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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: 76 out of 104
  2. Negative: 10 out of 104
  1. KhalidK.
    Jun 23, 2006
    10
    awesone game, real war scenarios, non-stop action.
  2. Jun 30, 2022
    10
    From the amazing PS2 games series that were ahead of their time! Until today this game is superior to several more recent fps
  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. AdeolaO.
    May 25, 2007
    9
    Wonderful graphics, gameplay and and lots of explosions. A must buy and absolutely brilliant
  5. Jul 5, 2022
    8
    BLACK-эта та игра которую я с уверенностью могу назвать лучшим шутером на PlayStation 2.
    Шли года с выхода ps2 разработчики начали хорошо
    BLACK-эта та игра которую я с уверенностью могу назвать лучшим шутером на PlayStation 2.
    Шли года с выхода ps2 разработчики начали хорошо справляться с архитектурой ps2, выходило много красивых игр для нее но Criterion games сделали что-то по настоящему удивительное.
    Они действительно взяли PS2 и начали из нее выжимать максимум. При первом запуске я задался вопросом действительно ли у меня ps2 под столом. игра невероятно красивая но оценка 8 из за сюжета. Сюжет здесь чисто для галочки и все равно она меня впечатлила.
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  6. SamuraiSlash
    Mar 27, 2006
    7
    Sort of Medol of Honor on steroids. BIG problems, 1. NO MAP!? 2. NO COMPASS!!? WTF? You spend nearly as much time running in the wrong Sort of Medol of Honor on steroids. BIG problems, 1. NO MAP!? 2. NO COMPASS!!? WTF? You spend nearly as much time running in the wrong dorection as the right direction on some missions. 2B fair, most are straghtforward enough but perhaps the lack of these things add to the intensity of the experience. You end up sooo frustrated that you take it out on the bad guys and joyfully blow the livin' crap outta them. The atmosphere, graphics and sound are amazing, I must say. A few more checkpoints, ability to skip boring, senseless cutscenes and a save option would've been nice. Overall, the experience was challenging and left me with a mild case of post traumatic stress syndrome but as for the fun factor... I'm still not sure. It was quite depressing and very stressfulI. I feel like I fought in a pointless war against faceless enimies with little... make that NO payoff. Sure I beat every level and killed every guy and blew up most everything in sight but (yawn) so what? A big waste of time and bullets. Sorry, Criterion but look at the bright side... BURNOUT RULES! 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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