Reviewed By: Erik Hawkins

Computer Platform: N64
Produced by: Rare
Price Range: $50-60
Learning curve time: 1 hr.
Age level: 18+
ESRB Rating: Mature

Genre: Action/Adventure
Christian Rating: 2 of 5
Gameplay: 5 of 5
Violence: 1 of 5
Adult Content: 3 of 5

Screenshot for 'Perfect Dark'

"Perfect Dark" is the long awaited follow-up to the fantastic, somewhat violent action game "Goldeneye 007". “Perfect Dark” outdoes 007 in every way except moral acceptability.

You play as a female spy in the future, dispatched to investigate the mysterious dataDyne organization, who may be in contact with extraterrestrals and have a nefarious plan for humankind.

Reviewer quote Gameplay consists of the usual, mission based gameplay with complex objectives and lots of killing. The game is extremely, unbelievably violent! It is totally unacceptable for an enemy to plead for their lives, or for people's heads to snap back with a graphic spray and splash of blood on the wall behind them when they are shot. Killing people has never felt so real in a video game, and that's what's wrong with "Perfect Dark". True, the fast pace of the game may make the bloody details hard to notice, but there's something in the death screams, pleas for mercy, blood pools around your piles of bodies, and gurglings enemies make when shot in the throat that should make anyone cringe. The game makes killing look fun, and is dangerous for impressionable kids.

While “Goldeneye” had fun and complex, movie-based gameplay with a noble objective from the start, along with moral elements as well as liberating fun, “Perfect Dark” has mean-spirited killing all the way through. Eventually, you start trying to save humankind, but for the first few missions, it seems you are killing for the sake of killing, and the mean-spiritedness mixed with the graphic blood and screaming, as well as a bit of profanity mixed in makes “Perfect Dark” quite imperfect for kids.

Year of Release—2000

This game may have some non-christian things to it, but not near as many of most people believe. The basic purpose of the game is to stop an evil organization, DataDyne. Many of the missions involve nothing more that rescuing captured persons. In fact, on most levels you cannot even shoot one unarmed civilian or scientist without immediately failing your objectives. Young children do not need to be exposed to all of the violence, but people mature enough should realize that the majority is done only because of necessity to accomplish other things, similar to real-life military situations… My Ratings: [4/5]
   —Corey, age 18

Comments from Young People…

I believe this game is very well made. It is the futuristic sequel to the world loves GoldenEye OO7 by Rare. The language can we a bit of a nuisance at times. Though you can turn the volume down like myself and you will not hear the moaning of agony by the people whom we have killed over this game. The blood seen from shooting this poor innocent sole isn't that much of a factor seeing as how most of the levels have dark floors and moderately dark walls. On a lighter note I believe this game was very well developed. If any FPS should be bought I'd recommend Perfect Dark first of all. My Ratings: [4/5]
   —Chris AKA THE Cobra, age 14

Violent, but no swearing like in the Nintendo 64 version. Much less violent but still much death. Not a good game for persons 12 and under. My Ratings: [2/4]
   —Ray Walsh, age 13

I recently purchased the game Perfect Dark looking for a game similar to Goldeneye 007, but this one was completely opposite. There is much more detail in this game when it comes to death. The first “bad guy” I encountered on the game surprised me by saying "How the…" and after I shot the fellow human he screamed like no other and his blood was all over the floor. It made me feel sorry for the poor guy. After I continued on blasting guys to the floor I noticed that their guns could be knocked out, some would surrender, and others would punch or kick you, making your screen blurry (very cool effect). The game has a truly unique story line. One thing I would say to parents, make sure your children know the true reality of death and killing. I continue to play the game because I feel it relieves stress and because I do not take the game so seriously and know it is just a game. Killing, I know, is very wrong. My Ratings: [2/5]
   —Chad Stoecklein, age 17

This is a decent game. In case you didn't realize, there is a language filter that removes all swearing, and a “paintball mode” that drenches the walls in colored paint instead of blood (like that really helps). It's hard to get around the fact that you're killing people, but simply shooting everything is not recommended. Killing your partners or civilians is usually detrimental to the mission. My Ratings: [3/4]
   —Nathan Baker, age 17

Perfect Dark is near perfect, when you are talking about gameplay and graphics only. Once you turn the game on you delve into a fantastic futuristic world. The graphics are so lifelike and gameplay so smooth, you almost forget you are playing a video game. But then when you take the first shot the harsh realization falls over you that this game is not for the faint of heart. With just one shot opponents cringe and scream with pain, blood splatters on the wall and floor as you rain on them with bullets. There are a few vulgar words used while you watch your eneny die in his own pool of blood. Christians beware, I do regret playing this game, and would warn all parents whose kids are begging you to get the game, I was the same way. The game has incredible graphics, sound,and gameplay. But the blood drenched death scenes, and vulgar language are a sign to stay away. BEWARE! My Ratings: [2/5]
   —David Cady, age 15

This is a great game but the language is terrible. You can turn on the language filter to solve this problem. However, the violence is realistic. I think this game is suitable for teens and mature preteens (like myself) that know when someone dies, they die and they don't come back to life. Anyone who likes aliens will like the story line. My Ratings: [4/5]
   —Wesley Corbitt, age 12

OK first off I think that you can make the game less graphic by going to the “Audio” in the options and turning the Language Filter on. This will block all bad language. Second, when you're in the option screen go to “Display” and you should see one of the bottom options say Paintball. This will block all the blood because when you shoot someone the blood will look like the paint you shot from your gun and will look like you just killed a robot with oil in it. (at least that's a good way to think you're not hurting anyone) Now, what I like to do about hurting someone anyway is get the Cloaking Device cheat and the Infinite Ammo cheat by completing a level in a good time requested. When I have both cheats I use them in the missions and instead of shooting them I shoot the gun in their hand. If you immediately pick it up the guard has a good chance of putting his hands up and when he does surrender you knock him out instead of killing him with a gun. This (in my opinion) will make it not as graphic. After doing all the above I give it a Christian Rating of 3 instead of 2 but it is still a game about violence making it only suitable for Teens that know guns are really dangerous. My Ratings: [2/4]
   —Mewt, age 17

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