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Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is the sequel to Pokémon Colosseum for Gamecube which takes you back to the Orre region to hunt shadow Pokémon and defeat the evil crime syndicate called Cipher. Although its got some improvements from Colosseum, its still far from perfect for a 3D RPG Pokémon game.
In terms of the storyline, events are pretty basic and predictable. You run around trying to spot the bad guys with Shadow Pokémon who are harassing people in Orre and defeat them while trying to capture their Shadow monsters. Shadow Pokémon come with special shadow attacks which are super effective against all types of monsters.
One objective is to collect all the Shadow monsters and this game has over 80, much more than Colosseum. You can also purify them to level them up and trade them to your GBA games.
Trying to capture the Shadow monsters is very annoying. You need to be cautious not to KO them but at the same time you need to watch out because they always deal super effective hits so your team is being destroyed as you desperately attempt to capture it.
One good new feature is that you can now save ANYWHERE as opposed to just specific save points like in Colosseum.
Another benefit is that you can capture the 3 legendary bird Pokémon - Moltes, Articuno, and Zapdos along with Lugia, the biggest and baddest of all the shadow Pokémon in the game.
All battles are in the 2 on 2 mode so you have to be careful because some moves are weaker in double battles and some moves can also damage your ally. There are no gym leaders or Elite 4 or anything like that in this game. Its a land barren of Pokémon for the most part except for the evil Shadow monsters created by Cipher to do evil and terrify people.
The game also introduces some mini-games which aren't that great. You're already going to battle thousands of opponents, but you can collect these special battle discs with scenarios where you need to do a specific thing to win and you earn a special item. Another game is like tic tac toe with Pokemon based on elements,types & weaknesses. After completing Mt. Battle which is like a 3 hour ordeal you can get Cyndaquil, Totodile and Chikorita with special moves for their element - Blast Burn, Hydro Cannon, and Frenzy Plant.
The game can get very tiring. Its longer that Colosseum but not in a good way. The only good thing I see is that you can collect special limited edition Pokémon. In Colosseum, shadow monsters were just ordinary monsters with shadow powers and their hearts sealed in darkness. In XD, when you purify them, they learn special moves that they can't learn normally in any game - like a Marowak with Sing or a Moltres with Extrasensory. Those moves can't be bred either, they're unique only to monsters captured in XD. Another thing about XD is that you're allowed to capture a few wild monsters. You leave out bait in designated spots and check in from time to time to see what showed up.. but its usually things like Aron, Sandshrew, Gligar, Trapinch, Hoppip, Zubat, Surskit and Wooper.
Overall I'd recommend you just avoid this game and play the handheld ones - they're much better in every aspect.
Pokemon XD Gales of Darkness is a role playing game for the Gamecube developed by Nintendo.
The story stars a new hero called Michael (Wes from the previous titles is gone) and you are a Pokemon trainer. Soon after your friend Professor Crane gets kidnapped due to his research with the Shadow Pokemon. You soon find out that the evil Cipher criminal organisation is once again behind this and they are still creating new Shadow Pokemon so your goal is to stop them as well as rescue the professor. The storyline is a little more basic than what was seen in Pokemon Colloseum but it is still a very different aim from the Gameboy titles so fans of Pokemon will relish it.
The gameplay is very similar to the previous title and the game even uses the setting of Orre so expect to visit many familiar towns and colosseums on your adventure. You do start with a cool Eevee Pokemon which is able to evolve into a number of different forms so you can have a unique Pokemon for multiple plays of the game.The battle system is once again a double battle so you can team up a pair of your Pokemon and use moves that play off the strengths of each to defeat your opponents. Each Pokemon can do up to four moves and you can use items, switch your Pokemon and call your Pokemons name to wake it or snap it from confusion.
Shadow Pokemon also make a re appearance and you have a device called the Aura Reader which allows you to see them and a Snag Machine which lets you catch them. The game adds some wild Pokemon for you to catch though the way you do this is very different from the Gameboy titles, you lay down a treat and then wait to be notified that a wild Pokemon is in this area and you can then return to catch it, the selection of wild Pokemon is very small when compared with a Gameboy title sadly.
Shadow Pokemon still need to be purified though the way you do this is much easier, you have a purification chamber which allows you to place your Shadow Pokemon in and with the help of your Pokemon friends they will purify themselves automatically which is a really nice feature as before you would have to battle with each Shadow Pokemon until it was purified.
The game also includes multiplayer support and you can bring your Pokemon team in from Ruby, Sapphire, Fire Red and Leaf green versions of the game to battle it out on the big screen in 3D.
Graphics have seen a small upgrade from Colosseum with the Pokemon looking slightly sharper, there are some catchy tunes to listen to as well.
Pokemon XD is a good role playing game though it is very similar to Pokemon Colosseum it improves on it in a number of ways.
for the price i payed for this game this was a very bad investment. Not alot of difference from Colleseum apart from the chance to capture a black lugia which in my opinion doesnt justify a price of £38. The game is not well paced , the graphics are very good but this doesnt make the whole in my wallet disapear. I think there are alot of people who would enjoy this game very very much but its veryhit and miss with the purification of pokemon it gets a bit annoying. Although the storyline is put a bit better than colleseum i failed to see much difference apart from the being able to catch wild pokemon and the rare appearance of muchlax a 4th gen pokemon which makes a cameo as well Bonsly. I feel it is unfair to say thisgame is bad because their are alot of aspects of the game that many people would enjoy but for me it lacked alot. This is targetted at youngsters but will fail with the nostalgic teenagers
This games brought the world of colosseum, into a whole new light. The graphics are far superior than those of the stadium games, and also come with a miriad of fabulous new creatures for you to capture / snag and purify.
Your enemy is a team of bandits, looking to use pokemon for their own evil deeds. They do this by poisoning the hearts of wild pokemon, and its up to you as the chosen trainer, to defeat this enemy of pokemon.
Their are many features in this game such as collosseums for you to defeat, a similar battling mechanism to that used in the handheld games is what makes this game so great though.
This game has alot of unlockables, including the chance to obtain all 3 johto starters, these are quite sought after as the only other way to obtain all 3 is to restart emerald 3 times, and not everyone can do this.
This game is a must have if your intent is to complete the pokedex.
Return to Orre for a new role-playing game in an expansive setting with a sinister plot and characters the likes of which have never been met before. With Eevee as your companion, you'll seek to unravel the mystery of Shadow Lugia. The fate and welfare of PokÚmon lies in your ability to Snag and Purify them before it's too late!