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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.1
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.5
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
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Overall User Score (37 votes) 3.4

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Game Shark (Dec 08, 2005)
So, is Perfect Dark Zero the killer app that will sell millions of Xbox 360s like Halo sold the original Xbox? Not likely. While the game is well executed and will offer hundreds of hours of gameplay through campaign replay and multiplayer, it is just not quite as compelling an experience as the Halo games were. (Actually I should say "are." The Halo Link gaming group I play with, The Coagulation Cabal, still gets together once a month to play and Halo 2 consistently tops the charts for Live play.) But in the end it is unfair to compare PDZ and Halo. If your primary purpose for buying the Xbox 360 was to play online, this is definitely the game to pick up from the launch title assortment. Standing on its own, without comparing it to a genuine phenomena, Perfect Dark Zero well earns its "A" rating.
Perfect Dark Zero is a must-have game for the 360. The game's style and action are enough to keep pretty much any gamer entertained for hours and when you add in the online multiplayer aspect -- PD0 has almost limitless gameplay value.
Gaming Target (Dec 09, 2005)
From start to finish, Perfect Dark Zero stands tall as a high-quality FPS that gets just about everything right. A great single player campaign combined with a near inexhaustible well of multiplayer madness, PDZ should be in the library of every shooter fan with a 360. Brilliant presentation and high quality production values prove that Rare is still a major player in console game development and that the Perfect Dark franchise is alive and well in the new generation.
Perfect Dark Zero isn't a revolutionary shooter. It can be easily argued that the single-player missions are a joke and the multiplayer is unimpressive. I simply can't agree with that, but it's important to remember that Perfect Dark Zero is PDZ, not Halo 2. Perfect Dark Zero is a great shooter on its own right but it isn't a game that will redefine first-person shooters and it isn't a game that will redefine the Xbox 360. As a launch title, it's a huge success. As an anticipated launch title, it's simply a success. As a title that some people will instantly compare to Halo 2 and Half-Life 2, it's a disappointment. If you took one of these three routes, I hope you took one of the first two and you check out Perfect Dark Zero. At this point, it's my favorite Xbox 360 title and it is one of the strongest launch games of all time next to the Nintendo 64's Super Mario 64, the Xbox's Halo, and the Dreamcast's NFL 2K.
Console Monster (Nov 24, 2005)
In every way PDZ has exceeded all of my expectations. Maybe because I didn’t really expect anything from the game besides the normal first person shooter features. I expected guns, lots of shooting and . . . more shooting. What I received was quite different. Instantly, I was thrown back into my chair and gripped by PDZ’s immersing world of corporate conspiracy. Recommended launch title? Most definitely!
360 LIVE (Nov, 2005)
Hervorragender Ego-Shooter, der vieles richtig, ganz wenig falsch und so letztlich eine prima Figur macht.
That Gaming Site (Aug 14, 2008)
Perfect Dark Zero is a worthy addition to any Xbox 360 gamers collection.
X-Power (Nov 30, 2005)
Perfect Dark Zero zou je kunnen vergelijken met een ruwe diamant, waaraan op sommige vlakken nog enig polijstwerk vereist is, maar die op andere gebieden een verblindende fonkeling vertoont die je genadeloos betovert. Voor zij die durven experimenteren en dieper graven dan de soms grauwe oppervlakte is er een prachtgame verscholen die zijn -pijnlijke- fouten heeft, maar daartegenover ook enkele briljante gameplaymomenten stelt en een -ons inziens- geniale multiplayer die je eindeloos kan verrassen, àls je het spel die mogelijkheid geeft. De singleplayer is een dubbeltje op zijn kant afhankelijk van jouw voorkeuren. Wij staan alvast op de rand van een nieuwe verslaving…
Totally Gaming Network (Dec 30, 2005)
Will you enjoy Perfect Dark Zero? Yes, it really does have something for everyone, if you give it a chance. Is it a Triple-A game? Well, yes actually, because despite its small flaws and a plot that some players despise, it is easily the most fun I have had since Perfect Dark and possibly more fun because Rare have expanded upon the bits that make it fun. Perfect Dark Zero was never going to live up to Perfect Dark, too many people didn't want it too, and Rare never wanted to do a simple prequel that took no real innovation. Rare looked at their masterpiece, took the good things, and made a game that everyone can enjoy, but has a different look to what Perfect Dark is about.
