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Perfect Dark
Box artwork for Perfect Dark.
Developer(s) Rare
Publisher(s) Rare
Distributor(s) Xbox Live Arcade
Engine Enhanced GoldenEye 007
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First-person shooter
System(s) Nintendo 64, Xbox 360
Players 1-4, 8 bots max.
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
BBFC: BBFC 18.png 18
OFLC: OFLC MA15.svg Mature Accompanied & Restricted
OFLC/NZ: OFLC-NZ R16.jpg R16
Followed by Perfect Dark Zero
Series Perfect Dark
Neoseeker Related Pages
This is the first game in the Perfect Dark series. For other games in the series see the Perfect Dark category.
For the Game Boy Color game, see Perfect Dark (Game Boy Color).

Perfect Dark is a first-person shooter video game for the Nintendo 64 game console. The game was developed by Rare, creators of the multimillion-selling GoldenEye 007, an earlier first-person shooter with which Perfect Dark shares many gameplay features. The game was first released in Canada and the United States in May 2000, where it was greeted with critical acclaim; PAL and NTSC-J releases followed soon afterwards.

The game features a single-player mode consisting of seventeen missions in which the player assumes the role of special agent Joanna Dark, an operative for the fictional Carrington Institute, as she attempts to foil a conspiracy by rival corporation dataDyne. It also includes a range of multiplayer options, including co-operative and "counter-operative" modes in addition to traditional deathmatch settings. Technically, it is one of the most advanced games developed for the N64, with optional high-resolution graphics and Dolby Surround Sound.

Perfect Dark features many elements that are typical of a first-person shooter game, including a range of weapons to collect, enemies to defeat and distinct environments to explore. It is frequently described as a "spiritual sequel" to Rare's earlier first-person shooter GoldenEye 007, released in 1997. In fact, Perfect Dark was originally intended to be a true sequel to Goldeneye; however, Rare opted not to re-license the James Bond trademarks as the game neared completion. As a result, the gameplay is extremely similar and it retains many of its predecessor's features, such as the ability to use stealth to tackle missions, and objectives that vary with the difficulty setting.

The weapons of Perfect Dark include handguns, rifles, submachine guns, a shotgun, rocket launchers, combat knives, grenade launchers, various explosives, and several fictitious extraterrestrial weapons. Almost all of the weapons in the game have two modes of fire; a primary mode in which the weapon is used in a typical fashion, and a secondary mode which tends to use the weapon in a more unconventional manner, such as pistol-whipping or proximity detonation. Players can carry an unlimited number of weapons, and certain guns can be used in duplicate, one in each hand.

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