Perfect Dark Nintendo 64

User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 256 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 256
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  1. GustavoH.R.
    Jul 4, 2005
    6
    The multiplayer mode rocks. Countless options. But the solo mission is incredibly difficult and the whole sci-fi background turns me off almost completely. Controls are nowhere near as good as they were in the superior GoldenEye 007. Great graphics, good sound, not so much fun, not so much replay value.
  2. TomW
    May 5, 2008
    5
    This game would be legendary, if it weren't for the horrid, horrid framerates. As such, its depressing because its awesomeness is matched only by the frustration of trying to actually play it. At the start of Level 2 where you have to snipe, things get down to 5 frames per sec. That is bullshit.
  3. Aug 6, 2012
    7
    I never saw the appeal of this game. It's not bad, just not all that good. While I liked the voiced dialogue, which was very innovative for the time, the graphics were stylistically unappealing and detracted from the quality of the game. Moreover, some of the maps were obvious re-skins of Goldeneye maps, which just made the devs look lazy, and overall it lacked the charm of that game. ItI never saw the appeal of this game. It's not bad, just not all that good. While I liked the voiced dialogue, which was very innovative for the time, the graphics were stylistically unappealing and detracted from the quality of the game. Moreover, some of the maps were obvious re-skins of Goldeneye maps, which just made the devs look lazy, and overall it lacked the charm of that game. It did offer some interesting innovations though, like secondary modes for weapons, Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2014
    7
    Other than in looks, I fail to see what was so special about perfect dark. It's good, but not so great as some shooters I played in the n64 era. It hasn't aged too well either
  5. Jun 5, 2014
    6
    If you guys are questioning my 6...
    keep reading.
    Goldeneye 007 should be known as a cult classic, and thank god a spiritual successor exists. Pros: -The graphics... holy crap the graphics! this (at the time) was a major improvement on goldeneye, and probably some of the best from the N64 -It actually looks pretty nice, graphics or not, give this game a try -Cool Challenge mode
    If you guys are questioning my 6...
    keep reading.
    Goldeneye 007 should be known as a cult classic,
    and thank god a spiritual successor exists.

    Pros:
    -The graphics... holy crap the graphics! this (at the time) was a major improvement on goldeneye, and probably some of the best from the N64
    -It actually looks pretty nice, graphics or not, give this game a try
    -Cool Challenge mode
    -This game went on to shape one of my favorite games ever made: timesplitters 2 and 3
    -The setting is cool as hell! and thanks to the pretty outdated graphics, story missions are AWESOME looking.
    -You start in the HQ, which you can explore to see many different things about the game
    Cons:
    -The A.I. is NOT too great. while it seems pretty good in the story mode, but in challenge mode,
    the enemy's run into WALLS and when they do see you they run anywhere EXCEPT you location, and
    only shoot when you're REALLY close, though, the A.I. in this game is better then some of the A.I. on the newer games (Thor god of thunder, the walking dead survival instinct, etc.)
    -The multiplayer... yeah its great and all but I still think goldeneye had it better.
    -The story mode is pretty cool, but REALLY frustrating
    -The controls are not to great... if you like games where if you press up, you look down, this isn't much of a problem, but considering goldeneye didn't do it like this, and how uncomfortable it is ruins it, also, no, you can't change it.
    -While the HQ is nice and vast... its really easy to get lost in.

    So that's my review.
    Don't ask me about zero or what the f*ck the were thinking on that one...
    because I never played it, nor do I own a 360!
    This game is a classic, just be aware of the package.
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Awards & Rankings

#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
#1 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000
Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. CheckOut
    100
    It's a stunning achievement by any measure and stands as one of those rare products that delivers more than you paid for.
  2. Nintendorks
    100
    So damn close to perfect that it makes me want to cry tears of joy.
  3. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    This is the best action game on the Nintendo 64 and a great follow-up to "GoldenEye."