Pokemon Omega Ruby

43 critics

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Drew LeachmanDec 02, 2014
For Pokémon fans, of course you should pick this up. For people asking “will this get me into the series?” the answer is maybe. I still think X and Y are a better starting point for players. There are some small improvements to the overall experience, just keep in mind, there’s nothing very revolutionary about Omega and Alpha.
Peter BrownNov 18, 2014
Give these remakes enough time, and you begin to understand why Pokemon's formula hasn't changed much over the years. 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.
Daniella LucasNov 19, 2014
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remain faithful to what made the GBA originals great. The new features are strong, but some of the progress made by Pokemon X&Y has also been undone.
Kyle HilliardNov 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. Having a better sense of which creatures I still need and where to get them is something I’ve been craving, and it makes this iteration in the series my personal favorite.
Michael DamianiNov 25, 2014
The core adventure might not have as much soul as something like Red and Blue or Gold and Silver, but it’s a solid RPG nonetheless. It takes the best parts of the original game, enhances them with X and Y’s engine, and then makes improvements on top of that. It’s by no means flawless, as there’s clearly room for these games to improve and evolve into something even more refreshing.
Now GamerNov 21, 2014
Improvements more or less across the board make this not only a cracking remake of one of the series’ more divisive games but one of the best Pokemon games available. With over 700 Pokemon to round up, you’ll be wandering Hoenn for a long time before you even come close to catching ’em all. And thanks to the great new mechanics, there’s plenty to see and do on your way to becoming a Pokemon master.
Kallie PlaggeNov 18, 2014
As a 3D remake, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby do a fantastic job of reintroducing Hoenn. 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.
Matt WhittakerNov 25, 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire may not be perfect, but they’re an exciting step forward for the long-running franchise. It’s a tough task to make a remake feel as exciting the second time around, but Game Freak managed to pull that off in spades. The solid and addictive mechanics that have made Pokémon a staple of the RPG genre are back in full force, and while they’re noticeably easier than years past, it’s still hard not to be engaged.
Royce DeanNov 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. All you have to do is go out and look in every blade of grass.
Bret PhippsNov 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. If you have a hankering for catching ‘em all, then you only have to answer the same question you did in 1996: red or blue?
Dean JamesNov 26, 2014
With much better pacing and the inclusion of Mega and Primal Evolutions into the main story, Game Freak has amazed once again with a near perfect reimagining of the Generation III classics. Enhancing the experience even further was the inclusion of the DexNav, one of the most important additions to the Pokemon catching mechanic since the beginning of the series. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the definition of what makes the series great, while serving as impeccable pieces of nostalgia for anyone that played the originals.
Elizabeth HengesDec 27, 2014
There are other small issues, but this fact remains: It's a Pokemon game, and it's not a bad game by any means. Series veterans will no doubt get a kick out of the remake and its new look and storyline bits. More casual fans will either want to give ORAS a shot because they missed the original, or skip it because they already own Pokemon X or Y and have no need for another entry in the same generation. It's all a matter of perspective. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is exactly what you would expect; whether that's a good thing or not is up to you.
Alex SeedhouseNov 18, 2014
We’ve been catching ’em all for 16 years now, but Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire promise to send nostalgia into overdrive while successfully retaining many of the recent improvements that Game Freak has made over the past few years. These remakes amount to a spellbinding conversion of the classic games – carefully woven to become a perfect starting point for newcomers, but also the perfect chance for returning players to dip back in.
James GalizioDec 03, 2014
It’s not perfect – it’s not even my favorite remake – but it is one of the distinguished Pokemon games that I have played in years. People will be talking about this one for a long time to come; and I don’t blame them. It’s got plenty of content, and the substance to match it; every mechanic not related to Pokemon X and Y’s story is present. Pokemon Amie, Super Training – beyond all else, Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire are the definitive Pokemon games on the 3DS to date.
Griffin McElroyNov 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.
Daniel BischoffNov 26, 2014
In all honesty, I would not buy either of these new Pokémon games given the fact that I’ve yet to finish the previous entries, but it’s impossible not to recommend them for kids or adults looking to push games for their children.
Kat BaileyNov 18, 2014
Pokémon remains as unique as they come among RPGs—a monster collection game that effortlessly blends social gaming with deep battle mechanics. In returning to the series' third generation, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire bring back many of the elements that defined the originals while also being some of the most accessible entries to date. That said, they can be a little too easy at times, and the postgame content feels a bit lacking in light of what's come before.
Alex OlneyNov 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. They’re not an extensive upgrade from their other 3DS counterparts, but any Poké-fan who’s played one of the series remakes in the past knows that expecting an enormous upgrade is a fool’s errand.
Sam PatersonDec 02, 2014
By combining this new content with the old, Gamefreak have created their most accessible remake yet. Generation three and Pokémon Emerald can step aside; Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is by far and away the definitive Hoenn adventure. It’s not as ground-breaking as Pokémon X and Y, but is nonetheless an impressive reboot of one of the more memorable Pokémon regions.
