Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon are the last of the Pokémon games to come to the 3DS. As an update to the Sun and Moon entries in the series, you are transported back to Alola as a newcomer to the region.
For the purposes of this first impressions post please note that I have played for around 3 hours at the time of writing.
Game: Pokémon Ultra Sun
Developer: Game Freak
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Release: 17th November 2017
First impressions for me are ok, perhaps a tad too similar. I don’t know what I was expecting from this sequel but so far it is very similar to Pokémon Sun, a game which I thoroughly enjoyed and felt that the changes worked well. Sun caters well to newcomers to the Pokémon games as it talks you through some of the changes, you get hints in battle in terms of moves that are effective against the opposing Pokémon provided you had prior knowledge of the Pokémon as does this version. The early sections are also quite useful as a tutorial of sorts, again this is the same here.
Who would you choose?
Pokémon Ultra Sun begins in a very similar manner to Pokémon Sun, and equivalently Moon/Ultra Moon. You are new to Alola and you have a conversation with the Professor. You meet Lillie. You save Nebby. You battle Hau. Talk with the Professor some more. Go to the Trainer’s School and battle 4 people there. You do another battle. Go to the City. And of course you try to catch whatever Pokémon you come across as you go between here and there. Once again you have a Rotom Pokédex. If I didn’t know better I would think it was the same game.
I realise that the underlying story hasn’t fully developed or become apparent yet but I think I was expecting the initial cutscenes and interactions to feel a bit more different. There are differences evident so far, of course, but at this point early on they are not substantial. The Totem stickers that you can collect and in cutscenes you can see the Ultra Recon Squad.
This is not a bad game by any means. However, I think I was expecting more. Though since this is essentially an improvement upon Sun/Moon maybe my thoughts were unrealistic. If you played Sun or Moon then it may not be necessary to play the Ultra version at least based on the first few hours. I will be continuing Ultra Sun so I can see what happens and when it begins to feel like a new game. Since there are more Ultra Beasts and the new group of the Ultra Recon Squad, amongst other changes from articles I read prior to release, I am still optimistic once the story progresses that I will see these changes and the game will improve for me.
Have you played Pokémon Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon? Did you find it very similar to Sun/Moon? Does the Ultra versions of the games improve as the story progresses? Let me know in the comments.