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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: 42 out of 50
  2. Negative: 6 out of 50
  1. Dec 19, 2014
    10
    Before ORAS, Emerald was the best Pokemon game I have played (haven't played B/W and B2/W2 so can't comment on those). Compared to X and Y,Before ORAS, Emerald was the best Pokemon game I have played (haven't played B/W and B2/W2 so can't comment on those). Compared to X and Y, ORAS is better on all levels (except for character customization, I guess). Super Training and Pokemon-amie make a return, which is cool. The soundtrack is miles better than that of X and Y, and the main villains are more appealing than Team Flare...although that's not saying much. The "Nav" features are also really neat, especially Dex Nav which makes completing the Pokedex much more interesting. Contest Spectaculars are a good change of pace from battling, and Super Secret Bases will entertain any Animal Crossing fan. For the most part, ORAS does not utilize 3D, except for a select few locations and during battles. Unfortunately, the game's frame rate usually takes a massive plunge if 3D is on during battles. This is probably due to hardware limitations, so I can't really complain too much. HM's still exist, which kinda sucks, but they've been around since the very beginning of the franchise. And at least some of them, like Waterfall, Surf, and Strength are actually useful in battle. Now I was originally going to give ORAS a 9.5/10 because HM's can still get a little annoying, but it seems I can't do that here...Oh well. I'll be lenient and give these games a perfect ten outta ten. Not that it matters, because the score is irrelevant compared to the actual review. Expand
  2. Mar 28, 2015
    10
    Game: Pokemon Omega Ruby
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: GameFreak/Nintendo System: Nintendo 3DS (3DS) Total Score: 96/100 Value Score: 9.6/10 •
    Game: Pokemon Omega Ruby
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: GameFreak/Nintendo
    System: Nintendo 3DS (3DS)
    Total Score: 96/100
    Value Score: 9.6/10

    • Story: 9/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 8/10
    • Graphics: 10/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 9/10
    • Replay Value: 10/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    Pros
    +Expansion to the storyline from the original, includes a new episode named DELTA EPISODE and also ties in with the Mega Evolution Anime series
    +Includes all the online features of Pokemon X/Y
    +More pokemon capable of using Mega Evolution than in X/Y
    +OST remixed with a lot of new remixes to several songs. Some songs have multiple remixes.
    +Post game content has been increased with a variety of sidequests and Pokemon that can be captured compared to the original and X/Y.
    +Ability to fly in real time is introduced to the series which brings more freedom of travel than in previous games
    +Secret bases have been improved with more items and more locations added
    +More type of berries have been added
    +Capable of trading between X/Y/Alpha Sapphire and the Pokemon Bank

    Cons
    -The character customization feature from X/Y does not exist in this version
    -The game's FPS still drops in battle view - very easy to tell especially in horde battles
    -Personal preference but it is easy to get a lot of Gift pokemon in the game and that kinda spoils the player to use normally obtainable pokemon
    -Shorter than Pokemon X/Y
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  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. Dec 28, 2014
    8
    I think that despite the op exp share and some annoying design desicions "like giving you latios for free" or not having the ability toI think that despite the op exp share and some annoying design desicions "like giving you latios for free" or not having the ability to customize your character "like clothing" this game is a welcome addition to the pokemon formula. There are much more mega evolutions that can vary multiplayer and singleplayer . Although except for some double battles there are no tripple battles or other modes in the singleplayer which is a shame because X and Y had them hyped!!!!! Expand
  6. Nov 23, 2014
    7
    As a remake of a GBA game released in 2002, this game does not disappoint. By implementing the X &Y game engine, it revives the whole regionAs a remake of a GBA game released in 2002, this game does not disappoint. By implementing the X &Y game engine, it revives the whole region and reintroduces the Hoenn to the older fans and the newer fans. The new post game also squeezes a little bit more out of the game and it allows for a more immersive adventure. However, this game is also not without flaws. As a huge fan of the original games, the omission of certain nuances in the game, such as the Pokeblock blending game and the minigames in Mosdeep City, certainly leads to an incomplete experience. As a child, I remember playing these games with friends and it added another dimension to the gameplay, however without these features in the remakes, Pokemon ORAS just seemed to lack finesse and it left me with a sense of disappointment. Overall, the game is still a must buy for all Pokemon fans, whether new or old. Expand
  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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