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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 fascinating 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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  1. Positive: 54 out of 59
  2. Negative: 0 out of 59
  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
    With new buildings to visit, more Pokémon to discover, plenty of extra challenges and mini-games included, and even a new villain to tackle, Pokémon Ultra Sun (and its counterpart, Ultra Moon) is the ultimate version of the already impressive Sun and Moon. Ideal for newcomers and veterans alike, the Pokémon flame is burning stronger than ever with this 3DS release, and it seems that Game Freak is hitting its stride just in time to deliver its first home console adventure on Nintendo Switch next year.
  3. Nov 30, 2017
    90
    It’s still a fun Pokémon game, and the Pokémon formula has been tried and true for years as a very competent RPG. Players that have exhausted the first versions of this game can still find some new things to see and do even early on in the story, and players that skipped out on the first games can most certainly have a great time catching them all. I would suggest picking it up either way. It’s still a great game and with this version, there enough new to keep things fresh for all the players.
  4. Nov 15, 2017
    85
    As a revisiting of the excellent Sun and Moon, it feels like a good note to close the generation on, but if you had your fill with Sun and Moon, don’t worry – you aren’t missing anything important.
  5. Dec 4, 2017
    83
    They feel worth it to me, but I’m a Pokémon lifer.
  6. For players that skipped Sun and Moon, there is more than enough new stuff here to make this the ultimate way to play. Returning players will definitely be left with a strong sense of deja vu, but if they finished everything last year's game had to offer and were hungry for more they could still get their money's worth here, especially if they're up for a big dose of nostalgia.
  7. Dec 15, 2017
    60
    Personally I’m hoping this release was simply a way to hold the fanatics over until the Switch Pokémon title rears its head in a year or two. Until then, I’d recommend playing Ultra Sun/Moon in bitesize chunks because it can wear pretty thin and quickly become a grind when playing through it rapidly. It should be enjoyed a little at a time or saved exclusively to be played on the go as a fun little time killer. The challenge and fun are waiting right there at the end for those who want to power through for it. It’s just a shame there are so many little things that pile up against the experience, like the pokémon-infused pokédex that never stops asking the same questions over and over or the lack of Pokémon-worthy music.

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  1. Negative: 22 out of 182
  1. Nov 17, 2017
    10
    (Review in progress)

    So far, so good. Pokemon Ultra Sun (and Moon) are a love letter to long time Pokemon fans as well as to new fans just
    (Review in progress)

    So far, so good. Pokemon Ultra Sun (and Moon) are a love letter to long time Pokemon fans as well as to new fans just starting their first journey.

    Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon feel like the original Pokemon Sun and Moon games, but are refreshing in details and overall experience. It might not be the most innovative Pokemon title out there, but it's the most complete version of a Pokemon game to date.
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  2. Mar 3, 2018
    10
    The whimsical music, characters, story, new pokemon etc of SM is back with more additions in a way more complete region, there's way more toThe whimsical music, characters, story, new pokemon etc of SM is back with more additions in a way more complete region, there's way more to do,explore,discover,achieve and go out of your way in Alola this time compare to before. As a long time fan who played since the first gens, I give it a 10/10 and recommend it. In fact since it's a better version of Sun and Moon, I recommend it over any previous pokemon. Expand
  3. Feb 24, 2019
    10
    Its combination of a great varied region, story and pokemon to catch makes me consider those paired versions here the top games in the pokemonIts combination of a great varied region, story and pokemon to catch makes me consider those paired versions here the top games in the pokemon franshice. The competitive side of things is better than it has ever been too. Expand
  4. Jan 6, 2018
    10
    Still a good story despite vastly diverging from the previous one (+)

    I can now have my own totem pokemon, and it seems like they can be
    Still a good story despite vastly diverging from the previous one (+)

    I can now have my own totem pokemon, and it seems like they can be put in the Bank (seemingly) meaning it's not like the cosplay pikachu that stays behind in ORAS (+)

    More changes than other games like emerald and crystal did, so I didn't get bored replaying, thankfully (+)

    new pokemon and forms (+)

    I was never into minigames but the surfing one may be the best one in the entire main series (+)

    USUM are very enjoyable overall, I'd say
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  5. Mar 5, 2019
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pokémon Sun/Moon was one of the best experiences I had in the Pokemon world! The region is great, vibrant colors everywhere, Alolan form Pokemon, customization of your character and despite not having the best story all around, it was still enjoyable. Still, when Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon was announced I was expecting something along the lines of Black/White 2, a sequel to the previous games. Instead, and the trailers of the game show that they advertised a "different" Alola region. Was to be expected the same timeline but eventually, "mid-game" as the director of the game said, "the timeline will change". Unfortunately, in a game with 4 islands, the changes start in the last one and until then the story continues pretty much the same as in previous games, except for the addition of a new team and some new pokemon. The issues of Sun/Moon were fixed but this still felt more like a DLC and not a full game. It was the first time ever I felt buyers remorse with a Pokemon game and I regret a lot paying full price for it. Still, if you never played Sun/Moon you should go for this one. Expand
  6. Jan 9, 2020
    8
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    FINAL THOUGHTS
    --------------------------- Ultra Sun is definitely not my favorite Pokemon game of all time
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    FINAL THOUGHTS
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    Ultra Sun is definitely not my favorite Pokemon game of all time but I was pleasantly surprised during my playthrough. I had a ton of fun with it. Alola is an interesting, diverse, and fun region, though it isn’t the most fleshed-out region in the series. The gameplay lefts some things to be desired, with not enough innovation (for me) and the actual changes being either minor or too different from the “formula” to be worth sticking with. Ultra Sun makes up for these semi-shortcomings with some fantastic new Pokemon and Pokemon forms, a lot of fun and interesting characters, and a superb postgame. The storyline is easy to follow and fun to play through. Ultra Sun is an ambitious and exciting entry in the series. I would personally place it in my top five games (though it is probably fifth). If I could use one word to describe it, Ultra Sun is just straight up FUN. I don’t know if I conveyed it enough in the above review, but I love Pokemon as a series and have fun pretty easily no matter the game. Ultra Sun did very little to take me out of that fun atmosphere, and tried a lot of new things to make me feel the fun even more.

    Final Ranking: ★★★★
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  7. May 29, 2021
    0
    un juego asqueroso es un completo refrito es igual a pokemon sol pero con 2 escenas de mierda mas

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