Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Review

Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald is pretty much my all time favorite Pokemon game so when I got the new 3DS I had to get this game. 

Pokemon Omega Ruby is a fantastic game. It takes place, in the best region in Pokemon, in the Hoenn region and it’s packed with content from beginning to end. We all know what we have to do in every Pokemon game. It’s the exact same thing since Pokemon games came into existence back in the late 90’s, but this is just a lazy remake to a classic game. This is an actual remake with better graphics, and X/Y’s gameplay.

The Good:

Gameplay:

The gameplay in Omega Ruby is the same that we got in Pokemon X/Y. It’s a great improvement over what we had back in 2002, but it can get repetitive after a few hours of nonstop gaming. The new animations are good, but they’re not great. Most of the time the Pokemon will do slap, but you’re really doing flamethrower and it’s a little weird.

The Pokemon are still too stiff for me, but their lack of animations are made up by the excellent moves that they do. Moves like Flamethrower, Hyper Beam, Shadow Ball, and Calm Mind look amazing.

Using the right Pokemon is important. It’s good to know what type of Pokemon can beat that Cradily you’re facing because if you don’t you’ll most likely go through your entire party before you find it’s weakness. It’s also a good idea to have more than a single type of Pokemon in your party. I like to mix things up, but I do have a weakness for water type pokemon and there are plenty of them in Omega Ruby/ Alpha Sapphire.

I started off with a Gyarados, and eventually switched over to Sharpedo because I really love that Pokemon. It’s mega form is really badass too, but some big time companies think that these games have too much water :].

Great Variety Of Pokemon:

pokemon-omega-ruby-alpha-sapphire-main-charactersThis is one of the better Pokemon games out there in terms of finding good Pokemon early in the game. By the time you have three or four badges you’ll already have plenty of fire, water, grass, poison, steel, and even a ghost Pokemon if you’re willing to look for it. When you get the old rod you can catch a magickarp or tentacool. Both of them are great choices because they both evolve into badass Pokemon.

In a cave not too far from where you’ll win your fourth badge you’ll have a chance to catch a Numel, Torkoal, and Slugma. That’s three fire types in one location. Later on you’ll even catch a Vulpix. I love how accessible these Pokemon are early in the game. It makes building a team much easier because you don’t have to wait until you win six badges to catch decent Pokemon.

Soundtrack: 

There are plenty of tunes for us to enjoy while we spend the next 40+ hours of our lives playing Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire. I always thought Pokemon Gold/Silver had the best soundtrack, but Ruby/Sapphire is definitely second place on my list.

The Bad: 

Story:

pokemon-omega-ruby-alpha-sapphire-steven-04Every Pokemon game has the exact same plot. You’re a ten year old kid that dreams of catching Pokemon and your mom lets you do. I can rip this story apart if I wanted to, but I’ll save that for a different article. In every Pokemon game we have to win 8 badges, fight an evil organization, and become Pokemon Master by beating the Elite Four and the champion that comes after them.  I think it’s time for a change. It was cool when I was a ten year old kid playing this game, but it’s literally always the same thing and it’s gotten old. Grow the main protagonist up already and give us a new plot.

Lack of End Game Content:

I finally beat the Pokemon league with my team and I can’t wait to see what’s next. The only problem with that is there is nothing next. After I caught Rayquaza, and the Deoxys there was nothing left for me to do, but go to that dumbass island or back to the Pokemon League to battle the Elite Four again. I’m not going to say that this game lacks replayability because I don’t mind making another file and starting from scratch again, but right now I’m not ready to do that. I want to keep using my team of Pokemon, but there’s nothing left for me to do with them and I haven’t touched my game in days.

The Verdict:

Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire is a gem. It has all of the content and dialogue that the original games had, but it’s also filled with a ton of new content for us to explore. It’s true that Pokemon games are literally just the same thing over and over again. I had a lot of fun playing through the Hoenn Region again with my Treecko. I think it’s about time Pokemon changed, but the chances of that happening are slim to none.

8/10

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Author: Drakulus

I'm a hardcore gamer that enjoys every type of genre there is. I'm also a father of four kids, two girls and two boys, and love to write about whatever pops into my head.

2 thoughts on “Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Review”

  1. I’ve got a lot of love for the original Sapphire. Must’ve spent a good 200+ hours with it, completing it once with every starter. Pretty much killed the internal battery in the cartridge!

    Agreed with the moves looking awesome. Even back when I was playing on the GB Advance, moves like Iron Claw, Rock Tomb and Hyper Beam looked spectacular.

    Great write-up!

    1. Thanks.

      As far as remakes go this is an excellent game. I haven’t played it since I wrote this review though.

      I think I’m a little tired of Pokemon always being the same thing. I for one would love to see them do something different.

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