It has been 12 years since Pokemon fans first got to journey throughout the world of Hoenn, but now players get to experience the same journey in a different way. Ruby and Sapphire have been reimagined into the same style as Pokemon X and Y and it has brought Ruby and Sapphire back to their once glorious selves. Pokemon fans who loved Pokemon X and Y are going to love Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Whether you have ventured in Hoenn before or you’re a new traveler, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire proves to be an exciting experience for all.
Just like the originals you wake up in a moving van as you move into your new home in Littleroot town. This time however things are a little different, for starters the intro sequence was filled with references and nods to the original games, a little love letter to the fans. The premise is about as ‘classic Pokemon’ as it gets: you’re a kid who wants to be a Pokemon trainer and then you do just that, but of course there is a lot of things that happen along the way. While its not exactly up to scratch of the epic storytelling of Pokemon X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire does do a good job of having its own flavour with a memorable cast of characters and a rather tropical setting that stands out from all of the other Pokemon regions.
The main new addition to the classic story is mega evolution which ultimately plays a major role in determining the fate of the Pokemon world. Worth noting is Primal evolution which is basically the same as mega evolution but more primeval, baby.
The gameplay is noticeably similar to Pokemon X and Y but it in fact makes Ruby and Sapphire better. It introduces many new elements to the games, you could even as far as to say that the series has mega evolved, baby. With the introduction of the PSS system, Sneaking, Super Training and the Dexnav the series has evolved from its primal era. There is simply so much to do in this game whether its contests, secret bases, sneak catching or surfing on the endless ocean of water, baby! As far as the gameplay goes, Pokemon has never been so jam packed with content.
One of my favourite things about this game is how they kept the legendary soundtrack from the original but they even remastered it and brought it into the modern day to glorious effect, i felt truly nostalgic listening to the songs that i once listened to 12 years ago as a young child and it made me really see how far Pokemon and its fans such as my self have come. You can also see this in the graphics and how beautiful the Hoenn world looks in the X and Y style.
Overall Nintendo really hit a home run in bringing Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to their truest forms. It was 12 years ago that Ruby and Sapphire captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation and now today they do it all again with a new generation. That is the beauty of Pokemon, generations may pass and journeys ultimately come to an end, but the spirit of adventure and friendship that resonated with millions of fans all those years ago still lives on today. That right there is why we love Pokemon, baby.