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 Silently disposing of a lone guard.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 You can play the game alone or in co-op mode.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Selecting weapons and gadgets for the mission.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Protect your plane at all cost.

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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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Critic Reviews

Game Shark Dec 08, 2005 A 100
XBox Evolved Nov 23, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Nov 21, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Jan 31, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
Game Informer Magazine Jan, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer Jan 03, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Diehard GameFan Dec 08, 2005 7 out of 10 70
TTGamer Mar 25, 2006 7 out of 10 70
JeuxActu Dec 02, 2005 12 out of 20 60
GameCell UK 2006 6 out of 10 60


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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 (374) added Perfect Dark Zero (Xbox 360) on Nov 23, 2005