Generally favorable reviews - based on 52 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 0 out of 52
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  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. Dec 29, 2014
    These remakes are some of the best and most complete games of the franchise.
  3. Dec 22, 2014
    A worthy choice for people new to the series, yet providing enough new functionality for fans, as well, these jewels are worth preserving.
  4. Dec 15, 2014
    The innovations introduced show that these remakes are actually taking small but important steps in the continuing the evolution of these games, like the new Soar ability and the new method of finding Pokémon, which from now on are essential for new titles.
  5. Nov 28, 2014
    Far more than a simple remake, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire returns players to the past, with all the new bells and whistles intact in this latest installment.
  6. Nov 21, 2014
    This is what every remake should be: the same experience but with so many new features and so up-to-date that it's worth reliving even if you played the original game.
  7. 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.
  8. Nov 18, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is an almost perfect game, held back only by the selection of creatures available during the 20-hour long main quest and some post-game elements that didn’t make it through since X/Y.
  9. Nov 18, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire brings back and adds some great features, but not without cutting out some of the standards set in Pokémon X and Y.
  10. Nov 18, 2014
    The core mechanics of Pokemon remain immensely addictive, and Game Freak's latest coat of polish only enhances an already captivating adventure.
  11. Nov 18, 2014
    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.
  12. 90
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are way better games than last year’s X/Y while also improving on the Game Boy Advance originals.
  13. Nov 18, 2014
    Perfect for long time fans and new ones.
  14. Nov 18, 2014
    However, this entry feels like a true next-gen title, with all the charm of the Pokémon franchise and just the right amount of features and complexities to have players journeying through Hoenn for years to come.
  15. Dec 19, 2014
    Exceptional entries in the series that include some great new mechanics.
  16. Jan 28, 2015
    A much better experience than what was expected. The change in the rhythm and the emphasis in the story elements manage to captivate the player in a way that the Game Boy Advance versions couldn’t.
  17. Games Master UK
    Dec 30, 2014
    Layers on new features while keeping the spirit of the originals, making this a welcome return. [Jan 2015, p.63]
  18. Dec 9, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are terrific, overlaying several new features on a couple of classic games.
  19. Dec 2, 2014
    There are some small improvements to the overall experience, just keep in mind, there’s nothing very revolutionary about Omega and Alpha.
  20. Nov 26, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are top notch remakes. The DexNav-application for the Pokédex makes catching Pokémon more dynamic and more worth while; the Hoenn-region is an awesome place for an adventure.
  21. Nov 24, 2014
    Pokemon Alpha Sapphire is yet another great Pokemon title, full of good memories from a decade ago but made anew by the X/Y engine, that makes the Hoeen region so vivid and luscious to look at. Not the best of the series so far, but surely deserves 50 plus hours of any Poké-fan out there.
  22. Nov 20, 2014
    A Pokémon game with the best of the past and the best of the present is a win-win. Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire keep and improves the features introduced in the original game, such as the contests, the berries or the secret bases. On the other hand, it also includes new features like the megaevolutions or the multiplayer mode seen in more recent instances of the series. The 3D graphics and more cinematic feel definitely invite us to play it once again.
  23. Nov 18, 2014
    The modifications to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire make these games some of the best remakes in recent history.
  24. Nov 27, 2014
    Playing a remake of Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire is like reliving great memories. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are pure enjoyment, which is not just because of their high quality, but also the addition of nice new elements.
  25. Nov 24, 2014
    Pokémon games have been around for almost two decades now, and whether it's an entirely new set of adventures or updated classics like Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, the core gameplay formula remains virtually untouched. More features are added to burst the seams of content, with extra activities from the originals carried over.
  26. Nov 21, 2014
    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.
  27. Jan 19, 2015
    If you have any interest at all in Pokémon this game will surpass your expectations.
  28. Jan 13, 2015
    The opportunity to re-explore Hoenn is a thrilling one, and there’s more than enough new content and tweaks to the old to justify the return trip.
  29. Edge Magazine
    Jan 9, 2015
    These are the most generous entries since HeartGold and SoulSilver. [Jan 2014, p.123]
  30. Dec 16, 2014
    Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are remakes of classic Pokémon games, but they also add some great stuff that shows another step in the evolution of an incredibly successful franchise.
