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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: 55 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Dec 1, 2014
    96
    Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t going to turn anyone who doesn’t like Pokemon into a believer, but then, that isn’t their goal. Instead, they set out to take the Pokemon that we know and love, and deliver the best version of it .
  2. Nov 18, 2014
    90
    Overall, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire seem very similar to Pokémon X & Y, as you might expect, but the story and the environments you encounter feel – despite the fact that they are remakes – very fresh and unique.
  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. Dec 3, 2014
    80
    Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is a good remake, but new features and graphical updates make it a hard sell for those who have already invested many hours in the originals.
  6. Nov 25, 2014
    80
    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby don't innovate, but they do a good job of bridging the gap between old and new.
  7. Nov 26, 2014
    65
    Considered in this way, Pokémon looks kind of like a Le Corbusier chair: everything in its right place, nothing without purpose, all parts contributing toward a clear, singular end. Then again, also like a Le Corbusier chair, it's a lot more comfortable in theory than in practice.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  1. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Pokemon Omega Ruby is a very delightful return to an often-forgotten generation of Pokemon games. The remakes do everything I expected andPokemon Omega Ruby is a very delightful return to an often-forgotten generation of Pokemon games. The remakes do everything I expected and more. They brought Hoenn back to life. Though it uses the same engine as Pokemon X and Y, this game still seems prettier. It may be nostalgia, or maybe it's the close comfort of the game.
    Speaking of the comfort, this game's world is both large and small. The region itself is huge, but the world inside it is very close. Having a dad helps.
    I choose Mudkip, which to me is the best choice, so the game was mildly easy to complete. For those who found X and Y too easy because of the exp. share, it's back here. But you can turn it off, which most certainly is the better way to play.
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  2. Dec 26, 2014
    10
    Time sure flies by, as i remember playing the original gba version over 10 years ago. I enjoyed playing this remake. The game has addedTime sure flies by, as i remember playing the original gba version over 10 years ago. I enjoyed playing this remake. The game has added features while carefully not drastically changing the Hoenn region that many came to love. Although the game feels a bit easier than before, it's the fun and experience that motivated me to play it through. Even though it's not a big step up from x and y it is a remake I am satisfied with and have been waiting for quite some time. 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 theamazing, 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. Dec 10, 2014
    9
    I absolutely love this game, and I know I'm going to spend a lot of time in Hoenn, trying to catch them all, visiting secret bases and berryI absolutely love this game, and I know I'm going to spend a lot of time in Hoenn, trying to catch them all, visiting secret bases and berry hunting. Things like DexNav, Soaring and Mirage Spots really do make this one of the most fun Pokemon games ever to be released IMO. Unfortunately, it's not 10/10, because of few things:

    - It's TOO EASY. Way, way too easy. And I don't get why. Even as a kid playing Pokemon Gold on my GameBoy I had more in me than what it takes to beat newest Pokemon games. This franchise desperately needs a difficulty setting, or at least a new game+ mode. If you're not going to play online or rock the battle institute/maison to the core, there is even no point in training at all. Exp Share is not really a problem here - the problem is the fact that every trainer in this game has underleveled pokemon and very bad strategies. Why don't they use hold/battle items, why don't they switch out their monsters to mix things up sometimes? The real bad thing here is that beating the game absolutely does not get new players ready for multiplayer, and that's a really solid game design flaw.

    - There is no Battle Frontier. There should be. The game itself is even hinting it, but seeing the support that X/Y got I wouldn't hold my breath for any dlc. A lot of people were waiting for that, and for a good reason. BF might have been great bridge between beating the game and multiplayer. A lot better one than Battle Maison is, at least.

    - You can't rematch gym leaders. This is just a bummer - they are registered in trainer's eye like the other trainers you can rematch, so why the hell?...

