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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
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  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: 95 out of 122
  2. Negative: 12 out of 122
  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. Aug 11, 2018
    10
    Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the greatest pair of games in pokemon since inception, bar none other. As a fan of the series as a whole, itUltra Sun and Ultra Moon are the greatest pair of games in pokemon since inception, bar none other. As a fan of the series as a whole, it hurts me to make such comparisions as all games have had strong points until now but I say it being a fan since Red and Blue came out so long ago. They are the most polished games and all core mechanics feel like they are at their best.

    What surprised me the most playing it was not the changes and additions to enrich the games of Sun and Moon (who mind you were also very good and if the Ultras didn't existed they'd be maybe the best game in the series instead), but how it feels like it succeeded in all it tried, just like with Sun and Moon, it didn't just changed things, but it MATTERED and it WORKED.

    The games are the hardest a pokemon game has been, mostly by giving actual strategy and thought to the enemies and bosses. Totems specially. The level design is great and looks beautiful, as with the predecessor there's no grid, making the routes feel like real, natural places, and making you put more thought in how to find its hidden secrets. Catching all pokemon, training them, battling, breeding, all seems tweaked to make them more pleasant to do. the QoL changes were massive and the region is better, including an extra trial to do.

    There's new things to do that can expand immensely your play-time even if you don't care about on-line trades and battles, from small add-ups like letting you play and interact with wild pokemon or having more z-crystals to find and collect, to bigger time-sinkers, like how you can:

    -literally surf on top of a pokemon to compete for the highest score in multiple tracks

    -find hidden secrets everywhere with new NPCs that weren't there before, some have small stories relating to a pokemon or a secret event

    -travel the multiverse on top of a beast and find legendaries, shinies or Ultra beasts depending on how well you play and again fight for the best score. There's also new Ultra Beasts and their lore was revamped a lot.

    -face an entire new saga in the postgame, who was also expanded a lot too by the way

    -fight the new Battle tree mode that lets you go all out with no restrictions
    And that's the top of my head only.

    Everything that I praised in Sun and Moon is either back or better, plus more, making this feel like a worthy replay instead of how previous games like Crystal or Yellow would feel as the same with no changes. I'd say the changes here by far surpassed previous examples the series itself gave, even though those games are some I really enjoy too.

    I go as far as to say the Alola part of this long series is not just composed of amazing games, they also feel like a love letter to the fans, from the real challenge it brings as the hardest games, to improving and callibrating the content from its predecessors, to the whole mentioned above post-game plotline, that brings a decent challenge mixed with a nostalgia trip that brings so many characters back from all gens. You can even restart the game multiple times and it will feel as if its the first since there's so many options to pokemon in your team, helps that without hms I can do monotype runs and other gimmicks by myself too, which would before be gimped by restrictions that aren't put on you anymore.
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  3. May 10, 2020
    10
    After playing Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Shield on the Switch for over 200h combined, I thought to go back to the last generationsAfter playing Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Shield on the Switch for over 200h combined, I thought to go back to the last generations on the Nintendo 3DS. I haven't played Pokemon Games on the handheld systems since Pokemon Black/White and after the rather disappointing first full mainline 3D-HD Pokemon game on the Switch, I was a bit blown away by the content of Pokemon Ultra Moon: It had everything a Pokémon game ever had and put things on top. It was fun to catch all the Pokémon and go to the Ultra Dimension. All those little side quests and stories, which are almost totally missing in Pokemon Sh/Sw. I don't know why Gamefreak decided to go a step backwards on the Switch (probably huge feature crunch), but now the newest Generation looks even worst to me. Just the region of Aloah itself is just fun to explore. It a super relaxing setting with cool characters and it just invites you on a awesome trip to a Haiwanese style holiday with amazing Pokémons to catch, a lot of lategame content to finish and a solid good Pokémon handheld game! Expand
  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. Jul 15, 2021
    9
    From my point of view the pokemon series gets better with each entry, this might sound rude but I really do think the ds titles are heavilyFrom my point of view the pokemon series gets better with each entry, this might sound rude but I really do think the ds titles are heavily carried by nostalgia there not bad games in fact I think they're good games but the games just keep getting better, Sometimes. while people really dislike sword and shield, I do like them I just think gamefreak got screwed by working with new hardware not having a real vision and the terrible story. They're good games with big problems. But! Pokemon ultra moon/ultra sun are in my opinion the best games in the series. They take everything that was great about pokemon and does it again while adding a bunch of great new stuff that really freshen up the expirence. mantine surfing is super fun while not bieng super in depth so its not disappointing that it probaly won't return but it's still fun. Z moves are a little dumb and mega evolution are just better. The story is epic and interesting as well as the characters bieng interesting and likable unlike sword and shield. The smaller pokedex actually gives you motivation to complete it instead of a pokedex of 800 taunting you. While the smaller pokedex is something people hate about sword and shield I see it as nothing but a good thing as I've explained before. Trials instead of gyms this is a tricky one while I like the uniqueness of trials I think I like gyms just a little more but I think the unique challenges of trials is something gyms could benefit from. This game has so much content if you're a kid you could easily spend 200 or even 300 hours for a older folk you can probally get 100-200 hours



    t games in the series.
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  6. May 23, 2021
    8
    I played Ultra Moon a while back, yeah. I bought it because I felt like it, and it looked good to me. Keep in mind that the only other PokemonI played Ultra Moon a while back, yeah. I bought it because I felt like it, and it looked good to me. Keep in mind that the only other Pokemon game that I played was Pokemon Black, and it had been a long long time ago. Ya know what happened when I played the game? I really liked it! It was fun and engaging, even if it felt short sometimes. I liked the story, and Necrozma's bit stood out to me. Even if in retrospect I realize that it's "borrowing" from Sonic Adventure's story, I still like it. I liked the Pokemon and the Postgame stuff, like the Neo Team Rocket stuff. That was really cool! I think a lot of fans overhate this game, but it's actually pretty good if they give a fair, open chance. My only notable gripe, and it's a big one, is that THEY CUT OUT THE NATIONAL POKEDEX HERE! I don't know everyone blubbered on about it for Sword and Shield when Gen. 7 already did it, and I still haven't forgiven them for when I finally finished my pokedex, talked to the developer, and he just gave me a robe and a shiny charm instead of the national dex, which I had been waiting for this whole time. Rants aside, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon are really good games that expanded upon the originals and may have some flaws, but are still really good and definitely credit the Pokemon series far more than hurt it. Expand
  7. Nov 26, 2021
    0
    I went through the whole game and I have to say it is bad. The game is riddled with forced dialogue with people who you don't want to talk to.I went through the whole game and I have to say it is bad. The game is riddled with forced dialogue with people who you don't want to talk to. Now I do have to say that the battle mechanic is good, but what is the point of a good battle system if you cannot play the game? Expand

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