Excerpt: It seems like it's taken an eternity to happen, but classic Nintendo 64 FPS Perfect Dark is finally available on Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360. With spruced up 1080p visuals, a slick frame rate and eight-player online multiplayer, this is without a doubt the best version of the game to date, but just how well has the shooter aged in the 10 years since its original release?
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Excerpt: In the hallowed halls of N64 shooters, Perfect Dark hovers at the heavens. Microsoft is mining our nostalgia and adding online multiplayer, HD resolutions, improved textures and frame-rates--and you don't even need a RAM expansion to play it. The nearly-10-year-old shooter has you slipping on the saucy British accent of superspy Joanna Dark, and embarking on a multitude of missions full of aliens, stealth, gadgets, and lots and lots of shooting with lots and lots of...
Summary: With GoldenEye 007's chance of appearing on Xbox Live about as likely as Sean Connery donning the tuxedo again, Rare went with the next best thing: dusting off its unofficial sequel. Perfect Dark makes its auspicious Xbox Live Arcade debut as a near faultless example of how to rerelease a console classic.
Pros: Improved frame rate and textures, Multi-function weapons and gadgets, Huge assortment of multiplayer options
Cons: Weak enemy AI, Clichéd storyline, Unusual targeting system
Conclusion: But the experience of playing Perfect Dark for XBLA definitely feels behind the times. This game isn’t so much a remake, or a port of the original, but rather a restoration. Content-wise the game is identical, only the textures have been upgraded and the framerate turned up to sixty. But the room geometry is that same retrograde single-panel wall texture design, and the lighting is pretty rudimentary too.
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Conclusion: Concept: A remake with everything you remember from the classic, except looking better and running smoother
Graphics: Despite the hi-res updates, the visuals are significantly dated compared to other FPS games on the market
Sound: Bond-esque tunes mixed with memorable weapon sounds
Playability: The mission structure is dated, but the auto-aim feature makes hitting your mark as easy as ever
Entertainment: Pure nostalgia.
Excerpt: provided a real highlight on the Nintendo 64 console. Delivering slick gun play and a superb selection of weapons in single-player and multiplayer modes, the shooter swallowed up many gamer hours after its release in 2000.