History VideoGame / PerfectDark

14th Aug '16 1:03:41 PM Kadorhal
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''Perfect Dark'' is a trilogy of video games produced by {{Rare}}, the creators of ''Franchise/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', and so on. The series began in 2000 with ''Perfect Dark'' for the {{Nintendo 64}}, a SpiritualSuccessor to Rare's previous FPS classic VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}, with which it shared a (modified) engine. Joanna Dark, having recently graduated the Carrington Institute's training program with the first ever "Perfect" score, is sent to meet an insider from the [[MegaCorp dataDyne corporation]]. You also end up saving the President of the United States twice in the process. Things rapidly become more complicated and she soon finds herself in the middle of [[SpaceColdWar a war between two alien races who have allied themselves with different factions on Earth.]]

The first game was Nintendo and Rare's attempt at a [[DarkerandEdgier darker and more mature]] game, being the first M-rated game ever to be published by Nintendo. This shocked a lot of parents and fans at the time in the fact that Nintendo gave the green light and promoted a game geared towards older teenagers and adults when they were known at the time for their family friendly and fanstay-oriented games.

In addition to its other merits, the game was one of the few that made use of the N64 Transfer Pak. It was originally meant to have been used to connect to the Game Boy Camera and let players map real faces on to characters in multiplayer mode. After MoralGuardians voiced their objections and in light of the recent [[TooSoon Columbine shootings]], Rare's said that the feature was cut for "technical reasons", though they later admitted they wanted to avoid controversy. It was still possible to connect to the GameBoyColor version of the game for extra items.

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''Perfect Dark'' is a trilogy of video games produced by {{Rare}}, the creators of ''Franchise/DonkeyKongCountry'', ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', and so on. The series began in 2000 with ''Perfect Dark'' for the {{Nintendo UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}, a SpiritualSuccessor to Rare's previous FPS classic VideoGame/{{GoldenEye|1997}}, with which it shared a (modified) engine. Joanna Dark, having recently graduated the Carrington Institute's training program with the first ever "Perfect" score, is sent to meet an insider from the [[MegaCorp dataDyne corporation]]. You also end up saving The events that unfold quickly reveal a plot against the US President of involving [=dataDyne=], the United States twice in the process.NSA, and a mysterious third faction. Things rapidly become more complicated and she soon finds herself in the middle of [[SpaceColdWar a war between two alien races who have allied themselves with different factions on Earth.]]

The first game was Nintendo and Rare's attempt at a [[DarkerandEdgier darker and more mature]] game, being the first M-rated game ever to be published by Nintendo. This shocked a lot of parents and fans at the time in the fact that Nintendo gave the green light and promoted a game geared towards older teenagers and adults when they were known at the time for their family friendly and fanstay-oriented fantasy-oriented games.

In addition to its other merits, the game was one of the few that made use of the N64 Transfer Pak. It was originally meant to have been used to connect to the Game Boy Camera and let players map real faces on to characters in multiplayer mode. After MoralGuardians voiced their objections objections, and in light of the recent [[TooSoon Columbine shootings]], Rare's said that the feature was cut for "technical reasons", though they later admitted they wanted to avoid controversy. It was still possible to connect to the GameBoyColor version of the game for extra items.



The eagerly anticipated sequel was chronically delayed (originally a [=GameCube=] title, it shifted to the original [=XBox=] after Microsoft's buyout of Rare and then ended up as a launch title on the 360 in 2005) and eventually became a {{prequel}}. ''Perfect Dark Zero'', set 3 years before the original, has Joanna working as a bounty hunter with her dad before getting mixed up with the Carrington Institute. Reviews were good but it was generally seen as not up to the standard set by the previous game. In March of 2010, the original game was [[UpdatedRerelease rereleased]] for UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade, with new features such as updated graphics with 1080p resolution and eight-player online multiplayer. Both games were later rereleased again for UsefulNotes/XboxOne on 4 August 2015 as part of the ''Rare Replay'' {{compilation|Rerelease}}.

