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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: 55 out of 65
  2. Negative: 3 out of 65
  1. Mar 15, 2015
    10
    I've played nearly every single Pokemon game out there, but I have to say that this is my favorite Pokemon game ever. This game retains theI've played nearly every single Pokemon game out there, but I have to say that this is my favorite Pokemon game ever. This game retains the charm that the originals had, while improving on them in nearly every aspect. This game may be far from a masterpiece, but it's the most fun I've ever had with a game in over a year. Expand
  2. Mar 30, 2015
    10
    Ich hatte selten wieder so viel Spaß gehabt und verbrachte wirklich viel Zeit mit Onlinekämpfen , Wundertäuschen und Experimenten ... MeinIch hatte selten wieder so viel Spaß gehabt und verbrachte wirklich viel Zeit mit Onlinekämpfen , Wundertäuschen und Experimenten ... Mein Pokedex zeigt die Ergebnisse ;D 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).

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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. Jan 13, 2016
    8
    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
  6. Aug 18, 2017
    8
    Good Game Nice Graphics And Overall An Awesome Game That's A Very Nice Throwback But Not Without A Few Flaws. There Is Too Much Water, TooGood Game Nice Graphics And Overall An Awesome Game That's A Very Nice Throwback But Not Without A Few Flaws. There Is Too Much Water, Too Much Grass, Too Much Pokemon, Too Much Pokeballs, Too Much Gyms, Too Much PokeCenters, To Much Online Features, Too Much Pokeballs, Too Much Trolling On Wondertrade, Too Much Sky, Too Much HM's, Too Much Shinys, Too Much Ledgendarys And Finally Too Much RPG Elements Expand
  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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