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  • Summary: Brought to life in high definition, Perfect Dark: Zero challenges players to guide Joanna Dark on her journey to become the perfect agent. Years before the original "Perfect Dark," players assume the role of Perfect Agent Joanna Dark in a gripping story, with the action in this sci-fi thriller centered on espionage, conspiracy, and a mysterious global conflict. The game delivers unprecedented online action and flexibility, supporting upwards of 50 players online. Perfect Dark: Zero includes fully scalable environments, and complete online support with tournaments, rankings, and more. Players can choose between a story-driven single-player campaign and various multiplayer options, including four-player splitscreen and cooperative action, for infinite replayability. Combat enabled vehicles including jetpacks, hovercrafts, and motorcycles are also available. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 61 out of 75
  2. Negative: 0 out of 75
  1. 100
    Its triumphant visuals, amazing sound and music, tense and engaging storyline, gripping and varied gameplay, fabulous array of weapons and gadgets, lengthy single player campaign (complete with full online Co-Op for every level) and array of brilliantly crafted multiplayer modes and maps, all combine to make this arguably Rare's best ever game and certainly the Xbox 360's best launch game.
  2. The game is really fluid and runs at a high frame rate. What I liked about this game is that the weapons that you carry will affect your speed, just like it would in real life.
  3. It's not the controls or the FPS feel that started to get me into the game. It's the variation of the missions and your specific goals that make PDZ so interesting and addicting.
  4. If they had released this one for the original XBOX it might have been much more acceptable but as it’s a launch title for the 360 I can’t help but feel it’s not worth your money.
  5. This in no way shape or form is a bad game, but I also felt like there was more they could have done to take it further.
  6. I'm not sure what upsets me more: the horrendous mess that is Perfect Dark Zero's single-player game or all the glowing reviews out there (including Che's). Are these crazies playing the same game as me?
  7. The only thing separating it from, say, another dystopian gadget-heavy sci-fi shooter like "Project: Snowblind" is the marketing budget. [Feb 2006, p.85]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 68
  2. Negative: 13 out of 68
  1. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    This game does not deserve the hate it gets. It's actually very well made and gives you multiple ways to play it to your liking, the graphics are also pretty amazing for a launch title featuring super high resolution textures and gorgeous lighting, the gun play is extremely fun and the multiplayer is above the competition. Just don't pay attention to the storyline. Overall, i enjoyed it, even to this day. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2013
    8
    I am genuinely a little annoyed that people encouraged me to believe this game was poor for so long and deprived me of it!

    I love it!


    Now yes the character movement is slow, there is no jump and the cover system is a little clunky. But if you can't see past those THREE flaws then you don't deserve to call yourself a gamer!

    Great levels, great music, awesome characters, great story, great multiplayer, I love it!

    Not as good as the first game but I think it's close!

    Loving it!
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  3. Jun 13, 2011
    8
    Great Game tho it can be a bit hard in some places unless you are on the lowest level, graphics are mostly amazing except for some of the faux anime faces on Joanna and some other people.

    Controls are good and the only real complaint i have is how short the game is with only like six levels but there is a lot of replay value since there is different stuff in the harder levels even after you beat the game.
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  4. May 27, 2012
    6
    This game had some fun levels, but ultimately the game felt pretty average and was a letdown.
  5. Apr 20, 2014
    5
    I understand it was a launch title, but compared to the rest of the 360 games out there now, this game just isn't even in the same league. It feels a lot like golden eye with improved graphics, which is ok since I enjoy golden eye but this game was out dated even on release. I mean come on, the 360 was suppose to be next gen when this game came out and I feel that some first person shooters on the gamecube had better graphics. Rare is no longer the company they used to be evidently. Expand
  6. Mar 7, 2013
    4
    What was considered an impressive launch title is now a complete embarrassment to the 360's game library. It is literally the walking description of a polished turd shiny but still quite Gameplay mechanics are clunky and frustrating when it comes to combat. Character animation is hilariously bad, voice acting is atrocious and the execution of the story is so poor, you will have literally no idea what you are doing in the campaign or why you are doing it. Multiplayer is probably the only redeeming feature of this game. It feels old-school (in a positive sense) and can be entertaining but the general gameplay problems from the campaign are sadly carried into this mode.

    Graphics: 7/10
    Gameplay: 4/10
    Features: 6/10

    Perfect Dark Zero is a soulless, confusing and frustrating experience from start to finish. There is no problem in other people liking this game, I just personally thought it was a huge letdown, given the brilliance of it's predecessor.
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  7. Aug 3, 2011
    0
    Basically they completely gutted the original Perfect Dark, removing most of your options, totally changing the story (Joanna was originally a British secret agent, now she is an American teeny-bopper), and essentially making one of the worst shooters of all-time.

    Nothing is done well in this game. The campaign is terribly cheesy and is never fun (and has one of the lamest bosses ever), and the multiplayer is just plain terrible. They make your character run extremely slow (opposite of OPD), they remove most of the weapons that were available in PD, and they remove virtually all of the customization options for setting up multiplayer matches.

    There is honestly nothing good that can be said about this game. It was a disaster of epic proportions.

    This game ranks #1 on my list of most disappointing games of all-time, and that's against some stiff competition.
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