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Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox 360)

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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.


Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Enemy scientists seem to have great interest in these ruins.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 James Bond-like opening.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 You can pick up enemy weapons, but you are limited to how many different weapons you can carry.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Sneaking past the camera.

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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The Press Says

Game Vortex 2005 95 out of 100 95
X-Power Nov 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Dec 01, 2005 86 out of 100 86
Planet Xbox 360 Feb 02, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84 Jan 25, 2006 82 out of 100 82 Dec 05, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 18, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer Jan 03, 2006 8 out of 10 80 Jun 28, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamezine Dec 18, 2005 10 out of 20 50


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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.


  • 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