Reviews and Problems with Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
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Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness
2 April 2007
Conclusion: Overall, Pokemon XD Gale of Darkness is a nice improvement on Pokemon Colosseum, but in the end does not deliver the Pokemon RPG greatness that everyone loves. They just need to completely forget about shadow pokemon and go to the normal RPG style we have on the GBA titles. XD is also a very short experience that is not interesting enough to play again.
Excerpt: Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness is the latest creature-collecting role-playing game in the series, and only the second real Pokémon game to appear on the GameCube. That's somewhat surprising, since the series doesn't change much from one installment to the next. Gale of Darkness retains the basic monster-battling formula as its predecessor, but with a longer single-player game and a few minor gameplay tweaks to address some common complaints about the previous game.
Pros: Lengthy single-player story, Purification chamber makes purifying shadow Pokémon much easier
Cons: The fact that you can only catch shadow Pokémon feels limiting, Later in the game, battles can wear on for too long, Not much has changed since the previous game
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Conclusion: Pro Rally has its share of ups and downs, but overall, it’s worth checking out. GameCube owners don’t have a lot to choose from the rally racing department, but even if they did, they’d still want to check out Ubi Soft’s latest release, if only to see how much depth it has. Diehard rally racing fans will want to add this to their gaming collection, and casual gamers should at least give it a rental, borrow it from a friend or play it at the store.