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Perfect Dark Zero

aka: PDZ, Wanmei de Hei'an Ling

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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.


  • 完美的黑暗·零 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Credits (Xbox 360 version)

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Lead Designer & Project Lead
Lead Software Engineer
Lead Background Artist
Lead Animation
Lead Prop Artist
Lead Concept Artist
Lead Character Artist
Design, Story & Script
Multiplayer Design
Assistant Designer
Vehicles & Editor
Game Engine, Physics & Optimisation Lead
Renderer & Special Effects
AI & Character System
Mini-Games, Multiplayer & Cut-Scenes
Player Control & Animation
Wepons & Additional HUD
Audio & Localisation
AI, Level Setup & Bosses
[ full credits ]




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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Related Sites +

  • A slice of Rare
    Developer interview on CVG (January 25, 2006) with <moby developer="Dale Murchie">Dale Murchie</moby> of <moby company="Rare">Rare</moby> about the game, its features and the mad rush they had to actually finish the thing in time for Xbox 360's launch...
  • Perfect Dark Zero
    Rare's official game marketing site.
  • Perfect Dark Zero – default
    Rare's official game community site.
  • X360A achievement guide
    X360A's achievement guide Perfect Dark Zero.

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  • MobyGames ID: 20153


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Jouni Lahtinen.

Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox One added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, Jeanne, gamewarrior, Pseudo_Intellectual, Patrick Bregger, Starbuck the Third.

Last modified February 22nd, 2023.