After 20 years of multiple video game releases, a long running anime show and many spinoff versions of the original video game, Pokémon is arguably one of the biggest gaming franchises in history. The recently released 3DS “Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Versions” marks the anniversary edition of the original “Ruby and Sapphire Versions.”
Faithful to the original games, “Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Versions” allow the gamer to control a novice trainer, whose family has just relocated to the fictional Hoenn region.
After receiving the first Pokémon as a thank you for protecting the town’s Pokémon Professor, Birch, the gamer goes on a journey throughout Hoenn, battling and challenging eight Pokémon Gyms throughout the region, their leaders and the “Elite Four” in the Pokémon League.
Most importantly, the gamer also encounters “Team Magma” and “Team Aqua,” whose plans of using ancient Legendary Pokémon to reshape the region must be stopped.
“Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Versions” sets itself apart from previous games with new techniques and effects. The game adds “Primal Reversions,” which transform the main Legendary Pokémon into their prehistoric forms, enabling the Pokémon to become overpowered and practically invincible.
Visually, these games are eye-catching. Game Freak, the game’s creator, partially rebuilt and repainted the original 10-year-old Hoenn region. Apart from the newer visual appearance of the game, the best feature Game Freak added was the ability for the gamer to fly around the Hoenn region on the backs of two Legendary Pokémon, Latios and Latias.
While gamers have always been able to fly from city to city, this is the first time they can actually control the flight path of their Pokémon. Another new feature that will have fans talking is the DexNav. The DexNav is a device that helps players find Pokémon and keeps track of which Pokémon were caught, serving as an excellent aid for gamers.
Unfortunately, there are changes to this game from the original that do not work, making the game too easy to complete. For example, the Exp. Share, the total of experience gained throughout the game, grants experience points to all Pokémon in the gamer’s party regardless of which Pokémon actually fought. When Exp. Share is turned on for an extensive number of battles, the Pokémon receive an excessive amount of power, enabling the gamer to complete challenges and battles more quickly, resulting in a somewhat unenjoyable experience.
Another change was made to the Safari Zone, where players could pay with game currency to capture rare Pokémon. In “Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire,” the Safari Zone is free, adding another element that makes the game easier to complete.
Despite some changes that inevitably make the gaming experience too easy at times, “Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire” is a great new addition to an already massive and impressive Pokémon catalogue.
Editor’s Note: Information from Gamespot.com was used in this article.