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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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E3 2014: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby - Mega-Evolved Pokemon Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
  1. Jan 12, 2015
    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
    Perfect for long time fans and new ones.
  3. Nov 18, 2014
    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
    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
    If you have any interest at all in Pokémon this game will surpass your expectations.
  6. Nov 27, 2014
    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
    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: 61 out of 73
  2. Negative: 4 out of 73
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    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).

  2. Dec 22, 2014
    This game is a the best remake I have ever played, even better then The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD. Heck, it's my favorite game period!This game is a the best remake I have ever played, even better then The Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD. Heck, it's my favorite game period! Here are my reasons for liking the game.

    Art style: They payed very close attention to detail while making this game. Now many people will tell you that graphics don't matter while making a game, and I agree. But there is a difference between graphics and art style. Graphics are there simply to make it visually appealing (Which isn't bad, just not something important.) while art style is what allows you to feel what the world your exploring is like. It really does feel like your exploring a world your exploring. It's something your going to have to experience for yourself in order to truly understand.

    Graphics: It's on the 3ds, a console criticized for being underpowered. Regardless, I think the graphic hold up and nothing looked bad to me. Things didn't look pixilated at all unless I looked really closely.

    Level cap: This is an issue gold and silver suffered a lot from and people still loved those games, so I guess most people don't mind it as much as me. One complaint I had with the original was that the level cap was a little bit low. This however, is not only fixed, but made what I think is perfect. The exp share is a key item again and it works just like it did in X and Y. It gives your entire team half the experience your lead pokemon got effectively eliminating grinding. It does make the game a cakewalk, but who plays a pokemon game for challenge? Actually, if you turn the exp share off (Yes you can still tun it off) and don't grind at all the game is actually a bit challenging. I actually found myself needing to use more competitive tactics in order to beat the game on my first play through.

    Gameplay: It's pokemon! You know the gameplay is good. Next!

    Content: There is a lot to do in the region, however unless your into competitive battling there might not be that much for you. It depends on what you like to do in the post game. If you like raising new teams (none competitively) Many new pokemon become available to you after you beat the pokemon league. Including tons of legendary pokemon. If you want to catch them all (Which isn't hard, it's just very time consuming as event legendaries are not required to get your certificate.) Get ready to work your pants off. There is lots of stuff for competitive battling so if you are into that, get ready because you have a lot of new features to explore.

    Story: They made the story seem actually interesting and made me understand exactly what was at risk. I won't spoil anything, but the villain team actually seemed intimidating at first. The leader could wipe you out anytime he pleases, this is the feeling I got while playing the game.

    Disappointments: Anything bad I have to say is really personal and nit picky, I may as just not complain about it. However, I would like to address my stance on the "Too Much Water" complaint. One, this is a personal complaint. Not something inherently wrong. This is why some people love gen 3 and some people hate gen 3. I loved exploring the vast ocean as a kid but hated getting lost. Which has been fixed thanks to the area nav.

    Conclusion: The game might not be for you, but it's a great game if it is. Sure, it might not be perfect but no game is. People love ocarina of time despite it's issues such as the water temple, or navi. I would say it's worth your money even if you did play the originals. the originals haven't aged very well and the games are really fun. If you love pokemon, get the game now. If you like pokemon, wait for a price drop.

    I hope this helped you decide of you would like to get the game or not. Have a good day! :)
  3. Nov 26, 2014
    This game is legit. As a huge Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald fan, this game was a blast of nostalgia mixed with the innovative features of X/Y. TheThis game is legit. As a huge Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald fan, this game was a blast of nostalgia mixed with the innovative features of X/Y. The gameplay is tight, changing from the single square minimum movement to complete freedom of movement. The sneaking controls/pokéfinder tool is very useful to find pokémons that have egg moves learnt. Plus, the minimap has the original Sapphire/Ruby graphics. Buy it.

