Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 176 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 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: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Jan 12, 2015
    90
    While I wish a few things were done differently and the difficulty increased a little bit, these are still two very enjoyable outings.
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    Perfect for long time fans and new ones.
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire take the best from two worlds: the challenging and compelling approach of the original Ruby and Sapphire for GBA, and the new 3D engine and cinematic visuals from X and Y, with new interesting contents and megaevolutions on top.
  4. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Ruby Omega and Sapphire Alpha aren’t some random remakes but an interesting hybrid between a remake and a brand new chapter. Unfortunately, they are not as revolutionary as X and Y but the fans will still love these games.
  5. Jan 19, 2015
    80
    If you have any interest at all in Pokémon this game will surpass your expectations.
  6. Nov 27, 2014
    80
    As tired as the series can often seem, these games have a strong emotive core laced with pieces of refined mechanical slices that, while often repetitive, still accomplish far more than newer series with weaker creative underpinnings.
  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.

See all 52 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. May 30, 2015
    10
    After the disappointment with Kalos this game is perfect to bring you back into Pokemon. The 3d world of pokemon feels a lot better than itAfter the disappointment with Kalos this game is perfect to bring you back into Pokemon. The 3d world of pokemon feels a lot better than it did when I originally played the game. There are also ample opportunities to get legendary pokemon from the other generations. Now that I am older and thanks to the breeding tricks from Kalos (see, it wasn't all bad), I can form the pokemon party I want in this game. While I bought a 3ds for Pokemon X, this is the game which makes the arthritis I am getting from the poorly designed console worth it. Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2014
    10
    An amazing remake of the game I grew up with 12 years ago! It rekindles the world of Hoenn which I grew to love and features new additionsAn amazing remake of the game I grew up with 12 years ago! It rekindles the world of Hoenn which I grew to love and features new additions such as horde mode, mega evolutions, and of course a beautiful 3D world! With legendaries to catch, gym leaders to defeat, and a group of villainous masterminds to defeat, there is no end to the beauty in this game! Expand
  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).

    10/10
    Expand
  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!!!
    Expand
  6. Feb 23, 2015
    8
    This is a remake of what were the first two pokemon games on the GBA. It was also the one game they seemingly hadn't remade yet from theThis is a remake of what were the first two pokemon games on the GBA. It was also the one game they seemingly hadn't remade yet from the pre-DS era of Pokemon games. There's alot of pokemon goodness here but there's also the fact that many people considered these two games the worst in the series. In OS in particular, almost half of the trainers in the game use water pokemon. The diversity of creatures you go up against here is pretty low and, while Omega Ruby does a bit better with this since they focus on a fire/ground evil faction, it becomes very boring after awhile seeing all the people you face have the same two to three pokemon.
    But the remake itself is still pretty good. This game has the most legendaries to capture out of any pokemon game than ever before and the new Delta episode you go on after you beat the Elite Four for the first time is fairly neat too. This is still a tried and true pokemon game and the formula still works. However, X and Y were clearly better games as they were developed with the 3DS in mind. These games, while still good, will never be as good as those two were and maybe not even as good as the Silver and Gold remakes on the DS. I personally would recommend someone looking at these games to get Omega Ruby as that game at least deviates from the "water all the time!" mentality the game seems to have. I would still recommend this to any pokemon fan. And to the haters out there, at this point in time, pokemon is not going to change and this certainly won't do anything for you.
    Expand
  7. Dec 9, 2014
    6
    This is NOT the Pokemon I have played 11 years ago.

    I pre-ordered pokemon Alpha Sapphire since august, and sacrificed quite a few games at
    This is NOT the Pokemon I have played 11 years ago.

    I pre-ordered pokemon Alpha Sapphire since august, and sacrificed quite a few games at GameStop to get it. Played it for the first few days and find myself dissapointed. Although this was the remake of Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire, there were too many changes made to the game that completely butchered my childhood memories. It no longer feels like the Ruby and Sapphire version I knew when I was a kid. Just another X and Y with a linear RS story line. Ruby and Sapphire from the old days used to be much less linear than their so called remakes.

    Here are the features that Nintendo completely butchered from the Original Ruby and Sapphire.

    -They removed the berry blender we had from the Original Ruby/Sapphire. It was an extremely fun minigame to make pokeblocks with. Pokeblocks arent that huge of a necessity unless 1. You want to evolve Feebas. or 2.) You want to participate in the pokemon contests, which haven't had that much improvement since the original.

    -Game Corner is now removed from the game. All to cater to one country that complained about Childhood gambling, Nintendo decides to ruin it for the rest of the countries. Game Corner was a very fun, time wasting feature to do when you're bored. You could spend hours at the slot machines until you had enough coins to get your TM or pokemon doll.

    -New Mauville is innaccessible until you obtained the 7th badge. In addition to this, the wild pokemon levels in New Mauville were not raised or boosted to compensate for how late in the game one can enter. In Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, you just needed to defeat the 5th gym leader and obtain Surf.

    -Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire has become much more linear than their original counterparts. In Ruby and Sapphire, you would run into small roadbloacks before exploring further, it wasn't a big deal, and one would explore quite a bit and discover newer routes and catch new pokemon without any issues. I could get to Dewford Cave, talk to Steven and deliver the goods before I challenge the 2nd Gym, or Reach Lilycove, buy a Thunder TM, or catch a Pikachu in the Safari Zone before I challenge the 6th gym. Now I have to beat X gym leader to go any further and explore the game. It's annoying mechanic that was never an issue prior to 5th Gen where you can explore a lot of areas without any issues, now from 5th Generation versions on, exploration becomes completely gated. Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is sadly no exception, where you could explore side areas with no issues.

    My expectations weren't all that high, but I expected it to be the same as Heart Gold/Soul Silver, and Fire Red/Leaf Green. What made these games so amazing? They added more fun features to the game without taking away what made their originals what they were.

    Onega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the other hand? Took away too much that it no longer feels like the game I used to play 11 years ago.
    Expand

See all 33 User Reviews