Pokémon Sun and Moon are the best Pokémon games to date. A bold claim sure and one I never expected to make, but I cannot deny the truth anymore. It has been three years since we were graced with a new generation of Pokémon with the X and Y series. Those titles re-invented the way we interact with our Pokémon; they gave us updated battling and breeding mechanics, Poké-amie and a full and interactive 3D world filled with new and well-designed critters for us to collect. It was a breath of fresh air that the series needed. However, it had its flaws. Mega Evolution, a pointless story and questionable looking Pokémon had players just as annoyed as they were pleased. Sun and Moon quite literally fixes everything.
Pokémon Sun and Moon made me fall in love with the Pokémon series all over again. Not only is the game a wonderful love letter to 20 years of Pokémon, it manages to appeal to new and old players alike in a way many thought would be impossible; it makes you feel like a child discovering a Pokémon world all over again.
To start, we have a different tale then what we have been subjected to before. You play a young child who has moved to the Alola region from Kanto (the setting of Pokémon Red and Blue) who starts the Island Challenge. This is a set of trials that will take you and your Pokémon across the five islands of Alola to eventually become the Island Champion. No gyms or badges in sight here and it’s a welcome change. These trials are a great way to connect the player to the world and its customs but also being a real challenge when compared to the gym system. The totem Pokémon you end up facing during are not pushovers and use strategies that can trip up unaware trainers. I’ve played every Pokémon title so far and I even found myself blacking out at parts of the game, something that has not happened to me in years.