GameZone (Nov 23, 2005)
It is finally here, after many years of waiting for it, Perfect Dark Zero has finally landed. It is amazing the changes that this game has gone through since it was first announced and the biggest of the changes is the platform it finally was released on. This game has graced three consoles now: GameCube, Xbox, and finally the Xbox 360. Now that this game has finally been released, how does it stack up, and is it the killer launch title that Microsoft was hopping it would be? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.
XBox Evolved (Nov 23, 2005)
It has been at least five years in the making, but finally the prequel to one of the best console shooters of all time is here. Find out how good the game is and what to expect from its massive multiplayer options in our full review.
GameSpot (Nov 21, 2005)
It's tempting to try to put Perfect Dark Zero in perspective by spending a lot of time on topics other than what makes it such a terrific action game. One of the highest-profile Xbox 360 launch titles, this near-future first-person shooter is the long-awaited sequel to a highly acclaimed Nintendo 64 hit, and it happens to be one of the biggest games to be released by veteran developer Rare since its well-publicized acquisition by Microsoft several years ago.
XBox Front (Dec 01, 2005)
Rare und die Neuauflagen alter Titel – eine lange Geschichte. Nach einer sensationellen Umsetzung von „Conker: Live and Reloades“ vom N64 auf die Xbox, folgen zum Launch der Xbox 360 nun gleich zwei Hochkaräter. Einerseits das komplett neue „Kameo: Elements of Power“ und andererseits der zweite Remaketitel –nach Conker- „Perfect Dark Zero“, kurz „PDZ“. Fünf Jahre nach dem „Urspiel“, haben wir für euch genau unter die Lupe genommen, ob es sich lediglich um ein grafisches Update handelt, oder wirklich neue Elemente einen Kauf rechtfertigen.
4Players.de (Dec 01, 2005)
Alle Xbox 360-Besitzer mit Faible für feine Shooter-Action liegen mit Joanna genau richtig. Für Einzelspieler bietet sich zwar auch Call of Duty 2 an, doch was die Weltkriegshelden an Intensität bieten, schafft Joanna mit ihren Kurven auch. Einzig die Intelligenz der dataDyne-Schergen lässt im Vergleich zu wünschen übrig und auch die Levels könnten sich als weniger linear präsentieren. Doch was Fräulein Dark in der Einzelspieler-Kampagne vermissen lässt, macht sie mit ausufernden Mehrspieler-Sessions mehr als wett. Fans abwechslungsreicher Online-Action finden spannende Modi sowie gut agierende Bots, werden allerdings die etwas zu knappe Kartenauswahl beklagen. Doch hier sorgt Rare hoffentlich bald für Nachschub.
Gamesmania.de (Dec 07, 2005)
Das perfekte Spiel ist Perfect Dark Zero leider nicht geworden. Bei der Solo-Kampagne stören mich vor allem die quasi nicht vorhandene Story und das äußerst wechselhafte Missionsdesign. Auch bei der Steuerung hatte ich eine ungewöhnlich lange Eingewöhnungszeit. Andererseits kann man sich der brachialen und perfekt inszenierten Action aber kaum entziehen. Grafisch und vor allem musikalisch holt der Titel schon einiges aus der Xbox360 heraus, trotzdem ist Perfect Dark Zero von der Güte eines Halo 2 ein gutes Stückchen entfernt. Mehr Spaß als beim Solomodus hatte ich mit dem sehr gelungenen Mehrspielermodus, die Gefechte über Xbox Live machen dank gutem Mapdesign und vielen verschiedenen Waffentypen richtig Laune.