  31. Dec 9, 2014
    Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is both great remakes, filled to the brim with a superb selectipn of Pokémon, beautiful graphics, as well as the interesting, new DexNav, which changes the way you go about catching monsters. It also has lame side activities and a lop-sided multiplayer, but that does little to ruin the experience in any major ways.
  32. Dec 3, 2014
    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.
  33. 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.
  34. Nov 26, 2014
    Hopefully, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will give fans that opportunity, either in retreading steps worn throughout Hoenn or acting as if it were a brand new universe on 3DS.
  35. Nov 25, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
  36. Nov 25, 2014
    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.
  37. 80
    Just enough has been done to preserve the spirit of the original games while making these entries feel like a legitimate part of the current Pokémon ecosystem. Game Freak and Nintendo have taken the main Pokémon franchise about as far is it can go, short of actually evolving it.
  38. Nov 23, 2014
    Ruby Omega and Alpha Sapphire show why Game Freak should not release a new Pokémon every year: it's a franchise which needs to breath and this new edition, with no new pokémon to catch and locals to explore, is just not fun if you are just got through X and Y or have played Ruby and Sapphire back then.
  39. 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.
  40. Nov 19, 2014
    As it stands, your biggest motivation for progressing through Pokémon ORAS is the same as it's always been: To collect and train stronger and stronger Pokémon. Thanks to the multitude of monsters and increasingly complex type-matching strategies, that pursuit is still worthwhile and engaging, despite Pokémon ORAS's baby-steps approach to iteration.
  41. Nov 18, 2014
    Exploring Hoenn and making use of the new features is a delight, even if the similarities to the previous chapter may leave some players slightly disappointed. A worthy heir of the Pokémon name which will keep the fans busy for many hours to come.
  42. Nov 18, 2014
    Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are worthy updates of classic games from the Pokemon pet battle series. They add modern graphics and sound, the gameplay updates of the previous few installments, and the new evolutions without ruining the nostalgia of the original Sapphire and Ruby titles.
  43. Nov 18, 2014
    The new features are strong, but some of the progress made by Pokemon X&Y has also been undone.
  44. Nov 18, 2014
    It's a seemingly simple and cute journey, but with the underlying potential for strategy in combat, and a massive number of adorable Pokemon to catch, you can't help getting hooked by Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
  45. Nov 18, 2014
    Pokémon remains as unique as they come among RPGs—a monster collection game that effortlessly blends social gaming with deep battle mechanics.
  46. Nov 18, 2014
    Little details, like characters turning their heads to look as you pass or flocks of Wingulls flying overhead, make the region really come to life, and small updates and tweaks help make the journey smoother. Still, a few of its flaws are even more glaring in 3D, especially the excess water Pokémon and often dull navigation of their habitats.
  47. Dec 5, 2014
    A well executed modernization of the third series generation. Nonetheless Gamefreak needs to come up with something new when it comes to the old fashioned basic fight mechanics. It keeps you glued to the screen as always but I found myself asking for a change of direction.
  48. Jan 14, 2015
    Another good game with pocket monsters, providing hours of fun for fans. But it does not offer the same breath of fresh air as last year's X and Y.
  49. Dec 3, 2014
    But when 50 percent of all Pokemon games are remakes and the rest feel like remakes, it just makes me wish my favorite game series would stop dwelling on the past.
  50. Nov 25, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire push to new heights the weakest duo in the series. Two excellent remakes that still doesn't surprise and innovate as much as Pokémon X and Y did last year.
  51. Nov 18, 2014
    A perfectly good 3D remake of Ruby and Sapphire, the only problem being that Ruby and Sapphire were never that great – and this is still not as good as the recent X and Y.
  52. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 802 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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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  2. 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!!!
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  3. Nov 21, 2014
    It was really good. Pokemon is always good and this game is no exception. The graphics were upscaled nicely and the gameplay is as classic asIt was really good. Pokemon is always good and this game is no exception. The graphics were upscaled nicely and the gameplay is as classic as ever. It did have too much water though. 7.8/10 Full Review »