- Perfect Dark (2000 on Game Boy Color)
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Joanna Dark is an agent for the Carrington Institute, a secret organization funded by anonymous sources and dedicated to protecting the world. Through their highly trained operatives and special devices (gadgets), Carrington keeps an eye on terrorists, world powers, and strange happenings. The speed at which the dataDyne corporation has established itself through the development of new technologies is starting to worry the institute. So when Carrington receives a message from Dr. Caroll, a scientist wishing to escape dataDyne, they send their best agent, Joanna, to infiltrate the company headquarters.
Perfect Dark is a 3D first-person shooter similar to Rare's earlier GoldenEye 007, though with more of an emphasis on stealth. Joanna can pick up and use a variety of firearms, including shotguns, submachine guns, sniper rifles, various explosives, and others. In addition, she carries quite a few spy gadgets such as IR scanners, night vision, probes, and a deadly laptop. Most weapons have secondary fire modes and reloading them is displayed in an on-screen animation.
Shields are scattered through the stages and can be picked up for additional protection. There are no health-restoring items and Joanna cannot jump. Like GoldenEye 007, the game has three difficulty levels, with the higher ones featuring more accurate enemies, less ammo, and more objectives for the player to complete within each mission. Cutscenes with voice acting advance the story between missions.
The game also features a training mode set in the Carrington Institute. Completing the firing range challenge there unlocks the classic weapons from GoldenEye 007. In addition, the campaign can be played in a co-operative mode for two human players or one human player and up to three computer-controlled teammates (in split-screen mode), as well as in a "Counter Operative" mode, where one of the players takes control of an enemy and tries to stop Joanna from fulfilling her mission.
Multiplayer includes a variety of modes. Among those are the traditional deathmatch as well as the objective-based Capture the Flag and King of the Hill modes. Other scenarios and objectives include surviving as long as possible while carrying a briefcase, hacking computer systems with randomly placed data uplinks, and hunting down a single player as a team. Stages, teams, and weapon placement can be customized by players.
The Xbox 360 port has redone graphics to support a 1080p full HD resolution at 60 frames per second. It also incorporates full multiplayer support over Xbox LIVE.
- パーフェクトダーク - Japanese spelling
- 完美的黑暗 - Simplified Chinese spelling
Credits (Nintendo 64 version)
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Average score: 88% (based on 72 ratings)
Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 143 ratings with 6 reviews)
This has to be one of the best 4 player games of all time. The options for vs mode are virtually limitless, and the game keeps track of a wide variety of statistics and records. The single player mode is also quite engaging, with a voice-acted storyline and some inspired gameplay in the missions, which can range from straightforward to extremely hard.
The only bad part about this game is that it bombards you with a barrage of strange colors and craziness. This means that when in 4 player, the game can slow down with the presence of 10 meat sims in addition to you and your three friends. When you all meet in a room and all have remote mines, then the game will be quite choppy (and this is with the expansion pack which is required to play this game). But such situations are rare, and you'll find that most of the time the game runs smoothly.
The Bottom Line
Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter that is set in the future. It has aliens and flying cars and Mr. Blonde (not from Reservoir Dogs). When held up next to most other shooters, this one seems Godly. It has every tweak you could ever want, and a quirky storyline and list of characters for you to laugh at. If you have a 64 and still play it and do not own this game, then I highly suggest you go find it somewhere and buy it. it is one of the best titles to grace the console.
Nintendo 64 · by Feem (30) · 2004
The graphics are beyond beautiful for the era and the gameplay addresses Goldeneye's shortcomings, honors them, and builds on top of them to make a cyberpunk adventure that quickly became a classic in the new millennium.
Perfect Dark's just about perfect in every way.
There's not a hell of a lot I consider negative about this one. I guess the missions can conveniently make the bad guys hit you when they shouldn't do so (but every great action game has small issues like these anyway).
The Bottom Line
It's Goldeneye in the future! Like Batman Beyond? Well, imagine what that did for Batman The Animated Series, and this is what Perfect Dark does for James Bond.
Nintendo 64 · by John H. (52) · 2019
Firstly, being a follow up to the best game ever (Goldeneye, no arguments :P) this game had alot to live up to. It surpassed the hype, and then ripped off GoldenEye's head and piddled down the neck. The graphics, the sound, the play mechanic, everything from GoldenEye was taken and improved upon. The major area of fun to be had with Perfect Dark was in the multiplayer, the astonishing array of things to do has yet to be equaled, let alone beaten in my opinion. Playing this game with three friends is a blast, possibly the best console based multiplayer of all time.
The only major complaint I had was about the story in single player, it was a little bit weak in my opinion. The addition of aliens was not welcome for me either (however this is a minor complaint).
The Bottom Line
The best First person shooter on n64, or any of the current next gen consoles. If you buy one game for your N64, make it this. You cannot miss this game, if you are a gamer you will not be disapointed.
Nintendo 64 · by Tracer__ (11) · 2004
|Publishing company question||Zaibatsu (19889)||Jun 17th, 2020|
1001 Video Games
The N64 version of Perfect Dark appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
The first release cartridges have more than their fair share of glitches and bugs. The most glaring example is this is that if you try to load up the Warehouse multiplayer level with three players, the game will crash. No exceptions. Worse than this however is that "Challenge 7" is a three person game on the warehouse level and simply impossible to play if you have one of these early cartridges.
In each level there is a hidden piece of Swiss cheese. This was originally part of a plan to have a mega cheat activated when all the cheese was found, but it was scrapped in the final version.
Advancing trough the three basic skill levels (Agent, Special Agent, and Perfect Agent) not only increases the number of missions and reveals new areas, but also grants you access to the elite Perfect Dark skill level. Rare's development team has stated that nearly 95 percent of players will never be able to finish the game on this difficulty even if they somehow manage to get to it.
Game Boy Camera
During development, it was announced that Perfect Dark would use the Game Boy Camera in conjunction with the N64 Transfer Pak. Players would be able to use these two accessories to map their own faces on in-game character models for use in multiplayer modes. However, due to the potential of media controversy of 'being able to shoot your friends', this feature was removed prior to the game's release.
In the Japanese version, almost all blood was removed.
- The Carrington Institute has a display case with weapons from Goldeneye 007 in it.
- Some of the random head models/textures in the game are based on gaming journalist photographs taken at 1999's Electronics Entertainment Expo. This includes but is not limited to Ed McGlothlin, Matt Cassamassina, and Peer Schneider.
- The BAFTA Interactive Award which Rare was given for GoldenEye 007 can be seen in a safe in the G5 building level of Perfect Dark.
On the Area 51 Rescue stage, there is a reference to the Pixies, the rock band popular for songs that usually mentioned aliens and UFOs. The following names are called on the loudspeakers:
"Dr. Francis, please go to Cryo Lab A" - "Captain Santiago, go to Medical Bay 6" - "Lieutenant Deal, report to Containment" - "Dr. Lovering, please phone autopsy"
The band was formed by Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Lovering.
- February 2006 (Issue #200) - #170 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
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OC ReMix Game Profile
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Perfect Dark N64 soundtrack for download
The Perfect Dark soundtrack can be downloaded from rare-extreme.com. Just go the website and click on mp3 library, and then just scroll down to the Perfect Dark mp3 section.
Perfect Dark Recon
Fan site with information about the game.
Wikipedia: Perfect Dark
Information about Perfect Dark at Wikipedia
X360A achievement guide
X360A's achievement guide for Perfect Dark.
- MobyGames ID: 4034
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Game added May 8th, 2001. Last modified September 7th, 2023.