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Perfect Dark XBLA

It's dark. It's very dark. She's still perfect. Rare's favourite future field operative finally gets the chance to relive That Thing With The Skedar on Xbox Live Arcade. Whether it's your first, second or tenth time facing off against the dataDyne Corporation, just keep a steady grip on your Falcon 2 as you prepare for infiltration.

Perfect Dark XBLA

When it comes to the list of titles from Rare's N64 days eligible for a hi-def modern relaunch through Xbox LIVE Arcade, Perfect Dark is always poised and ready near the top. And now, finally, its opportunity has arrived. Ten years on, Jo Dark is reliving the conspiracy.

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  • Platforms: Xbox 360
  • Genre: Shooter
  • Developer: Rare/4J Studios
  • Released: 2010-03-17
  • Game Rating: US: M | EU: 16+
  • Players 1-4
  • Players Co-op: 1-2
  • Multiplayer Versus
  • In-game Dolby Digital
  • HDTV 1080p
  • Storage Device
  • Players: 2-8
  • Players Co-op: 1-2
  • Leaderboards
  • Voice Messaging
  • Voice Support

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Story So Far

The Tip of the Iceberg

Since the dawn of man, our planet has been watched. The reasons for this interest differ from race to race. Some merely wish to observe until humanity has evolved to a point where they can introduce themselves without sparking mass panic; the motives of others are far less benign.

   And not all humans are oblivious to the watchers above and amongst us. Daniel Carrington, head of the elite Carrington Institute, suspects that rapid technological developments at dataDyne HQ are the results of the corporation taking a dark path to first contact – a path which apparently branches through major Government agencies.

   Whether or not his suspicions are justified, it is clear that events are rushing to a head. People are being abducted, animals mutilated... someone amongst the stars desperately wants something they believe us to have, and Carrington suspects that the grand plan penetrates deeper than these surface incidents. Using all means available, the Institute has resolved to find out exactly what's going on before it's too late, and only recently has it been offered its first real lead into the conspiracy: urgent messages from one Dr. Caroll located deep in the heart of dataDyne operations, requesting extraction from the company before alleged threats on his life are carried out.

   Cue freshly qualified Agent Joanna Dark, codenamed Perfect Dark thanks to her unprecedented achievements in training. Her first real assignment could hardly be of more importance: infiltrate the dataDyne skyscraper, extract Dr. Caroll and bring him back to the Institute undetected and unharmed. With events at dataDyne shrouded in mystery and yet moving so fast, whatever knowledge Dr. Caroll possesses could determine the fate of the human race.

Cast List

Joanna DarkJoanna Dark

Highly trained but inexperienced. Reactions superb. Proficient with a variety of weapons. Very competent. Highest recorded training scores resulted in the creation of a new class of training grade. Embodiment of the Carrington Institute's ideal agent, hence the callsign 'Perfect Dark'.

JonathanJonathan

Carrington Institute's most experienced undercover agent. Highly accurate with his chosen weapon. Perfectly suited to undercover missions; less suited to out-and-out combat. Before Joanna Dark's activation as a CI Agent he held the honour of the highest recorded training scores.

Daniel CarringtonDaniel Carrington

Intelligent patriarchal scientist/entrepreneur and founder of the Carrington Institute which distributes new technologies into the public domain. Plans all missions carried out by his agents, and runs each operation direct from a link in his office. Strange taste in clothes.

ElvisElvis

Elite Maian Trooper assigned to a high-ranking Maian diplomat. A Terraphile who finds enjoyment in all aspects of Earthly life. Has been in Maian Special Forces for eight Maian years (roughly a century), and has worked on Earth with the Carrington Institute many times since its inception.

Cassandra De VriesCassandra De Vries

The head of dataDyne Corp. Addicted to power, dislikes being anybody's underling. Hates it when she loses the initiative. Is prepared to do extremely unscrupulous things in order to get ahead of her competition, to whit Daniel Carrington, whom she loathes.

