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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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Pokemon Ultra Sun/Moon - Travel Beyond Alola
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: 90 out of 110
  2. Negative: 9 out of 110
  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. Nov 18, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Rainbow Rocket saga is one of the biggest and hypest moments in videogame history, and by itself is worth this game existing not to mention all the rest it also offers Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2018
    10
    This is the pinnacle of Pokemon as of when I write this review, the best pokemon game and such worthy the investment be you a casual orThis is the pinnacle of Pokemon as of when I write this review, the best pokemon game and such worthy the investment be you a casual or hardcore fan. There are so, so many areas to explore.

    It had both small and mid size additions (like hidden bottles with messages to deliver and daily secrets in all areas after you beat them, or the photobooth, such a simple thing yet me and my friends would spend hours on it) and big ones (like the postgame that is so unbelievably stuffed with things to do, only johto's kanto visit can compare), so even in the first island you're drowned in all the additions to a previous game that was already one of the best pokemon games.
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  4. Dec 19, 2017
    10
    (review for US and UM both as they are the same set:) Tons of major differences from the previous set (as new battles, characters experiences(review for US and UM both as they are the same set:) Tons of major differences from the previous set (as new battles, characters experiences etc were brought to the table). USUM felt like a peak to what pokemon can do on the 3ds, and will probably be revered as one of the peaks of the franchise as a whole. I played every game in the series and have many favourites so I'm hard to please when it comes to new experiences with the franchise, but I really had a great time playing this one. While the story is very different from SM, it's still decent, I noticed changes at the start but the real bulk is in the second half and post-game.

    Because of those changes, I can recommend USUM even for experienced players like me or for who already played SM (To compare: I wouldn't recommend Platinum and Emerald just after R/S and D/P but this one changed enough that I would, since I still found tons of enjoyment from the new features, so I didn't regretted it). I'm glad pokemon is still good even after 21 years, so I can't wait for what the Switch one brings too.
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  5. Jun 28, 2019
    9
    After a 7 year departure from the series this is the game I returned to and I have to say it is the most complete so far. The reigon andAfter a 7 year departure from the series this is the game I returned to and I have to say it is the most complete so far. The reigon and trials are fresh, and there is enough of a challenge to be engaging for me as an adult. The reigon is stunning and the new pokemon are well designed - especially the aloan forms. More in depth features that were barely touched on in the first few generations, such as EV training, natures and IVs are now far more included with things like the 'judge' function that lets you see your pokemons hidden values. There seems to be a feature for everything that comes together extremely well. I have no idea how I managed to rack up 300 hours on pokemon sapphire when the ingame content is so pitiful in comparison to what we have now.

    I would however like a more simple way of battling other players, much like an online version of the battle tree, with some kind of record or score system. This would give meaning to these more in depth features that as of now rely on players arranging their own competition through message boards. Also the story was WAY too dialouge heavy, the breif but charming narratives of the orignal three reigons is far more appealing from me as a returning player.
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  6. Feb 1, 2018
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Expected the same game, instead its changes sufficed to feel new and different despite being a retelling. The new post-game makes it even more so, and the Giovanni plot-line was a surprising twist as I didn't spoiled myself nor watched any promotional material, his presence, him having a Mewtwo and in a Master-Ball of all things, the Rockets being back, the other team bad-guys, the puzzles.. only missed Jessie James but I believe they are non-canon.. that whole Rainbow Rocket thing sure was a highlight. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2017
    0
    Just purchased this game last night. I have been playing it a lot. It doesn't seem very different and I'm not sure I could offer this toJust purchased this game last night. I have been playing it a lot. It doesn't seem very different and I'm not sure I could offer this to anyone who has played Sun or moon. I'm not seeing a ton of differences so far and it feels like a chore to get to a point where there might be differences in the gameplay. Expand

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