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  • Summary: Pokemon XD is a sequel to the role-playing game Pokémon Coliseum. You'll play as Michael, a Pokémon trainer who is trying to thwart the evil Cipher. Cipher plans to control the world by using the powerful, but unpredictable, shadow Pokémon. Now you must fight back by collecting your own shadow Pokémon and beating Cipher's goons in battle. Pokémon XD also lets you import Pokémon from Game Boy Advance Pokémon games and participate in head-to-head battles with other players. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. With the phenomenal graphics and custom rule sets, XD provides a perfect environment for battling friends. [Nov 2005, p.102]
  2. Gale of Darkness is one of those games that will use its claws to grab you by the gonads until you complete it.
  3. 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.
  4. 65
    An overall unimpressive title from people who should know better, Pokémon XD feels like a quickie cash-grab.
  5. Saccharine, ultra kid-friendly situations and plot lines.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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. Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2014
    10
    Most underrated game ever. Critics don't appreciate this game enough, and it needs love. While not the best Gamecube game, it should be an essential addition. Memorable characters, a plot that has more depth than most Pokemon games, and challenging. Plus, who doesn't love the fact that an Eevee is your starter? Expand
  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 Expand
  4. Sep 10, 2011
    8
    this a improvement over Pokemon Colosseum in the graphic department, gameplay, music department, and plot department. And having a black Lugia as one of the villains was one badass idea to think of. Expand
  5. 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
  6. Jul 1, 2013
    8
    XD is a great game. It does things that a sequel to a game should do; improves mechanics, beefs up the soundtrack, adds some new variety and looks much better. The only real gripe I have is that it's much easier than Colosseum. Not to mention the fact that you still don't have too much variety in the Pokemon you can catch. But needless to say, XD is one of the Gamecube's finest titles and shouldn't be treated like the black sheep of the Pokemon family. Collapse
  7. Jul 7, 2014
    2
    Absolutely terrible. I expected it to be a 3D game like Pokemon X and Y, but it just turns out that you can't even catch Pokemon you would like without a handheld game. It sucks! Where's my Charizard? Expand

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