Perfect Dark Review
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System: X360 (XBLA) Review Rating Legend
Dev: 4J Studios 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Microsoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 17, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Mature 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

We were also surprised by the variety of gameplay. In any given level there are actually a few different ways to play, whether it's a run-and-gun strategy or a stealth-based operation, there are several different ways to have fun. The levels themselves are the biggest reason why this is possible. For a game of this age, the intricacy is somewhat surprising. Each gameplay strategy presents different challenges within a level.

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If you're going to sneak through the level, killing as few people as possible, then you're going to need to disable alarms and alert as few people as you can. Whereas a run-and-gun strategy will trigger several alarms and added reinforcements to battle through.

The number one reason why anybody should buy this game is for the online multiplayer modes. It's essentially a perfect port of the original multiplayer component except it's now all playable on Xbox LIVE in four-player matches.

This update really speaks to the incredible strength of Rare's old multiplayer modes, because they provide an amount of variety in gameplay that is hard to find even today. Of course, it's not up to the same standards of a Modern Warfare 2 or Bad Company 2, but every new game is a new experience. The immense difference between a rocket launchers game and a match with only Golden Magnums (one shot kills) can't be understated. It's far more than we'd ever have expected in a $10 game.

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What it all comes down to, really, is whether or not you're familiar with N64-style FPS gameplay. If you're someone who just started gaming in the last few years you will probably have a very hard time enjoying this game; the generational gap in gameplay design is just too much. But, this game's biggest fans are going to be those who grew up yearning to play PD against their friends in another town (or just far enough away to keep them from screen-watching).

There are a few redeeming factors in the single-player, but generally this is only a good value if you plan on playing online for most of the experience, or if you're looking to educate yourself about a bygone era of gaming.

By Andrew Groen
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
The update is decent, but ultimately these are still much the same as the blocky graphics from the N64, though we weren't expecting much from a $10 downloadable FPS.
4.0
Control
Gunplay is still surprisingly fluid and fun. The N64 controller translates surprisingly well to the Xbox 360.
3.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There's a somewhat annoying techno-esque soundtrack that plays throughout most of the menus, but otherwise the sound design is decent.
3.7
Play Value
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.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Online multiplayer with up to four players.
  • Tons of multiplayer match varieties.
  • Updated textures and character models.
  • Play the campaign cooperatively with another player.


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