WARNING: THE POINTS MADE IN THIS BLOG POST ARE ENTIRELY MY OPINION AND ARE COMPLETELY BIASED. PLEASE DO NOT GET OFFENDED
ALSO MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR POKEMON SUN AND MOON
I started my Pokemon Sun adventure last night and I noticed a lot of things before I even got to choose my Pokemon starter. Also, note that most of these observations are negative and if you have anything you noticed when you started up your game, or you disagree with what I have said, please comment down below, I read all comments! Here are some of the things I noticed:
- Having To Google How To Delete Current Save File
My copy of the game had an existing save file that I wanted to delete. It didn’t say anywhere how to delete the save file. I had to Google it, which is already a con because if kids want to delete a save file, they never read the instructions so how are they able to perform this action? It turns out you need to press a specific set of buttons at a specific time in the game in a specific order. Now, I had to do this a couple of times for the previous save file actually deleted, and this is not helpful considering that kids will also play this game.
2. All The Characters So Far Are Bland
The avatars that you can choose to represent yourself are very boring and have a design that is very basic. I can see that they have done this so that the character can match the different skin tones you can choose from but I still think they could have made the characters look at least interesting. The other people such as the professor, the Kahuna and his grandson (I cant remember their names, that’s how forgettable they are to me) are all very bland and forgettable. They have no character development. I’ve only just started this game, so maybe these characters get developed later on but for now they are very poorly executed and I felt bored for the first portion of the game rather than excited.
3. The Walking and Running Animations For The Avatars and NPCs are Unnatural
Once I was able to control my avatar, I realised how odd and unnatural the walking and running animation is. When walking, I felt like my character was not actually touching the floor and when she was taking, I guess, ‘regular’ steps, she ended up sliding along and taking a massive step while her animation was just her taking small steps. All in all, she looked like she was gliding along the floor because the speed that they had set her to walk with did not match up with the walking animation, and the same goes for the running animation as well. This wouldn’t bother me so much if it was only my avatar did this, but ALL the characters I’ve met so far have this problem, and these sort of issues really annoy me.
[I went back and played the game a bit more, and I’ve decided that the animations are still bad, but they aren’t the worst. When I first came on, I wondered why I hated them, and now I it really bothers me again, but I will still keep my whole paragraph on it because these are my first impression.]
4. The Section Before You Choose Your Pokemon Is Too Long
Before you get your Starter Pokemon in this game, there are A LOT of things you need to do . The first main series game I played was Pokemon: Omega Ruby, and the intro to that game was short and to the point. Yes, it wasn’t the best, but all the people who play are playing for Pokemon. Pokemon are the reason that people play the games, so giving people their first Pokemon almost immediately after the game starts keeps players hooked and excited to catch more Pokemon.
Pokemon Sun, however, had you doing chores, watch really boring cut scenes about people and problems that we are meant to be excited about but instead don’t care and just want to get that Litten they’ve always wanted (I actually chose Rowlet by the way). This is not good seeing as I was actually very excited to choose my Pokemon. Yes we need to understand how to play the game, but do we really need to ‘find the kahuna’ and are given no hints as to where he might be so I spent the first few minutes just trying to find him. When I found him, there were so many things that he didnt explain, like, ‘what is a kahuna?’ ‘why are some of the Pokemon designs different in this region compared to other regions?’. Instead, he goes on about how I should come to a festival ! Seriously, it is only around this point that I get my own Pokemon and Iam still in the intro doing useless things and being introduced to useless people who won’t explain anything to me. When I met Lillie and asked her name, she just shook her head and ignored me, which is really annoying but then, why do I care who she is? This is not good for people of any age, especially children, because they would loose interest quickly that is not what you want people to do when they play your game.
5 Cut Scene and New Area Transitions
Every time I go to a new area or a cut scene takes place, the screen fades to black for around 10 seconds. This happens all the way through the games intro and if this occurred occasionally, then I wouldn’t mind that much, but it happens a lot and it is very annoying because it happens everywhere I go! This is game changing in my opinion because if this is constantly happening, this would annoy old and young players alike and would distract us from the decent parts of the game.
6. Wrongly Recording Hours/Minutes Of Gameplay
My copy of Pokemon Sun is actually not mine, it belongs to my little brother. He got the game for Christmas and he hasn’t played it since. He complained about how the game didn’t save properly and left untouched all this time. I wanted to try the game out, and since he wasn’t using his game anymore, I checked how long he’d been playing. The game said he’d only played five minutes of the game, so I thought if he wanted the game back, he could just get back to where he was really easily, so I deleted his save data. It turns out he’d played for hours and had beaten two Kahunas and he got really angry at me. I surprised that the game didn’t record the amount of time he’d been playing properly. This was very annoying and should be updated.
7. Actual Pokemon Battle Gameplay
Everything I’ve said so far is practically negative, so here is the one positive thing I have to write about, and that is about the actual Pokemon battles that take place countless times through every main series Pokemon Game. The battles are decent. They are slightly repetitive, but the battles overall are as they should be. Both Pokemon fighting are displayed and you choose the moves you want your Pokemon to use. The only problem I have is that the first Pokemon Trainer fights you have are ridiculously easy. When you first get your starter Pokemon, it is already Lvl 5, and all the other trainers you fight (who are mostly preschoolers or lazy teens) have Lvl 3 – 4 Pokemon, and this continues until your starter (or just my starter) was around Lvl 10 – 11 and was fighting more lazy teen girls with Lvl 7 Pokemon. I have won every match that I have been involved in so far, so I think there should be more of a challenge at the start of the game.
These are all of my first opinion on Pokemon Sun. I am aware that the majority of my opinions are on negative aspects of the game, but I am not one of those people who put down a game and never touch it just because it didn’t have the best opening. I will continue my Pokemon journey in the Alola region. I’m already feeling a lot more excited about this game as I play, even though there are some ‘questionable’ things going on. Once I’m around half way through the game I will do another opinion based post and another once I’ve finished the game. Then I’m going to compare and compile them all to create an overall review of the entire game, so I will be working towards that goal, for now, keep playing, watching, reviewing and I will be back with the next post. Goodbye!