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-28. november 2016-
Heya Guys 'n' Gals,
this one will be big. Over the year, I reported here and now about the trailer and spoiler the Pokémon Company gave us and I told you my opinion about it. At the beginning, the hype was really big but eventually it was just too much and I wasn’t sure anymore if I going to buy the game or not. But I surely can tell you the worries were for not. I finished the Story last weekend and I really enjoyed it. So I thought this Mumbling will be a summary of my Play through and then a review.
Warning: Watch out for Spoilers!
From Chump to Champ
As I stated earlier, Abe won’t visit Alola for a next Adventure. He settled down in Kalos with his full Pokedex. Instead Tari, a new young man started his journey. From the Kahuna, he got his very first Pokémon Rowlet. He called her Robin Hoot and it was true love.
Over time I caught some other Pokémon like Dumpfbrot (Mudbray), Pix (Cutiefly) and Erwing (Grubbin). These four stayed to the end in my team and were the strongest of them all. Eventually, Robin Hoot laid an Egg and Basil joined us. He and Parry (Archen) who joined us a bit later as a fossil never evolved and stayed cute forever. Cute and deadly of course. These six were my winning team in the end in the league.
Then again, I rarely caught any other Pokémon. In the end, I think I have about 16 Pokémon total. Surely I wanted to catch some other Pokémon but I never got the chance. For example, Wimpod is harder to catch as an Abra in my Opinion. I would have liked a Water type on my team and he would have fit right in. But only finding it on special places, you have to catch it first and then fight it. But if you beat it accidentally, it wouldn’t reappear. So this is a challenge I still have to face.
I was a bit worried that the Island trials would be lame and boring but I really enjoyed them. They were fun as well as difficult. As I stated, I played the game with only that team. It has obvious weaknesses so some Trails were extremely hard for me. But on the other Hand, I wrecked other trails as I went through them. The Fire trial I thought I will have a problem, running around with a grass bird and a bunch of Bugs, but Dumpfbrot saved the day with High Horsepower. Even is his basic stage he is very strong. The Fire challenge was so fun. You had to watch Marowak dance two times and they would have a different end pose and you have to say what is the difference. I didn’t catch on the first time so I had to rewatch it but got it right. So for the next dance, I watched very closely and laughed out loud as the Hiker photobombed the scene. The third time the Hiker was part of the dance and I thought this was a bit funny but then suddenly the Totem Pokémon photobombed the thing. This was such a good trial and I’m very happy that I could do it.
Other trials were also very good but I don’t want to talk about each one. This would be too much.
The Aether Foundation was a bit fishy to me already, but the twist Team Skull is working for them took me by surprise. The story overall felt very good and captivating. I wanted to keep going and finding out things. Anyway, I went into the Beast realm and fought a final fantasy like Aether President. This was quite awesome. Also Nebby’s the Legendary Pokémon… that happened.
After that, I finished up the Trials and went to the League. Fighting every Kahuna again wasn’t that exciting, but is was a good set scene. Actually, I went backward with fighting the Kahunas, symbolizing going back where I came from. I anticipated the last fight being against Kukui but I never thought it to be so hard. He is a very strong trainer and I almost lost. But I didn’t and now I’m the Champion.
What have they done?
Well, they did a great job. The game is basically clean. I didn’t like the literally hour long forced Tutorial. They easily could have fixed that with giving the option to say “No thanks, I already know that.” to everything they wanna show us, like catching Pokèmon. As you already know, I don’t like some of the Alola Form Kanto Pokémon. I know why they did it and it is quite okay, but I didn’t like some visual choices. Also, I didn’t like that you can see the move advantages all the time. Again, give us the option to turn it on and off. I already adjusted myself to it and don’t think about the moves I’m using and this is dangerous. I get it for the new Pokémon and for new players who never confronted a Pokémon before, but I like to keep my brain sharp and know it in my head.
That’s all. I think this is all I didn’t like. Now to the thinks I liked.
The Story was very good told. I was captivated and wanted to keep going. Interesting twists and actual character development. Some even visually recognizable as Lillie changed her look as she decided to be strong and going for her mother. Good show!
There were a lot of things which worried me like changing Gym battles into trials, introducing Ultra Beasts, having Z moves and some more. But the did a great job with all of that. The trials are each original as they are fun and difficult. They are well balanced and you need to do your best to earn that Z-Crystal. The Ultra Beast didn’t felt unnatural as I thought they would. They implemented them as new creatures from another world. They weren’t just there, I can’t put it into the right words now, but they felt right. For the Z-moves I don’t use them myself since I like having an item on my Pokémon instead of an additional Move, but when an opponent started using one I always was scared of it. But they aren’t overpowered. If you use a not very effective Z-Move it doesn’t do much damage. You need to know how to use them right.
The Map also was very useful. It always showed you where to go next and the fact that it was always open is revolutionary for a Pokémon game. It felt more and more like a real RPG. Also calling Pokémon to ride on was a very good addition to the game. It is very clean to use and the choice of what Pokémon you can ride are pretty good. Some are awkward, but still okay. Alone to have no more HMs to use is amazing.
Another thing I really enjoyed from the beginning to the end was the soundtrack. It was diverse, interesting and always fitting. At the beginning, I was reminded of Sonic Adventures and the Team Skull theme pushed that memory even deeper. It just sounds like Knuckles is around and we are in the Jungle area. Another very intense moment was the League. The Kahuna fights had an amazing theme and I still have it in my head. And then the Fight against Kukui with a remixed version of the classic Battle theme hit me right into my childhood. Inside I cried of happiness.
The ending also was very satisfying. You got a picture of all the character you met and what they do now. And the last picture you see is the first one Rotom took of Hau, Lillie and yourself.
Overall a very good Pokémon game. For the next title I give you the advice to do it the same way, but give more choices and don’t spoil so much upfront.
And now, it is time for me to clean up and explore the Post Game.
Keep your desks clean