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  • Summary: Join the world's most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the US from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out brutal and overt operations around the globe.Join the world's most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the US from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out brutal and overt operations around the globe. From manipulating politicians to controlling intelligence networks and militaries, BLACK operatives are trained at the highest level in psychological warfare, espionage, and lethal arts. Go deep into the world of clandestine warfare as you use any means necessary to get the job done. Overt Action: BLACK operatives do not hide in shadows or sneak behind walls waiting for the right time to engage their foe - they destroy the wall, the enemy, and anything else that gets in their way. The Guns Are the Stars: An explosive arsenal of bleeding-edge weaponry lets you experience the awe-inspiring power of the world's most exotic lethal firepower. If You Can See It, You Can Shoot It: Reduce cities to rubble in a world where virtually nothing is impervious to your bullets. Get Your Blood Pumping—Adrenaline is your friend. Visceral, destructive action sucks you deep into the gameplay as you blaze and blast your own path through open-ended environments. Use destructible worlds and explosive objects to take out enemies in cover, frag multiple enemies at once, or just wreak massive destruction for its own sake. [Electronic Arts] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
  1. Black is what all shooters should be. An all-out assault on the senses. [Feb 2006, p.78]
  2. If you can look past these flaws, you'll discover what I would call one of the best PlayStation 2 games so far this year. As an impressive technical demo it rivals even the next-gen stuff we're seeing on the market now, and the gameplay fills a gap in the genre that has long been craved. If you enjoy FPS games, then I can easily recommend Black for rent or purchase, and anxiously await a potential next-gen sequel.
  3. For a first-time entry into the firts-person market, Black is impressive. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  4. An absolute blast to play from start to finish. Despite what I said about the rather basic gameplay underneath the destruction, I think the game should get a once over by any self-respecting gamer, fan of the genre or otherwise, as it's nice and simple, easy to play and yet difficult to put down.
  5. 80
    As is the case with even the best action films, BLACK probably won't stay with you long after the closing credits have rolled. That's not to say, however, that you won't be on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
  6. Black starts out as one of the most promising and fun games of recent memory, only to let us down with a thin story line and so-so game play.
  7. Black may not be terrible, but it's repetitive and mundane. [May 2006, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 71
  2. Negative: 7 out of 71
  1. Beauceron1
    Mar 3, 2006
    10
    I think the bottom 4 critics are being to analytical. Just have fun with this. Next Gen excitement Today! I have a projector and HT. When I think the bottom 4 critics are being to analytical. Just have fun with this. Next Gen excitement Today! I have a projector and HT. When I'm finished playing I've got battle scars and smell like gun powder. This game is what it is! The Guns are great. The AI is great. The physics are great. The sound is great. Play it NOW! Expand
  2. TuaineT.
    Oct 28, 2006
    10
    Simply awsome. The intro ochestral soundtrack and overall sounds is top notch. The game itself is a sight to behold. War is about destruction Simply awsome. The intro ochestral soundtrack and overall sounds is top notch. The game itself is a sight to behold. War is about destruction and Black brings that to you without the blood and gore that most games display. I'm sure Criterion has it's critics but i'm just itching to hear about part 2. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    Perfect on PS2 ,Best Shooting Game Ever I Played,Controls are Good ,Graphics are Good ,
    sound is awesome i played it in easy mode with health
    Perfect on PS2 ,Best Shooting Game Ever I Played,Controls are Good ,Graphics are Good ,
    sound is awesome i played it in easy mode with health pack it's not that hard not to easy so i feel it's good ,Aim is Too Good For me ,i personally think if you are looking for shooting game You Must Play It ,Good Luck ...
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  4. SujanV.
    Mar 3, 2006
    9
    This game is a must buy for all fans of fps.
  5. PedroR.
    Sep 29, 2006
    8
    I first heard of this game... what, 2 years ago? I wanted to play the second I heard about it. This could have been the Halo-Killer we all I first heard of this game... what, 2 years ago? I wanted to play the second I heard about it. This could have been the Halo-Killer we all wanted for our PS2. But, like Killzone, psh... It's nothing more than a good looking FPS with some nice innovations. The story, its just an excuse to move from location to location. I've seen Cartoons that have better stories. Now that I have gotten most of the bad out of thew way, let's see whats good: 1 Graphics. Best in-game graphics I have ever seen on the PS2. 2 Freaking awsome guns. While there may not be too many guns, the ones thye have are the coolest I have ever seen. I will never look at an AK47 the same way again. Or an RPG for that matter. 3 Destructible Enviroments. This is actually another area where the game fails to live up to it's expectations. But it's PS2, what can they do? It's still the most destructible that I've ever seen on current gen. The final nail in the coffin of this " Halo-Killer" is the lengh of the levels. IDK how many people want to play a game where one level could take up 1 hour (Up to 1 hour and 45 minutes if you want to get everything) just to kill the same 5 enemies over and over and over and over and over. Also, it's FREAKING hard. But it still gets an 8, cuz shooting terrorists in the face never gets old. Also, Black 2 should have Blood and Gore. Expand
  6. Mar 28, 2013
    6
    I feel lke this game had so much potential. But that's it, potential. The storyline leaves much to be desired. Lack of multiplayer? I foundI feel lke this game had so much potential. But that's it, potential. The storyline leaves much to be desired. Lack of multiplayer? I found myself sitting back at he end of this game and asking, is that it? It's a shame, beause all of the way through I was anticipting more! The physics, graphics and controller mechanics are fantastic but the developers didn't realize (Obviously) that those factors aren't the end, but a means to an end. Those things are great led with differing environments, exiting storyline and MULTIPLAYER! lol But all in all, if you're looking for a good shoot em' up, go ahead. Expand
  7. Jun 4, 2014
    0
    This game was the biggest disappointment of my childhood. I was so hyped for the release and then it turned out to be garbage. The first timeThis game was the biggest disappointment of my childhood. I was so hyped for the release and then it turned out to be garbage. The first time in my life I learned the lesson of buying into the hype/ Expand

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