Perfect Dark

Nintendo 64
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97

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8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 472 Ratings

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  • Summary: Step into the Dark... As Carrington Institute's most promising new Agent, Joanna Dark must uncover the truth behind the dataDyne Corporation's recent technological breakthroughs - breakthroughs which could have serious consequences for mankind.
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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
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  1. Daily Radar
    100
    Oh yea, oh yea, glory hallelujah -- this is the game we've waited so long for.
  2. Magnificent. Until now, GoldenEye was arguably the best reason for gamers over the age of 16 to own a Nintendo 64. No longer.
  3. CheckOut
    100
    It's a stunning achievement by any measure and stands as one of those rare products that delivers more than you paid for.
  4. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    98
    If "GoldenEye" is a bull's-eye, Perfect Dark hits somewhere in the lungs. [Jan 2004, p.189]
  5. Da Gameboyz
    96
    From superior graphics, which really showcase the capacity of the N64 Expansion Pak, to Dolby Surround Sound, to seemingly unlimited playability potential, "Perfect Dark" is the game of choice for N64 owners.
  6. It’s multiplayer is, by far, the best on Nintendo 64. The Single Player is epic and addicting.
  7. Better than "GoldenEye 007" in every aspect, making it the best first-person shooter at the time of its release. With much deeper Solo Missions and a completely customizable Combat Simulator, Perfect Dark definitely was worth the wait.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 114
  1. MattyD.
    Apr 19, 2007
    10
    Ridiculously unbelievable. I have never played a game so packed and never will. Seriously the best console experience of a lifetime.
  2. DavidP.
    Aug 17, 2001
    10
    I would have given it an 11 if I was able to. This is by far the best game I have ever played. i just hope that Nintendo and the people at I would have given it an 11 if I was able to. This is by far the best game I have ever played. i just hope that Nintendo and the people at Rare keep developing this type of game for the older Nintendo player. I feel that Nintendo still has the best graphics. Expand
  3. TheWargamer
    May 2, 2008
    10
    Ah, a timeless classic... Let's start by addressing the naysayers. Yes, the graphics aren't great anymore. Yes, the game turns to Ah, a timeless classic... Let's start by addressing the naysayers. Yes, the graphics aren't great anymore. Yes, the game turns to Perfect Lag whenever chain explosions kick off. Yes, the AI does seem to "cheat" if you know what you're looking for... but none of that matters. Perfect Dark is a thing of beauty. I could talk for hours about the single player mode alone and never mention the fantastic single-player mode, which remains challenging to this day. The reason I am going to stick so much with Multiplayer is, as all reviews of Halo 3 prove, people seem to value Multiplayer above all else. Perfect Dark has THE BEST Multiplayer around; the "Simulants" (Console-controlled Bots) outshine most other games, and frankly any game that came out after Perfect Dark that DIDN'T include Bots cannot be forgiven of this crime. Perfect Dark is showing its age, but it is nonetheless a shining example of how gaming should be. There are so many game modes, weapons and unlockables you'll be kept busy for YEARS, and many of the things we take for granted originated here. An all-time classic. Expand
  4. May 10, 2013
    10
    If you thought Goldeneye 007 was great, Perfect Dark will blow away to parts beyond. Improving on nearly every single thing that madeIf you thought Goldeneye 007 was great, Perfect Dark will blow away to parts beyond. Improving on nearly every single thing that made Goldeneye great, Perfect Dark is, for the lack of a better word, perfect. Expand
  5. AliceB.
    Sep 24, 2005
    10
    IT may be old, but it is still really good with a good story and great gameplay(especially multiplayer). People just have to remember, IT may be old, but it is still really good with a good story and great gameplay(especially multiplayer). People just have to remember, graphics aren't everything. PS who says girls don't know anything about video games. Expand
  6. JoeT.
    Jul 27, 2009
    10
    The undisputed, best ever FPS game ever. I am playing it right now, almost 10 years on. Nothing will ever touch this game in any way, shape The undisputed, best ever FPS game ever. I am playing it right now, almost 10 years on. Nothing will ever touch this game in any way, shape or form. Unless they remake it, and I'm not talking about Perfect Dark Zero. What a poor, poor attempt. This is second to Ocarina of Time, on my Best Games of All Time list. Thank you Rare. Expand
  7. Sep 27, 2012
    3
    I bought this game based on the positive reviews on Metacritic. However, the game does not age well. FPS's were not meant to be played withI bought this game based on the positive reviews on Metacritic. However, the game does not age well. FPS's were not meant to be played with one joystick, and going back to that is just frustrating. Expand

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#2 Most Discussed N64 Game of 2000
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#2 Most Shared N64 Game of 2000