Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - Game Review
Pokémon Ruby Version and Pokémon Sapphire Version, released in 2002 for Game Boy Advance, marked one of the most controversial generations in the history of the Pokémon series. Although criticized by many fans of the "old guard", marked a great graphic improvement on the previous games and introduced new mechanics that forever changed the series, as the Skills and Natures of creatures, or even the system of weather conditions. Each version had a different evil team, Team Magma and Team Aqua, who was trying to dominate the world through their respective legendary pokémon election, Groudon and Kyogre. Two years later, came Pokémon Emerald Version, balancing the two versions to oppose the two teams and their respective legendary in the same story, in a conflict that could only be appeased by the supreme dragon Rayquaza.
Already spent more than a decade since the launch of the 3rd generation of Pokémon, Pokémon X and Pokémon Y came to mark a transition from serial to the fully 3D graphics and the addition of Mega developments, making this sixth generation such as striking the Ruby and Sapphire. In Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (OR / AS), older fans can find a good reason to return to the series and the latest will discover an interesting part of your past.
Unfortunately, it remains a matter of just a few parts of the game using the 3D effect of the console and be a strong flow break in graphics during battles in 3D, which makes this feature a nearly useless aspect of the Nintendo 3DS for these games. Fortunately, the graphics of the battles are still amazing, with 3D models of virtually perfect characters. Some of them are so detailed that the sacrifice of fluidity is understandable, although it is something that should already be optimized in the second wave of series titles for this console. Another positive point to note is the use of graphic elements of GBA games in some elements of the game, which evokes a pleasant nostalgia.
The most important aspect, both a remake and a sequel is that the game overall experience is better. Both games, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire introduce the PokéNav. This system, which covers the touch screen outside the battle sequences, contains several useful applications and that makes all the difference to a Pokémon player, starting with an interactive world map that allows you to see the location of Berries, coaches and secret bases (a mechanical returning the GBA games) and even fly directly to any location already visited, provided that it can already use the fly movement.
We started the campaign with the choice of our character and with a small setback in the series: the customization of the characterl that will always be the center of our screen. This feature debuted with Pokémon X and Y but soon picked up at the following title and are only available to choose the gender of the character. Perhaps because it is a remake of the game, GameFreak did not change the original content, which in this case was a tremendous disappointment.
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More interesting is that PokéNav is the pokémon search function, which allows you to identify any creature that appears in the display and even search for specific creatures known to exist in a certain area. At each meeting, the degree of searching for that Pokémon increases, allowing you to find pokemons with special features as rare attacks, secret skills and even greater potential (what the veterans of the series call IV's). The best of it all is that you can analyze these features even before the capture, allowing you to know beforehand if it interest you, or not, to add the creature to the team or to the collection.
It is also from PokéNav that you can access all the features that were present in Pokémon X and Y, as the Pokémon Amie where you can interact with Pokémon or PSS where the multiplayer features has never been changed. As you would expect, you can trade Pokémons with versions X and Y, which will help you to complete the Pokédex.
As usual in the series, there is a huge amount of things to do besides the main adventure. The competitions / beauty popularity among Pokémon are back and now with the new Cosplay Pikachu, a special version of Pikachu with a different tail and loves cosplay, using different facts that allow you to learn specific attacks and learn new skills. And even when the story ends, the game leaves much to discover and explore content, keeping players interested beyond the traditional goals as complete pokédex or build a winning team to the fighting in multiplayer mode. The only omission of most notable features is the absence of character customization that exists in X and Y.
Do you plan to buy Pokémon OR / AS?
During all these years, this was the gift that more often figured in the shadow of my Christmas tree. Although the industry bet increasingly in remastering / remake, GameFreak proved that they can carry news and changes from the original work. With OR/AS we know that the series goes in the right direction and brings, as always, the assurance dozens of hours of nostalgic and fun game.
© 2014 Tiago Damião