Review Roundup: Pokémon Sun & Moon
Pokémon Sun & Moon are launching in Europe next week, but the first reviews are already in. Critics are calling this new generation the best Pokémon games since Gold & Silver.
16-11-2016 - by Thijs Kaagman
Pokémon Sun & Moon are set to shake things up in the Pokémon universe. Of course there's a new region and a couple of new Pokémon, but Sun & Moon are breaking with the old gameplay principles of the series. And that's a good thing, because critics are unanimously praising the game's new direction. Impressed with the reviews? You can pre-order Pokémon Sun & Moon digitally, right here on Startselect. Still on the fence? Scan the QR-code below with your 3DS to download the demo.
Pokémon Sun Pokémon Moon
God Is A Geek
Score: 9.5 / 10
You’ll be pleased to know that Game Freak has created a great game, pushing the limits of the 3DS to realise their vision for how Pokémon games should be 20 years on from their debut. It looks good, plays better and has that same addictive quality it’s always had. Say goodbye to your life – you live in Alola now.
Score: 10 / 10
Simply put, Sun and Moon are best Pokémon games that Game Freak has ever produced. Poké Pelago, the side quests, the absolutely stunning nature of the presentation, it's all a sheer joy from start to finish. Game Freak hasn't missed a beat and has managed to carefully balance the inclusion of new mechanics without totally ruining things for the most hardcore fans. It's got content coming out of its ears, a much more interesting story, and rewards exploration in a way no other title in the series has. Whether you're a Pokémon fan new or old, this is an absolutely essential purchase.
With Pokémon Sun and Moon however, I have a new one: the world of Pokémon is finally, exactly that: a world, with charming, textured characters not just in the named friends and foes you meet, but the random people on your journey, the region you live in, the music, the Pokémon themselves and the very soul of the journey. At long last, Pokémon is not just back. With Sun and Moon, it feels fresh again.
Score: 9 / 10
After 20 years of slow but steady evolution, Pokemon gets a bit of a reinvention in Sun and Moon. An engrossing and rich new region makes the Alola journey — along with all the changes Sun and Moon make to the existing formula — enjoyable throughout the main adventure, and small interface and variety of upgrades along the way make a few of the things that stayed the same feel better than before.
Score: 8.5 / 10
Pokémon's 20th anniversary year has been all about celebrating what's great about the series, but the newest pair of games prove that the series is ready and able to make big changes without sacrificing that original spirit. Without the heaps of content of series-defining entries like Red, Silver and X, Sun and Moon don't quite stand as endlessly replayable classics, but they're a wonderful testament to why Pokémon is still so special all these years later.