Kombo.com (Nov 23, 2005)
When it gets down to it, people are either going to overrate or underrate Perfect Dark Zero. But I think that if you can somehow forget the controversy surrounding it, you’ll see that it’s not perfect, but it is still a genuinely great game. At the end of the day, if you’re lucky enough to own an Xbox 360, then you should also own a copy of Perfect Dark Zero because it’s a must-have for first-person shooter fans and new Xbox 360 owners.
Computer Bild Spiele (Jan 01, 2006)
Die Geschichte ist zwar weder spannend noch originell, und die Sprache der Spielfiguren wirkt ebenso überzogen wie uninspiriert, aber genug Spaß steckt trotzdem drin: Schlaue Gegner und optisch eindrucksvolle Spielumgebungen lassen der Langeweile keine Chance. Die enorme Weitsicht in einigen Spielstufen wurde mit ein paar kleinen Ruckeleinlagen erkauft, die sich aber durchaus verschmerzen lassen. Joanna Dark ist also nicht so finster, wie ihr Name vermuten ließe, sondern eine „gute“ Agentin.
Planet Xbox 360 (Feb 02, 2006)
There are some moments in Perfect Dark Zero which I could easily give full marks to, but there are also unfortunate let downs which drag the game down. Perfect Dark Zero is a game you can pick up and play, you are put straight into the action from the beginning, and the action doesn’t stop until the last minute. While the single player can be considered a bit of a let down the multiplayer mode makes up for it. The game is a good comeback for Rare, and provides the perfect introduction to a new console.
IGN (Nov 23, 2005)
Perfect Dark, when released back in 2000 on the Nintendo 64, was a big deal. It offered a slew of refinements over the already excellent N64 shooter, GoldenEye 007, as well as even more content and game modes. Along the same lines, many were hoping Perfect Dark Zero, which seems to have been in development since a time only few on Earth can remember, would be a similarly exhilarating experience. To an extent, it manages to live up to the hopes and expectations. It offers several improvements and still is able to maintain the flavor of the original. In addition, there's a huge amount of options for multiplayer matches and cooperative play on and off of Xbox Live.
Play.tm (Jan 25, 2006)
Put simply, Perfect Dark Zero is a solid, sometimes great game. Its single-player mode is good fun and online it's a complete blast; PDZ is a superbly social multiplayer game to enjoy in the company of friends. However, the game was more than a little 'over hyped' and doesn't quite boast the production levels, replay value or storyline to live up to the now legendary Halo 2. All things considered Perfect Dark Zero makes reasonable use of the Xbox 360s power but still doesn't really do anything revolutionary, or bring much new to the table as many may have hoped. If you're into fast-paced FPS games this is well worth a look but it's not quite the game worth buying an Xbox 360 for, and that in the end may be how it is remembered.
GamersHell.com (Feb 16, 2006)
A near-futuristic setting, heavy firepower, kickass explosions and a hot babe; most would find this to be a winning combination of strong selling points when searching for their next video game purchase. Indeed, when the original Perfect Dark hit store shelves in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, the game had a lot going for it. It provided a fresh and amusing single player experience and countless hours of fun while playing head-to-head against friends, and that’s the experience Rare tried to capture once again with its prequel to the original game, Perfect Dark Zero, a title that accompanied the Xbox 360’s launch on November 22 of last year.
XboxAchievements (Dec 10, 2007)
Ultimately, your enjoyment will depend on your willingness to conform to the tastes of the ailing community found online. The single player game definitely won’t stand up to the likes of Call of Duty or Halo, but if you don’t mind the repetition of playing the same few maps over and over, you’ll find a surprisingly deep, action packed multiplayer mode that’s bound to please all fans of the genre.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 31, 2006)
Perfect Dark Zero's first-person shooter competition on the 360 is Quake 4 and Call of Duty 2 and it falls directly between the two -- no match for Call of Duty 2's cinematic approach but better than the familiar feeling of Quake 4. The online portions of Perfect Dark Zero are more varied and fun than either of Call of Duty 2 or Quake 4 so if multiplayer is a make-or-break feature, Perfect Dark Zero should get your attention.
