Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire game covers. Photo by Jared Ray.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the long-awaited remakes of 2002’s Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire Game Boy Advance games. Ruby and Sapphire are set in the Pokemon region of Hoenn, and that is where the journey begins.

The game starts out in Littleroot Town in Hoenn region, and the main character, your choice of male or female, is given a starter Pokemon from Professor Birch. Either the fire starter, Torchic, the water starter, Mudkip, or the grass starter, Treecko.

The main character will occasionally battle their hometown rival along its journey through the Hoenn region.

The goal of the game is to defeat all eight gym leaders in the Hoenn region and eventually make it to the Elite Four, and then defeat the region Champion in order to become the new region Champion. Another goal in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are to capture the legendary Pokemon Groudon and Kyogre, respectively. The ultimate goal of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, like any other Pokemon game, is to complete your Pokedex, but regional and national, but this is hard to achieve.

Junior Jared Ray said, “Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are great trips down memory lane for players who played the original Ruby and Sapphire, except with new twists and features.”

The game is available on the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, and you are able to choose whether to use the 3D capability on the 3DS and on the 2DS, it is the same version of the game, except without the three dimensional aspects.

The graphics on the games, much like the most recent Pokemon games, X and Y, are of higher quality with lots of color and movement.

Ray said, “Play Pokemon X and Y before playing Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire for the story connection because the after-game of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire alludes to X and Y.”

Aspects of the game include mega evolutions of certain Pokemon, which was new in the previous games, X and Y. Mega evolutions occur during battle when the Pokemon is holding a Mega Stone and the trainer is holding a Key Stone, and there must be a strong bond between trainer and the Pokemon. The Mega Evolution gives the Pokemon different base stats, and can have different abilities and type than the pre-Mega evolved version.

Most aspects of the game will feel familiar to the original Ruby and Sapphire gamers, just with new enhancements.

“I personally loved the gym puzzle revamps and redesigns as well as the cutscenes,” Ray said.

The games are generally positively received, earning four out of five stars from Metacritic.com, and eight out of ten stars from Gamespot.com.

Whether a seasoned Pokemon trainer or just a novice, this game is sure to please.