  4. Jan 13, 2016
    Overall, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was an enjoyable game. It was a very typical installment in the Pokemon RPG. The story and overall developmentOverall, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire was an enjoyable game. It was a very typical installment in the Pokemon RPG. The story and overall development of the plot was enjoyable and different enough from previous Pokemon games to be refreshing enough for a buy. One thing I wasn't a big fan on was the game's lack of emphasis on fights with your rival. Having played Pokemon games since the originals, I've developed an anxious reaction each time I'm faced with my rival, but it's unfortunate to say that this generation's rival is severely underwhelming. Regardless of this, the game is still fun enough to warrant a purchase, but perhaps a used one. Expand
  5. Nov 21, 2014
    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!!!
  6. Apr 7, 2021
    Disclaimer: Pokémon Emerald is my most treasured game, so I write this review with the humble acknowledgement that nostalgia may bias myDisclaimer: Pokémon Emerald is my most treasured game, so I write this review with the humble acknowledgement that nostalgia may bias my impression of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

    Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (and Pokémon Omega Rub for that matter) are amazing games, yet surface-level remakes. They faithfully recreate the Hoen region in 3D, offering an enjoyable trip down memory lane. However, Game Freak did very little in terms of expansion beyond that fresh coat of paint.

    The Good

    The geography: The Hoen region is perhaps Pokémon's greatest region of all. It features a variety of areas, including an active volcano with a nearby soot-covered walkway, a bright dark cave with an ethereally lunar atmosphere, a cozy treehouse town living codependently with Pokémon, etc. These settings are believable given their internal logic. For example, an NPC comments how the area around the volcano is cool due to the ash above blocking sunlight. The player cannot travel into the desert until he/she gets protective eyewear to block the sandstorm. Rustboro, the town built upon mining rocks within the nearby Rusturf Tunnel, features stone-based architecture, the Rock-type gym, and the fossil decorations within the Devon corporation. These examples illustrate how each area strives for believable realism.

    Mega evolution: Expanding upon the mega evolution mechanic that Pokémon X and Y introduced was a smart move. It further expanded competitive play, made more Hoen Pokémon viable team members, and added well appreciated variety and difficulty to the Elite Four battles.

    Theming: Pokémon Alpha Sapphire has a simple, yet consistently delivered theme of people, Pokémon, and nature symbiotically coexisting. It connects this theme to geography, like with Pacifilog Town being built on the sea upon colonies of Corsola. Additionally, half of the game's routes are land-based, and half are sea-based to embody the rightful balance between land and see. The game's plot also emphasizes this theming, with Team Aqua attempting to disbalance the relationship between people, Pokémon, and nature by flooding the world to reset nature to its beginnings. And with no large-scale transportation system (like the subway system in the Urban setting of Pokémon Black and White), people often travel over nature with the help of Pokémon, like Mr. Briney sailing the sea with his Peeko or the player flying on Latias. The consistency of this theming creates adds believability and depth to the Hoen world.

    The Bad

    Lack of content: Unfortunately, Game Freak did not include the Battle Frontier in this remake. This omission is the game's greatest sin, as the Battle Frontier may be the single best addition to a Pokémon game. While Pokemon Alpha Sapphire features a copy-pasted version of the Battle Chateau from Pokémon X and Y, it left me wanting a real Battle Frontier with seven unique facilities to overcome, each with unique gameplay mechanics.

    Bad new content: After defeating the Pokémon League, the player gains access to additional story content: The Delta Episode. This Delta Episode is nothing more than a mindless and lazily designed fetch quest built upon a contrived and illogical story while being delivered by an annoying character (Zinnia). It tasks the player with scouring the Hoen region for various plot McGuffins with no inherent value. It, at one point, "educates" the player how destroying one's own world is better than the small chance of potentially destroying another world. And it offers no continued interaction or deep character development of its main new character, Zinnia. Ultimately, the Delta Episode is a desperate attempt to pad gameplay time through added content before addressing if said content is inherently meaningful or fun.

    The Consensus

    While not a strong remake, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is still a remarkable game given its amazing foundation. It did my heart well to revisit my favorite region with my favorite Pokémon. While it is lacking in meaningful new content, the game nonetheless delivers a strong entry in the Pokémon franchise.
  7. Sep 10, 2016
    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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