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  • Summary: Pokemon players first enjoyed Pokemon Ruby Version and Pokemon Sapphire Version when it launched in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance. Now, a whole new generation of Pokemon fans will experience the storyline that unfolds in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Dec 22, 2014
    90
    A worthy choice for people new to the series, yet providing enough new functionality for fans, as well, these jewels are worth preserving.
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    Perfect for long time fans and new ones.
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is an almost perfect game, held back only by the selection of creatures available during the 20-hour long main quest and some post-game elements that didn’t make it through since X/Y.
  4. Nov 19, 2014
    80
    As it stands, your biggest motivation for progressing through Pokémon ORAS is the same as it's always been: To collect and train stronger and stronger Pokémon. Thanks to the multitude of monsters and increasingly complex type-matching strategies, that pursuit is still worthwhile and engaging, despite Pokémon ORAS's baby-steps approach to iteration.
  5. Dec 16, 2014
    80
    Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of classic Pokémon games, but they also add some great stuff that shows another step in the evolution of an incredibly successful franchise.
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    80
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
  7. Dec 10, 2014
    60
    Aside from dropping the popular Friend Safari, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire bring all the improvements and features from X/Y to the world of Ruby/Sapphire as expected. The presentation has minor issues, mechanics retained from Ruby/Sapphire are still not fun, and the diminished difficulty and lack of any draw for newcomers make this a less appealing game than X/Y for those who are picky about which Pokémon titles they play.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Nov 26, 2014
    10
    This game is legit. As a huge Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald fan, this game was a blast of nostalgia mixed with the innovative features of X/Y. TheThis game is legit. As a huge Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald fan, this game was a blast of nostalgia mixed with the innovative features of X/Y. The gameplay is tight, changing from the single square minimum movement to complete freedom of movement. The sneaking controls/pokéfinder tool is very useful to find pokémons that have egg moves learnt. Plus, the minimap has the original Sapphire/Ruby graphics. Buy it.

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  2. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    I've just got this along with both Pokémon Omega Ruby, and the new Super Smash Brawls game today, and so far I'm impress with it!:DI've just got this along with both Pokémon Omega Ruby, and the new Super Smash Brawls game today, and so far I'm impress with it!:D

    Although I've just got started and still have a long ways to go, I'm still very pleased of how both Gamefreak and Nintendo, made this remake of my classic Pokémon Sapphire game!:D
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  3. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Just finished this game, and I have to say this is hands down one of the best Pokémon games I've ever played, let alone of the greatest Nintendo games of recent years! This game pays so much homage to the beloved Ruby/Sapphire titles for the Gameboy Advance whilst keeping the game relevant for newer players with a sizeable amount of new mega evolutions, all of which are amazing fun to use. The introduction of Primal Evolution is an interesting mechanic and is executed well within the story, I just wish it had been expanded upon a bit more. Music wise, I have to say this game sticks faithful to the original games' roots while extending the themes with orchestral remixes that perfectly fit the tone. Overworld wise, not a huge deal has changed, except the world looks so much more alive in 3D, with the newly bustling Mauville being a particular highlight of the adventure, and the new Gym Puzzles being incredibly satisfying. While the game may seem easy to fans of the original game due to the Exp. Share buff to spread to all party members, this may be switched off and on at will, allowing fans of the original games to experience the same difficulty. For those who are worried about there being "too much water", I can reassure you that surfing speed is vastly increased in OR/AS and water routes feel smaller, so you don't feel as swamped by water as you did in Ruby and Sapphire. New mechanic wise, sneaking up on a Pokémon is a small, but welcome addition that allows access to rare Pokémon with increased stats and rare moves, and allows you to discover new Pokémon in previously explored areas. Lastly, the "Delta Episode" in the aftergame links perfectly with Pokémon X and Y, tying up loose ends, and ending a few hours worth of extra gameplay for old and new fans alike to enjoy, culminating in two incredible legendary captures at the end, and the announcement that all the other non-event legends are now catchable, vastly increasing replayability. Add to that the return of the PSS, Pokémon Amie, and Super Training, and you have a well-rounded package that is the perfect difficulty for newcomers, whilst holding enough depth to keep dedicated Pokémon fans hooked for months. Simply put this game is near flawless. (My only problem with this game I could find was it seemed to easy, but with Ruby and Sapphire being my favourite games, I cannot make a value judgement as to whether this is due to experience with the original titles or not).

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  4. Nov 24, 2014
    9
    The game is amazing in its self, but the only thing I would have liked to be changed is some of the battle animations, especially in theThe game is amazing in its self, but the only thing I would have liked to be changed is some of the battle animations, especially in the contests. Besides that, it is an amazing game and I'm glad its back and in better graphics. That's my review, but Sapphire was my first actual Pokemon game that I put my heart and soul into it. When I heard about Alpha Sapphire, my hopes, excitement, and expectations shot up immensely while November 21 slowly crawled closer. When I got the game and played it, memories poured in faster than a Quick Attack. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2014
    8
    It wasn't nearly as great as I expected it to be, but I'm not at all disappointing in it. A lot of interesting changes were made to the HoennIt wasn't nearly as great as I expected it to be, but I'm not at all disappointing in it. A lot of interesting changes were made to the Hoenn region, while a lot stayed the same as well, which is expected in any remake of a Pokemon game.

    Some things that have disappointed me are that the berry blender game is no longer available and are made for you, which is really disappointing because it was a mini game that I really enjoyed. Also, the contests arn't nearly as good as the first game and were more confusing, at least I think so. And lastly, I feel that they really made the game much to easy compared to the first game.

    As for things I loved about the game, it still has the original feel as the first game that brought back many good memories of when I played 12-13 years ago. The music is virtually the same (with less blaring trumpets might I add), there are several new features added in that I enjoy, such as the primals, the new characters, such as Lisia and Ali, the new designs of Archie and Maxie, and the BuzzNav.

    Overall, I think that Alpha Saphire and Omega Ruby were worth the wait. Getting to experience my "home region" in 3D is breathtaking and ACTUALLY getting to sit on the beach chairs on Route 109. Also, not too much water, and not too many HM's!!!
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  6. Nov 21, 2014
    8
    It was really good. Pokemon is always good and this game is no exception. The graphics were upscaled nicely and the gameplay is as classic asIt was really good. Pokemon is always good and this game is no exception. The graphics were upscaled nicely and the gameplay is as classic as ever. It did have too much water though. 7.8/10 Expand
  7. Dec 18, 2014
    0
    A huge stepbackwards to the series. It removed amazing features like customization, while copy-pasting annoying features like the BattleA huge stepbackwards to the series. It removed amazing features like customization, while copy-pasting annoying features like the Battle Maison. The postgame is all about legendaries so if you've catched every single one of them already, then you don't have a postgame. The music feels nothing like the original. The story still makes no sense - increasing the amount of water isn't going to make the ocean less polluted. It's basically the worst pokémon game i've ever played. Expand

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