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Alpha Sapphire worth revisiting

Dec 5, 2014

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Pokémon Alpha SapphireLike a Charmander evolving into Charmeleon, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire has been morphed into the new generation of Pokemon games using the 3D model engine coupled with the technology of the Nintendo 3DS. It may be an enhanced remake of the 2002 release but Alpha Sapphire is filled with so many additions it is an entirely new gameplay experience.

As in the original, you are a budding Pokemon trainer living in the shadow of your father, a famous Gym Leader. You begin forging your own path to greatness upon moving to the Hoenn Region. Once there, you expose a plot by the detestable Team Aqua to use the power of a legendary Pokemon to alter and rule the world.

Pokémon Alpha SapphireAfter foiling Team Aqua's plans, catching Pokemon to your heart's desire, collecting those precious Gym Badges and defeating the Elite Four, there is a new quest in Alpha Sapphire which involves stopping a wayward meteor. This quest features Pokemon favourites, the legendary Rayquaza and Deoxys.

This new mission though is just the tip of the Regice when it comes to the array of additions found in Alpha Sapphire. The original story has been modified slightly, day and night cycles have been added, there are Mega-Evolved Pokemon, StreetPass capabilities are included, hidden Pokemon can be located in the wild using the DexNav, the PokeNav has become PokeNav Plus and the list goes on and on.

Pokémon Alpha SapphireThe only flaw I can see in the move to Alpha is some of the graphics, such as the region map and some of the cut-scenes, look a bit pale and pixelated around the edges but other than that the transition and the improvements are outstanding.

For those who haven't played Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, the Alpha editions are certainly on par with any of the modern Pokemon titles. For those who have, the additions are well worth visiting the Hoenn Region and all of its mystery and intrigue once again.

Pokémon Alpha Sapphire Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Developer: Game Freak
ESRB Rating: E for Everyone

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Rating: 8 / 10

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