Game Review: Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

KSI Sophie gives us her take on Pokémon: Omega Ruby and Pokémon: Alpha Sapphire.

Although it’s been awhile now since Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby, the ever so anticipated remakes of Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby, I thought I would do a little review on my personal opinion of the games based on me playing Pokemon Alpha Sapphire.

First off, graphics.

The graphics of each Pokemon game continuously get more exciting, as technology increases as the years go on.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby featured glorious graphics, picking up on detail such as the main character’s hair, making it realistic, to little things like the veins in leaves. The world of Pokemon felt alive to me.

Next, I want to talk about the Mega Evolution, because this really was a game changer in Pokemon history.

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby gave players the option to “Mega Evolve” a select amount of third evolution Pokemon, making them more bulky and powerful than ever.

I found this a nice addition to the game, seeing as though this was a remake, we knew there was going to be no new Pokemon, however, having these new Mega Evolutions gave the game a wonderful touch.

One thing, though, that made me slightly upset, was that the creators took out customization in this new Pokemon game.

In the previous generation of Pokemon X & Y, we were given the option to customize our characters from everything to their hair, clothes (getting to smaller things like shirts, pants, socks, shoes, hats, etc) their skin tone, eye color, hair color, and more.

I do miss this part of Pokemon, as I found it gave players a sense of identity to customize their character the way they wanted it too. Hopefully, they will put this feature back into Pokemon Sun and Moon.

Pokémon ORAS may not look like it, but they’re a different sort of Pokémon game.

They’re gentler, somehow. Many of the towns are kind of small. Your rival is a meek, sick child. You do your best to walk lightly, so you have a chance of capturing Pokémon in the wild without alerting them.

Most of the Pokemon too, are much easier to catch then they have been in previous generations. Where as before we may have used dozens upon dozens of ultra balls to catch a simple legendary, now most can be caught within a few balls.

Sadly, with new technology, also came the fact that most people hacked their version of ORAS, and used the Wondertrade system to spread shiny Pokemon like wildfire. Something that used to be so mystical, so special, was ruined by hacking players. Though having shinies is a bragging right, almost everyone with ORAS has at least one shiny Pokemon, making it not so special anymore.

Overall, I would rate Pokemon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby as a wonderful game. 8/10 definitely. It did justice to the previous game, and I will always continue to buy and support new Pokemon games.

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