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Disclaimer: Beyond Level 1 is a review of a game starting from the checkpoint of defeating the first boss of a game. After all tutorial levels and battles shouldn't be counted in how a game is to give you what you deserve for a game but it is where the real battle begins as they can either fail you or help you get deeper into a game. Take this in mind though. This is just this reviewer's opinion and may not fall in line with the line of how you rate the game. After all, everyone has an opinion. Thank you. = (Note this is before playing USun and UMoon) In this new age of Pokémon, it’s time to say Alola to the world of… a messed up family line. And a painfully long mess we get to play through in a way. Yea… this review isn’t as clean cut as the others and I have had time to play it since Christmas (to evade being on a hype railroad and to try to understand the game where I see it) and I’m glad that I did just that, waited. My review might not be what everyone wants but then again I’m asking a lot of people to listen to me on this for the count of a few things. First, sure this is a game of beauty but visuals are objective and I’ll cover this more inflow but when some basics are lost at the expense of others, I worry. Second, I’m doing another playthrough to see if having someone different helps the game feel better but I will say that I’ll never go for the “FIGHTING” type that we got. AND I WILL DEFEND THIS TO THE END THAT LITTEN’S FINAL EVOLUTION IS A FIGHTING TYPE! Pardon there. I kind of still don’t see how come people are willing to ignore what the context is on that Pokémon. And third I will be warning of spoilers where it is due, likely in story and bosses. Thanks in advance and I’ll let rip my review that goes beyond level 1 of the game Pokémon Sun! Control – (Silver) This is kind of new and yet comfy at the same time. The controls for the overworld are ALL linked to the stick to give you a free spot with the D-pad to link up with HM heroes. That’s what I’m calling them. Throughout this generation, I might as well call them that. You got running speed fright from the start and can even have a bit of fun. In battle either works which are a bleeping joy and touch helps speed up who needs a change or patch up. OF course, a bigger problem that doesn’t come to mind is how easy it is to miss the bottom screen. Say high to the thing that ate up all the swift tap buttons to try and save time going to menus and hello to the X button which will house more than 6 but 12 options. The first is the usual stuff like your Pokedex, your Pokémon, your luggage, your Save, your options, and lastly the Passport which is your trainer ID. Then the new stuff comes up featuring Pokémon Refresh (the simplified and gutted Pokémon Amie), Pokémon Pelago (your Pokémon Daycare for those who are boxed up with nothing to do.), Festival Plaza (your interaction hub), QR scan (allowing you to SEE all Pokémon in the digital dictionary), Quick Link for local play, and Battle video…which I haven’t gotten anything yet but would go for it if I get some video recordings. I clearly enjoy how there’s a lot to take in but yet feel it stepped backward. So sorry the Silver rating is needed for this section. Story – (Silver/Gold) Spoiler Warning take effect here! A normal game of Pokémon has a story that is stolen by a crazy FAMILY! Let’s see… the first you met stolen a legendary to be and yet it was also a caring gal that would likely not to be a trainer that we’d see. And get such a taste of the new challenges of the story where we see a gang wanting to jack things up and an organization that wants to care for those that were hurt…which flipped into a rescue mission and finding out that in the saviors is a really TWISTED b!tc# and she’s the reason her son and daughter ran from the place. By the GODS what a way to push the story into the spotlight! Also with how she insults the player char in a way kind of hurts for those that are dedicated to a team. It felt like she was aiming to the competitive players which I would get a laugh about so I feel it’s silly. And the final battle with the evil President is a bit annoying since her team is “BUFFED” thanks to her ultra-beast infusion though I did use a bit of a smart rear tactic of having a defense jumper up front to make it harder to fight and slow them down with Bulldozer which helps to make a strong combo when it is clear they are unable to get their first move in. And also a moment about the Gang Leader Gozma (I’ll take him down, take him down and never let up all about town!) with the stupid wrapping of him and his crew could have done more but gods, at least they were more entertaining until I found out that HE was in on the stupid plan of “perfection” and on that I am feeling like the island challenge was a roadblock to try to get to the end of the story and also reach the goal of the Pokémon league. Though the big surprise