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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[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. [Xbox.com] 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. Perfect Dark isn’t a huge overhaul like other remakes on XBLA, but is still a solid and engaging title. FPS fans who missed out on the original would do well to check out this groundbreaking title, and hardcore fans should experience the game with the technical improvements.
  4. X-ONE Magazine UK
    80
    It's as fast-paced and addictive as you remember. [Issue#58, p.104]
  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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  1. kl
    Mar 19, 2010
    10
    "The other though was the story mode, which was inferior to GoldenEye 007 in terms of both design and its insipid characters, plot and game "The other though was the story mode, which was inferior to GoldenEye 007 in terms of both design and its insipid characters, plot and game world." David Jenkins, you're a fucking idiot. Goldeneye's singleplayer didn't even HAVE a story (or characters for that matter), and PD was far superior to GE in every way imaginable. GE's story was ripped off of the movie, which wasn't that great to begin with. Seriously, that's the dumbest thing I have ever read. Rare actually tried for originality with PD, and, unlike you, many were more impressed with PD's ingenuity than they were with GE (Single and Multi). I guess mom wouldn't let you play PD until it was released on the arcade though, so you wouldn't know. In reality, nostalgia's the only reason you claim GE is a classic. I wouldn't be surprised if your main gripe with PD has more to do with the leading female character, you chauvinist twat. Expand
  2. Aug 1, 2011
    10
    As far as i'm concerned,This is one of the greatest games ever made! Certainly the best on the N64 IMO.I dont know why everyone goes on aboutAs far as i'm concerned,This is one of the greatest games ever made! Certainly the best on the N64 IMO.I dont know why everyone goes on about Goldeneye,this game is far superior in every way,& has genuinely groundbreaking ideas,such as a friend being able to play as your enemies in the campaign,& Co-Op for the campaign,which was almost unheard of in those days,especially for an FPS.While Goldeneye,was a pretty generic game,with notthing particually special or outstanding about it,& If released today,Goldeneye would be seen as a weak game i suspect,but after playing the newly polished Perfect Dark,its still got all the magic,& all the features that made it a classic game.From the features already mentioned,to the great weapons with imaginative secondary modes,well thought out missions,with varying objectives depending on the game dificulty,that are untypical in this day & age,the music,everything was good.Most of the weapons in Perfect Dark have become iconic to anyone that has played the game.A great job has been done on the new version of this game,giving it a High Def polish & a super smooth framerate(which was the only thing that let the original down a little).This is as close to a 'Perfect' (Pun Intended) game than your going to get.Wether you had this on the N64 or not,I HIGHLY recommend this game. Expand
  3. Sep 25, 2010
    10
    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
  4. Jul 25, 2012
    9
    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 theFor 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.

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    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
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  5. MattD
    Mar 19, 2010
    9
    This is a perfect update and throwback for those who played the original. Everyone who wrote a poor review of this game, (pros and regular This is a perfect update and throwback for those who played the original. Everyone who wrote a poor review of this game, (pros and regular gamers like me) was either A: too young to have played the game when it first came out so they don't appreciate it, or B: totally missed the point. I didn't expect anything but the same game with prettier textures and that is what I got. I'm completely satisfied for the very reasonable price of 800 xbox live points. To those who say this is a dated game, well of course it is morons! The thing is when re-releasing a game we face two problems, if you release it with updated gameplay you suffer the possibility of damaging the original content. This can be done well ie: Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes, but its a gamble and there will always be a slew of people who are complaining about how it ruins the original content or the updated gameplay is actually shoddier as a result. Then there are those who complain about how if the gameplay isn't updated then the game is dated. You really can't win. I for one love the fact that nothing was changed about this game except for smoothed out textures. It is a classic that I will enjoy as is and appreciate the chance to play it on a next gen console. You touch up the appearance of old pieces of art, you don't paint a new picture over top of it. Expand
  6. Oct 5, 2017
    8
    The xbla remaster / rare replay remaster is pretty much flawless technically. Why this doesn't have an equal score to the n64 version is theThe xbla remaster / rare replay remaster is pretty much flawless technically. Why this doesn't have an equal score to the n64 version is the lack of an online server browser, limited online modes, and a dead population on the multiplayer. Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2012
    8
    This game has everything against it now a days, and when you compare it to recent titles it has problems like dumb AI, weird glitches andThis game has everything against it now a days, and when you compare it to recent titles it has problems like dumb AI, weird glitches and weird difficulty but despite that this game is freaking awesome! It cannot be more fun running guns out and blazing through this game and killing every enemy you see, picking up the amazing selection of guns and completing objectives. I can't be more satisfied since this port is just great! For 800 microsoft points this is the best deal you will find. Expand

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