Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. 68
    Pokemon XD has merit on its own for players who may not have experienced the first GameCube design, but as a sequel this one doesn't have nearly the same "oomph" as the original.
  2. Gale of Darkness retains the basic monster-battling formula as its predecessor, but with a longer single-player game and a few minor gameplay tweaks to address some common complaints about the previous game. As a result, the only people who will really appreciate this game are those who are already familiar with the series.
  3. The GameCube only serves to illustrate how basic the gameplay really is. It just doesn't translate well onto a more powerful system. Much of the problem is that the developers don't know what else to do with all the left over processing power.
  4. I think it's worse than its predecessor. [Nov 2005, p.163]
  5. 50
    XD is a decent enough effort, and it's certainly not a bad game, but considering how well crafted the handheld RPGs are, the unrealized potential and missed opportunities of XD become all the more apparent.
  6. As far as Nintendo seems to be concerned, at least until the first DS outing, Pokémon begins and ends with the Game Boy. Pokémon XD is tedious and restrictive. The message is clear: if you want Pokémon, crack open a GBA.
  7. 50
    Maybe it would be more exciting if there was some actual challenge involved, but most of the battles amount to a rock, paper, scissors competition where your opponent is limited to 'rock' for their arsenal.
  8. 70
    And the staggering amount of collectible Pokémon and items will preoccupy you for weeks, if not months.
  9. 60
    The game is addictive, fun, and quite lengthy, but these half-fledged console outings are wearing thin, if only because the franchise has the potential to be something great.
  10. Older gamers may find Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness simply lacks the challenge that they're used to in an RPG, meaning that this is a title best left for those youngsters that were toddlers (or not even born yet) when the series first made its mark on Japanese shores.
  11. You'll have to complete a few too many fetch quests, and listening to the in-game tunes is about as pleasant as Sandshrew's nails on a chalkboard. Even so, if you haven't spent quality time with Pikachu for a while, Gale is a good series re-entry point.
  12. Saccharine, ultra kid-friendly situations and plot lines.
  13. With the phenomenal graphics and custom rule sets, XD provides a perfect environment for battling friends. [Nov 2005, p.102]
  14. Goes back to basics and melts your heart as easily as before. If only there were some depth and new ideas, Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness would be a true gem. [Nov 2005]
  15. 60
    A competent RPG that has some remote appeal but it doesn't take enough of the things that made the Game Boy versions so enjoyable.
  16. With the franchise failing to replicated its handheld success on the console, XD is hampered by linear gameplay and limited options.
  17. Very much a by-numbers title that regurgitates most of the gameplay (and indeed, Pokemon) from previous instalments in the long-running franchise.
  18. Fails to stand up to typical console RPGs in terms of story telling and game mechanics. It simply does not offer the complexity that console gamers would expect and hope for in an RPG title.
  19. I can only hope that with advent of Revolution, as well as the DS solidifying itself as a innovative portable machine, that future releases of this fan favourite will finally advance beyond its staple gameplay and provide those who want to hunt Pokémon with a new style of play along with all new looks.
  20. Catching new 'recruits' is as addictive as ever, and the range of missions is impressive - whether retrieving stolen Pokemon or saving friends from the extra dimension, XD always feels fresh and exciting. This is the Game Boy classic fully reborn as a top Gamecube RPG. [GamesMaster]
  21. 65
    An overall unimpressive title from people who should know better, Pokémon XD feels like a quickie cash-grab.
  22. 63
    While Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness certainly has an improved tweaking of the battle system from the previous game, the story is insufferable and there's very little in the game beyond Lugia to justify picking it up over any other Pokémon title – and pretty much every Pokémon fan had that information in hand well before the game itself came out, really rendering this review pointless.
  23. This title does have a weaker story when compared to the other Pokémon RPGs, which only helps to expose the fighting engine for what it is: a monotonous series of button presses resulting in a win and a quick trip to the Pokécenter to get your Pokémon ready for the next fight.
  24. The presentation disappoints. It seems bafflingly incongruous that fans have to endure the same simple and repetitive animations and sound effects from the handheld versions when playing on the technically superior GameCube.
  25. If the graphics were reverted to the Game Boy look, people wouldn't notice the difference.
  26. Whether it's the glaring lack of cinematics (the story is told mainly with endless screens of type to read) or the lack of exploration -- the adventure babies gamers, basically leading them by the hand from one area to the next -- "Gale of Darkness" is a low point for the Pokemon series, a sequel that doesn't offer updates or improvement.
  27. Gale of Darkness is one of those games that will use its claws to grab you by the gonads until you complete it.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Oct 17, 2012
    10
    Outstanding. This sequel fixed all of the problems Colosseum had while keeping the fun elements of Pokémon that we all know and love. Sure, you can't catch any Pokémon you want, but I honestly like the Shadow Pokémon system. For those who don't know, the plot revolves around and evil organization called Cipher returning from the events of the first console game and using Shadow Pokémon to accomplish their goals. Shadow Pokémon are simply Pokémon whose hearts have been sealed off allowing them to become more powerful than they were before(but with a few usage drawbacks). It's the job of the silent protagonist, Michael, to capture and purify all of the Shadow Pokémon he can and destroy the revived Cipher organization. I do believe this game is worth giving a shot: Pokémon XD, it's a different Pokémon adventure, but a damn fun one. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2011
    8
    ultra lengthy and visually nice but the lack of exploration hurts and the story is too simple.......still i have 120 hours so it must be good...jaja
  3. Jan 4, 2011
    9
    the best Pokemon game I've played, the graphics are great as is the sound, the story is really good it has some really memorable characters, and it's a challenge, add has some good Game boy hook up multiplayer, this is by far an amazing game HIGHLY recommended to any Pokemon fan Full Review »