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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.9
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.9
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 are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.0
Overall User Score (15 votes) 4.0

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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.
NGC Magazine (Oct, 2005)
After trying their hand at Colosseum, it seems that Genius Sonority, a relatively new company, have discovered the two strands that make a great GameCube Pokémon game - the role-playing adventure and the Game Boy interaction. Here's hoping that the next game will bring XD's better half together with Colosseum and Stadium's focus on linked play, and make the recipe even tastier. But as it stands, XD is a straight Pokémon RPG. Done very well. On the GameCube. And that has to be worth celebrating.
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.
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.
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.
Oldies Rising (Dec 31, 2013)
Pok√©mon XD n'est donc pas un mauvais jeu. Tout comme Colosseum, il tente d'apporter une certaine fra√ģcheur √† la licence et de corriger les d√©fauts de son grand-fr√®re. On aurait n√©anmoins aim√© une r√©alisation plus pouss√©e et des combats moins statiques. L'aventure reste tr√®s sympathique √† faire et change de l'√©ternel chasse aux badges qui peut lasser certains Pok√©philes de la premi√®re heure. Pok√©mon XD est avant tout fait pour eux et propose un contenu solide jouissant de la communication entre la Gamecube et la Game Boy Advance pour offrir aux joueurs une exp√©rience de jeu compl√®te et in√©dite.
Wer Pok√©mon Colosseum kennt und in XD einsteigt, wird bei Grafik und Sound √∂fters mal sagen: ‚ÄúDas... kenn ich doch?‚Äú 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: F√ľr absolute Fans der Serie und solche, die Colossseum nicht ihr Eigen nennen, kann XD auch in puncto Multiplayer-Duelle einiges bieten. Aber als eigenst√§ndiges, individuelles Abenteuer rund um Pika-CHUUUUUI taugt das hier nicht. Vielleicht kommt ja mit der Revolution auch endlich ein Next-Gen-Pok√©mon mit Vollkontakt, Prachtmodellen und epischer Storyline. Bis dahin sind die GB-Spiele das einzig Wahre!
The Next Level (USA) (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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Netjak (Mar 01, 2006)
While Pok√©mon XD: Gale of Darkness certainly has an improved tweaking of the battle system from the previous game, the story is insufferable and there‚Äôs very little in the game beyond Lugia to justify picking it up over any other Pok√©mon title ‚Äď and pretty much every Pok√©mon 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 Pok√©mon. However, if that‚Äôs not your speed, you‚Äôre really better off sticking with Pok√©mon Colosseum. The battle system isn‚Äôt quite as sharp, but it has everything else you‚Äôd want out of the series.
Armchair Empire, The (Nov 22, 2005)
On the whole, Pok√©mon fans will drop the dough on Gale of Darkness simply because it‚Äôs a Pok√©mon game. And while the conventions of the franchise are present and accounted for, it feels a little too easy to be ranked as a ‚Äúmust have‚ÄĚ for fans. Try a rental first.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Long have I been a fan of the Pok√©mon 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‚Äôve found so compelling in the handheld RPG series ‚Äď epic adventure, wacky villagers, interesting monsters to train, and an open world to explore. The last GameCube Pok√©mon game didn‚Äôt 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‚Äôt. In fact, I think it‚Äôs worse than its predecessor.
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!
Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 25, 2005)
Malgr√© la d√©ception engendr√©e par Pok√©mon Colosseum, Nintendo se compla√ģt √† r√©it√©rer les m√™mes erreurs en proposant une suite √† l'identique. En plus d'afficher une r√©alisation tr√®s pauvre, le jeu ne permet pas de retrouver cette libert√© et cette richesse qui faisaient justement la force des versions portables. Il serait temps que les concepteurs s'interrogent sur les attentes r√©elles des joueurs.
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.
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?
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.
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.

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