Perfect Dark Zero, a game that took nearly six years to develop and was touted as Microsoft’s “killer app” for the XBox 360 launch is finally on store shelves. But does it live up to the hype?
Gamespot: “Taken as a whole, Perfect Dark Zero is decidedly one of the best, fully featured Xbox 360 games so far, and it’s a compelling reason to spring for the system if you’ve been on the fence. While the game doesn’t reinvent the first-person shooter, which has been a mainstay of action gaming for more than a decade, it delivers one of the most highly refined and spectacular examples of this brand of gameplay to date. From its ravishing good looks and totally first-rate audio, to the believable feel of its outstanding weapons, to its wealth of single- and multiplayer options, Perfect Dark Zero delivers just about everything you could hope for from a first-person shooter.”
IGN: “Though there’s so much to do in Perfect Dark’s single player campaign, it gets tedious after a while. Over Xbox Live, this is a totally different and much better game which forces players to use combinations of the new roll and cover moves to get by. It’s got great weapons and excellent sound effects with visuals that, at times, are just as good. If you’re looking for one of the best Xbox 360 multiplayer experiences at launch, look no further than this title.”
Gamespy: “Perfect Dark Zero is a lot of fun and does a lot of things very well, but it’s just not the killer-app that we’d all hoped for. Rare is to be commended for the technical prowess on show here, but get it for the co-op and multiplayer experience rather than the diluted story mode. Joanna’s back, and she’s ready to play.”
1UP: “But as much as you want to openly embrace PDZ for all its charms, it’s impossible to suppress a surge of disappointment for all the seemingly obvious missteps that could have been fixed before the game landed in retail. A lackluster story, unlikable characters, frustrating level designs, lack of more mid-mission checkpoints, all stick out like sore thumbs in an otherwise superlative package. And we, like lovers scorned, are only bitter because we care.”
Bottom Line: The average score for PDZ was between an 8.5 and a 9 out of 10. There are some obvious imperfections and, perhaps, expectations ran a little too high – but all in all the game makes for an entertaining FPS experience. It is certainly one of the top three games currently available on the 360.
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