Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness GameCube

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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 byPokemon 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Nintendo Power
    85
    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: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  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.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. MichaelP.
    Nov 7, 2005
    10
    Hello sorry to me no power download, yes to know he to add.
  3. Ryenn
    Aug 14, 2006
    10
    Very good game very fun but i would like a gamecube pokemon game to be made that is like the GBA pokemon games.
  4. JackK.
    Apr 19, 2007
    9
    Very fun. A bit repetitive at times, but very fun, and a must-play for Pokemon fans.
  5. Jul 28, 2016
    9
    Gale of Darkness is one of the best spinoffs of pokemon and one of the best gamecube games ever! Gale of Darkness is what pokemon should beGale of Darkness is one of the best spinoffs of pokemon and one of the best gamecube games ever! Gale of Darkness is what pokemon should be not Pokemon Go DIE. Expand
  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 andXD 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. Expand
  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 wouldAbsolutely 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? Collapse

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#7 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
#2 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2005