Generally favorable reviews - based on 61 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
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  1. Dec 1, 2014
    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 28, 2014
    The core combat is probably the simplest in all of RPG-dom, and yet it remains an ideal system to deliver turn-based entertainment. If you're a Pokemon fan and you've yet to pick this one up (now a week after its release date), then I assume you've got a good reason to wait.
  3. 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.
  4. Dec 29, 2014
    These remakes are some of the best and most complete games of the franchise.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Nov 21, 2014
    This is more than a remake, this is a completely new videogame, a big renovation both in visual and gameplay terms. A great surprise.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Nov 18, 2014
    We were never big fans of Hoenn, the region where the third generation of Pokémon games took place, but Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire changed our minds. These remakes go beyond the usual new lick of paint and give players so many cool new mega evolutions, story lines and overhauled versions of familiar locations, that the whole experience feels almost as fresh as X and Y did.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Dec 19, 2014
    Exceptional entries in the series that include some great new mechanics.
  18. Nov 21, 2014
    The new PokéNav Plus elements are Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire’s biggest and best new additions. They change the way you participate in Pokémon’s most attractive mechanic – collecting Pokémon. It’s what separates Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire from X & Y, and ultimately makes them superior games.
  19. CD-Action
    Feb 7, 2015
    If you haven’t played Pokémons since the first Game Boy, give Omega Ruby a try, because there’s just no way you’re going to be disappointed with it. It’s the same game you remember, just better. [01/2015, p.75]
  20. 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.
  21. 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]
  22. Dec 9, 2014
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are terrific, overlaying several new features on a couple of classic games.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. Nov 18, 2014
    The modifications to Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire make these games some of the best remakes in recent history.
  27. Nov 18, 2014
    New features like DexNav and the soar ability add just enough new gameplay elements to the classic Pokémon formula to help make this decade-old adventure feel new again.
  28. 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.
  29. Nov 25, 2014
    Omega Ruby feels like it clocks in a bit on the short side at well under 20 hours to complete the main story, but there’s a lot of stuff to do on the side plus the post-game content.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Jan 19, 2015
    If you have any interest at all in Pokémon this game will surpass your expectations.
  33. Jan 13, 2015
    By combining this new content with the old, Gamefreak have created their most accessible remake yet.
  34. Edge Magazine
    Jan 9, 2015
    These are the most generous entries since HeartGold and SoulSilver. [Jan 2014, p.123]
  35. Dec 19, 2014
    It may not offer something truly new or innovative, but Omega Ruby is a decent Pokemon game that stays true to the original edition.
  36. 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.
  37. Dec 8, 2014
    Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire don’t have the same groundbreaking feel as X and Y, but the solid combination of new systems with a familiar region shows that sometimes you can go Hoenn again.
  38. 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.
  39. Dec 1, 2014
    Far from a revolution, but it does serve their purpose, which is to provide some pocket monster enjoyment for the fans, until a new more vastly modified game comes out. A nice move from Nintendo indeed.
  40. Dec 1, 2014
    True, Pokémon games might not be known for their involving stories or clear-cut changes to established blueprints, yet ORAS manages to deliver both without forsaking its esteemed handheld ancestors.
  41. Nov 27, 2014
    It says Pokemon on the box and that's what you get: A loving rework of 2003's GBA game that beats Pokemon X and Y in technical terms. Some issues of the originals are still present here, but don’t do much to lessen the package.
  42. Nov 27, 2014
    It's the closest many of us will likely get to genuinely exploring unknown territory.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. Nov 18, 2014
    The new features are strong, but some of the progress made by Pokemon X&Y has also been undone.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. Nov 18, 2014
    For the Murtaugh-esque Pokémon fans, the question of whether or not Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire are worth picking up boils down to when you last played Pokémon, and how enthusiastic you remain for the series.
  56. Dec 1, 2014
    The Pokémon series makes a return to the Hoenn region that’s well worth a revisit.
  57. 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.
  58. Dec 4, 2014
    Pokemon is as good as ever, even though this is more of a remake than a new game. At the same time there are several parts that should’ve been upgraded by now, for example the poor story and the badly written dialogues. Still: just like Pokemon X & Y, it’s easy to spend to many hours catching monsters.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. Nov 26, 2014
    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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 966 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Nov 21, 2014
    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. Full Review »
  2. Nov 21, 2014
    I bought and played the LIFE out of the original Ruby in 2003. This game exceeds my expectations. It remains true to the original, Yet addsI bought and played the LIFE out of the original Ruby in 2003. This game exceeds my expectations. It remains true to the original, Yet adds new features. Hoenn looks amazing in 3D. Unfortunately the broken Experience share was brought over from X and Y. ORAS adds more Mega evolutions, more new features, and it follows the original closely. Game freak truly did an excellent job on this game. Full Review »
  3. Nov 21, 2014
    seid ihr behindert? so einen niedrigen user score haben die spiele nicht verdient -.-

    zum teufel mit flanders! zum teufel mit flanders! zum
    seid ihr behindert? so einen niedrigen user score haben die spiele nicht verdient -.-

    zum teufel mit flanders! zum teufel mit flanders! zum teufel mit flanders! zum teufel mit flanders!
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