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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. 90
    At no point in Black's development did the game ever indicate it would become anything more than what it is: a high-powered homage to the FPS genre in its simplest and most undiluted form.
  3. For a first-time entry into the firts-person market, Black is impressive. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  4. Little strategy is required for each stage, with abundant health packs and aggressive opponents of little intelligence. But there are many strategies and the use of cover is vital.
  5. 80
    If you are looking for a fairly mindless shooter then Black will keep you busy until the end, even if does have a basic storyline that is best ignored, and the game doesn't take long to complete.
  6. Taken as a whole, BLACK is just your average first-person shooter.
  7. Black may not be terrible, but it's repetitive and mundane. [May 2006, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 70
  2. Negative: 7 out of 70
  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. AkosS.
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    The best game in the history of first shooting games for PS2.
  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. SteveB.
    Mar 1, 2006
    9
    Best shooter on PS2 hands-down. Decent graphics, great gun action, lots of bang-bang, you can destroy some types of cover! Minor points: Best shooter on PS2 hands-down. Decent graphics, great gun action, lots of bang-bang, you can destroy some types of cover! Minor points: crosshairs should change based on gun type, scoped-in view should stay scoped, ammo capacity seems a little high (500 AK rounds?). But still an awesome game. $40 is a bit much for a short game, though. I reconfigured controls to emulate Halo and picked up the game instantly. Loved it from the first to the unsatisfying end nine hours later. Expand
  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. IanF.
    Dec 13, 2007
    6
    Only eight hours of samey gamepley. No extra modes or multiplayer. No splitscreen and no co-op. Why did I buy this? must try harder.
  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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