Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness GameCube

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 63
  2. Negative: 5 out of 63
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  1. Jul 11, 2011
    To start with, is great if you're younger , believe me, i was and now that I'm bigger it isn't. Interesting to get all the left Pokemon that are necessary to complete the Pokedex, too unmemorable and get very boring when you keep progressing.
  2. ChrisR.
    May 26, 2006
    "It's an okay game good graphics but gameplay is a little off their bullseye."
  3. Dec 30, 2014
    Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is probably the best console Pokémon game that has a lot of fun and a lot of flaws. It has great environments, fun gameplay, and a gripping story. However, the game gets repetitive after a while and I would have liked a little bit more freedom on the exploration aspect. However, this is still a good game and worth your time.

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#7 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. AceGamez
    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.
  2. With the franchise failing to replicated its handheld success on the console, XD is hampered by linear gameplay and limited options.
  3. 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.