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Pokémon Moon Discussion (Nintendo 3DS) [game]
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Nintendo treats all Pokémon trainers world-wide for the 20th anniversary of Pokémon with Sun and Moon Versions, and in this thread we shall discuss Moon Version! What starter did you pick? What differences are there between the two Versions? What legendaries are you most excited about catching? Gotta catch 'em all!

In an interesting difference, Moon will have a 12 hour difference to your internal 3DS clock. Meaning that if you are playing at 10 o'clock daytime, the game itself will actually be 10 o'clock nighttime.

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Posted: 11/24/16, 22:38:33  - Edited by 
 on: 11/24/16, 22:51:19
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Just beat the Elite 4 in this game last night! Huzzah!
Posted: 06/26/17, 06:08:13
Same actually. I hate to say it but this is probably my least favorite mainline Pokemon game. I think it got better right at the end but I found most of the game to be kind of a chore. I did a little of the post-game stuff last night but I think I'll be skipping the rest of it.

Music in the legendary battle was pretty sweet though.
Posted: 06/26/17, 17:04:51

Why least favorite?

I know it's hard to top Gold/Silver/Crystal but...LEAST favorite? What gives?
Posted: 06/27/17, 16:38:41
@GameDadGrant X and Y are my lest favorites honestly. Just felt like those games didn't have their own identity.

Outside of some of the later town themes even the music in X and Y sounded half assed.
Posted: 06/27/17, 21:10:44  - Edited by 
 on: 06/27/17, 21:14:35

Hmm. Yeah, I could see that. I remember not really liking the 3D movement in the main town (forgot the name atm, lol) and I think you are right, the music was kind of forgettable.

Sun/Moon, though? I really liked it from start to finish. It's probably my favorite, with OmegaRuby/AlphaSapphire coming in at a close second. (for the generation, that is)
Posted: 06/28/17, 00:14:50  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/17, 13:02:03
@GameDadGrant Well ONE of the games has to be my least favorite lol.

All in all I thought:

- I wish there were more new Pokemon, or at least appearances from Pokemon from past generations. I get the appeal for the gen 1 Pokemon but I didn't feel like there were enough new ones. #nomorezubats
- There's not much variety in the landscapes. All the islands kind of looked the same.
- The music was mostly forgettable
- The trial system, while new and shaking up the old formula, felt a bit weird and arbitrary.
- I felt like the camera was looking down at the ground too much for my liking. Could've used some more vistas or something a bit prettier to look at. It also kind of made the field of view feel too small compared to older games. I know that's nitpicky because the older games were all top down, but the game in general just isn't very pretty. Just like I'm looking at dirt half the time.
- General graphics performance was poor, especially in multibattles
- The online stuff felt like a step down
- I wasn't a fan of them just putting a flag on the map of where you were supposed to go next.

That being said:
+ I liked the story towards the end. It was fairly slow throughout the game but I liked the last chunk of it.
+ I really, really appreciated a lot of the quality of life improvements. Putting Pokemon in your party immediately after catching them, box navigation, and other things.
+ The writing felt fun enough

I don't think it was a bad game but it just felt a bit repetitive to me even for Pokemon standards. Still very fun but not one that I'm itching to 100%.

I loved Pokemon Black. I liked Heart Gold a lot too, even if I felt it was a bit slow. I liked Alpha Sapphire too, though it didn't exactly knock me out.
Posted: 06/28/17, 02:57:13  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/17, 05:16:59
@PogueSquadron Sun and Moon actually do use the new 3DS's added horsepower to clean up the battle royales a bit. There are still some hiccups but it runs much smoother on the new 3DS and I'd actually say it's slightly smoother than when there are multiple pokemon at once in X/Y or ORAS.
Posted: 06/28/17, 08:34:04  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/17, 08:35:29

Heh, yeah one of them has to be the least-favorite by default, but...THIS generation? There was so much done that improved upon past entries! The original Ruby/Sapphire is my personal least-favorite generation, but that one took so many steps back from the previous generation. Sun/Moon added so much!

As to your complaints, a lot of the stuff you mentioned was actually stuff I really enjoyed, haha. Graphics looked great IMO, the music was FANTASTIC! Probably one of the better soundtracks in recent years, I would say. The Trials were a great way to shake up the ancient Gym system (though I still do like the idea of gyms), and the marking of the map on where to go next was a huge help for someone like me that can't play everyday. Reminders of where to go/what to do was an excellent and much appreciated addition to the game. IMO, anyway.

I will at least agree with your points about the variety of landscapes. I do feel there was some decent variety, but yeah, it was certainly a step down compared to other Pokémon games. I suppose that's what happens when you set the game on an island...it's the Super Mario Sunshine syndrome!
Posted: 06/28/17, 13:02:39
PogueSquadron said:
@GameDadGrant W.
- The music was mostly forgettable
That's what we call a "wrong answer."

And we all need more butt-rap in our lives.
Posted: 06/28/17, 20:08:46  - Edited by 
 on: 06/28/17, 20:24:37

Right on, right on. The whole soundtrack is great. And some of it is very..."not what I'd expect from a Pokémon game" kind of music. The tune from Po Town sounds like it wouldn't be out of place in a Resident Evil title, for example:

And this would feel right at home in Super Mario Galaxy. (like, maybe Space Junk Galaxy):

Even the remixes of the older tunes are great. I love this more "laid back, relaxin, no stressin'" version of the PokéCenter theme.

The whole game is full of great, memorable tunes! At least, IMHO.
Posted: 06/28/17, 20:30:06
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