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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 Selecting weapons and gadgets for the mission.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Even in such cold, Joanna doesn't wear much clothes.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Take care of enemy snipers to assist a friendly squad.
Perfect Dark Zero Xbox 360 Taking care of jet-pack troopers.

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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

Console Monster Xbox 360 Nov 24, 2005 91 out of 100 91
X-Power Xbox 360 Nov 30, 2005 9 out of 10 90
That Gaming Site Xbox 360 Aug 14, 2008 9 out of 10 90 Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2005 86 out of 100 86 Xbox 360 Dec 07, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Jan 31, 2006 8.1 out of 10 81
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Dec 01, 2005 B 75 Xbox 360 Jun 28, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75
Gamekult Xbox 360 Dec 02, 2005 6 out of 10 60
GamesRadar Xbox 360 2005 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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