Perfect Dark Zero
Perfect Dark Zero is a first-person shooter video game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Game Studios. It was exclusively released as a launch title for the Xbox 360 video game console on November 22, 2005 in North America and December 2, 2005 in Europe. The game is part of the Perfect Dark series and a prequel to the original Perfect Dark. The story of the game follows bounty hunter Joanna Dark as she joins the Carrington Institute agency to prevent rival corporation dataDyne from getting possession of an ancient artifact which endows individuals with superhuman powers.
- A loopy and bland futuristic sci-fi plot with little to no build up.
- Stiff controls. Joanna controls like a tank.
- Linear, hallway like level design with awful AI and no exploration. Sometimes, the levels can feel extremely empty.
- Joanna is no longer an interesting female protagonist.
- Lackluster graphics; there are also lots of ugly filters and poor animations. Even Star Fox Adventures, a GameCube title that was release three years prior and also developed by Rare, had much better looking graphics and animations than this.
- The mission briefings have boring, uninteresting dialogue.
- Annoying loading screens. Even though they go by quickly, most of these loading screens load a cutscene with more story content that no one cares about.
- The game literally shows you where to go if you get lost, discouraging any exploration.
- While some of the music is good, there are some forgettable tracks.
- Horrible intro with bad effects, and it's trying to be a James Bond-esque intro but it fails horribly.
- Strange product placement for Samsung.
- There's a pointless minigame you must play to even use a gadget!
- The loadout changing mechanic, while unique, becomes pointless quickly.
- Average and boring multiplayer that removes everything that made the multiplayer in games such as Halo fun.
- The bosses are extremely easy, since you can just shoot them to death, especially the final boss.
- Forgettable characters with no depth whatsoever.
- Limited multiplayer character selection.
- The game was responsible for killing off the franchise, and there hasn't been a new Perfect Dark game since (the remake of the first game doesn't count), even if there was a trilogy of novels set after the events of prior game being released later.
- It's one of the first online multiplayer games to support up to 32 players.
- Some of the weapons from the original make a return, like the Laptop Gun.
- Despite the average multiplayer, there are some good modes.
- The bots in multiplayer have names that reference other Rare games.
- The weapons are still fun to use.
- As said above, some of the music is good, even though some of it is forgettable.
While Perfect Dark Zero received mixed to positive reviews from game publications, fans of the original and gamers were heavily disappointed and panned the game. It is even considered to be the game that started the downfall of Rare from being a once loved company. Square Eyed Jack, being a fan of the original, gave the game a 3/10 because not only did it kill one of his favorite first-person shooters, but also starting the slow death of his favorite company, Rare. He even broke the case for the game, showing how much he hates this game.