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Perfect Dark (XBLA) Review

I never played Perfect Dark when it originally came out back in 2000. I never owned a Nintendo 64 and therefore; I have no pleasant memories of playing Perfect Dark as a wee boy. I have spent a lot of time with the game and it seems rather obvious that nostalgic memories are key to enjoying the game. It is not a terrible game, but when comparing it to games coming out nowadays – which fans will frown upon as unfair – Perfect Dark falls behind and feels far too dated.

Perfect Dark is almost impossible to enjoy when playing by yourself [get your head out of the gutter]. The level design is terrible and it is extremely easy to get lost in a level. There is no direction and it is easy to just fly by an objective without a second glance. The A.I. is dumb and it will not be rare [get it] to see a character run in circles for an entire minute, but I guess that is the kind of intelligence you would expect from the president [oh no he didn’t]. The story is throwaway that tries to be funny, but rarely [damn it] induced a chuckle. The only joy I found in single-player was the fact Peter Molyneux’s face showed up every now and again and I was free to shoot the hell out of it. I will also say that the graphical update does make the game look rather pretty, especially in comparison to the N64 graphics.

Multi-player is the only way to play.

The fun in Perfect Dark is found in multi-player, which can be played both online and offline. You will find the standard deathmatch and competitive modes, a cooperative mode, and a mode [Counter-Operative] where one player controls Joanna as the other(s) control enemy bots in single-player missions. It is all fun and games when you play with some buddies and just joke around, but once they go back to their respective basements for a nap, the fun ends.

I really wanted to enjoy Perfect Dark despite my lack of nostalgic feelings, but I was left with annoyance and frustration. If you played Perfect Dark when it originally came out, you already bought this game and could care less about my personal thoughts [minus angry trolls]. For those like myself – the ones who never played Perfect Dark – I would recommend saving your money for something else, such as the awesome Toy Soldiers. The single-player is crappier than Modern Warfare 2 and while the multi-player can be fun, it isn’t good enough to pull you away from any of the big hitters (i.e. Modern Warfare 2).


Reader Comments (113)

Definitely need a copy of this game for the goldeneye maps and guns included in multiplayer.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwhatthegeek
Back in the day all I could think of was getting home from school and powering up the ol' N64. Can't wait to see what the game looks like with a makeover.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWill
I remmember alot of very late nights of coffee, beer and chips with alot of swearing and laughing as friends died. I'm really looking forward to plaing this game agian, but best of all doing it over live so I dont have to clean up everyones mess as they stagger out to go home after a late night :)
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFinris
Playing coop back in the day was one of the best times I had playing video games, hope this one lives up to my expectations!
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZekolot
I loved staying up late at night playing with my brothers back in 2000. Really good times :)
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDriver121113
Interesting review!

I never got a chance to play it back in the day. I'd like to try out the multiplayer, I used to love Goldeneye though, so if its anything like that, it should still be pretty great.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMig
I had a blast playing this on the N64 especially with my GameShark. Running around with a modified FarSight (alien gun that shot through walls, right?) that was fully auto with unlimited ammo mowing down MeatSims in the Combat Simulator. I can't remember having more fun playing 4-player split-screen on a 20" TV. Good times.

GamerTag: TaRdOmAn
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChase S
Interested in finding out why this was a well loved game back in the day.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStrait1337
My parents never got me an N64, and the only time I ever played was at my cousin's, and that was always something lame, like Super Money Ball. Or OoT that one time, which is alright.

But yeah, I'd love being able to discover why Rare is(was?) so loved.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfhqwhgads
I remember my best friend bringing this game over to my house saying it got good reviews. When I looked at the game, it just looked like a sick mutilated copy of Goldeneye... until we played Area 52 with only falcon scope and mauler. The game was so fun we brought over two other friends the next day and had even more fun playing Hacker Central and Pop a Cap. It was one of the few games that had me playing such an old console several months after the next gen began.
March 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMistrsam

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