What Critics Are Saying About Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

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Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launches on November 21, but critics are stating their opinions about the titles. Thus far, reviewers are pleased with the Generation III remakes.

Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have a collective score of 85 on Metacritic.

Joystiq gave the title 4 and half out of 5 stars, calling the generation of remakes "a real gem." They stated that the games don't reinvent the series, but are welcomed additions for those looking for a solid adventure in the Pokemon universe.

"If you can't stand the cutesy vibe or slow, turn-based gameplay of Pokemon," Joystiq states, "Pokemon ORAS are not the games that will convert you.

They're not a revolution for the series, but are instead an evolution and refinement of concepts that have been fan-favorites since the 1990s.

This is a larger, more detailed world than the series has ever seen, and thanks to a swath of subtle improvements, exploring the Hoenn Region is more satisfying and rewarding than it's ever been."

EGM gave the remakes a score of 8.5 out of 10--stating that the changes made in X and Y give Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire a feeling of freshness not seen in past remakes.

"Not all the new features were as impressive as they were hyped to be," EGM states, "and not everything that should've come over from X/Y did in the end, but despite this, Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire are more than worthy of the Pokemon name, and they work as either new adventures for newcomers to the series or fun strolls down memory lane for lifelong trainers."

Gamespot echoed the Joystiq and EGM's opinion, giving the title a score of 8 out of 10.

They state that Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are the same as past installments of the franchise, and that people who don't like the series are unlikely to enjoy them.

But they also state that the core concept remains "engaging and rewarding."

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are due to launch later this week. For more about the titles, visit Pokemon's official website here.