- Sep 4, 2012
NintendoLife - 9 / 10When Pokémon fans talk about the Ruby and Sapphire, they like to reference trumpets, a strong, memorable instrument featured heavily in the soundtrack of the original games. They make some appearances in the updated soundtrack, too. I didn't really "get" the meme the first time around, thought it was just a weird joke that players latched on to. But now, after re-experiencing the sense of wonder fostered by Ruby and Sapphire, and after having the opportunity to soar through the skies on the back of a legendary Pokémon, I get it. The spirit of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire can be heard in the trumpets, the trumpets sound a hell of a lot like triumph
Nintendo Insider - 9 / 10Overall, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire seem very similar to Pokémon X & Y, as you might expect, but the story and the environments you encounter feel – despite the fact that they are remakes – very fresh and unique. They’re not an extensive upgrade from their other 3DS counterparts, but any Poké-fan who’s played one of the series remakes in the past knows that expecting an enormous upgrade is a fool’s errand. These titles should be considered as games that belong alongside X & Y, rather than successors. — they've successfully surpassed X & Y, however, by building on the tremendous features available on the 3DS and pushing new ideas such as the Soar ability. Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are a must-buy for any Poké-fan, even if you already own X or Y.
Nintendo World Report - 9 / 10We’ve been catching ‘em all for 16 years now, but Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire promise to send nostalgia into overdrive while successfully retaining many of the recent improvements that Game Freak have made over the past few years. These remakes amount to a spellbinding conversion of the classic games – carefully woven to become a perfect starting point for newcomers, but also the perfect chance for returning players to dip back in.
Nintendo Feed - 9 / 10Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are way better games than last year’s X/Y while also improving on the Game Boy Advance originals. Many of the features, like Pokémon-Amie, return to the game, but they managed to make extra subtle tweaks in this remake. Locations and situations have been changed up, capturing monsters is delightfully tweaked with the sneak mechanic, and the pace of the adventure is nice and brisk. While getting Mega Stones is a chore and presentation is still somewhat inconsistent, Game Freak knows once again how to pull off a remake in style.
GameSided - 9 / 10Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are fantastic games that are well worth your time, whether you've never played Pokémon before or you're already a Poké Maniac.
Joystiq - 4.5/5Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire are beautiful love letters to the original games. Though they have a few flaws that keep them from being perfect games, those flaws are hardly noticeable in light of the beauty and excitement of your trip through Hoenn, and largely consist of "should've done ____ instead" rather than being true flaws. Whether you're a series veteran who remembers the old games, a greener trainer who is playing them for the first time, or completely unfamiliar with Pokemon, Pokemon ORAS is a fabulous and fun installment in the series. It takes all the good that was established in X and Y, and completes it almost perfectly.
GamesTM - 9 / 10If you can't stand the cutesy vibe or slow, turn-based gameplay of Pokemon, Pokemon ORAS are not the games that will convert you. They're not a revolution for the series, but are instead an evolution and refinement of concepts that have been fan-favorites since the 1990s. This is a larger, more detailed world than the series has ever seen, and thanks to a swath of subtle improvements, exploring the Hoenn Region is more satisfying and rewarding than it's ever been. Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire do little to overhaul the major pillars of a series that's long relied on the same set of classic ideas, but they don't have to. The core mechanics of Pokemon remain immensely addictive, and Game Freak's latest coat of polish only enhances an already captivating adventure.
Pocket Gamer - 9 / 10Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire were the highest selling games on GameBoy Advance, and we totally expect that to be replicated by Alpha/Omega on the 3DS. As a Pokémon experience, it’s that good.
EGM - 8.5 / 10Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire brings back and adds some great features, but not without cutting out some of the standards set in Pokémon X and Y
GamesRadar - 4 / 5New features like DexNav and the soar ability add just enough new gameplay elements to the classic Pokémon formula to help make this decade-old adventure feel new again.
Gamespot - 8 / 10Pokemon 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.
VideoGamer - 8 / 10Give these remakes enough time, and you begin to understand why Pokemon's formula hasn't changed much over the years. It's a seemingly simple and cute journey, but with the underlying potential for strategy in combat, and a massive number of adorable Pokemon to catch, you can't help getting hooked by Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
CVG - 8 / 10For the Murtaugh-esque Pokémon fans, the question of whether or not Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire are worth picking up boils down to when you last played Pokémon, and how enthusiastic you remain for the series. If you have a hankering for catching ‘em all, then you only have to answer the same question you did in 1996: red or blue?
IGN - 7.8It may not be the greatest Pokemon game, but it's still a strong one: as far as remakes go, this is more Clooney and Pitt in Ocean's Eleven than Nicolas Cage in The Wicker Man.
The Independent - No ScoreAs a 3D remake, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby do a fantastic job of reintroducing Hoenn. Little details, like characters turning their heads to look as you pass or flocks of Wingulls flying overhead, make the region really come to life, and small updates and tweaks help make the journey smoother. Still, a few of its flaws are even more glaring in 3D, especially the excess water Pokémon and often dull navigation of their habitats. The added online features could help mitigate some of the type imbalances — I’m a huge fan of Wonder Trade — and there are even a few post-game surprises to encourage you to keep training well beyond the 25-hour main story.
Game Freak have also done something quietly amazing in this rejuvenation of the third generation - they’ve stepped back into their own game and tweaked it into, arguably, what it should have always been. There’s plenty here to love - two thirds or so through the game players unlock the ability to call down a legendary Pokemon from the sky, to soar across the overworld. From there you can see the whole breadth of the region - from the tiny islands dotted in the surf to the central volcano - Mt Chimney - and beyond. From up there you can enter secret areas to fight powerful Pokemon; you can land, with a skid, anywhere you’ve visited. I can’t wait to investigate every nook and cranny over the next few months to come - and have a sneaking suspicion there are far more secrets yet to uncover.