Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox 360)

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Mature
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3.3
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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 Shooting from behind the cover.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 On some missions Joanna gets to drive an amphibious vehicle.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Enemy has spotted you.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Using mounted gun to take care of incoming enemy waves.

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

Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
That Gaming Site Aug 14, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Kombo.com Nov 23, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 18, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameSpy Nov 22, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Feb, 2006 7.9 out of 10 79
Eurogamer.net (UK) Dec 01, 2005 7 out of 10 70
3DAvenue Mar 25, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Press Start Online Jan 17, 2006 13 out of 20 65

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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