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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 Sniping.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 James Bond-like opening.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Enemy scientists seem to have great interest in these ruins.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Even in such cold, Joanna doesn't wear much clothes.

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Alternate Titles

  • "完美的黑暗·零" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Wanmei de Hei'an Ling" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "PDZ" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Excellent, well-known game that got some undeserved bashing Xbox 360 Stsung (53)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Xbox 360 2005 95 out of 100 95
GameSpot Xbox 360 Nov 21, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Kombo.com Xbox 360 Nov 23, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Feb 02, 2006 8.4 out of 10 84
UOL Jogos Xbox 360 Feb 08, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Extreme Gamer Xbox 360 Jan 03, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Xbox 360 Dec 18, 2005 8 out of 10 80
DreamStation.cc Xbox 360 Jun 28, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
JeuxActu Xbox 360 Dec 02, 2005 12 out of 20 60
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Dec 05, 2005 11 out of 20 55


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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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