to the end is that who is the big battle is a great mix up for the final battle of the story as it can change it up… by going against more than just one obvious char. The professor, the electric trial captain, Gozma’s Poisonous gal, even a Kahuna and a KID FROM ROUTE 1 WANT YOUR CHAMPION BELT! That earned this gold barely but I’m also giving silver due to the story to get to that point. Spoiler Warning ends at this point! Content – (Metal) As we know, things might not make it back in a new gen and this is one of them, a favorite of mine: Rotation Battles. Though this in and of itself doesn’t mean it’s at all bad. It has given us a Pokémon Pelago to allow us to grind levels and raise mon how you want (I got all the island updates as of February.) in which is handy for those that play calmly and want to have help while playing the game. THAT being said, the mini-games are just… nonexistent here that it makes me sad because there’s almost NOTHING to really enjoy and Your only means of coinage gain is either by having your Pokémon explore their cave in the Pokémon Pelago or take down trainers and the daily Pukumuku flinging. It makes for a bad feeling for those that want to play something more to connect to the Pokémon world. SURE it is streamlined but it will leave someone empty. I’ve rethought this and went with giving this Metal instead for even a veteran trainer would get bored of all the none events in the game once you did them all. Flow – (Silver) For once I have to talk about the graphics since they kind of bog the game down in a way. With trainers now kept on screen during battle you are likely slowing the game down and makes one groan at how some battles can take a long time and could even make you feel trouble arriving in the worst of ways: by costing someone more time to play by tournament standings. For the casual player or someone who is going into doubles/Multi/Battle Royale, it will be a nightmare. Especially when waiting likely two minutes for the turn to end. Have fun with some of that and how often the story might interrupt your exploration if you need to do an island challenge. Speaking of, I find them silly in a sense but they do mostly involve battling. Trial 1: Battle 3 locals and their totem, Trial 2: Take down a fish 3 times with the last one being a Totem fight, Trial 3: Answer and battle 3 answers with the last one being the totem, Trial 4: Find the items and defend yourself be ready for the totem Pokémon, Trial 5: Audio quizzing and fight 4 Pokémon to turn the lights on when you see the totem Pokémon, Trial 6: Photography with ghost Pokémon and you end up finding how unhealthy the Totem Pokémon is obsessed with Pikachu. And Trial 7 is actually a remix of the trial you did in the DEMO of the game. The only familiar feel of former gameplay I obtained came from the four Grand Trials, they felt like real gym leaders to me and I got to enjoy those battles. Especially when it is not an SOS Pokémon come in. With certain gamers then it’ll be a pain but for others, it is a required wait to get through the game in certain manners. Bosses – (Bronze/Silver) Spoiler Warning take effect here! Is it odd that I feel like the totem Pokémon, the very thing Game Freak and the Pokémon Company highlighted in the game’s advertisement were not the real boss characters? Yea, they aren’t. IF I added them they would be a brought the game down to a bronze here. The saving grace was the Grand trials, Team Skull, and the large twist before you get to the last island (Poni island and no friendship isn’t magic there) and after you gotten through all the trials of Poni Island. The favorite for this gamer was the final battle of the first Elite Four. To me, it felt like the REAL rival was hidden in the back and trying to be sure you reach the top to see where you stand with you and your Pokémon. And for once it will not happen often as you’ll have to defend your belt from as mentioned before your true rival who you only would fight here, various chars that you took on like Lille’s Brother, Hau, and even the former Team Skull babysitter and as said before a current Kahuna. If one were to add those together and not the totems, you’d earn the rank of Silver solidly at the least. Well, that and spanking the President’s behind while she had her team jacked up. Spoiler Warning ends at this point! Overall – (Bronze) On the personal side, I’d go give this a Bronze since it means that Pokémon has started to slip and in no way can I sugar it to myself. For a competitive scene I’d keep with Gen six for a while longer though happy times trying to fight in the new gen without having a big issue and I’ll be the stick in the mud to say Pokémon isn’t going onto the Switch as a mainline game but if a new handheld is revealed one can hope but it is for sure isn’t the Switch as I am using the logic that I got from watching for ages to get a good guess. [-|-|-] I almost can’t wait for this generation to be corrected.