Pokémon, Pokémon, Pokémon.
Everyone knows Pokémon.
Whether you are familiar with the creature-catching craze from the now-subsiding popularity of Pokémon Go, or have been hunting 'mons for years via each new generation of games; in this day and age it's unlikely that you aren't at least familiar with the basic concept of Pokémon (the capturing, training and battling of powerful creatures in a handheld video game format, for those in need of a recap).
Those of us following news of the Pokémon variety will no doubt be aware that Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (following the classic 'two versions of the same game' Pokémon formula) will soon be arriving to Nintendo 2DS and 3DS worldwide this November. Until then, the public has been treated to a demo of the games to showcase the new features and characters that Sun and Moon will be offering, here are the best and worst features revealed in the demo:
New setting - The Alola Region
As predicted, running around the Hawaii-inspired Alola region is a lot of fun; palm trees, pure-blue oceans and shorts-clad locals - what's not to love?
That's right, the ability to ride on Pokémon, first showcased in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, has returned to it's sequels; but this time, instead of being limited to specific routes and areas, it appears that we can ride our companions to our heart's content - it's the little things in life.
A new variety of devastating attack, Z-moves incorporate dramatic stances from the creature's trainer to release an ultra-powerful move (with Pikachu's special Z-move being called 'Gigavolt Havoc', you know these attacks mean business)- unleashing these bad-boys while playing online is going to be a blast.
In-battle effectiveness prompts
The newly released demo features little 'effective' and 'super effective' prompts for each move learnt by your Pokémon relating to the opposing creature in battle. While this may be helpful to new players, to me it seems to make battling a little too easy, surely working out each Pokémon's type and weaknesses is part of the fun!
Not many newbies
Overall, you only get to interact with five new Pokémon so far, (with classic 'mons like Pikachu and Tauros making appearences), a pretty sparse number for an hour's worth of play - although rumour has it that repeated play-throughs of the demo in the future may yield more playable story, and in turn, new pokémon.
Your main companion throughout the demo, this version of Greninja (who sports features similar to Ash Ketchum, the protagonist of the Pokémon anime, whom the water-type stars alongside with) feels a little shoehorned in, I mean, Ash isn't even in the Pokémon games! You are offered the opportunity to transfer Ash-Greninja from the demo to the full version of the game (when it's released) but really, some things are better left where they began.
So there we have it, the best and worst features of the new Pokémon Sun and Moon demo - download it, play it, re-play it and relish it - because it's all we've got until the full release in late November.