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Like 2 month old cheddar, it has not aged well,
This review is from: Perfect Dark Zero - Classics Edition (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
Perfect Dark on the N64. Now that was a gem of a game. Harder than GoldenEye and the multiplayer was fantastic with a slight improvement in the graphic department and awesome weapons. Perfect Dark Zero... is pap. Sorry but it is.
Now I'm sure when it was first released, it was seen as a great game with an easy to get to grips with feeling and an enjoyable multiplayer. That's how I remember it and PDZ gave me my first taste of online play. Sadly this game has not aged well at all; I played it again for the first time in 5 years and I was shocked at how outdated it looked and felt. Even older games such AS the original Perfect Dark or older PS2 titles feel more recent.
Clunky menu's, slow reaction times, over enthusiastic zoom on the sniper rifles, awful targeting system for your weapons (especially in multi player if anyone is ever on it), seriously dodgy animation and its possible that PDZ has the worst AI I have seen in a game and I played COD World at War. I recognise that many of these reviews were posted quite a few years ago and that PDZ was a hotly anticipated title so it's bound to have one or two issues with it, but come on! How dumb does Rare think its players are? There are so many restrictions on the player to explore and to follow one set path that it's embarrassing. I can do an evasive move that moves to 3rd person, but I can't jump over a 2ft divide? Lazy development and poor testing let this through.
Avoid PDZ if you played the original, it will totally tarnish your fond memories. PDZ lacks the spirit the first had and has been replaced by a glossy, over the top and laughable at times second outing. The main campaign is short, lacklustre and bland. Multiplayer can be enjoyable if anyone is ever on it but this falls short on all aspects of good multiplayer gaming. How this was given a Classic rating bemusing me. This just shows me that there is in fact no way of measuring what constitutes a classic title and anything will be deemed as a classic if it sells a desirable number of units. By that reckoning Sega Rally, The Simpsons Game and that crazy Bikini Samurai title should be gold plated classics by now.
How disappointing to give this game such a low rating. The possibility laid out before it was monumental. It had the opportunity to claim the FPS throne and be the Classic it deserved. I would wager that there would had of been more PD titles after the demise of Rare, but after PDZ, the franchise is clearly and unfortunately dead in the water.