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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.
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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 56
  2. Negative: 3 out of 56
  1. Mar 13, 2015
    10
    This was an amazing remake!! People are constantly complaining about the amount of water, but let's not forget: Hoenn has always meant surfingThis was an amazing remake!! People are constantly complaining about the amount of water, but let's not forget: Hoenn has always meant surfing and diving! (I love diving!) Expand
  2. 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
  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
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  4. Mar 6, 2017
    9
    This is a really good remaster of a Pokemon classic. It's pretty much business as usual here with all the same classic gameplay etc. A mustThis is a really good remaster of a Pokemon classic. It's pretty much business as usual here with all the same classic gameplay etc. A must buy for the 3DS. Expand
  5. 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.
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  6. Mar 29, 2015
    8
    My favourite Pokemon game has to be without a doubt, Pokemon Soul Silver. The amount of hours and the collection of Pokemon I racked up on theMy favourite Pokemon game has to be without a doubt, Pokemon Soul Silver. The amount of hours and the collection of Pokemon I racked up on the game seems unreal to me. So when Pokemon X came out, I was a little bit skeptical, but interested in how they were going to do it. In my opinion, they did not do badly, and the fact that they are continuing the 3D series i something I think we can all look forward to.

    Played a little bit of Ruby and Sapphire, so when I saw they were making the 3D renditions of them both, so I happily picked up a copy, and I have to say, I have no complaints. At the end of the day it is still a Pokemon game, just with upgraded graphics. The games stick to a particular formula, and for fans of the series, it works.

    2 minor complaints though. Given the actual new age of the fan base for Pokemon, I think in later games that it could be an awesome change of the made the main story a tiny bit darker and a bit more adult. What I mean by that is it could push the age rating up a little bit, without alienating the new fan base.

    The other little complaint I have is that the frame rate drops a lot when you send in your pokemon, depending on how much movement is happening on the screen. Usual frame rate doesn't really bother me, but it does start to bug you after a while when you keep noticing it happen.

    All in all it is a Pokemon game, and a good one at that. Can't wait until they bring out a Kanto version. It's fun and good to have in the collection.
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  7. Sep 10, 2016
    0
    The only nice thing i can tell about it, is that it is better than X and Y. But that is small praise, considering this is a remake of anThe only nice thing i can tell about it, is that it is better than X and Y. But that is small praise, considering this is a remake of an archaic handheld jrpg.

    Nintendo has milked the same 8-bit gameplay for decades, and has made billions out of it. For the love of God, stop buying this.
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