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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Agent Joanna Dark hit the ground running in Perfect Dark, an epic tale of galactic conspiracies in 2023 America. Now this classic shooter comes to Xbox LIVE Arcade, rendered in greater definition and detail and sporting a silkier framerate than ever before. Fire up your Farsight and prepare for assignment—the Dark returns this winter. CLassic action: Play the original full game beautifully restored and back in full HD, 1080p at 60 frames per second! All the original game features are included plus new Xbox LIVE ones. [] Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. The XBLA has seen some pretty spectacular games in its time, but Perfect Dark has to be the pinnacle of XBLA gaming simply because despite its age, the game is so jam packed with features that even gamers used to more modern shooters will find some enjoyment.
  2. With cheats to unlock, multiplayer ranks to climb, and new, devious, level-specific crown awards to figure out, this blast from the past is still a blast to play as an un-evolved envoy of modern-day shooters.
  3. Even though the gameplay was left untouched, the game now runs smooth as silk which was one of the biggest frustrations when trying to play multiplayer on the original version of the game due to the massive drops in framerate.
  4. 80
    Perfect Dark HD is the version of the classic N64 game that highlights everything that worked well and patches holes that revolved around pushing the cart-based system to its absolute limit.
  5. Only nostalgiaists will want to play it at length but this shames modern shooters with its ambition.
  6. Newer gamers will likely find themselves frustrated by the trial-and-error single-player campaign, though it will be a fun return home for veterans of the franchise. The real allure is the surprisingly robust online multiplayer matches.
  7. Despite it being a killer remake, Perfect Dark itself is past its prime.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. Nov 4, 2010
    I can't find a thing wrong with this game. It really shows that in a world where FPS games don't age well a few upgrades can make all the difference. I was afraid going back to Pd after 10 years would bring me to the reality that nostalgia had me fooled. Not the case. This is a perfect example of how to "port" an older game to a new console. Expand
  2. Apr 19, 2013
    I felt compelled to give this game a 10. I mean ultimately if you don't give Perfect Dark a 10... then what on Earth DOES deserve a 10?

    Everything about this game is compelling and satisfying with quality and developer talent dripping from it.

    Imaginative, varied and fast-paced gameplay, captivating mission objectives and levels, great characters, amazing weapons, just an overall excellent game. The multiplayer is also great (for it's time, not sure about by modern standards as I haven't played it much recently!).

    As for flaws... some of the mission objectives aren't too clear. Some of the dialogue and story and stuff is a bit cheesy. Some of the levels are weaker than others (inevitably).

    Overall however, Perfect Dark is without doubt one of the finest games ever made
  3. Apr 27, 2013
    this game was one of my all time favourite nintendo 64 games and i was so exited when it was coming out on XBLA i loved everything about it the gameplay, the story, and the cheats you can have in the game and the challenge modes you can do on Combat Simulator and customize your own game setting 10/10 for me Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2010
    This is a great game to renew to a modern version. I remember playing this on Nintendo 64. Great missions and great graphics. great job on the renewal
  5. Jul 25, 2012
    For those who have played this on their N64 and enjoyed it, Should definitely purchase this game no if, and or buts. This is basically the same exact game that you played on the N64. The only addition is online co-op (I'm very happy that they kept local co-op)

    Also, a cool feature in online co-op is that you can play in splitscreen mode. Yes, even in online co-op. See your friend screen on top (or bottom) as if he/she is playing right next to you on the sofa.


    If you have never heard of this game well, just give the trial a download. You may find it fun. However, those who have played this game
  6. Jan 27, 2013
    Perfect dark is a must play. It stands as an example on how re-releases should be handled. The revamped textures in HD look great, and the frame rate has been upped to a lovely 60fps, making the game run smooth and look smooth. It means that older players wont need to rely on nostalgia to enjoy it, and newer players wont be put off. The game is great. Playing it again reminded me of the time when shooters demanded you invest slightly more than just 'shoot the dudes' to progress (of course, if you don't like that sort of game then you can jack the difficulty all the way down, taking most of the objectives out of the levels). The objective based missions and lack of recharging health require you to play a little smarter than most modern shooters. The only recent example that I have played of this in new games is Goldeneye reloaded on 007 classic difficulty, so if you enjoyed that at all then this is for you.
    The story is more or less the standard cyberpunk affair (but with aliens!), fighting against an evil mega corp, while uncovering the greater conspiracy that lies behind it all. The story is interesting, but, in my opinion, slightly underdeveloped, though maybe I have just been spoiled by the likes of Mass Effect and Fallout. The elements are all there; conspiracy, aliens, AI, secret agents, literally warring corporations, but it felt like they had to condense it all to save space on the cartage, and it loses out on that. Don't let that put you off though, its awesome the missions are very well designed. The game play is solid and organic, showing the kind of level design that would be soon seen in things like Timesplitters and Second Sight. It also has local split screen multiplayer, something that more games should have (HAWX, Rage, Red Faction, I'm looking at you) meaning you do not need an internet connection to enjoy the multiplayer. In fact the online aspect tends to be one of the games few flaws, as there is seldom people online, and it can only go up to 8 player, making the online aspect seem rather lonely in comparison to something like call of duty. This is by no means a deal breaker, as the game solidly stands up on its single player and local multiplayer modes. For older gamers its a chance to revisit a classic shooter, and for newer gamers, it is an opportunity to show how the shooter has changed over the years, and perhaps give better perspective on shooters now by comparing them to then. C'mon, its only 800 Microsoft points.
  7. Nov 7, 2010
    By modern standards, Perfect Dark feels almost too simplistic, and it can be frustrating at times. The campaign and story are sometimes confusing too. But it's still a LOT of fun. If you played the original on N64 and liked it, I can honestly say that you'll have even more fun with this new port. Just a warning though: Online matchmaking takes forever, so it's best to play this game with either your friends or bots. Expand

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