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on 28 April 2006
Pokemon XD is an even better sequel to an already great game...

...Although I do use the term "sequel" loosely, it borrows character models and most of its locations from its predecessor, which the games developers have taken a bit of a kicking for by the press.

But does the familiarity bring contempt? In my opinion, the answer is no.

The fact that you're familiar with the environments means you know where the essentials -such as pokemon healing machines and PC's- are located.

By way of "catchable content" I'd say this game was weaker as a package than collosseum, it has 83 shadow pokemon to catch and also some wild ones, but ALOT of the catchables are B-class and relatively easy to aquire in the portable versions of the series.

The main attractions here then, are Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos & Moltres. And for me personally, Dragonite (its earlier forms take decades to evolve), but some people will wonder why the hell they'd be interested in Articuno/Zapdos/Moltres as they're readily available in FireRed and LeafGreen. I would also like to add that the rarest safari zone pokemon are all here for catching and relatively easy to get. Chansey, Kangaskhan, Scyther, Pinsir and Tauros are all here, which is a great help for me as I've never managed to get a Chansey or Tauros on any other pokemon game.

The games first hour is incredibly tedious, a boring introduction to a run-of-the-mill story, and some one-sided battles that you're advantaged in. Something many players will appreciate is that the starting pokemon is Eevee, and you get a chance to evolve it into any of its 5 evo forms very early in the game.

You get Eevee at level 15, and at the first "dungeon" location - Cipher lab (yup, taken from collosseum...) you can capture 6 useful pokemon Houndour, Gulpin, Baltoy, Mareep, Spheal and Seedot, all at level 17. This and the fact that Eevee can turn into one of any 5 types, means you have more control over your future throughout the game. I know I wasn't willing to train a level 3 Rattata at the start of Pokemon Blue...

You will feel like there's alot more choice in this game, 5 hours in you may have a Vaporeon and a Houndoom, whereas the guy across the street is Plugging away with Espeon and Nuzleaf (the vast majority of XD's battles are 2vs2). Beats the "standard practice" of using a Geodude against Lt. Surge and an Articuno against Lance the Dragon tamer, don't you think?

The best new addition is the "purification chamber" you basically leave your shadow pokemon somewhere in a circle of the "pure" breed, and it's heart opens as you take steps through the adventure and go about your business. The pokemon will purify faster if the circle of pokemon surrounding it "beats the other", I.e. Grass>Water>Fire>Ice>back to grass, which is a nice little addition.

The game is a little on the easy side, you wont find any of the early battles a struggle providing you train, and training is easy as simply exiting a location and returning allows you to re-match with many of the games opponents. As an adventure this subtracts from the enjoyment, but if you're a hardcore pokemon fan like me, the game will be your training/evolving/collecting items "centre", and you'll love every consecutive hour on a night you should spend revising.

Wild pokemon are also available, but in a different way to the gameboy games. You leave "pokesnacks" on stands in certain areas then continue with the adventure. After a while you'll be notified that a pokemon has found the snack, and it's up to you to get to the pokemon before it finishes its meal. This isn't as harsh as it sounds, exiting an area doesn't take long at all, and once you have, it's a simple case of selecting the place you left the bait on the world map, and effectively teleporting there (you watch a 5 second cut-scene of your character braving a desert on a bike). One you're where you left the bait, you have a regular 1 on 1 battle as you would if you found a pokemon in the grass somewhere in Johto.

All in all, it's definitely one for pokemon fans and gets 2 fat thumbs up from me, it's not perfect, and it's no independent game, but it's exactly what it's supposed to be, which is a substantial suppliment to work alongside your GBA games and intensify the experience as a whole.
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on 13 October 2008
The games story is basically the same as the first one: Pokemon Colosseum. However there are more Legendary Pokemon to capture and you can capture wild Pokemon from little areas called poke spots. Another thing is that the Pokemon have better moves than in the last game and some attacks look better. In the first game purifying the pokemon was hard and took ages, but now you can just put the in a special machine and not do any work. The shadow pokemon also have more shadow moves than in the first game. Note that there is no pokeball glitch in this game making it harder to catch pokemon and meaning you spend lots of money in the game.
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on 4 February 2006
Pokemon XD is the second full-length 3D adventure for the Gamecube, and the storyline picks up where the first game left off.
You start out in a pokemon laboratory, where the scientists are building a brand new snag machine and purifying chamber, as the old syndicate Cipher are up to no good again. The first part of the story involves you running errands for the scientists, collecting machine parts and battling folk as you travel.
But as soon as you return to the lab, ipher attacks and carries off the Professor, the boss of the laboratory where you live. After that, one thing leads to another, and you end up embarking on a quest to save the professor and rid the world of Cipher altogether.
Shadow pokemon are back, and can be purified in the same way as before (on Pokemon Colloseum), but there is a new method- the Purify Chamber. This adds a vital puzzle element to the game, where you need to mix and match different types in order to purify the shadow pokemon in the quickest time possible.
Wild pokemon are also in the game, but don't get too excited: They only appear at certain points on the map, and you need to leave bait to lure them out. There is no searching-in-the-tall-grass in this game, which is disappointing... But the inclusion of the catchable Lugia, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltes make up for that.
The graphics are almost the same as pokemon colloseum, but with a few improvements and some awesome cutscenes.
Overall, a worthy purchase.
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on 7 May 2008
This game has almost the exact fun factor i was looking for.
I will keep this short.
Have you ever wanted on a pokemon game to travel to another place by road instead of just flying?
Well, on this, you can't, a bike is used and it's the games only bad flaw.

However on a light side this game offers a 3D effects Pokemon experience and you proboably start with the best pokemon at the beginning... An Eevee

This is good because in the usual games you choose from Fire, Grass or Water.
However here you get an eevee and if all of a sudden you change your mind and want a Fire Pokemon, not a Water one, No Problem! Considering You haven't already evolved it! (Hint : Stop your Eevee evolving until your certain!)

Overall this game is a great addition to the Pokemon games however could use a little more adventure when getting from place to place like on the old gameboy games.
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on 7 November 2006
I think it's the best Pokemon game out there. It's got brilliant graphics, colour and music, great characters and 83 Pokemon to snag. Almost double the amount in Pokemon Colosseum. You meet characters that previously appeared in Colosseum, and snag Pokemon that you couldn't snag before, or obtain without events. Like Lugia itself.

You have to buy this game, it is AWESOME, and although I've completed it, I still get hours of fun out of it!
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on 18 November 2014
A classic just like Colosseum its predecessor. If i am completely honest i think its predecessor is better just simply because this story line is to long in this game but other then that its top class. Even for know the graphics are very good as well and is lots of fun and would encourage anyone who was big into pokemon back then to give it a try.
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on 25 January 2014
For me, XD was the best Pokemon game out there when it came out, and I have no reason to believe otherwise in the 8 years since. A bigger broader storyline, a better soundtrack, more Shadow Pokemon, a few new areas...for me, I can't really find fault with it, and if I could, I generally couldn't give a crap.
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on 14 July 2014
Great game, finally got a hold of a copy of this game as i loved Colosseum. Great game just as good as the first one if not better, certainly a game to get if you love the pokemon series. Just wish they would make a new version of this game as it would be so much better.
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on 7 February 2012
a good pokemon game to play,great fun collecting all the pokemon,and fighting in all the son found it very aesy to understand,great for small children
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on 3 July 2014
The game is fine but the product was supposed to be complete and there was no memory card in the I had to order a separate one.
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