Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is a remaster of the original Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire games with some new added story and a brand new end game. Here is our Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Review.
The game is developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, it was released on November 21, 2014, for the Nintendo 3DS. In this review, we will mainly focus on the new things added and not so much on the story and content that the original game offered.
For fans who grew up with the original Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire on the Gameboy, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is an amazing recreation worth playing. The game beautifully recreates the familiar Hoenn region while adding fresh elements that enhance the overall experience. Nostalgia oozes from every pixel, as players revisit iconic locations and encounter familiar Pokémon, making it a joyous trip down memory lane.
Catching Latios/Latias provides a mix of excitement and randomness. The Pokémon will randomly pop up during your journey in the Hoenn region, adding an element of unpredictability, but it did feel a bit strange having that moment in the game. But it did bring something cool to the game as well, a Mega Evolution for a legendary Pokémon.
The Kyogre encounter can feel anticlimactic for some people. The battle might be surprisingly easy, leading to a one-hit capture with an Ultra Ball at full health (for me personally). This aspect may vary from player to player, but it doesn’t detract from the thrill of having such powerful Pokémon in your team.
The leap to 3D visuals is nothing short of impressive, giving the game a vibrant and immersive feel. However, it comes with a caveat. While the 3D effects are visually appealing, they can cause a drop in FPS, making the game feel slower during battles and certain scenes. you may opt to turn off the 3D feature to maintain a smooth and consistent gameplay experience.
Team Aqua and Magma get impressive redesigns that breathe new life into these classic antagonists. The updated character models and modernized looks make them feel more unique and fitting for the 3D world. Their increased depth and involvement in the plot add a layer of complexity to the story, making their encounters with the player more engaging and enjoyable.
Despite its many strengths, one noticeable flaw in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is the abundance of water areas in the Hoenn region. While the original GBA games featured various aquatic routes and expansive oceans, the 3D remakes seem to retain this design without much alteration. As a result, you might find yourself navigating through water routes more frequently than you would like, leading to a sense of repetitiveness. Although some people enjoy water-based challenges and the opportunity to encounter unique Pokémon, others may find the abundance of water areas a bit tiresome and yearn for a more diverse landscape to explore. Nonetheless, this minor drawback doesn’t overshadow the overall enjoyment of revisiting the classic Hoenn region and embarking on a thrilling adventure with revamped visuals and enhanced gameplay mechanics.
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