Chris ScullionNov 18, 2014
The re-introduction of 'new' features like the Hidden Bases and Pokemon Contests will be welcomed by those who may not have encountered them the first time around, but X & Y veterans will see more steps taken back here than forward. ...It may not be the greatest Pokemon game, but it's still a strong one: as far as remakes go, this is more Clooney and Pitt in Ocean's Eleven than Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man.
Sean EngemannNov 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. Some may find much of them completely optional, but every Pokémon fan can find a way to lose dozens to hundreds of hours exploring the Hoenn region once again.
Earnest CavalliNov 18, 2014
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire do little to overhaul the major pillars of a series that's long relied on the same set of classic ideas, but they don't have to. The core mechanics of Pokemon remain immensely addictive, and Game Freak's latest coat of polish only enhances an already captivating adventure.
Heather NewmanNov 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.
Brittany VincentNov 18, 2014
Although X & Y did an admirable job when it came to transitioning the Pokémon series onto the 3DS, to me it seemed like the same formula from 1998 with a new coat of paint. 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. Grab a Poké Ball and jump right in!
Daniel StarkeyNov 27, 2014
Nintendo has tried so hard to bury all of this under layers of sleuthing and discovery and puzzle-solving feels like an odd, albeit enriching throwback to the early days of the Web. ...It's these kinds of things that remind me that people love Pokémon for a reason. 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.
Ignacio ReinosaNov 23, 2014
Long story short, Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is much more than a remake of the third generation of Pokémon. This is a game that continues the legacy and foundation laid with X and Y, polishing the experience to the max, giving players more power and control over the game with new tools and a new capture mode. ...Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is a title that offers tons of hours of playtime, that won't end when you complete the Pokemon League; there is more fun to be had after that.
Danny RussellNov 18, 2014
If Pokémon is your cup of tea, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire is a must whether you've played the originals or not. It's not quite as great a place to start for newcomers as Pokémon as X and Y were though. 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.
James BurnettDec 10, 2014
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are terrific, overlaying several new features on a couple of classic games. Best-looking handheld Pokémon to date. Excellent support for the competitive scene. Modern additions are great.
Jesús BellaNov 21, 2014
Rubí Omega y Zafiro Alfa se renuevan por completo, tanto gráficamente como jugablemente para además aportar novedades que debutan en la saga, al estilo de surcar los aires o practicar sigilo para sorprender a los pokémon. Absolutamente imprescindibles dentro del catálogo por su capacidad de generar diversión durante horas y horas sin desfallecer. Una sorpresa mayúscula.
Carlos LeivaNov 20, 2014
Pokémon Rubí Omega y Zafiro Alfa es justo lo que se esperaría de un remake: un juego tan completo y con tantas novedades que merece la pena ser jugado, hayamos disfrutado de sus versiones originales o no. Nuevas megaevoluciones, una historia extendida, multitud de nuevos secretos con los que disfrutar redescubriendo Hoenn y un apartado gráfico y sonoro realmente buenos son sus cartas de presentación.
Fernando Borrego PoloNov 20, 2014
Sin duda Nintendo ha demostrado una vez más cómo se hace un remake. Cumple en lo básico sin duda: apartado visual remozado, banda sonora remasterizada y nuevos objetivos adicionales a los del original. Pero un buen remake debería ir más allá. No se han quedado simplemente en actualizar los gráficos o añadir nuevas misiones, sino que han sabido conjugar las virtudes del original con las novedades que le siguieron en nuevas entregas.
Víctor Manuel MartínezNov 20, 2014
Rubí Omega y Zafiro Alfa se preocupan por la forma, pero también por el fondo: es admirable la manera en que Game Freak busca la adición significativa, hacer legible para más gente un juego portentoso y que siempre ha escondido, detrás de su fachada encantadora y colorista, un sistema de combate magnífico, un montón de opciones para jugadores de cualquier nivel y una profundidad que ha sabido mantener y actualizar durante casi veinte años.
AnónimoNov 20, 2014
Tras muchas horas de juego, Pokémon Rubí Omega y Zafiro Alfa nos han dejado un buen sabor en el paladar. El olor del argumento era quizá excesivamente familiar, y hemos echado en falta mayor riesgo e innovación en el hilo argumental. Pero, como el buen vino, el sabor ha ido madurando según atravesaba el paladar, y el retrogusto que nos han dejado los últimos sucesos de la historia es quizá lo que más hemos disfrutado.
