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Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.2
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.7
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.9
Overall User Score (12 votes) 3.9


Critic Reviews

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89
N-Zone (Dec 30, 2005)
In Pokémon XD: Der dunkle Sturm wurden Handlung, Setting und Technik im Vergleich zu Pokémon Colosseum nur unermerklich verändert. doch trotzdem hat mir das neue Rollenspiel sehr gut gefallen. Dies liegt nicht zuletzt an der gewohnt hohen Motivation, möglichst alle Crypto-Pokémon zu fangen, und an den zahlreichen Details, die der GBA nicht hergibt. Wer erneut auf Beute-zug gehen möchte, ist trotz hoher Linearität hervorragend bedient.
80
Diehard GameFan (Oct 13, 2005)
Pokemon Coliseum got an 8.5 from me, XD gets a 8. Why? Because Coliseum was new and original, while XD lacks the originality and Replayability of PokeCol. However, the music and graphics are superior in XD, and although it lacks the Coliseum mode, it does have Bingo and Battle CD’s to make up for it. Really, it comes down to what you as a gamer are looking for. PokeCol is older and thus cheaper, so it might be the game to get if you’re new to Pokemon and want to see why this has been so successful for the past decade, but Pokemon XD does offer you a better RPG mode, along with better sound and graphics. On a leveling playing field to someone who has played neither, I’d give XD the nod, but if you’ve played Pokemon Coliseum at all, you will realize that there is a lot of rehashing in XD, but at least it’s excellently done rehashing.
80
GamerDad (Jan 20, 2006)
The basic play control is easy to get into, but you really need to know your stuff in Pokémon XD. The paper-rock-scissors style of elemental weaknesses and strengths are ever present here as in any Pokémon game, but with the two-on-two battles and tough boss trainers, it's helpful to have some prior knowledge of the Pokémon world. As in Colosseum, you can hook up your Game Boy Advance games with a Link Cable and battle it out in 3-D. If you're a Pokémon expert looking for new ways to raise and battle the famous critters, then XD marks the spot.
77
VicioJuegos.com (Dec 11, 2005)
Pokémon XD nos propone un rol sencillo, de fácil jugabilidad. No es uno de los grandes títulos de rol en GC, pero es entretenido y gustará a los fans.
74
Wer Pokémon Colosseum kennt und in XD einsteigt, wird bei Grafik und Sound öfters mal sagen: “Das... kenn ich doch?“ Mit Recht! Viel von dem, was wir in Der dunkle Sturm aufgetischt bekommen, schmeckt uns schon zum zweiten Mal und wird nun langsam etwas fade. Das merkt man vor allem an den Taschentierchen selbst, die als Modelle langsam mehr als nur retro wirken. Kurzum: Für absolute Fans der Serie und solche, die Colossseum nicht ihr Eigen nennen, kann XD auch in puncto Multiplayer-Duelle einiges bieten. Aber als eigenständiges, individuelles Abenteuer rund um Pika-CHUUUUUI taugt das hier nicht. Vielleicht kommt ja mit der Revolution auch endlich ein Next-Gen-Pokémon mit Vollkontakt, Prachtmodellen und epischer Storyline. Bis dahin sind die GB-Spiele das einzig Wahre!
70
The Next Level (Dec 22, 2005)
When it all comes down to it, this isn't the 3D rendition of the handheld classics we've all been begging Nintendo for over the last decade. Maybe it's because Game Freak is no longer at the helm, but the whole adventure just doesn't exactly feel like a true Pokémon RPG. It's close, darn close, but not quite there yet. But then, it's a heck of a lot closer than anything else Nintendo has released on console before, so that has to mean something. Hopefully, they'll get it right and bring back Game Freak for the next sequel in the classic style we all want. For now though, there's still enough goodness here to warrant catching them all.
70
GotNext (Dec 22, 2005)
When it all comes down to it, this isn't the 3D rendition of the handheld classics we've all been begging Nintendo for over the last decade. Maybe it's because Game Freak is no longer at the helm, but the whole adventure just doesn't exactly feel like a true Pokémon RPG. It's close, darn close, but not quite there yet. But then, it's a heck of a lot closer than anything else Nintendo has released on console before, so that has to mean something. Hopefully, they'll get it right and bring back Game Freak for the next sequel (on Revolution?) in the classic style we all want. For now though, there's still enough goodness here to warrant catching them all.
69
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is een leuk game dat ons terug doet denken aan de hype rond deze wezentjes. Het spel heb je in een twintigtal uurtjes uitgespeeld, wat toch redelijk is voor een dergelijk game. We vrezen alleen dat de Pokémon-fans zich aangesproken voelen. Wijzelf proberen de wezentjes zo snel mogelijk uit ons geheugen te knallen - niet dat het slecht is, maar het blijft Pokémon...
