The Best Yet!
Follows the high standard of its predecessors with all the fun of the original.
I feel sorry for the Pokemon game that has to follow Pokemon X and Y. With a complete redesign into 3D graphics, a new Pokemon type, and the addition of traveling around on roller-skates, it was one of the best Pokemon games since Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire. What could Nintendo possibly do to top this success? By combining those amazing games with all the exciting new features of X and Y.
As you have probably realised by now, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the new remakes of Ruby and Sapphire, following in the tradition of Fire Red and Leaf Green, and Heart Gold and Soul Silver. However, this time, Nintendo have done far more than just adding a word and extra Pokemon. All the best features of Ruby and Sapphire return in the new X and Y graphics, and they look amazing. As per usual, you start the game with the choice of three Pokemon: Torchic, Treeko, or Mudkip. Then you must make your way through the land of Hoenn, battling trainers, collecting Pokemon, and winning the eight gym badges.
This is the first of the old Pokemon games to be remade with the new graphics, so it is amazing to see all the cities you remember as 2D pixels being given some depth and detail. The two playable characters also look stunning, although it is a shame that Nintendo has removed the option to customise them from this game. It’s understandable that they want the game to stick to the traditions of the old one, but still…
Luckily, the best elements of Ruby and Sapphire remain. The option to create secret bases and decorate them is still included, and so are the Pokemon contests. Team Aqua and Team Magma are still the main antagonists, trying to awaken the legendary Kyogre and Groudon. Both these Pokemon now have a new ability: Primal Reversion. There are also 10 new Mega Evolutions available for the old Pokemon, including fan favourites Beedrill and Sableye.
However, the feature I am most impressed with in this game is the ability unlocked when you Mega Evolve Latias or Latios. After you are given one of them, you can fly over the entire Hoenn region, seeing the map from the sky. Fans have been asking for a more interactive version of the move ‘Fly’ for years, and now we finally have it. What’s more, whilst flying you have the chance to enter dark storm clouds, in which you are able to encounter and catch almost every legendary Pokemon from the series so far.
Overall, this newest instalment in the Pokemon franchise lives up to the high standards set by its predecessor. It’s a shame they removed the customisable trainer option, and I’ll definitely miss the roller-skates, but the return of old features and the new flying feature are sure to bring a breath of fresh air to a series of games that were once in danger of becoming stale and repetitive.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are available now on 3DS.