Perfect Dark Zero
The XBox 360 has
released a plethora of extraordinary titles with the majority of
first generation games being nothing more than spectacular and the
success continues with an XBox exclusive, entitled Perfect Dark
Zero. Gamers may remember this sensual secret agent from the
original game, Perfect Dark but this time Joanna Dark returns in
some of the most awe-inspiring graphics, gameplay and story telling
that blurs the boundaries between movies and games.
single-player action: Brought to life in startling high definition
(HD), a fully interactive world, beautiful graphics, and
breathtaking special effects combine with Xbox Live® functionality
to provide you with a one-of-a-kind single-player experience.
action-packed storyline: Years before the original Perfect Dark,
assume the role of Perfect Agent Joanna Dark in a gripping story,
with the action in this sci-fi thriller centered on espionage,
conspiracy, and a mysterious global conflict.
online play via Xbox Live: Perfect Dark Zero delivers unprecedented
online action and flexibility, with fully scalable environments,
rankings, and more.
variety of gameplay options: Choose between a story-driven
single-player campaign and various multiplayer options, including
four-player splitscreen and cooperative action, for infinite
- Massive arsenal of
weapons, gadgets, and vehicles: The game features many of the
classic weapons and gadgets from the original game, as well as
countless additions. Combat-enabled vehicles including jetpacks, and
hovercrafts are also available.
When a secret war
breaks out between the shadow corporations of the future, the fate
of the entire free world remains on high alert and to make matters
even worse, Jack Dark, Joanna's father is unwillingly drawn into the
struggle that makes this a personal issue for our sexy secret agent.
Intrigue, conspiracies, action and adventure is all included in
Perfect Dark Zero that will truly make this game the benchmark of
things to come and rather than the seriousness of the Splinter Cell
series, this title blends successfully blends together comedy and
Probably the first
thing players will notice about Perfect Dark Zero are the amazing
graphics and also realism of our female hero. The introduction of
the title has been nicely produced by developers Rare who once
again blur the boundaries of game vs. movie and it is almost as if
you are watching a James Bond movie but also starring in it. Apart
from the James Bond style opening, the title features a futuristic
menu system that is accompanied by a space-age musical score that
goes hand-in-hand with the storyline.
those who have never played the Perfect Dark series, a tutorial is
included to teach gamers not only the control system of the title
but also movement, combat and stealth. With that said, the control
system is rather precise and there is also an option to invert the
control system for those players who prefer the more traditional
layout. Joanna can also perform a variety of manoeuvres that are
both played in a first and third-person perspective.
For instance, by
pressing the "A" button on the controller, Joanna can take cover
behind a variety of different objectives that includes walls, boxes
and various other nooks and crannies. By taking cover, the player
can also use the left analog stick to control the combat crosshairs
to easily take out your opponents. Ms Dark can also performs roles,
slide down ladders and use a variety of futuristic gadgets to enable
her to successfully complete the missions she embarks on.
things get a little confusing, your partner eventually tells your
character which way to go by plotting a course to your next intended
destination, depending on what difficulty you have set the title.
The combat system of
Perfect Dark Zero is rather straightforward with the gamer using a
plethora of different guns to take on her nefarious enemies. With
that said, the game does take some liberties to the damage system of
the game, as the realism takes a back seat to this title. It's John
Woo meets Arnold Schwarzenegger but Joanna also has access to
another asset that include her fists which can also be used to
attack enemies or smash a variety of objects in the game such as
boxes and windows.
I must admit that
although the control system of Perfect Dark Zero is quite sturdy, it
does feature a few annoying bugs that may slightly hamper your
enjoyment. For instance, you can only cover against wall or boxes
when the game allows you which makes it extremely frustrating if
you're already against the wall. Another issue with the control
system is that because the game is more John Woo than Splinter Cell,
you need to have extremely good handling of the controller because
the enemy ducks, runs and even challenges you which means you waste
quite a bit of bullets as they run around. But then again, this may
be intended by the developers.
As with most console
created games, Perfect Dark also has no save feature but fortunately
the title saves between missions and also at set save points during
the game but I must admit that in 2006, all games should have the
option of saving anywhere.
Apart from an
in-depth single player mode, Perfect Dark Zero also offers online
play and even a cooperative mode for some extremely entertaining
gameplay. If gamers are still looking for more excitement, the game
also boasts a four-player splitscreen and cooperative mode that
unleashes a wide gamut of challenges for players. How's that for
Dark Zero is a visual masterpiece on the XBox 360 that features
state of the art graphics, high definition support and some of the
most amazing special effects (bump mapping, lighting, texture
shading) that really draws you into this title. Joanna Dark has also
been beautifully designed, although looking on the cartoon side, she
still moves with a realism that one cannot but help appreciate.
environments have all been professionally designed and whether
you're trying to break into a mainframe or run through the streets
of Hong Kong, you will find yourself getting immersed into this
title in no time. Apart from the visual treats such as reflective
surfaces and Hollywood style explosions, Perfect Dark Zero also
features a variety of futuristic pieces of equipment from jetpacks
and goggles to give you that true super agent experience.
As with the
graphics, the sound effects are first class and match that with some
professional voice acting and a James Bond style soundtrack of the
future, everything has been flawlessly implemented into this title.
Perfect Dark Zero is the perfect game for the XBox 360, even though
there are a few glitches with the control system but the
extraordinary graphics, almost "perfect" gameplay and engaging
storyline with great replay value, what you still doing here reading
this review, go buy this game or rent it! Highly Recommended
- Players 1-4
- Dolby 5.1 Surround
- Custom Soundtracks
- HDTV 1080i
- Storage Device
- Players 2-32
- Xbox Live Scoreboard
- Xbox Live Aware
- All Xbox 360 games support high-definition resolutions up to 720p