69
GameSpot (Oct 10, 2005)
Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is a fun, though familiar, trip back into the world of collectible creatures. At about 20 hours for the single-player game, it's a fairly lengthy adventure. The shadow Pokémon capture system does feel slightly limiting, but at least the purification process is a bit easier. Still, if you aren't already a Pokémon fan, you won't find much here to make you one.
68
IGN (Oct 06, 2005)
Pokemon Colosseum's release last year was a major event because it was the first example of the Pokemon RPG design on a system outside of the Game Boy platform -- Pokemon console titles have always been strict spinoffs that purposely remained separate from the handheld adventures. But Pokemon Colosseum started bridging a path towards the successful RPG formula, offering that familiar "Gotta Catch 'em All" battle-based gameplay, all the while keeping a safe distance away so as not to step on the Game Boy versions' toes.
65
Kombo.com (Oct 14, 2005)
An overall unimpressive title from people who should know better, Pokémon XD feels like a quickie cash-grab. Fanatical devotees of the series may enjoy it, but consider yourselves warned.
63
Netjak (Mar 01, 2006)
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. Gale of Darkness is clearly for completists who want to have every Pokémon. However, if that’s not your speed, you’re really better off sticking with Pokémon Colosseum. The battle system isn’t quite as sharp, but it has everything else you’d want out of the series.
60
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 22, 2005)
On the whole, Pokémon fans will drop the dough on Gale of Darkness simply because it’s a Pokémon game. And while the conventions of the franchise are present and accounted for, it feels a little too easy to be ranked as a “must have” for fans. Try a rental first.
60
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness is 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.
60
Gamekult (Nov 29, 2005)
Difficile de juger un titre comme Pokémon XD tant celui-ci s'enferme encore un peu plus dans un carcan, celui des jeux destinés aux fans de la série et eux uniquement. Même si des efforts ont été faits pour qu'on se sente moins floué techniquement que sur le Pokémon Colosseum, il demeure néanmoins techniquement simpliste. Scénario pas très accrocheur mais bonus en pagaille et possibilités de débloquer des Pokémons rares pour les versions GBA en font un titre malgré tout à posséder pour les fans. Un peu meilleur que son prédécesseur, mais toujours pas aussi culte et indispensable que ses collègues sur console portable.
60
G4 TV: X-Play (Mar 29, 2006)
Pokémon XD is not much better than Pokémon Colosseum. If you can’t get enough Pokémon or missed Colosseum and are interested in trying it out, Pokémon XD is a great place to start, but those disappointed by the first GameCube outing may want to sit this out. 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.
58
Fragland.net (Apr 11, 2006)
Actually, Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is almost a copy of Pokémon Colosseum. Besides a few little additions everything is the same. If you haven't played Pokémon Colosseum, you'll probably give this game a higher score, because the game really isn't that bad at all. Others will see it as a disappointing deja vu.
58
Long have I been a fan of the Pokémon series. For that same length of time I have wanted a full-featured console version that would bring to life all of the things that I’ve found so compelling in the handheld RPG series – epic adventure, wacky villagers, interesting monsters to train, and an open world to explore. The last GameCube Pokémon game didn’t do it for me, but I had hoped that its sequel, Gale of Darkness, would reverse the flow of poor execution and give me what I really wanted. It doesn’t. In fact, I think it’s worse than its predecessor.
55
The only enjoyment I got from this title was the sadistic pleasure in watching my creatures get slashed, bitten, and immolated. Serves you right! Now you suffer like I have suffered!
55
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 25, 2005)
Malgré la déception engendrée par Pokémon Colosseum, Nintendo se complaît à réitérer les mêmes erreurs en proposant une suite à l'identique. En plus d'afficher une réalisation très pauvre, le jeu ne permet pas de retrouver cette liberté et cette richesse qui faisaient justement la force des versions portables. Il serait temps que les concepteurs s'interrogent sur les attentes réelles des joueurs.
50
GameSpy (Oct 11, 2005)
I really wanted to like Gale of Darkness more than I did. As a huge fan of the portable Pokémon RPGs, I want nothing more than an equivalent game for a home system. 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.
50
Gameplanet (Dec 24, 2005)
A long time coming, and sadly Nintendo did not deliver what could have been the best Pokemon game to date. Why don't they sound like the cartoon? Why are there so little polygons onscreen? Why would I spend $120 on it?
40
Bright Hub (Dec 23, 2008)
Sadly, the search for a good console Pokémon game continues, because Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness doesn't fit the bill. The writing wastes a promising concept with a script that is filled with absolute nonsense and fails to take the material as seriously as it should. The visuals are embarrassingly bad, especially when compared to other entries in the same genre on the same system. The gameplay is riddled with dull fetch quests and lacks the kind of addictive action that helped make the Game Boy Pokémon titles so addictive. The only real bright spot is the decent Versus Mode, but in truth, even that might be obsolete in this day and age of the Wii, the Nintendo DS and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Still, if you have a GBA and are looking for a way to battle using the old Pokémon games, this might actually be worth a look. Everyone else should stay far, far away.
40
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 05, 2005)
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.