story arc involving Necrozma.

                However, one of the most exciting parts of the game involved Ultra Space. Although the previous game did introduce Ultra Space and Ultra Beasts, this game really did go much more in-depth with the concept, even allowing you to freely traverse it. Traveling into Ultra Space allows you to catch the Ultra Beasts and other normal pokémon, but the most surprising thing was that you could encounter and catch almost every legendary inside there too!

                Overall, Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon are really good games—the best in the series in fact—when judged alone. However, the waters get muddier when you take into consideration that what felt like 80% of the game was practically the same to the game that came out a year before it.

                When it comes to whether you should purchase it or not, it really depends. If you are a Pokémon fan that plays every game released (such as myself), then chances are the content added will be enough incentive for you to buy it. For everyone else, again it depends. For people played the original Sun and Moon, you have to ask yourself if you want to play essentially the same 40 hour story to reach the new content. If you haven’t played the first Sun and Moon, then pick this one up instead; it is by far the superior version.

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