3DS Review: Pokemon Sun

Should you still try and catch them all?

Pokemon Sun and Moon are finally here for the 3DS, just in time for the holidays. It’s been a good few years since the last main Pokemon game, but with the recent hit Pokemon Go for Android/iPhone, it seemed like the right time to bring out a new game. But the question is, is it any good? And which one should you pick?

Well, as with past Pokemon games there are small differences between the two versions. I only had Sun to review, but each contains exclusive Pokemon, plus the Moon version is set 12 hours later than the 3DS’ own internal clock, meaning you’ll have to either change the clock or wait to suit your needs to find rare Pokemon at day or night, depending on the set conditions.

The new region Alola is impressive and while the story begins the same as most past Pokemon games, it does gather pace quickly and feels like a unique story in comparison. As with past games, you get to choose 1 of 3 starter Pokemon, this time it’s Rowlet, Litten or Popplio who are all new Pokemon as well. I went for Litten and didn’t regret my choice, but it’s really up to you what you pick…each has their own advantages/disadvantages in combat.

Combat will feel familiar to those who have played past games, but it does feel fresh in it’s redesign and more polished overall. Following on from the Mega Evolutions are Z Moves that can be activated once in a battle, these can range from a whole range of different attacks or Status moves that give you a temporary boost. It’s a nice mechanic and one that works well within the game. It’s nice to see them mix up the formula a little bit, but not so much for veterans…so everyone wins.

Visually, Pokemon Sun looks impressive for a 3DS title. It’s got a nice art style and the framerate is consistent throughout. The lack of 3D is a bit baffling however, perhaps it didn’t run smoothly on old 3DS systems…but surely the New 3DS would be able to handle it? It seems odd and the lack of explanation is even more mysterious. The soundtrack and sound effects are classic Pokemon as you would expect, which is no bad thing at all.

The Verdict

Pokemon Sun feels like a very familiar experience, but also a fresh one too. It screams nostalgia but with a more current edge to it than you would expect, making it one of the most intriguing Pokemon games in years. Definitely a must-have for the holidays!

Score: 9.0