Trent EastonTrent Easton

Ambitious and unscrupulous NSA head, but also a career bureaucrat bound by procedure. Only severe personal threat would induce him to use violence to get his way. Close acquaintance of Cassandra De Vries; unsurprisingly, most of his policies have been beneficial to dataDyne Corp.

Mr. BlondeMr. Blonde

As far as government records are concerned, this individual does not exist. Third member of the possible conspiracy including Cassandra De Vries and Trent Easton, though his place in the group dynamic is unclear; it is supposed that De Vries is the nominal leader. Assumed dangerous.

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Achievements

The full list of Xbox 360 Achievements available in Perfect Dark XBLA.

How's That For Starters? (10G)
Complete dataDyne Central - Defection.

Both Barrels (5G)
Kill an enemy when dual-wielding.

Act Your Age, Joanna (5G)
Destroy Carrington's wine collection.

Double 64 (10G)
Kill 128 enemies using secondary fire mode.

Camera Shy (10G)
Destroy 5 security cameras.

Deadly Laptop (10G)
Kill 50 enemies using the laptop in sentry gun mode.

Paci-Fist (10G)
Complete any Solo Mission on Special Agent or harder using only your fists.

Tools Of The Trade (10G)
Get a Bronze rating or better with all 32 weapons in the Firing Range.

Versatile (10G)
Complete a Combat Simulator game using each of the six Scenarios.

Golden Days (10G)
Complete a Combat Simulator game on Felicity, Complex or Temple using Classic Weapons.

Prime Target (10G)
Complete every Challenge up to and including 29, the 10th Prime number.

A Friend Indeed (10G)
Complete any mission in Co-operative Mode.

...Who Needs Enemies? (10G)
Complete any mission in Counter-Operative Mode.

dataDyne Specialist (10G)
Kill at least one enemy with each of the dataDyne weapons.

Carrington Institute Specialist (10G)
Kill at least one enemy with each of the Carrington Institute weapons.

Maian Specialist (10G)
Kill at least one enemy with each of the Maian weapons.

Agent (10G)
Complete the Solo Missions on Agent.

Special Agent (15G)
Complete the Solo Missions on Special Agent.

Perfect Agent (20G)
Complete the Solo Missions on Perfect Agent.

Crowning Glory (5G)
Earn all the Leaderboard Crowns.

Critics' Quotes

"In this XBLA remake, all of the technical annoyances are swept away, making this the ultimate version of Perfect Dark... it runs smooth as silk whether you're sneaking around with a tranquilizer gun or diving into a multiplayer match with rockets blazing." – Game Informer

"Between the replaced textures and multiplayer over Live (in splitscreen, no less) this is a great way to re-enjoy a game you already love. It deserves that love. You should be proud to love it. More so now that it's been touched up without losing a single bit of its original character." – 1UP

"This is an enviable chunk of nostalgia... to see the original Perfect Dark slotting into place so well on XBLA is enough to suggest that, just sometimes, restoration might be a better solution than reinvention." – Eurogamer

"I can't imagine a better way to revive a classic. Perfect Dark has never looked or played better, and anyone who sank a significant portion of their life into the game a decade ago will happily sacrifice even more of their time to do it all again. There is more content to sift through here than just about any other XBLA game." – IGN

"I'd like to see more games get a similar treatment, as opposed to the constant 'reboots' and 'reimaginings' that pervade movies and games. Let the old girl show her roots, let the old fart gamers have some 'remember when' moments and show the kiddies what games were like back in the early oughts." – TeamXbox

"Fans of the original will no doubt jump at the chance to revisit a favourite in new high-res clothes, while newcomers may discover that this year is finally, maybe right on time for Perfect Dark." – CVG

Top Quote
"Perfect Dark's still filled with doors – some of its arenas, particularly those based on the Carrington building, are practically door museums..." – Eurogamer