Perfect Dark Nintendo 64
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  • Summary: Step into the Dark... As Carrington Institute's most promising new Agent, Joanna Dark must uncover the truth behind the dataDyne Corporation's recent technological breakthroughs - breakthroughs which could have serious consequences for mankind.
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  1. Oh yea, oh yea, glory hallelujah -- this is the game we've waited so long for.
  2. Magnificent. Until now, GoldenEye was arguably the best reason for gamers over the age of 16 to own a Nintendo 64. No longer.
  3. 100
    It's a stunning achievement by any measure and stands as one of those rare products that delivers more than you paid for.
  4. If "GoldenEye" is a bull's-eye, Perfect Dark hits somewhere in the lungs. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  5. From superior graphics, which really showcase the capacity of the N64 Expansion Pak, to Dolby Surround Sound, to seemingly unlimited playability potential, "Perfect Dark" is the game of choice for N64 owners.
  6. It’s multiplayer is, by far, the best on Nintendo 64. The Single Player is epic and addicting.
  7. Better than "GoldenEye 007" in every aspect, making it the best first-person shooter at the time of its release. With much deeper Solo Missions and a completely customizable Combat Simulator, Perfect Dark definitely was worth the wait.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 77
  2. Negative: 3 out of 77
  1. Dec 22, 2011
    In an older and simpler time, First Person Shooters where not very common on consoles back in the time of this game's creation, they where mostly only on PCs. When 007 Goldeneye proved that even on simple cartridge technology that great First Person Shooter single player and multiplayer experiences where possible, the genre exploded at the thought of the possibilities. Perfect Dark is a indirect sequel to 007 Goldeneye in the sense of improved engine, interface and features even though it was not related to James Bond at all. The storyline is beautifully crafted with the ability to play the story mode in single player, co-op, and counter-operative (your friend controls enemy guards). Multiplayerer deathmatch had heavy improvements with the ability to select all weapons to appear on the map, creation of your own character skin and your personal gameplay settings, map selection, save files full of multiplayer statistics and rankings, team settings, AI difficulty and personality settings, multiple game modes, music, specialized deathmatch missions, and the ability to save match settings and load them on a whim.In conclusion, I'll be perfectly honest here, as a person who absolutely despises the bland, repetitive and uncreative of nature of most games in the First Person Shooter genre (especially in most recent years with games like call of duty), this game feels so fresh, unique, interesting and daring. I had an absolute blast playing this game back in the day when it was new and playing it with my friends recently, we has just as much fun if not more reliving this masterpiece of a game. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2011
    Clocked more hours than any other n64 title, and wore out quite a few joysticks. It's a damn shame the sequel on the 360 didn't show new fps' how its done... Expand
  3. May 28, 2012
    Perfect Dark is the BEST FPS of all time. Sorry to the kids who are coming back 10 years later and not finding it up to your standards. You need to learn to respect where things came from. If you didn't experience it when it was brand new than I am sorry, you really missed out. Expand
  4. May 10, 2013
    If you thought Goldeneye 007 was great, Perfect Dark will blow away to parts beyond. Improving on nearly every single thing that made Goldeneye great, Perfect Dark is, for the lack of a better word, perfect. Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2012
    Oh, God. This game is the real deal! People talk a lot about Goldeneye, but this game is even better than that! The graphics alone are the most realistic I've ever seen in a N64 game, and they blew my mind back then. The controls can be hard to get used to, especially for people who have been playing dual-analog shooters, but are extremely responsive and were top-notch for their time. One of the last great gems of gaming left to us by Rareware. Groundbreaking in every possible way. Expand
  6. May 30, 2012
    This game is way better then goldeneye. It has Coop, MP bots, and a better story.
  7. Sep 27, 2012
    I bought this game based on the positive reviews on Metacritic. However, the game does not age well. FPS's were not meant to be played with one joystick, and going back to that is just frustrating. Expand

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