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  • Summary: Join the world's most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the US from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out brutal and overt operations around the globe.Join the world's most brutal and enigmatic strike force. The BLACK tactical squad operates under the cloak of complete anonymity and deniability to protect the US from threats foreign and domestic. It answers to no one, allowing it to carry out brutal and overt operations around the globe. From manipulating politicians to controlling intelligence networks and militaries, BLACK operatives are trained at the highest level in psychological warfare, espionage, and lethal arts. Go deep into the world of clandestine warfare as you use any means necessary to get the job done. Overt Action: BLACK operatives do not hide in shadows or sneak behind walls waiting for the right time to engage their foe - they destroy the wall, the enemy, and anything else that gets in their way. The Guns Are the Stars: An explosive arsenal of bleeding-edge weaponry lets you experience the awe-inspiring power of the world's most exotic lethal firepower. If You Can See It, You Can Shoot It: Reduce cities to rubble in a world where virtually nothing is impervious to your bullets. Get Your Blood Pumping—Adrenaline is your friend. Visceral, destructive action sucks you deep into the gameplay as you blaze and blast your own path through open-ended environments. Use destructible worlds and explosive objects to take out enemies in cover, frag multiple enemies at once, or just wreak massive destruction for its own sake. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 62
  2. Negative: 1 out of 62
  1. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    100
    Black is what all shooters should be. An all-out assault on the senses. [Feb 2006, p.78]
  2. If you can look past these flaws, you'll discover what I would call one of the best PlayStation 2 games so far this year. As an impressive technical demo it rivals even the next-gen stuff we're seeing on the market now, and the gameplay fills a gap in the genre that has long been craved. If you enjoy FPS games, then I can easily recommend Black for rent or purchase, and anxiously await a potential next-gen sequel.
  3. Game Informer
    85
    For a first-time entry into the firts-person market, Black is impressive. [Apr 2006, p.112]
  4. AceGamez
    80
    An absolute blast to play from start to finish. Despite what I said about the rather basic gameplay underneath the destruction, I think the game should get a once over by any self-respecting gamer, fan of the genre or otherwise, as it's nice and simple, easy to play and yet difficult to put down.
  5. 80
    As is the case with even the best action films, BLACK probably won't stay with you long after the closing credits have rolled. That's not to say, however, that you won't be on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
  6. Black starts out as one of the most promising and fun games of recent memory, only to let us down with a thin story line and so-so game play.
  7. Computer Games Magazine
    40
    Black may not be terrible, but it's repetitive and mundane. [May 2006, p.89]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 97
  2. Negative: 8 out of 97
  1. ChrisN.
    Jun 10, 2006
    10
    This game is awesome just dont get too hoked b/c if u have a short temper u might want to play like one level a day (it gets long VERY LONG) This game is awesome just dont get too hoked b/c if u have a short temper u might want to play like one level a day (it gets long VERY LONG) but still i luvd it so it gets a 10 from me. Expand
  2. WillKill
    Feb 24, 2006
    10
    Great FPS. Yeah there is no mulitiplayer, but that doesn't take away from the game. This game was designed to do one thing, and thats Great FPS. Yeah there is no mulitiplayer, but that doesn't take away from the game. This game was designed to do one thing, and thats Kick Ass. When are game reviews and people going to quit bashing EA. Enough Said Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2012
    10
    Perfect on PS2 ,Best Shooting Game Ever I Played,Controls are Good ,Graphics are Good ,
    sound is awesome i played it in easy mode with health
    Perfect on PS2 ,Best Shooting Game Ever I Played,Controls are Good ,Graphics are Good ,
    sound is awesome i played it in easy mode with health pack it's not that hard not to easy so i feel it's good ,Aim is Too Good For me ,i personally think if you are looking for shooting game You Must Play It ,Good Luck ...
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  4. Nov 16, 2018
    9
    A Masterpiece, loved everything about this game, it is definitely a must play!
  5. Jul 31, 2018
    8
    "Black" stands alongside "Medal of Honor: Frontline" as one of the best shooters on the PS2. Short, but sweet, it's a highly-stylized FPS that"Black" stands alongside "Medal of Honor: Frontline" as one of the best shooters on the PS2. Short, but sweet, it's a highly-stylized FPS that draws inspiration from many Hollywood action movies. Developer Criterion Games described this game's gun firing presenation as "gun porn". The team basically wanted to do to firearms what they did with cars in their "Burnout" games; make them sexy and visceral. They certainly succeeded as each weapon looks and feels great. Unfortunately, "Black" is only 6 to 8 hours long and doesn't include any multiplayer modes. The replay factor is also quite low since you're only given a few bonus weapons for finishing the game. Still, the game is a total blast while it lasts. It's not a very deep shooter, but it delivers the thrill you get from watching Hollywood movie shootouts. I would rate with an 8 out of 10. Expand
  6. VersemS.
    Nov 26, 2007
    7
    Yes this game has its moments, as they say the game play is exciting but it could have been way better. The physics are good, all they need Yes this game has its moments, as they say the game play is exciting but it could have been way better. The physics are good, all they need are good graphics with sharp textures and lighting. Black 2 will most likely be amazing. But even so, BLACK is quite good for PS2 but what would have made it better also would have been multiplayer. Plus the story line was confusing and boring. Expand
  7. Jun 4, 2014
    0
    This game was the biggest disappointment of my childhood. I was so hyped for the release and then it turned out to be garbage. The first timeThis game was the biggest disappointment of my childhood. I was so hyped for the release and then it turned out to be garbage. The first time in my life I learned the lesson of buying into the hype/ Expand

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