- Jan 15, 2018
- Reaction score
Preach. I hate that I keep coming back to that Looker Post-Game, because all you're doing is walking around in grass and catching multiple copies of the same Ultra Beast until you get more story and a new one. However, it added so much character to the game with said story and explanation for why Ultra Beasts were drawn to some people. And yeah, the Lusamine arc is a joke. I am happy that Lillie got to patch things up with her mom, but it felt more like a dream Lillie would have and wake up from than how Lusamine would actually act. She has frozen Pokemon in her house-lair! She is gone. And without Lusamine's final arc, Lillie then ran away from home and just...stalled? I don't know. It feels so pointless. Especially when Necrozma is a sort of parasite that feeds off Solgalunala's light in order to make itself more powerful/"whole". That definitely doesn't sound like a direct parallel to a certain mother daughter relationship, nope. I got nothing.I honestly regret not buying Ultra Sun after seeing how little the story and the version exclusive stuff changed. Though preferably I wish I hadn't bought Ultra Moon at all. I don't think USUM are terrible games, but I feel like I wouldn't have missed out on anything if I had skipped them. The cinematic trailer convinced me to buy Ultra Moon, thinking we'll actually get to explore some of the Ultra Space but what we got is very little to be worth the cost. The USUM content really feels like something that should have been a DLC.
With that said, I would probably recommend USUM to someone who hasn't played any Gen VII games yet due having more content such as Mantine Surfing and the side quests. I would recommend SM to someone who is interested in the story more than the content, though. SM's story needed some fine tuning, but it's a fairly complete story and most characters got some sort of closure. The changes USUM made left us with incomplete character arcs or character actions that made little to no sense. The climax was a joke, too.
USUM should have been better than SM in every way, since it's the same base game but with more content, and yet USUM failed to do that. They are not sequels to excuse story shortcomings or content that feels unfinished. Game Freak literally had a decent game that they only needed to expand upon in order to turn it into a great game. USUM even removed content (Beast Lusamine, Looker/UB post-game story) in order to add something else. I don't think Lusamine's character arc and the Looker post-game quest really interfered with Necrozma and the RR episode. There are ways they could have incorporated everything. The Looker quest even provided us with expansion for Nanu's, Anabel's and Looker's characters. They might be minor characters, but it's a shame not to have that in USUM.
The parts I like in USUM I really like, but it feels like the enjoyment I got from it was from playing the previous game, which consequently hampered my enjoyment with the new one. Who is the audience for the game? I truly don't know. I don't think it knows either.