Innovation & Design

Perfect Dark Zero


Several years since her N64 debut, Joanna Dark has finally arrived to the next generation party with Perfect Dark Zero. And while she's not the hottest chick at the Xbox 360 launch (Allard, I'm looking at you), she's got enough going for her to have you do a double take. Visually, some sections and cutscenes look high-res Xbox titles while others are drop-dead gorgeous, and the soundtrack is about the same kind of mix. Thankfully, the gameplay is spot-on, featuring an overall solid first-person shooter with a couple of unique elements to keep it fresh. Hoho, but Xbox Live is perfect, making a game that could be merely on the fence now a must-buy for anyone who's seriously into the genre. Joanna, you may not be the prettiest girl here, but you're still damn fun.

The Score

+ Perfect on Xbox Live (nice, the name of the game is Perfect Dark Zero and I just said perfect!)

+ Area maps are really well laid out, both in single- and multi-play

+ Split-screen multiplayer is smooth and beautiful

+/- Some of the visuals are beautiful (reflections, physics), but not too much to make you go ape

+/- Controls are the same as they ever was, but a few new things pop into the mix to keep it sweet

Bottom Line

Going in with expectations in check, Perfect Dark Zero is really good. It has a lot of action, a great variety of weapons, and a cutie as the main character. However, if you're expecting a revolution of sorts, keep looking. For as solid as Perfect Dark Zero is, it's not going to wow you with anything innovative. But hey, when you're fragging away at fellow gamers from all around the world, you're not going to care. This game is a lot of fun, and is one of the better games you can pick up for the Xbox 360.


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