Times Online (Jan 14, 2006)
Although experienced first- person shooter players may find the going in single-player mode a little too easy, the game offers a host of multiplayer options, including split-screen on one console, or team-based mass slaughter challenges via the internet. For hardened virtual killers, this is where the game really comes into its own, with the chance to pit their skills against some of the best players on the planet. It’s a blast.
videogamer.com (Dec 05, 2005)
It's not the Xbox 360 killer app we were hoping for and it's got a number of problems that I would have liked to have seen dealt with before its release, but that doesn't change the fact that it's fun as hell to play. If you can forgive its shortcomings, and bask in its multiplayer mayhem, you'll have no trouble finding the diamond in the rough.
UOL Jogos (Feb 08, 2006)
"Perfect Dark Zero" é um dos jogos mais completos da primeira leva do Xbox 360. Traz um modo de missão satisfatório, tanto em diversão quanto em duração, mas o melhor fica reservado para quem usa a Xbox Live, com ótimos modos multijogador, seja de forma cooperativa ou competitiva. Tem alguns desajustes aqui e acolá, que chegam a incomodar, mas não há dúvida que seja um dos grandes games do novo console.
It's not for the masses, but Perfect Dark Zero will definitely be a hit with those of you who want to put your skills on display.
PlayDevil (Sep 27, 2006)
"Perfect Dark Zero" still rocks after nearly one year after release, which is testament to just how good it is. The single player is pretty poor, but I don't really mind, because I must have clocked up about 100 hours online since launch on this title alone, which means it has been fantastically good value for money. Considering you can pick the title up for around €20-30, especially if you go for a pre-owned copy, you really cannot go wrong if you are looking for a multiplayer shooter to rival GRAW or BF2:MC.
For quite a few people, it's going to be hard to distinguish what makes Perfect Dark Zero stand out. Joanna can't jump and it shouldn't be such a glaring omission, yet it makes the game feel slightly behind. The mechanics offer nothing revolutionary, but the overall package does come together to provide everything a FPS should. It's not all that common that we'll see a game capture what fans of the genre want, and that's where Zero is a success.
Extreme Gamer (Jan 03, 2006)
Perfect Dark Zero had high expectations because of the fantastic first go on the N64. I think most people are let down by the Xbox 360 follow up, although Perfect Dark Zero isn't garbage even if the plot is trash. The innovative weapons, sharp and accessible gameplay and almost perfect multiplayer aspect lands PDZ into the good category. If you're an Xbox Live fan you will find an enough to love for your buck, others this might be a rental to see if Perfect Dark Zero is perfect enough to buy.
GamePro (US) (Jun 16, 2006)
Released in the wake of GoldenEye 007, Perfect Dark hit the Nintendo 64 with plenty of momentum from its pedigree, wowing gamers with a clever mix of first-person shooting and challenging game play. Now, five years after the original game appeared, Johanna Dark gets a second adventure--a prequel. And while Zero is enjoyable at its core, the nagging distractionss and brief one-player adventure are big disappointments.
GameSpy (Nov 22, 2005)
At the launch of a new console, there's always one game that gets touted as the killer-app. For the Xbox 360, this game was Rare's spy-driven first-person shooter prequel Perfect Dark Zero. With only a few outings in the public eye from inception to release, PDZ is most certainly not a killer-app like Halo or Half-Life 2. It's a really solid game but has some issues that prevent it from being "perfect."
The resulting tense firefights and simple strategies are the stuff of multiplayer dreams. While it's no Halo, PDZ is the one launch game I see myself playing well into 2006.
DreamStation.cc (Jun 28, 2006)
While the five year wait between games may have been a long time for fans of the first game, those same people will probably not be disappointed with Perfect Dark Zero. Xbox Live inclusion has made this one heck of a game for anyone with an itchy trigger finger and an Xbox 360. If you liked the first one at all, chances are you’ll enjoy this one just as much. Those looking for more depth in a first person shooter single-player adventure may want to look elsewhere.
