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Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox 360)

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Description

Perfect Dark Zero is a prequel to the Nintendo 64 game Perfect Dark, set years before the original game. Joanna Dark is not yet the perfect agent, so it's up to the player to get her there. Like the original, "Zero" is also a first person shooter with plenty of sci-fi gadgets and weaponry - some familiar, some new.

Working as a bounty hunter, she and her father Jack accidentally step on toes of shadowy corporations and reveal a global conspiracy. Changing their destinies forever, Joanna and Jack find themselves fighting for the future of the entire planet.

You can carry up to four different weapons, but bigger guns take more inventory space, meaning you can pack several pistols but only one machine gun at a time. Carrying bigger weapons also affect your running speed. There is no jump button, but the game features smart tactical options depending the scene; from a touch of a button you can take cover behind obstacles, perform athletic rolls, ... You can even disarm your opponents by grabbing their guns out of their hands.

In addition to espionage thriller single player game, there are also many multiplayer options, including four-player split-screen and cooperative play. Xbox Live adds few new ideas and twists to familiar game modes, like fully scalable environments. There is also built-in ranking system via Live.

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Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Take out the drones to open the door.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Main menu.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Sniping.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Joanna Dark in the intro.

Alternate Titles

  • "完美的黑暗·零" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Wanmei de Hei'an Ling" -- Chinese title
  • "PDZ" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Excellent, well-known game that got some undeserved bashing Stsung (53) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

The Press Says

Gaming Target Dec 09, 2005 9.4 out of 10 94
Console Monster Nov 24, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Play.tm Jan 25, 2006 82 out of 100 82
videogamer.com Dec 05, 2005 8 out of 10 80
PlayDevil Sep 27, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
DreamStation.cc Jun 28, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Diehard GameFan Dec 08, 2005 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Novel

A novel based on this game (the first in a planned trilogy), Perfect Dark: Initial Vector, was published in October 2005, written by Greg Rucka and published by Tor Books.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #4 Xbox 360 Game of the Year

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Jouni Lahtinen (325) added Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox 360) on Nov 23, 2005