- Release date: 11/21/2014
- Developer: GAME FREAK Inc.
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Genre: RPG
- Content rating: ESRB E
- Features: up to 4 players
Pokémon Omega Ruby
GAME FREAK Inc.
Pokémon Omega Ruby. Hoenn Comes Alive In 3D
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Omega Ruby isn’t just another repackaging of a classic. This release features exciting new Pokémon and abilities that are brought to life thanks to a new 3D graphics engine.
The game keeps it true to the original Pokémon layout, though new angles and full 3D action offer it a livelier feel. The variety of camera angles makes this entry feel fresh and invigorated. There’s much detail that goes into the maps and cities, and the battles also come alive with the variety of Pokémon abilities. The graphics are distinct, and you’ll never miss that old franchise quality.
Your journey to the Hoenn country with your family where you battle to save Professor Birch from a wild Pokémon, choosing from 3 Pokémon (Treecko, Torchic or Mudkip) to defend you. Once you’ve defeated the wild Pokémon, you are given one among the three you selected, and go on to battle the 8 Gym Leaders, with the Elite Four as the boss battles. You’ll also have to contend against other misfit groups such as Magma that are trying to take over Hoenn.
You have to train your team of 6 Pokémon before they become strong enough to face off against the Gym Leaders who are mini-bosses. Once you obtain badges from all eight gyms, you can battle the Elite Four, who are essentially masters. There’s over 700 Pokémon to chase, and the DexNav, in particular, is a welcome addition to the game. This feature shows you all Pokémon within your radar and buzzes when special Pokémon are in your area.
Gently pressing the analog stick to slowly sneak up on the special Pokémon proved simple. Performing Wheelies, Bunny Hops and Jumps was also quite easy, with light touches of the B button while pressing the direction pad. Overall, the controls are quite fluid, and you also have a variety of options that are customized for the 3DS. Activating special abilities is intuitive and doesn’t take much getting used to.
Replay Value: 4.5
The game stays true to the original Ruby but also manages to introduce new gameplay elements. The Mega Evolutions add-ons which transform your Pokémon into a more powerful creature make the combat system much deeper. Though I struggled with the concept of Primal Reversion, I thought it was actually pretty cool that you could bring back to life select fossils. There are also side quests such as the Delta Episode which give the game its high replayability.
The storyline is admittedly quite stale. It captures the original ambiance of Ruby while giving you a whole slew of Pokémon to pursue. The improved combat system is a big plus for this game. Interacting with the primal versions is a great addition and actually gives you something to look forward to. Overall, this is a true Pokémon game at heart, and everyone from old to new fans alike will enjoy it.
Though the storyline fails to deliver, this game still stands out as one of the best remakes in the franchise.
Pros : Great visuals.
Introduces hundreds of Pokémon and the DexNav.
Cons : The storyline doesn’t quite mesh with gameplay.
Replay Value 4.5