Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have been out for a little while now, and pretty much everyone seemed excited for it and loved it. However, there’s always a stubborn few that aren’t keen to buy into remakes of games that they once loved. Considering how many people loved the original Ruby and Sapphire, there was no doubt people would be skeptical of a remake of such a legendary game. Have no fear, though, for I am going to do my best to get you pumped to pick it up and have a look for yourself, so here are five reasons to check out Pokemon ORAS.
1. The Soundtrack
Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire had an excellent, memorable soundtrack that’s bound to have a place in every fan’s heart. The theme song for the Elite Four, the Team Magma and Aqua Leaders, the Champion, Steven, are all excellent songs that used to get us pumped to duke it out with the bosses! Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire do excellent justice to the original soundtrack, giving every song a fresh feel that’s bound to bring anyone right back to how they felt the very first time they went face-to-face with any major trainer in the original game. If you’re eager to know, check out some of the tracks on Youtube, they’re excellent homework fuel, for sure.
2. The Cutscenes
The Pokemon games have always been a little campy for the most part, though every game always has some pretty epic events, usually dealing with the legendaries. The original games of course had showdowns with Groudon, Kyogre, Rayquaza, not to mention the Regi trio, and with the GBA’s limited capability, a lot was left up to the imagination of the player. Now with the power of the 3DS, those cutscenes are brought to life with beautiful scenery, sounds, everything. The final showdowns with Groudon and Kyogre are sure the bring goosebumps to any long-time fan.
3. More Mega Evolutions and Primal Reversions
Mega Evolution was a great addition to Pokemon X and Y, and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have added more to the collection of Mega Evolutions and also Primal Reversion for Kyogre and Groudon. Seeing the three Hoenn starters get their rightful mega evolutions is awesome, the designs are all stellar and don’t feel forced or thrown in just to give the game more attention. The story has been changed around a little to add in extra story about mega evolution and the reason why Groudon and Kyogre have primal forms and what role they’ve played in the history of Hoenn (and the world of Pokemon in general).
4. Delta Episode
Did you feel like there just wasn’t enough the do after your beat the Elite Four in X and Y? Nintendo has addressed concerns about there not being enough post-game content in X and Y by adding extra story after the main game in Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. The Delta Episode focuses on Rayquaza’s role in the story of Kyogre vs. Groudon and how he’s basically the great equalizer, and sets things right when the two go to war with each other. However, now a much greater threat is coming, a meteor is headed straight for the planet and only Rayquaza can stop it, and it’s up to you to help summon him and save the planet. It’s a pretty awesome addition to the story and helps keep gameplay going even after the Elite Four has been crushed by your mighty team of Pokemon.
5. Legendaries, Legendaries, Legendaries
This game has some good post-game content, story-wise, and after that, it might seem like “alright, well now I guess I’ll just train my Pokemon, right?” Wrong, this game has so many legendaries, it’ll make your head spin, and it’s actually pretty cool! Using the Eon Flute, you can soar into the skies using either Latios or Latias and fly around the continent in third-person view. While you’re soaring, you’ll find mysterious Mirage Spots, which mostly contain two or three Pokemon not normally found in Hoenn, but a select few are home to Legendaries. Legendaries from just about every generation except six, and not counting the really rare ones like Mew, Celebi, etc. It’s an awesome way to fill out some big spots in your Pokedex without having to trade for all of them or go back and play every game for them.
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