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Review: ‘Black’ for XBox

Black Screenshot

The last hurrah for the original XBox console was touted as the porn of first person shooters – no plot, all action. Sounds great right?


1UP: (7 out of 10)”Black is bold in its simplicity, an elemental force that makes a strong, singular statement: It intends to be the most adrenaline-pumping, testosterone-infused shooter ever. And in that regard, it succeeds.”

Gamepro: (4 out of 5)”All told, if Black was created to produce an adrenaline-induced euphoria of maddening guns going wild, then it is a total success. In the sequel, as the end of the story sets up, let’s hope the AI is improved and includes at least some type of multiplayer type–which would then predictably give it a better score.”

Gamespy: (4 out of 5) “As you make your way through the game, you’ll likely notice countless setpieces that seem to have been directly inspired by some of Hollywood’s biggest action blockbusters. There’s a columned lobby that’s similar to the one shot up by Neo in “The Matrix,” as well as a shower sequence that’ll make you think you’re running through the Sean Connery vehicle “The Rock.” As is the case with even the best action films, BLACK probably won’t stay with you long after the closing credits have rolled. That’s not to say, however, that you won’t be on the edge of your seat from start to finish.”

Team XBox: (8.5 out of 10) “The game retails for $39.99 so the price isn’t bad for what you get, but we would have gladly paid full price had there been a bit more beef on its bones. Still, BLACK serves as a great introduction into what could potentially become the beginning of a new franchise for both Electronic Arts and Criterion Games and out mouths are already watering for more.”


Click here for ‘Black’ screenshots.

Bottom Line: If you like non-stop action, Black just might fit the bill. The $39.99 price tag isn’t bad either, but the one dimensional nature of the game might make it better suited for rental.

As Team XBox noted, Black might be the beginning of a new franchise for EA, and a sequel on the 360’s hardware would certainly be exciting to see.

Posted by Sean


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