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GF Rating
6.0

6404 ratings

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Good Multiplayer, Lame Singleplayer

posted by ArcadeGuy (BROOKLYN, NY) Oct 27, 2006

Member since Oct 2006

8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful

Perfect Dark Zero is a first-person shooter that uses dual stick controls.

The game's presentation is poor. The dialogue has no subtitles in the cutscenes and during gameplay. (You would need to play in a silent room on a decent volume level to hear it, especially your navigator's vital advice and commands.) You are told to use the left control stick to manipulate devices such as lockpickers and bombs, even if you swapped control sticks in the options, in which case the left stick won't do anything. Mission objectives are only explained in brisk or vague terms, and the optional 'support objectives' are not supported nearly enough. (Your navigator will alert you when a support objective comes up, but afterwards she only talks about the next /main/ objective.) Mission objectives can be read in more detail in the pause menu, but they only tell so much. This is a problem because the missions require you to perform some elaborate tasks, but it's up to you to find out how to progress through trail-and-error. To the game's benefit, you're prompted to choose a difficulty setting before the start of each mission, and your completion of each mission on each difficulty is saved. (Just like with the original Perfect Dark) So you are able to start at the easiest setting for each mission before tackling the harder ones incrementally.

The selling point of Perfect Dark Zero is definitely the multiplayer modes. The variety of elaborate and fun weapons and wealth of game modes that Perfect Dark is known for has been carried over to Perfect Dark Zero. And unlike the original Perfect Dark, the controls are looser, the graphics are actually good this time around, and it can be played online with many players at once. The multiplayer gameplay (which emphasizes headshots, and rolling to avoid them) is well thought out, and with all the weapons and game modes this game offers, Perfect Dark Zero is an excellent multiplayer first-person shooter.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Not the killer app, but definitely worth the time

posted by kramm4716 (SAN DIEGO, CA) Apr 6, 2006

Member since Sep 2004

26 out of 33 gamers (79%) found this review helpful

I loved the original Perfect Dark. Everything built on the Goldeneye engine was great, and co-op play made Perfect Dark, well, perfect. So I was excited when I learned one of the launch titles for the 360 was going to be the prequel. Screenshots released before the 360 launch made me even more excited. Joanna looks great! That gun is firing a grenade! Is that a laptop gun in the background?
I was looking forward to what I hoped would be the next-gen Halo. After playing through the campaign, spending some time with co-op, and a bit of multiplayer, I can tell you this: Halo it isn't.
It looks great. From the light in the subway tunnels to Joanna's nail polish, it looks beautiful. The weapons all look great, foliage hangs naturally, and guards have details on their uniforms.
Gameplay is solid without being too hectic. All movement has an otherworldly sort of slo-mo effect, making it strange at first, but you get used to it. There is no jump button; mashing the A button makes Joanna roll to avoid fire. Also, there are moments when you can duck behind cover. It's an excuse to check out Joanna in third-person, but it can help keep you alive.
The solo campaign is pretty weak. Levels are confusing so the game has arrows on the ground to tell you where to go. The story is shoddy - the only things pressing you forward are the arrows. There are a lot of weapons, all with 2 and some with 3 functions. In order to carry those weapons to a future level you have to find the weapon and keep it till the end of that level. Co-op is similar, only with a buddy, which makes for some fun crossfire situations.
Multiplayer is excellent. Xbox Live supports 16 players online (you can add 16 bots as well) and adjusts the map according to how many people are playing. You can even load the maps alone just to get the lay of the land.
Though it didn't live up to the hype, PDZ is a great game. Play through it with a buddy, then pop online for some multiplayer. It's worth your time.

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GF Rating
7

Good

PDZ not as good as PD1

posted by Halo360 (WINCHENDON, MA) Apr 14, 2006

Member since Jun 2004

17 out of 22 gamers (77%) found this review helpful

this game is beautiful and has great guns and features. the story mode is a little weak but worth a playthrough the 13 large levels . The best part is ONLINE co-op throught the whole game over live which is sweet as you both have to work together and work it out no other game has done this so its cool. The online is great NO LAG AT ALL tons of players 32, and tons of gametypes to pick they only offer 6 maps now but soon more will be available th DL. This game is preety DARN good but its not a total FPS its also got a adventure feel like tombraider its a sweet game and i bought it from gamefly after i got it home i recommend this game you may like it also

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