    Still, the game is great. Music and plot is really spot-on, especially in Delta Episode. So even though I have some serious bad things to say about Hoenn remakes, I cannot simply get it a score lower than 9. After all, all the disappointments I've mentioned got easily lost among all the magic of the 3rd gen region. I just really hope, that someday we'll get a Pokemon game that has no "buts" like this one.
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  5. Jan 12, 2015
    8
    Pokemon was my first game back in 1998, and I've kept up with the series ever since. I put around 800 hours between my Ruby, Sapphire, andPokemon was my first game back in 1998, and I've kept up with the series ever since. I put around 800 hours between my Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald games back in the day. As such my score is likely a bit inflated due to my love of the series and the nostalgia factor that remakes imbue in me. (I teared up at the start screen, for example) I purchased both versions, but Omega Ruby was the first I completed, and this review serves to cover both games. Considering all the base content from Ruby and Sapphire is present, there isn't much to say about that which wasn't already said back in 2003. What can be said is that the improvements made provided a great experience. The addition of the Dexnav and its ability to capture special Pokemon in shaking grass greatly adds to the variety in moves that can be used throughout the game. Not only are there the hundreds of moves for the various Pokemon which were already available, but now hidden abilities and egg moves are accessible during the story portion of the game. The addition of the route capture completion map actually inspired me to catch every Pokemon on each route, something I haven't done for a long time. One of the things I was most impressed by was the additions to the story in ORAS. The main series Pokemon games flirted with heavier story in X and Y, and it came back in full force for ORAS. Team Magma and Team Aqua are both much more fleshed out, and the admins are much more like their manga counterparts than before. The addition of "Episode Delta" after the Elite Four also was a pleasant surprise, and one which I didn't expect myself to enjoy so much. The Hoenn region looks great in 3D, and even the water routes didn't seem as monotonous as Ruby and Sapphire. It may just be my mind playing tricks on me due to the 3D, but that's the feeling I gathered from it. Saving the best for last, the always loved secret bases return with a bang. This time players can stay online through the 3DS and visit other player's bases which can be arranged to be mini-gyms of sorts. I can't describe how many times I would be trekking up a route and pop into a secret base to shake things up with an unfamiliar battle. Overall I think the additions to the games made them worthy of being true remakes to Ruby and Sapphire. Expand
  6. Dec 25, 2014
    7
    Omega Ruby was expected to be better than Pokemon X/Y. It was supposed to build upon the greatness that it was. It was supposed to be blowOmega Ruby was expected to be better than Pokemon X/Y. It was supposed to build upon the greatness that it was. It was supposed to be blow every other Pokemon game out of the water. However, I expected too much. OR (Omega Ruby) has both great things and bad things. There's some pretty parts, and some ugly parts, but disappointingly enough, the ugly outweighs the pretty. And makeup isn't enough to cover up its blemishes.
    First things first are the new mega evolutions that were introduced. I for one, enjoyed them. BUT, they're not compatible with X/Y. That's one huge issue. Prior to its release, most expected complete compatibility, and while you can still battle between X/Y and OR, you are restricted from using the new mega evolutions, in addition to some new moves that were also introduced. This really makes X/Y somewhat obsolete as everyone will have to switch from XY to OR to have full enjoyment. This was never an issue before, as in Generation IV's Pearl/Ruby was still compatible with Platinum, which introduced new forms to other Pokemon. You didn't have to buy Platinum to be able to battle unrestricted, but it's somehow an issue for OR.
    In addition, OR was supposed to step leaps and bounds ahead of X and Y, but instead they took one step forward and another step back, landing them right at the exact same spot. They took away what many fans enjoyed out of X and Y such as character customization, and awesome gym designs. X and Y featured unique gyms that were never the same. For example, there was a gym shaped like the Eiffel Tower. In OR, all gyms look almost all the same, except with different colors. It might sound silly, but it just shows the designers' laziness.
    Speaking of laziness, OR left out another feature that was in Pokemon Emerald. that many fans enjoyed, and that was the Battle Frontier. OR doesn't have that, but it does have what X and Y had, which was a complete copy/paste of the Battle Maison. Pure laziness.
    BUT, I have to give credit where credit is due. I enjoyed the new Delta episode, I enjoyed the new soaring mechanic, and the addicting "sneaking" part of the game. Other than that, there's nothing memorable about OR.
    In the end, OR in its core is what a Pokemon game is supposed to be. While it didn't impress me, it wasn't that awful. It failed to improve, and that's not all that bad. Hopefully Gamefreak will decide to listen to the fans, and not try to make a quick cash grab from people's nostalgia.
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  7. Feb 7, 2015
    0
    Bought this on a whim, and was hoping for some big changes, like being able to travel to other regions... I'm not into the contests, and whenBought this on a whim, and was hoping for some big changes, like being able to travel to other regions... I'm not into the contests, and when I got to Sootopolis City, I kinda stopped playing, and haven't since... Expand

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