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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  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. Aug 11, 2015
    9
    Originally released in 2000 this is one of the most overlooked games gets its second chance to be experienced and it holds up pretty well. IfOriginally released in 2000 this is one of the most overlooked games gets its second chance to be experienced and it holds up pretty well. If you are a Rare fan you should definitely try it if you didn't before. Expand
  5. Jan 27, 2013
    9
    Perfect dark is a must play. It stands as an example on how re-releases should be handled. The revamped textures in HD look great, and thePerfect dark is a must play. It stands as an example on how re-releases should be handled. The revamped textures in HD look great, and the frame rate has been upped to a lovely 60fps, making the game run smooth and look smooth. It means that older players wont need to rely on nostalgia to enjoy it, and newer players wont be put off. The game is great. Playing it again reminded me of the time when shooters demanded you invest slightly more than just 'shoot the dudes' to progress (of course, if you don't like that sort of game then you can jack the difficulty all the way down, taking most of the objectives out of the levels). The objective based missions and lack of recharging health require you to play a little smarter than most modern shooters. The only recent example that I have played of this in new games is Goldeneye reloaded on 007 classic difficulty, so if you enjoyed that at all then this is for you.
    The story is more or less the standard cyberpunk affair (but with aliens!), fighting against an evil mega corp, while uncovering the greater conspiracy that lies behind it all. The story is interesting, but, in my opinion, slightly underdeveloped, though maybe I have just been spoiled by the likes of Mass Effect and Fallout. The elements are all there; conspiracy, aliens, AI, secret agents, literally warring corporations, but it felt like they had to condense it all to save space on the cartage, and it loses out on that. Don't let that put you off though, its awesome the missions are very well designed. The game play is solid and organic, showing the kind of level design that would be soon seen in things like Timesplitters and Second Sight. It also has local split screen multiplayer, something that more games should have (HAWX, Rage, Red Faction, I'm looking at you) meaning you do not need an internet connection to enjoy the multiplayer. In fact the online aspect tends to be one of the games few flaws, as there is seldom people online, and it can only go up to 8 player, making the online aspect seem rather lonely in comparison to something like call of duty. This is by no means a deal breaker, as the game solidly stands up on its single player and local multiplayer modes. For older gamers its a chance to revisit a classic shooter, and for newer gamers, it is an opportunity to show how the shooter has changed over the years, and perhaps give better perspective on shooters now by comparing them to then. C'mon, its only 800 Microsoft points.
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  6. May 3, 2011
    8
    A fun and energy game pumping your adrenaline man great game better than pdz by a little but still man great game I love the perfect darkA fun and energy game pumping your adrenaline man great game better than pdz by a little but still man great game I love the perfect dark series and this was a step up for the series Expand
  7. Feb 4, 2018
    0
    J'ai joué à ce truc via la compil' Rare Replay sur Xbox One qui émule la version "remastérisée" Xbox 360 de la vieille version Nintendo 64 :J'ai joué à ce truc via la compil' Rare Replay sur Xbox One qui émule la version "remastérisée" Xbox 360 de la vieille version Nintendo 64 : c'est amusant. Non, le jeu n'a rien d'amusant mais il est amusant de constater qu'on puisse jouer dans d'excellentes conditions à une vieille daube de ce genre, car on s'en voudrait d'avoir raté un truc pareil.

    Oui, on s'en voudrait, car il s'agit apparemment d'un FPS incroyable du monde des consoles, un monument porté aux nues par... ah mais attendez, il s'agissait d'un jeu de la Nintendaube, donc tout s'explique : les fanboys idolâtres des consoles Nintendaube sont en effet les pires fanatiques au monde et de toute la galaxie. Et de tout l'univers. Il ne faut donc pas s'étonner des notes et commentaires dithyrambiques à propos d'un FPS foireux.

    Bon, au moins ça tourne à 60 im/s et les graphismes sont propres. "Propres" mais pas vraiment jolis pour autant. Néanmoins, on ne les critiquera pas outre-mesure, vu l'âge du machin évidemment. On se bornera à constater (comme un huissier) que même en 2000, on avait des FPS mille fois mieux que ce "Perfect Dark"... sans compter le premier Halo sorti en... 2001 !

    On se bornera simplement à tourner en rond là-dedans comme dans un vieux Doom... mais sans aucune carte ni repère, ni rien. Et sans sauvegarde pendant la mission, histoire de prolonger une durée de vie naturellement faiblarde. Et sans médikit non plus (histoire de prolonger etc...). On constatera également que sans la visée automatique, le jeu est injouable et qu'avec, il est ridicule. On notera que les sensations sont absentes, que la jouabilité est molle et que les ennemis sont stupides.

    En conséquence de quoi, on s'ennuie à vitesse grand V dans cet ersatz de FPS à la petite semaine, démoulé par Rare, le développeur qui fait rarement de bons jeux et toujours de la merde.
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