Gaming Age (2005)
While not as polished or well designed as we all hoped, Perfect Dark Zero is still worth a play-through, if only for the cool weapons and the enjoyable online battles.
Game Revolution (Dec 01, 2005)
Don't think that Perfect Dark Zero isn't a smart purchase, though. It may not shatter the mold of first-person fragging, but it's got tons of good content, providing enough lasting gameplay to get you through the inevitable post-launch drought. This assassin isn't perfect, but it still hits its mark.
Diehard GameFan (Dec 08, 2005)
Perfect Dark Zero isn’t “perfect” by any means, but it is pretty damn fun. If you’re looking for a solid, engaging single player experience, you’re not going to find it here, but if multiplayer is your thing, you should definitely pick this up the next chance you get. There’s a lot of variety in the match types and weaponry, and if nothing else, this should definitely keep you entertained until Halo 3 comes out.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Dec 01, 2005)
But even with some solid multiplayer gaming on offer, it still only just warrants a seven. When you've battled through all 14 single player levels, played it on co-op and worked your way through some solid multiplayer action, you won’t feel like you've played a next generation title; heck, you won't even feel like you've played the best shooter out this Christmas. It's too evident that it's a decent title designed for the Xbox and belatedly buffed up to an HD shine, and that’s really no way to go about producing a next-gen launch title. Entirely on its own merits, Perfect Dark Zero is not a bad game by any means, but in the context of being as an introduction to the next generation Perfect Dark Zero misses the mark by a disappointing margin. To release a game lacking real spark and inspiration at this stage is not good news for anyone, least of all Rare and Microsoft. Both need to think long and hard about where they go from here.
TTGamer (Mar 25, 2006)
Perfect Dark Zero was the big game for the 360's launch and while it’s probably as good as the original Halo, it still doesn't stack up which shows just how much gaming standards have changed in the five years since the Xbox was released. RARE has done a decent job but there are better 360 games out there. Once the game drops a bit in price, then it is an almost must play.
But outside of some mildly amusing multiplayer, PDZ is an enormous disappointment. Perhaps, due to its years in development, PDZ just feels antiquated and familiar. Had it released years ago, it would have been a monumental game. But as it stands, it's just more of the same.
3DAvenue (Mar 25, 2006)
Perfect Dark Zero was the big game for the 360's launch and while it’s probably as good as the original Halo, it still doesn't stack up which shows just how much gaming standards have changed in the five years since the Xbox was released. RARE has done a decent job but there are better 360 games out there. Once the game drops a bit in price, then it is an almost must play.
Press Start Online (Jan 17, 2006)
No matter how well the game plays online though, it’s going to be little consolation to those without access to Xbox Live. The single player game does admittedly have its moments, but it’s simply not worth the effort of trudging through the rest when you could be playing the excellent Call of Duty 2 instead. Ultimately the online play just about makes up for the travesty of the campaign, but it doesn’t make it any less disappointing when you consider what could have been.
Games TM (Dec 29, 2005)
Continually improving itself to be a real mixed bag in terms of offline play, Zero should at least keep Live servers - where the game's crucial errors are all but eliminated - busy and entertained until Master Chief rears his helmeted head once more.
GamerDad (Mar 02, 2006)
Everything seems rushed to meet the launch deadline. In hindsight, given how good Call of Duty 2 turned out, Microsoft probably should've left Joanna's game simmer for another six months to give the game the polish it needed to move from middling to good. That probably wouldn't have saved the single-player game from its poor level design, hard to decipher goals and trial and error gameplay, but it might have added enough time to get the graphics out of the sometimes real good/sometimes real bad malaise they wallow in throughout the game. This game won't be remembered fondly a few years from now when the 360's lineup includes first-person shooters from the likes of Bungie, Id and Epic, but it's passable to keep you busy online until something better comes along. If you want single-player action, Call of Duty 2 is a much better choice.
