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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.

Screenshots

Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Enemy scientists seem to have great interest in these ruins.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Ascending/descending the ladder will temporarily switch to 3rd-person perspective.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Glowing arrows will highlight the path to your current mission objective.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Sneaking past the guards.

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

GameSpot Nov 21, 2005 9 out of 10 90
XBox Front Dec 01, 2005 89 out of 100 89
4Players.de Dec 01, 2005 86 out of 100 86
Gamesmania Dec 07, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Planet Xbox 360 Feb 02, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
Times Online Jan 14, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
videogamer.com Dec 05, 2005 8 out of 10 80
UOL Jogos Feb 08, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamekult Dec 02, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Gamezine Dec 18, 2005 10 out of 20 50

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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