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Hey fellow Radarians! Today I will be giving a detailed review of Pokemon Ultra Sun. The review will be split into sections that fit story plots, gameplay, etc.. Enjoy! Wait! Spoilers! Almost forgot. You've been warned! Opening The opening scenes in games are very important in my opinion. They give the player their first impression on the game. Ultra Sun's opening scene doesn't stray far from previous Pokemon openings, you meet the professor of the region (Prof. Kukui in this instance), they tell you about Pokemon and that region, you meet your rival, etcetera, etcetera. But I love the Pokemon opening scences! They give you information on yourself (to an extent) and those around you often. Perfect qualities for openings! In the opening you get in a bit of a fender bender. Your crossing Route 1 and all of a sudden, YUNGOOSE! You have not yet received a Pokemon starter and for that reason you don't know what to do. That moment is when you meet your starter choices! Rowlet, a grass and flying type, Litten, a fire type, and Popplio, the water type, all jump in to save the day! They destroy the wild Yungoose and then Kukui shows up. Long story short, you choose one of the three to accompany you on your journey (I'm Team Popplio). Hau, you in-game rival will choose the Pokemon weak against yours (In my case he chose Litten). After all this you learn more about Hau and Pokemon battling. You even learn that Hau is the grandson of The island Kahuna! That's about it for the opening... I give it a 5/5 Starting your Island Trial (Z-Crystals) After receiving your starter Pokemon, it's time to start your island challenge! For those of you who don't know what the island challenge is, it's basically a series of quests you take on before the Elite Four. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it's exclusive to Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon. Before you start, however, you encounter, Lillie. She is assistant to the Professor and owner of Cosmog (More about it later). Lillie is not much of a trainer and she happens to get Cosmog into quite some trouble... It is being attacked by bird type Pokemon on quite an unstable bridge, when you go in to help the bridge BREAKS. Thankfully, Tapu Koko is there to save the day! The guardian saves you and Cosmog both! It also happens to leave you a present, a Z-Power Ring rock! You give this special rock to the Island Kahuna, Hala, after you beat him and he turns it into a Z-Power Ring which can use Z-Crystals! They really pack a punch and can be used once a battle with no consequences except for the loss of 1PP. After you receive the Z-Power Ring, your island trail actually starts! Each trial you face, you gain a Z-Crystal. Each Z-Crystal has a unique animated cutscene that havs obviously been carefully perfected by the animators. While the Island Trials are mostly puzzles and not battles, they usually all end in battles. The puzzles are real brain pickers and really get you thinking. It's good to relax afterwards with the prize of a Z-Crystal! I forgot how many trials there are exactly, but I think there are around 8. I give the Island Challenges a 4/5 The Main Story The main story behind Ultra Sun is quite compelling. To sum it up: The guardian deities of Alola (The Tapu) became enraged by the actions of the people. They each chose an island to ensure order but were still at war. Solgaleo and Lunala both saw this and together, put an end to the fighting. After the fighting ended People out all trust in the Tapu. Solgaleo and Lunala also created a new Pokemon or Ultra Beast in this case called, Cosmog. Depending on which game you buy, Cosmoem, the evolution of Cosmog evolves into the legendaries! Solgaleo for Ultra Sun, and Lunala for Ultra Moon. Cosmog has a shrine in the game because past kings worshipped it. Anyway after that the rest of the story is about how Team Skull is evil and want to steal all Pokemon from trainers. Also (HUGE SPOILER ALERT) the Aether Foundation (A foundation made to help Pokemon) is working with Team Skull! The Aether Foundation is also researching UB's or Ultra Beasts. They are powerful creatures found in Ultra Space Wormholes! One has even gotten into Alola through a Wormhole opened up in the past by Solgaleo or Lunala! The story goes deeper from there! Lusamine (Aether Foundation President) is taken by a UB named Nihelgo! But closely the boss of team skull, Guzma, jumps through the ultra wormhole after her! This is where I talk about the Ultra Recon Squad, they are a group that was hired by Lusamine and betrayed by her. See Lusamine promised them that if they helped her open up an ultra wormhole, she would take them back to their own world. Ya this may be a LOT to take in.... Here's some context. The Ultra Recon Squad lived in a place in Ultra Space where they would travel across wormholes through either Lunala or Solgaleo (they somehow had access to riding both of them freely). One day an Ultra Beast by the name of Necrozma stole the light of their world. They were sent by their kin to find someone who would defeat Necrozma and restore their world. Eventually they came across Alola and met Lusamine and now to go back where we left off. After they found out Lusamine betrayed them, they ask you to help them. When you accept they tell you to go to the Alter of the Sunne. In order to do this however, you need to finish up your Island Challenges. Then you save Lusamine and whatnot. You're thanked and ya. Now all that's left is the Pokemon League! 5/5 Elite Four! The Elite Four aka The Pokemon League was constructed in Alola by Kukui while you were saving Lusamine and Guzma. You have encountered all of the Elite Four in game before however after you beat them all you are the Champion! All you do is defend your title! You don't even need a fifth battle to become Champion! The moment you sit on the throne for the first time, Hau shows up! He is your first title defense (Meaning you're already champion!). If you lose you've failed to defend your title, but if you win everyone recognizes you as champion! And with that you reach the Credits. I give the Elite Four a 5/5 Thanks for reading!
How is Ultra Sun/moon going to differ from the previous Pokemon title or will it be more like a white/black 2 instead of a Pokemon yellow to a Pokemon red/blue? Also if anyone has any thoughts or stories on Pokemon I would like to hear them.