You need to give credit where it’s due — Pokémon Sun tries to shake up Pokémon series standards. HMs are finally gone, Gyms are replaced with trials, and there’s an increased focus on the story in the region of Alola. However, not everything works as well as it should, especially when cutscenes are unskippable. That’s a pretty standard thing in 2016! Besides the copious cutscenes, Pokémon Sun is fun and snappy. The Alola forms are a nice change-up and are pulled off better than Mega Evolutions too. It promises a new direction for the series, that hopefully Generation 8 will learn from.

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