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  • Summary: Pokemon gamers initially experienced Pokemon Ruby Version and Pokemon Sapphire Version when it launched in 2003 for the GBA. Now, a new generation of Pokemon people can experience the storyline that unfolds in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    The core mechanics of Pokemon remain immensely addictive, and Game Freak's latest coat of polish only enhances an already captivating adventure.
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    We were never big fans of Hoenn, the region where the third generation of Pokémon games took place, but Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire changed our minds. These remakes go beyond the usual new lick of paint and give players so many cool new mega evolutions, story lines and overhauled versions of familiar locations, that the whole experience feels almost as fresh as X and Y did.
  3. Nov 21, 2014
    90
    This is more than a remake, this is a completely new videogame, a big renovation both in visual and gameplay terms. A great surprise.
  4. 81
    And now I find myself in 2014 with a shiny new 3D remake and everything is okay. Everything is more than okay. I can finally go out into the Hoenn region and discover the magic that it was supposed to have all of those years ago. And believe me, from one Pokémon master to another, the magic is there.
  5. 80
    Just enough has been done to preserve the spirit of the original games while making these entries feel like a legitimate part of the current Pokémon ecosystem. Game Freak and Nintendo have taken the main Pokémon franchise about as far is it can go, short of actually evolving it.
  6. 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.
  7. Nov 18, 2014
    70
    A perfectly good 3D remake of Ruby and Sapphire, the only problem being that Ruby and Sapphire were never that great – and this is still not as good as the recent X and Y.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    I bought and played the LIFE out of the original Ruby in 2003. This game exceeds my expectations. It remains true to the original, Yet adds new features. Hoenn looks amazing in 3D. Unfortunately the broken Experience share was brought over from X and Y. ORAS adds more Mega evolutions, more new features, and it follows the original closely. Game freak truly did an excellent job on this game. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    seid ihr behindert? so einen niedrigen user score haben die spiele nicht verdient -.-

    zum teufel mit flanders! zum teufel mit flanders! zum
    teufel mit flanders! zum teufel mit flanders! Expand
  3. Nov 21, 2014
    10
    amazing, this game brings back memories of the gen 3 trio. the exp share is again over powered and makes an unwanted return. alot of the starting trainers seem to have full restores which is a bit ridiculous for the starting area. The music is still awesome, and all the trainers we remember are still here. This game is definitely a must own. Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2014
    9
    I am really loving this game. Its certainly something I'm going to clock many hours into. Pros + Stunning Graphics + Nostalgic + Tons of content
    + Excitement
    + It feels energetic
    + Battle music sounds GBA-like to capture that original feel
    + Stream lined story. Not over the top.
    + Secret bases!
    + Legendary Pokemon are introduced later into the game making you work to those rewards.

    Cons
    - XP Share. (it feels like its on easy mode)

    Mutual
    +- Alot of mega stones. Yes there is alot of variety with evolutions, but I cant help but think there could have been a lot more to work on instead of more mega forms.

    Overall
    So much fun, very engaging. Highly recommend!!
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  5. Nov 21, 2014
    9
    I may be a little biased considering gen 3 is my favorite region. It is without a doubt the most unique, beautiful and and original region and having it transformed into a 3d world only enhanced all that. No other region holds the landscape and town diversity that gen 3 does. That being said it's the same formula and gameplay Gamefreak has been dishing out for the past 15 years. Sure there's dozens of ways they could make Pokemon better and I hope one day they choose to break out of their shell and create the most epic game of all time because they have the capability to. But for what Pokemon is this is as good as it gets. Battle graphics are nice, this region is gorgeous, and you can see Pokemon actually travelling the environment. Screw IGN and their poor excuse for giving this game the lowest Pokemon score because "too much water" because this is the best game yet. Expand
  6. Nov 22, 2014
    9
    I will just say it's better than the originals - so it is very good basically. And you should buy it. Only flaw is that there is too much land. I prefer this more than Pokemon X/Y Expand
  7. Nov 23, 2014
    2
    As with every remake of an older Pokemon game one would assume they would improve the experience. Sadly this does not apply to this game.Hoenn was one of the worst reveived generations due to flaws like half the region being uninspired water routes and a weird soundtrack based on trumpets. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire do nothing to remedy these faults. The music is somehow better but the game is still 50% water routes. Another problem is the lack of new important features. Other than soaring which is essentially you riding on the back of a Latio or Latias as seen in trailers which isnt even that meaningfull or important to the game there is again nothing to do after completing the story. People where expecting the return of Battle Frontier since Game Freak teased its location by covering up the Frontier island with clouds in its preview map of the game. This was an obvious lie. There is nothing hidden there and the post game content is essentially X/Y post game. A small side story that involves Rayquaza and a shameless copy of the Battle Maison from X/Y. If you are not a hardcore Pokemon fan and have already played the original games there is no reason to buy the remakes since all it does is add mega evolution to its plot and overhaul the graphics Expand

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