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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: 51 out of 72
  2. Negative: 7 out of 72
  1. P.B.
    Mar 2, 2006
    10
    I think the IGN review gets it and GameSpot misses the point. This game is just plain FUN. And for $39, it's priced just right. I think the IGN review gets it and GameSpot misses the point. This game is just plain FUN. And for $39, it's priced just right. I'll definetely play through again. Nice package too. 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. ConradA.
    Apr 2, 2006
    8
    Amazing FPS, but I agree with many of the criticisms. Too short, no online, no map, needs more save points. But beautifully designed Amazing FPS, but I agree with many of the criticisms. Too short, no online, no map, needs more save points. But beautifully designed environments (the asylum level has gorgeous room after gorgeous room that forces you to be creative, i.e use the shotgun to blast through thin walls to get around guys with shields) that have to be played through a couple of times to be appreciated. A great rental or bargain buy. Expand
  6. BartokF.
    Dec 13, 2007
    6
    Average fps. Dull after a while and way too short. Much better out there.
  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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