Björn BalgNov 27, 2014
Hier steht Pokemon auf der Packung und es ist Pokemon drin. Eine liebevolle Überarbeitung des GBA-Spiels von 2003, die auf technischer Seite über X und Y steht. ...Möchtet ihr mal wieder auf Pokejagd gehen, nostalgische Gefühle aufleben lassen oder zum ersten Mal die bunte Welt der Taschenmonster bereisen, kann ich euch die Neuauflagen nur wärmstens ans Herz legen. Erwartet ihr dagegen eine Designrevolution, solltet ihr Abstand halten und zu anderen Rollenspielperlen auf dem 3DS greifen.
Florian VelterDec 01, 2014
Pokémon Rubis Oméga et Pokémon Saphir Alpha ne sont peut-être pas d’une terrible originalité après le chamboulement X et Y, mais ils remplissent leur office, à savoir fournir un os à ronger de qualité aux joueurs d’ici à l’arrivée d’un nouvel épisode. Reprenant la majorité des avancées des deux opus sortis l’année passée, Rubis Oméga et Saphir Alpha font également légèrement avancer le schmilblick en perfectionnant la recette et en ramenant à la vie des features qui faisaient partie du package en 2001.
KaarajNov 18, 2014
Pokémon Rubis Omega et Saphir Alpha ne sont pas que de simples remakes des épisodes originaux et s'avèrent suffisamment modernisés et riches en nouveautés pour attirer l’œil du puriste avisé ou du profane non éclairé. ...Pour le reste, Pokémon ROSA propose une épopée riche, un univers coloré, un contenu toujours aussi imposant et quelques jolies surprises donnant envie aux petits nouveaux de prendre le train en marche et aux nostalgiques de s'y replonger.
Loup Lassinat-FoubertNov 24, 2014
Quelques petites nouveautés ergonomiques viennent heureusement donner un peu de relief à ces remakes, qui bénéficient aussi de certaines fonctionnalités des versions X et Y, à commencer par les modes en ligne. Toutefois, on aurait aimé conserver également d'autres aspects, comme la personnalisation des dresseurs. Rubis Omega et Saphir Alpha font très bien leur travail et complètent intelligemment la sixième génération, mais ils en montrent également les limites.
Jorge LoureiroNov 22, 2014
As novidades introduzidas mostram que estes remakes são na realidade mais do isso, dando pequenos mas importantes passos para a contínua evolução destes jogos, como a nova habilidade Soar e o novo método de encontrar Pokémon, que de agora em diante são imprescindíveis para novos títulos. Para iniciantes, estes remakes são um bom ponto para começar como qualquer outro jogo. Como sempre, o que não falta são instruções e dicas dos NPC que povoam o mundo.
Fábio PereiraNov 18, 2014
A primeira grande aventura Pokémon na 3DS colocou uma fasquia demasiado alta para ser suplantada agora por um título que pouco fez para alterar as novidades que destacaram o anterior, preferindo talvez criar uma coerência que defina Pokémon na 3DS. No fundo as novidades, não são de um peso enorme, mas no seu todo faz justiça ao original e ao legado Pokémon.
Fabio DavideNov 18, 2014
Per concludere, dobbiamo quindi ammettere che il nostro ritorno nella regione di Hoen non è stato privo di sorprese. Alcune positive, come una mappa degna di tal nome, altre negative, quali l'eccessiva semplicità che sembra sempre più affliggere la serie. Ci sono alti e bassi, insomma, ma quasi sempre il livello dell'avventura punta verso l'alto. ...I fan della serie ne rimarranno comunque estasiati.
Alberto TorganoNov 18, 2014
Pokémon Rubino e Zaffiro sono un tuffo nel gameplay classico di questa serie, ringalluzzito qua e là con qualche trovata moderna, ma nelle ossa sempre robusto e avvincente. ...Non un passo avanti rispetto a X e Y, ma un passo di lato, alla ricerca di quello che ci eravamo lasciati alle spalle. Una nota sul voto, che è lo stesso di Pokémon X e Y, perché 9 è un gran voto e lo si dà solo ai gran giochi. ...Rubino e Zaffiro sono entrambe le cose e ancora di più.
Bert Van der HoogerstraeteNov 28, 2014
Als verknochte Pokémon-fan is het bijzonder moeilijk om de langverwachte remake van de episode in Hoenn niet in je armen te sluiten. Daartegenover staat echter dat het even moeilijk is om door de roze bril te blijven kijken. Game Freak heeft enkele kritieken op het origineel vakkundig verwerkt, maar laat daarbij evenzeer na andere opvallende mankementen aan te pakken.
Tom BoshouwersNov 18, 2014
Pokemon Ruby en Sapphire waren erg toffe games en om die met de techniek van nu te kunnen herspelen is een fantastische ervaring. ...De remakes zijn tot in de puntjes verzorgd, overal is aan gedacht. Alles wat klopte aan de games die na Ruby en Sapphire zijn verschenen zit in deze remakes verwerkt. Zelfs met concurrentie van een Halo of Grand Theft Auto V zouden Pokémon Omega Ruby en Alpha Sapphire wel eens de beste remakes van de maand kunnen zijn.


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