The reviews for Pokémon Sun & Moon are coming in and we’re keeping them all compiled here! Let’s see what the professionals have to say about what are sure to be hits for the Nintendo 3DS!
FAMITSU – 38/40
This is actually lower than the score for Pokémon X & Y, which earned a 39, but we’re waiting for details to know why Sun & Moon scored a 38 out of 40 (9/10/10/9). If you’re curious, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire scored a 37.
Sun & Moon feels significantly different from previous Pokémon games. X & Y may have marked the series’ biggest visual change, but Sun & Moon shows Game Freak is willing to re-examine Pokémon’s tenured mechanics in order to improve the game. Sun & Moon is still Pokémon, but it showcases some of the biggest changes the series has ever seen – and that’s a good thing.
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.
We’re trying to avoid spoiling too many secrets here, because Sun and Moon are absolutely bursting with them, and purely in terms of value for money the games are off the scale. It’s rare that a sequel in a long-running series can please both veterans and newcomers in equal measure but Sun and Moon achieve that balance almost perfectly. The end result is not just the best Pokémon game ever, but one of the best video games ever made.