I managed to get my copy of Alpha Sapphire on launch day and after two weeks of procrastinating for my exams, finally completed the game along with the Delta Episode. Here are some of my general comments about the game plus more on what I’m doing right now in the postgame.
To make battling a breeze for a super fast playthrough, I bred a team of my favourite competitive Pokémon in Pokémon Y and used PokéBank to transfer to the new game.
The game itself is as nostalgic as it gets, the developers even poked fun at the original Gen III games in the intro. The system UI is polished but still reflects the old games and all the music tracks are fresh remakes. My favourites are Slateport City, Fortree City, and Littleroot Town. The visuals are fantastic despite the still-present lag in animations where there is a lot of detail, as the game runs much more smoother than X and Y.
Revamped features include a revamped Mauville City that’s essentially this game’s version of Lumiose City, and the ability to fly on your Latias or Latios to travel around Hoenn. I found this feature to be especially useful since Fly is not a move players usually have on their team anymore, and should be implemented in future games as well. The new DexNav now replaces the PokéNav from the classic games, and includes upgrades such as allowing you find rare Pokémon with egg moves and perfect IVs. With a little more patience, this might be your alternative to breeding.
ORAS also brings back the most popular features from XY such as horde battles and Super Training for easy EV training, the PokéAmie mini game, plus the Player Search System which makes multiplayer experience much easier. Competitively, the addition of new megas also changes the current metagame drastically, while the introduction of Primal Kyogre and Groudon will make them mainstays in Uber tiers.
Whether if you’re a competitive or casual player, or even just trying Pokémon for the first time, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will be a great titles. And if you played the original Ruby and Sapphire, you will definitely relive childhood memories. This game has fun aspects for novice players to grasp the game’s basic concepts, and still retains challenging aspects for savvy players like the Battle Maison. All in all, these games are fantastic remakes of the third generation games and will appeal greatly to players looking for the nostalgia factor.