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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: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  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. May 17, 2018
    10
    DOUBLE BATTLES FOR DAYS AND SHADO LUGIA? COUNT ME IN! really though, I've loved this game since I was a kid and will still continue to love itDOUBLE BATTLES FOR DAYS AND SHADO LUGIA? COUNT ME IN! really though, I've loved this game since I was a kid and will still continue to love it for the rest of my life. Would love to see a Switch sequel or port. Expand
  3. 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 anMost 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
  4. Feb 4, 2020
    9
    This is a great game that puts a unique spin on the Pokemon franchise. The graphics and animation hold up very well to this day and SnaggingThis is a great game that puts a unique spin on the Pokemon franchise. The graphics and animation hold up very well to this day and Snagging Shadow Pokemon is fun and exciting. It has very interesting locations, though I wish they were bigger with more room for exploration. Overall, a fantastic game that any Pokemon fan should check out. Expand
  5. Aug 1, 2019
    9
    I've had this game for a LONG time and after re-playing it, I'd say it held up really well. The visuals are great, the story is good and it'sI've had this game for a LONG time and after re-playing it, I'd say it held up really well. The visuals are great, the story is good and it's overall a lot better than it's predecessor, Pokemon Colosseum. I'd definitely recommend you buy it. Expand
  6. 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
  7. May 27, 2022
    0
    XD is the sequel to Colosseum and almost the same game in fashion. While they do make the Shadow Pokemon far more useful and easy to purify,XD is the sequel to Colosseum and almost the same game in fashion. While they do make the Shadow Pokemon far more useful and easy to purify, they took out even more of the battling cups compared to Colosseum, you are still forced into double battles almost the entire time, and still has the same stench of laziness of using the Game Boy Cries over the realistic cries of Stadium and Stadium 2. Overall it is lacking even compared to Colosseum, with the only thing fantastic being the soundtrack. Expand

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