My daughter had trouble going to sleep last night, which was unusual. We think her tummy was bothering her - too much watermelon - the poor thing. At any rate, when she finally fell asleep there's an anxiousness that sets in. You keep looking at the monitor, worried that she'll wake up again at any second.
With that in my mind, it was way too stressful a proposition to play Fortnite, as much as I was in the mood to do so. Instead, I perused my backlog and decided to finally open up that sealed copy of Pokemon Ultra Sun I had picked up on 3DS quite a while back.
As much as I thought it was weird to remake a DS Pokemon game on 3DS in such quick succession, I have to admit that it looks glorious on this hardware. The 3DS is truly a mythical beast. And I guess I should concede that the remakes have generally been my preferred way to tackle the various Pokemon generations. It was Alpha Sapphire that really got me fully hooked on the series. And my replay of Yellow via Let's Go Pikachu was wonderful.
I didn't expect the region in Sun to be based on Hawaii. It was sort of a pleasant surprise, as the previous games I've played were ones based on Japan. So just for a change I'm finding the Alola region really fun. Plus, with summer ending, it's neat to play a game that feels very summer-y.
For my starter I went with Litten, because frankly a kitten is just way cooler than my other two options. I mean, an owl? Really? And I don't know WHAT that water Pokemon was, but what I do know is that he's not Squirtle. And Squirtle rules. So yeah, Litten is my dude.
We've done some running around and leveling up. I caught myself a Meowth, which was a happy surprise. I'm trying to only bother with catching Pokemon that I'm excited to add to my party. This probably goes against the way most players approach these games. I don't care about 'collecting them all,' I care about collecting the ones I want. (Sort of like how I approach game collecting in real life... how meta).
We went over to the Academy and beat all four teachers/trainers there without breaking a sweat. This is a good and relaxing game, which is no surprise to me.
I have this list problem. Which is to say, I have a desire to make lists. And then to cross things off those lists. Which means that I'm constantly working on different lists of games and then attempting to attack those lists. It gives me a reason to seek out certain games, or finally sit down with others for the first time. Over the years I've rotated in and out of various lists.
RIGHT NOW, the one I'm focused on is compiling a list of all the games that have won the annual game awards in Nintendo Power (and now Nintendo Force) and Game Informer. However, the caveat is that I'm only adding the games to the list if I actually have a copy of the magazine issue in my possession. This gives me motivation to collect the individual issues in which those game awards appeared, and it makes the list more manageable as it grows sort of slowly.
I didn't sleep well the other night. I was up the half the night. So I was a walking zombie the next day. I knew I couldn't handle playing something intense to settle down. So that meant that my recent usual Fortnite habit was out. And that meant that picking Pokemon Ultra Sun back up was in.
Like I said, this is a super relaxing game for me. It's certainly not taxing. Honestly, it feels a little too easy at times. And I had the same feeling back when I played Alpha Sapphire. But that's fine. Sometimes I'm not looking for a challenge. I just want to PLAY something and breeze through it.
The difficulty curve in Alpha Sun is gradual for sure. And taking even minimal time to hunt for Pokemons is probably all the grinding you'll need to do in this one. Which again, is fine. It's a cute story and it's got pretty visuals. I just wrapped up the first big challenge or whatever it's called where I had to defeat a Totem Pokemon.
I've played 5-6 hours now, and I'm still enjoying Ultra Sun. But at the same time, it's not really blowing my mind. It's very much just MORE POKEMON to me. Even though the island setting is cool (the surfing parts are dumb, though) overall, it just feels pretty samey to me when compared to Alpha Sapphire. That's not a bad thing, though. I mean, I kind of play Pokemon games because I know what to expect from them. But still, I find myself playing it the same way you might mindlessly scroll through the newsfeed on your phone when you're bored. It's not sucking me in. It's just kind of keeping my attention.