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Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

Nintendo
Nov 21, 2014 - Nintendo 3DS
Strong

OpenCritic Rating

82

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Eurogamer
Recommended
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
GamesRadar+
4 / 5
GameSpot
8 / 10
Polygon
8 / 10
Kotaku
Yes
USgamer
4 / 5
Game Revolution
4 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

As tired as the series can often seem, these games still shine.

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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.

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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.

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire resurrect two beloved games in style, and for better or worse, not much has changed.

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In ORAS, your motivation for progress is the same as it ever was

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One of the best Pokemon games in the franchise, with everything that makes the modern games good.

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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. Regardless, they are enjoyable remakes that appropriately capture one of the more peculiar periods in the series' history.

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Once I made my way to Slateport City and entered myself and Barkley, my Grovyle, in the Contest Spectacular, it wasn't hard to recall exactly what has endeared me to Pokémon over the years. I eventually walked away with third place, though satisfying gameplay loops often wind up leaving even aspiring Pokémon masters like myself with room to grow. 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.

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