Ultra Sun Is My First Pokemon Game and I Love It

Ultra Sun Is My First Pokemon Game and I Love It

Thoughts from a series noob

A.J. Maciejewski

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Game Freak's long-running series of RPGs starring adorable pocket monsters has a couple of newly enhanced games. I recently started playing Pokémon Ultra Sun and it acted as my introduction to the mainline series. Needless to say, it's great fun!

Pokemon Ultra Sun screenshot 1
Which Pokemon should I pick? I choose you, Rowlet!

My history with Pokémon

When Pokémon debuted in North America, I was a teenager and thought I was too cool to play it. After all, the cute little monsters and simple gameplay is kids' stuff... right? Well, over the years, I ended up playing loads of Pokémon spin-offs. Whether it was Pokémon Pinball, Picross, Mystery Dungeon, or Pokkén Tournament; I found myself having a ton of fun within the Pokémon universe. Heck, one of my favourite puzzle games of all time is Pokémon Puzzle League for Nintendo 64. However, I just never got into the main series. So, I decided to take the plunge and try out Pokémon Ultra Sun and I'm glad that I did!

Pokemon Ultra Sun screenshot 2
I'd hate to be on the other side of that attack...

Island fun with pocket monsters

Upon starting my adventure in Pokémon Ultra Sun, I was delighted to see the island-themed world. Alola is truly a lively place and the characters who reside there are full of charm and personality. After choosing Rowlet as my first Pokémon (how could I pass up that cute leaf bowtie?) and taking the lengthy tutorial, I had a ton of fun recruiting and raising more Pokémon. In fact, I spent too much time doing so because every battle was super-easy once I continued with the story. Anyway, I absolutely love the amount of detail that's put into each Pokémon. It makes them all feel like your own pets, especially after you feed them treats, brush them, and give them a pat on the head. Even though I'm only a handful of hours in, I'm looking forward to seeing what unfolds as I continue my island adventure.

A couple of disappointing aspects

Although my experience with Pokémon Ultra Sun is definitely a positive one so far, there are a few downsides that took away from the fun. First of all, it's disappointing that the entire game doesn't have 3D support. As far as I know, the only part that's in 3D is when you take pictures of Pokémon but the 3D effect isn't even that good while you're doing so. Finally, I found the pace of the story to be extremely slow and tedious at the start and I hope that it picks up soon. I don't mind spending time being introduced to the characters and the world but it would be great to just start exploring and discovering things for myself as early as possible.

Pokemon Ultra Sun screenshot 3
I don't know what the heck that thing is but I can't wait to encounter it!

As my first Pokémon game; Ultra Sun is impressively engaging and I'm looking forward to the adventure ahead. What are your thoughts on Pokémon Ultra Sun? Would you recommend any other Pokémon games? Let's chat in the comments below!

Official trailer for Pokemon Ultra Sun 5:06
Which Pokemon Are You?

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