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GF Rating
7.9

1920 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Shadow Lugia, I choose you!

posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Aug 10, 2007

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Member since Mar 2006

22 out of 25 gamers (88%) found this review helpful

Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness is a Pokemon game for the Gamecube. This is not the first time they've made such a game for the system, but there are some aspects of this game that may entice gamers to pick up the old Pokeball again. XD has some game mechanics that fans of the older games will not be used to. You see, the world of XD is infested with Shadow Pokemon, which you can think of as Pokemon that have fallen to the dark side. Now, it's your mission to capture these fallen Pokemon and return them to the light side of the force (mixed up my sci-fi there, but similarities abound). You use other healthy Pokemon and use of shadow Pokemon to help these wayward creatures open their heart and return to normal. However, the group Cypher is trying hard to create a bunch of these little critters. Now, unlike many Pokemon games, the majority of the Pokemon you catch here are shadow Pokemon you catch during trainer battles. The only others you're allowed to catch are some wild Pokemon you'll find at designated Pokesites which you catch by leaving Pokefood you buy at the Pokemart. All of this gets so boring you might go out of your Pokemind, but it's something to do if you so Pokechoose. There's also bingo, coliseum battles, virtual battles and 82 Pokemon to purify, which will take you pretty long (over 20 hours) to complete along with the main story. All of this might get a bit tedious as you jump into battles, watch the Pokemon come out of their balls and read experience disbursement over and over again. However, Gale of Darkness made me remember why I played Pokemon in the first place: it's a clever, simplified adventure game with shades of RPG goodness. I was disappointed that free-roaming is virtually non-existent, but this is a decent reminder or introduction to the Pokemon series.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

How great this game{POKe'MON Gale of Darkness} is!

posted by Mariobro (CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH) Oct 17, 2006

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Member since Apr 2006

17 out of 21 gamers (81%) found this review helpful

This game is so good I give it a 10+++!!! This game has good grafics and the POKe'MON look kinda real if they were real! If you are a real pokemon fan. You would agree with me. This advanture game would last for ever!You can love your pokemon as long as you want and make them stronger as you play! This is to all you pokemon fans out there {Well the ones with the gamecubes amyways} You must get this game,long live the pokemon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. This is not Mario bro!

P.S.S This is Mario bro and I am letting my freind{Poke' Frake} write a reviwe!

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

8 years and still running strong

posted by GameflyGuy (OLATHE, KS) Sep 17, 2006

Member since Jun 2005

16 out of 20 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

Pokemon has been around since 98 and has had some great games. This game is no exception, taking place after colliseum left off this game brings in some new challenges. New mini-games such as battle bingo and battle SIMs. This game also is a lot longer with the sidequests. This game will have pokefans and RPG lovers rejoice. If you dont know what pokegame to buy, get this one.

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