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?
Excerpt: Sacred 2 is the second instalment in the series which is third person and uses a isometric top down approach similar to the Diablo series. Set in the magical world of Ancaria where a mystical substance known as T-Energy is the source of all life and magic. It was solely controlled by the Seraphim until they grew bored and passed it to the favoured High Elves. Now a civil war is being waged with all the races wishing to harness it to become the most dominant.
Pros: Redone graphics with smooth frame rate, Tons of different modes and options, Multiplayer is now online and still lots of fun, Playing campaign levels multiple times is rewarding., Varied arsenal keeps things fresh and exciting
Cons: Controls lack precision, Sometimes confusing level design, Online is laggy and has no host migration
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.