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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
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  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. DeanA.
    Mar 10, 2006
    10
    Dont listen to anything but excellent reports about this game! Its Great! XBox Live is better than playing story mode though!
  2. BrandonM.
    Nov 23, 2005
    10
    I have been playing this game since launch and it is just a blast. Great music, AMAZING graphics. The sound in the game is top-notch, and pretty smart AI. This is a must game for someone looking for a great FPS. One of the best FPS i've played in a long time. Thanks Rare. Expand
  3. AlexC.
    Aug 8, 2006
    9
    Juss tha multi player...needs 2 have no amor....and also..should be more missions....bad ass game....when is another perfect dark game coming out.
  4. Couch
    Dec 2, 2005
    7
    looks good but I was disappointed to the enemy A.I., combat isn't on the level it should be. Another game that makes Halo better
  5. Mar 16, 2013
    7
    Poor story, gameplay is average and the graphics were good when it was released altough they "shine" to much.
  6. MiguelG.
    Feb 21, 2006
    5
    It wouldn't be a good game in the previous generation, so in this... it's painfull. The problem with the graphics, it's not thei cartoonish feel, but a over-glow look, enemies do look like sick manequins, everything, but i mean everythinf shines (!!!). Difficulty goes up and down like a roller-coster. Story is so childish, that I couldn't compreend nothing beyond Joana against some multinational, but..., but..., why ? what ? Voice acting is no doubt the worst part of the game, it's beyond description. Multiplayer is the only thing that's so-so, not a big a deal, like some people say (not a Halo comparable, not for a long shot!). Enemies take forever to kill - everyone tries to do headshots, the whole game gravitates arround head-shots (everyone uses a helmet...). Poor, poor game. CoD2 doesn't deserve to be compared with this mess! Expand
  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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