4 Things I Learned and 1 Thing I Didn’t Learn from Playing the Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Demo
Last week, I was lucky enough to receive in my email a serial code to download the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Special Demo. This was an unprecedented move on the part of Nintendo and Game Freak, as Pokémon is not known for releasing demos for their games. After spending some time with the demo, there are a few things that I have discovered (and one that, for the life of me, I just can’t figure out).
- Space is going to come into play in a big way
The Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (ORAS) demo places you in the middle of Mossdeep City, an island community well-known to long-time Pokéfans. As with most games that receive a remake, the land of Hoenn was not simply brought into the third dimension and then left alone; it has received some upgrades since its Gameboy Advance days. Mossdeep is now a city on the brink of scientific advancement, complete with a legitimate space shuttle launch pad.
Now, as many fans will remember, two of the Legendary Pokémon from the third generation have more than a little to do with space: Jirachi and Deoxys. Jirachi, the Wish Pokémon, is shaped like a star, grants wishes, and in the animé, would only awaken from sleep during the presence of a comet that showed up every thousand years. Deoxys, the DNA Pokémon, is literally an alien virus that came from space and became a Pokémon. The Pokémon games always set up big events surrounding their Legendary monsters, and this demo seems to imply that ORAS will have some events involving the final frontier.
- Mega Blaziken really outclasses Mega Sceptile and Mega Swampert
Since the beginning of (Pokémon) time, one question has always hung heavily on the minds of trainers everywhere: which starter do I pick? The third generation was no different. Players had the option of choosing Treeko, Torchic, or Mudkip, eventually becoming the speedy Sceptile, the mixed sweeper Blaziken, or the bulky Swampert. While Sceptile was considered to be the weakest link, any of the three were perfectly viable options. That is, until X and Y, when only Blaziken received a Mega Evolution. Not only did the kickin’ chicken receive a Mega Evolution, he received one of (if not the) best Mega Evolution in the game, turning the Fire-type starter from Gen 3 into one of the best non-Legendary Pokémon in history.
This was almost entirely attributed to his phenomenal ability: Speed Boost. Considered by many to be one of the greatest offensive ability in the game, Blaziken’s boosted stats, great type coverage and shiny new ability made him an unbelievable powerhouse. So, when it was announced that the other two starters from Gen 3 would be receiving Megas as well, fans wondered how they would be able to make them compete with the Blaze Pokémon. Well, long story short, they can’t. Don’t get me wrong, both Sceptile and Swampert received some badass Mega Evolutions (I mean, come on, Mega Swampert looks like he’s balls deep in a steroid cycle and Mega Sceptile’s tail becomes a god damn missile; they’re both cool as hell), and both of them received some much needed stat boosts, but in regards to abilities… They both got severely outclassed by their fiery peer. Mega Swampert gets Swift Swim, which, while not a bad ability, is one that requires setting up, and is entirely useless without said setting up. Mega Sceptile gets Lightning Rod. …Seriously? Lightning Rod? Someone at Game Freak clearly had a little spite for the Forest Pokémon (though giving him an additional Dragon-Type kind of makes up for it).
- Steven Stone is apparently really attractive
Throughout the demo, multiple characters refer to how hot Steven Stone apparently is. Some random grunts reference how attractive he is, and Team Magma’s Admin Tabitha refers to him as a “silver-haired pretty boy.” When you just kicked a criminal’s ass who is threatening the safety of the planet itself and they still bring up how hot you are, you are really god damn good-looking.
- I CAN’T WAIT TO PLAY IT
OH MY GOD ORAS IS GONNA BE SO GOOD I MEAN HAVE YOU SEEN MEGA RAYQUAZA
HOLY SHIT YOU CAN MANUALLY FLY AROUND ON LATIOS AND LATIAS
NEW MEGA EVOLUTIONS
NOSTALGIA FROM MY CHILDHOOD
HOW MUCH LONGER UNTIL NOVEMBER 21ST OH MY GOD COME ON
Those were four things I learned playing the ORAS demo. Now here’s one thing I didn’t learn…
- What in the hell is Tabitha?
Is… is it a guy? Is it a woman? Is it legitimately an English-speaking Makuhita? I mean, he was a man in the original games (despite being named “Tabitha”), but now…
What the hell is that? That may be one of the biggest mysteries that unfolds in the games’ story.