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  • Summary: A new light shines on the Alola region.

    Take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer and uncover new tales, and unravel the mystery behind the two forms reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon. With new story additions and features this earns Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon the name
    A new light shines on the Alola region.

    Take on the role of a Pokemon Trainer and uncover new tales, and unravel the mystery behind the two forms reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon. With new story additions and features this earns Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon the name "Ultra!" Another adventure is about to begin.

    New Pokemon forms have been discovered in the Aloha region in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon. These forms are reminiscent of the Legendary Pokemon Solgaleo, Lunala, and Necrozma, first revealed in Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon. Head out on an epic journey as you solve the mystery behind these Pokemon. In this expanded adventure, get ready to explore more of the Alola region, catch more amazing Pokemon, and battle more formidable foes in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Pokemon Ultra Moon!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. Dec 4, 2017
    100
    Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon represent everything Game Freak has worked towards in its 20 years of growing the Pokémon franchise. It has its flaws, as every game does, but they don't detract from the lively world, incredible writing, and sheer fun that the game provides. Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are likely the last big games to be released on the 3DS, and Game Freak sees the console out with a game that will be remembered as a shining example of what the series can do when at its best.
  2. Nov 14, 2017
    90
    Pokémon Ultrasun & Ultramoon are the new and last chapters of the series for the Nintendo 3DS. You will be back to Alola for a new adventure, offering different twists of the same story told in Sun & Moon. There are new activities and things to do, story is deeper and the post-game is more complex. And there all the legendary Pokémon from the previous generations. Ultrasun and Ultramoon are probably the most complete games of the series up do date, and will keep you busy and entertained for a very long time.
  3. 90
    Some things are better, some things are worse and some things are just different. So I don’t think that Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon can replace Sun and Moon, but rather they kind of just sit beside them. I don’t know that I’d recommend one set of games over the other; instead, I’m just kind of glad that I played both of them.
  4. Nov 14, 2017
    84
    Unless you can't live without a few new pokémon, Pokémon Ultrasun is a must have if and only if you still haven't played neither Sun or Moon. Postgame content is meatier but most of the game looks and plays too similar to Sun or Moon.
  5. 80
    This is a solid entry from Pokemon. If you have last year’s game, you can pass on this title, but if you’re looking to dive into the Poke-verse? This is the best way to take the plunge.
  6. Dec 1, 2017
    80
    In an age of downloadable content and add-ons, of game updates and expansions through online changes, it's just disappointing to see the game not support players who have already played Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon's story in any way other than a few small changes. For those players, it really is the definition of the oft-used review phrase "just keep at it, and eventually it gets really good."
  7. Nov 28, 2017
    65
    Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are fine games by virtue of being Pokemon games. They have the same fun battling and collecting mechanics you’d expect and offer an opportunity to re-explore the gorgeous and lore-rich Alola region. But their butchered retelling of Sun and Moon’s story and the addition of the obnoxious RotomDex should once again have you questioning why you would pay full price for almost the same game a year later.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 66
  2. Negative: 6 out of 66
  1. Mar 4, 2018
    10
    Better dex distribution, new surprise ending, multiple new Pokemon, new moves, different beginning, all nonevent legendaries, new tracksBetter dex distribution, new surprise ending, multiple new Pokemon, new moves, different beginning, all nonevent legendaries, new tracks complements previous GREAT ones, o-powers back with new name, a HUGE postgame surprise in some surprising characters and the strongest "final boss" ever in the series (and I'm talking about the story, not the champion, but that is a surprise too) Moon was good but Ultra Moon manages more in every way. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The game itself has more and better content than the already decent Sun/Moon games. Also worth saying this generation brought to the main series something I always loved in the mystery dungeons spin-offs: an exciting, beautiful story. While the first set of games focused more on Lillie and her relationship with her abusive mother, here this plot point still remains, but a new focus is given to the character of the legendary Necrozma, which really reminds me of characters from the previously mentioned mystery dungeon spin-offs, which is a very good thing. It's suffering and state as an endearing, understandable antagonist was really well written and a pleasure to see added in the pokemon games and mythos. Expand
  3. May 29, 2018
    10
    I truly liked those games, I liked every pokemon game till now, playing since gen 1, but this was truly a top, and best 3rd one. Sun and moonI truly liked those games, I liked every pokemon game till now, playing since gen 1, but this was truly a top, and best 3rd one. Sun and moon were cool, but ultra upped it by the thousands, giving me thousands of good memories of gen 7 already Expand
  4. Nov 30, 2017
    10
    Huge expansion of the previous entry: tons of minor overworld additions, a new beginning, ending and new, big post-game content. NewHuge expansion of the previous entry: tons of minor overworld additions, a new beginning, ending and new, big post-game content. New characters, new z-moves, move-tutors and new quests that bring incentive to exploration. Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2018
    9
    I found many pros in this game including the new side-roles you take to aid npcs, the new OST, the characters, the archipelago in which youI found many pros in this game including the new side-roles you take to aid npcs, the new OST, the characters, the archipelago in which you play with the pc box pokemon and most of all: Team Skull. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2017
    9
    At first I thought I was replaying the original Pokemon Moon, but it wasn't long before I started noticing the differences. There was addedAt first I thought I was replaying the original Pokemon Moon, but it wasn't long before I started noticing the differences. There was added details that weren't in the original, but the real surprise came when the story started differing. I kept thinking "Oh wow! This is new!" The game wasn't a rehash of the original version, it was more like a new adventure. More things to do, more features and more details! When it came time to summon the Legendary, the cut scene, which I will not spoil, had me gasping! I have had the game since release, but all of the post game content has kept me essentially glued to the game, I know I haven't found half of it yet! There's enough "side" content to keep any one busy with the game for a very long time, before and after completing the main game's goal of becoming the regional champion. The biggest touch I love most, and always felt was missing from previous games, was the random Pokemon moving about in the scenery, as if continuing on with their daily lives despite the trainer nearby. No longer are they just invisible entities hiding amongst the tall grass, waiting to pounce the first person they can. Now you can see them walking about on mountain cliffs or along river sides, moving around so that you catch a glimpse of them through a window or break in the trees. Even in the various cities and towns, you can catch a glimpse of them just living their lives. You are able to interact with some, which is a nice touch!

    The only thing that kept it from a solid 10 was the Rotom Dex on the bottom screen. It. Will. Not. Shut. Up. I thought it was bad in the original, basically leading you along while seeming to be a touch condescending (in my opinion) but this new one is like that one person who follows you around talking about every little thing over and over and over, despite your obvious attempts to escape. If I were able to turn off the constant "chatter" it gives, this game would be amazing.

    Overall, this game, while a second version of the Generation 7 games, still comes out to be an awesome stand alone game while still sticking to the core mechanics that has kept me playing Pokemon since the days of Red, Blue and Yellow back on the Game Boy Color. I eagerly await news on a hopeful Gen 8 game that will inevitably force me to buy a Nintendo Switch (or whatever console it comes out on) just to continue my Pokemon Addiction.
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  7. Feb 28, 2018
    0
    This game is very disappointing for people that played the originals, which were also very disappointing. Despite having time to make thisThis game is very disappointing for people that played the originals, which were also very disappointing. Despite having time to make this game better it instead is still filled with frame drops and has the same slow and tedious gameplay. If you're looking for a good Pokemon game then go play OrAs Expand

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