GamesRadar (2005)
Perfect Dark Zero should have been a high-quality centerpiece of the 360 launch lineup, but it's easily outclassed by rival shooters like Call of Duty 2. It has flashes of brilliance, but overall presents a shallow experience with gameplay unworthy of the 360's potential.
JeuxActu (Dec 02, 2005)
Avec son gameplay ultra basique, ses erreurs de game design impardonnables, son I.A. frisant le zéro absolu, Perfect Dark Zero n’est en aucun cas la killer app’ tant attendue de la Xbox 360. Le jeu arrive même à se classer parmi les FPS les plus communs qui existent, avec comme seul argument marketing une Joanna Dark, soi-disant sexy. Encore faut-il voir la silhouette qu’elle affiche dans le jeu, loin des arguments de charme qu’elle exhibe dans certains magazines. Il y a 8 ans, Perfect Dark Zero aurait pu faire l'effet d’une bombe dans le monde du FPS. Ouais mais il y a 8 ans…
Gamekult (Dec 02, 2005)
Patiemment attendu, des années durant, par toute une ribambelle de joueurs, Perfect Dark Zero n'est pas la killer app annoncée. Loin de s'imposer comme le jeu indispensable, celui qui ferait acheter la console aux personnes hésitantes, ce titre présenté comme le nouveau Halo n'est qu'un jeu au design vieillot, pas catastrophique dans son ensemble mais loin d'incarner le titre phare d'une nouvelle génération. De la narration terriblement bancale de l'aventure solo à la difficulté frustrante des missions, du flou des objectifs à la faiblesse de l'I.A., ce FPS next gen possède trop de défauts old school pour ne pas cruellement décevoir. La réalisation, efficace malgré des textures bien trop brillantes, le savoir-faire de Rare et le multijoueur plus intelligemment conçu permettent à l'ensemble de surnager, d'amuser même quand on s'y accroche mais sans plus. Un FPS honnête en somme, comme il y en a tant et comme la Xbox 360 s'apprête à en accueillir à la pelle.
So overall Perfect Dark Zero is far from the flagship title we’d hoped for, and is in fact a huge disappointment – merely a very average game with too many annoying flaws, even its better elements will fail to impress you for any length of time. Only its graphics and soundtrack please, which for a next generation game costing forty or fifty quid is simply unacceptable. There are moments when the game works well (if you play it stealthily), but there simply isn't enough of this and the busy parts – including the bosses - are simply not very good. The co-op mode saves the day from complete disaster, but there are already considerably more enjoyable first person games available for your Xbox 360. This could, and should have been so much more.
Jeuxvideo.com (Dec 05, 2005)
Rare a signé 2 des plus grands FPS consoles qui soient. Mais aujourd'hui, force est de constater que le développeur a bloqué les compteurs à l'heure de ses succès passés. Sans doute trop occupé à recoder sans cesse son jeu pour de nouvelles machines, Rare n'a pas dû voir que les FPS ne l'ont pas attendu pour tourner la page Perfect Dark, du coup, sa suite a 10 ans de retard sur la concurrence et se coltine d'impardonnables lourdeurs.
The Video Game Critic (Jul 26, 2006)
Perfect Dark Zero fares far better with regards to multi-player action. In addition to playing on-line, you can challenge your friends to a spirited four-player split screen contest. Better yet, you can toss up to 16 (!) CPU-controlled "bots" into the mix. Even playing solo against the bots can be fun, although they tend to bunch up in certain areas. The graphics and audio are fair but not exceptional. Perfect Dark Zero is not a must-have game for 360 owners, but if you're in the mood to bust some caps, it serves its purpose.
Gamezine (Dec 18, 2005)
Globalement, on a de quoi être très déçu, donc, et ce n’est pas la mise en scène misérable qui va sauver la baraque. Les graphismes sont très décevants et le jeu est bâclé sur tous les points. Ca sonne creux, et Perfect Dark Zero me semble déjà lointain, comme un jeu d’un autre âge. Vous pouvez passer votre chemin.

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