Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pokemon Omega Ruby Review

I grabbed Pokemon Omega Ruby before heading out on my last trip and finally got around to beating it the other day.

Every once in a great while I get the craving for a Pokemon game and this one did the job just fine.  It has Pokemon, gym leaders, a story, the Pokemon League, and everything that comes with a Pokemon game.  It was fun to play through fairly quickly.

The thing that I noticed most of all is how much extra stuff they've added to Pokemon games over the years.  I can see how it would be nice if you're going to devote hundreds of hours to Pokemon to have all these side activities, but I'm just in it to play through the game once and then move on.  When I was really into Pokemon as a kid it was with the original two generations of the game.  They were just about Pokemon, leveling up, and beating the game.  I guess that's still all I want.

These modern incarnations of Pokemon have so many side activities it's almost overwhelming.  News feed, special powers interacting online, mystery trades with strangers, Pokemon beauty contests, Pokemon training, Pokemon virtual pets, Pokemon Finder, Pokemon everything.  I barely touched any of it.  But I bet if I was a kid and this was one of the few new games I got each year I would really get my money's worth out of it.

I basically went critical path through the main story.  I really had fun with it that way.  I had a great little Pokemon adventure and now I'm done.  Total play time was around 12 hours.

I think I'm all set for Pokemon games for awhile.  I'll keep my eye on the next one that comes out, but if my personal history is any indication I'll probably wait a few more generations before I play another one.  Except for Pokemon Go.  That mobile game looks awesome.


  1. Unless they NX brings some major shakeups to the formula, I am sufficiently burnt out on Pokemon for another generation or two.

    1. Yep, I can only play them every couple generations.