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The eagerly anticipated sequel was chronically delayed (originally a [=GameCube=] UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube title, it shifted to the original [=XBox=] UsefulNotes/{{Xbox}} after Microsoft's buyout of Rare and then ended up as a launch title on the 360 UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}} in 2005) and eventually became a {{prequel}}. ''Perfect Dark Zero'', set 3 years before the original, has Joanna working as a bounty hunter with her dad dad, setting out on a mission to rescue a defecting [=dataDyne=] scientist, before getting mixed up with the Carrington Institute. Reviews were good but it was generally seen as not up to the standard set by the previous game. In March of 2010, the original game was [[UpdatedRerelease rereleased]] for UsefulNotes/XboxLiveArcade, with new features such as updated graphics with 1080p resolution and eight-player online multiplayer. Both games were later rereleased again for UsefulNotes/XboxOne on 4 August 2015 as part of the ''Rare Replay'' {{compilation|Rerelease}}.



*** Also the RC-P90 in ''Zero'', which also has a few more straight examples of this (its version of the Superdragon, for instance, is clearly a [=G36K=]).
* AlasPoorVillain: Both Trent and Cassandra get this treatment. Two [[SmugSnake Smug Snakes]] who were killed by the Skedar after [[YouHaveFailedMe failing for the last time]] and realizing Joanna was her best [[RevengeBeforeReason chance for revenge]], respectively.

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*** Also the RC-P90 in ''Zero'', which also has a few more straight examples of this (its version of the Superdragon, for instance, is clearly a [=G36K=]).
[=G36K=]), as well as one aversion (the M60 retains its name).
* AlasPoorVillain: Both Trent and Cassandra get this treatment. Two [[SmugSnake Smug Snakes]] {{Smug Snake}}s who were killed by the Skedar after [[YouHaveFailedMe failing for the last time]] and realizing Joanna was her best [[RevengeBeforeReason chance for revenge]], respectively.



* SmugSnake: Trent. He almost succeeds in his plan to capture the President, but ends up [[spoiler:getting mauled to death by the Skedar.]]
* SniperPistol: Joanna's trusty Falcon 2 pistol can be fitted with a scope to make a surprisingly accurate medium-ranged sniper weapon.
** Note that the silencer and scope attachments cannot be applied or removed at will; they're treated as separate weapons.

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* SmugSnake: Trent. He almost succeeds in his plan to capture the President, but ends up [[spoiler:getting failing thanks to Joanna [[spoiler:and getting mauled to death by the Skedar.Skedar for it.]]
* SniperPistol: Joanna's trusty Falcon 2 pistol can be fitted with a scope to make a surprisingly accurate medium-ranged sniper weapon.
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weapon. Note that the silencer and scope attachments attachment, much like the silencer, cannot be applied or removed at will; they're treated as separate weapons.weapons. ''Zero'' has the similar P9P pistol, which always has a scope attached and can also attach or remove a silencer at the player's discretion.



* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997''.
** Also, the Spiritual Predecessor to the ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' series.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997''.
** Also, the Spiritual Predecessor to the
''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997''. The ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' series.series went on to be one for this game.



* ThrowawayGuns: The Dragon and Laptop Gun on their secondary mode, [[JustifiedTrope which turns it into a disguised proximity bomb, or sentry gun respectively]]. Also, there is one point in the last level which requires you to leave one of your guns behind before progressing. Unfortunately, the completely worthless Reaper can't be used for it.

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* ThrowawayGuns: The Dragon and Laptop Gun on their secondary mode, [[JustifiedTrope which turns it into a disguised proximity bomb, or sentry gun respectively]]. The UGL Liberator in ''Zero'' gets the Dragon's secondary mode. Also, there is one point in the last level of the original which requires you to leave one of your guns behind before progressing. Unfortunately, the completely worthless Reaper can't be used for it.



* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Elvis' stars and stripes vest.[[KlingonsLoveShakespeare The Maians really like America.]]

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* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Elvis' stars and stripes vest. [[KlingonsLoveShakespeare The Maians really like America.]]



-->'''Mr. Blonde''': "You have failed, Easton. You are a flawed device, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and we need you no longer."]]

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-->'''Mr. Blonde''': "You Blonde:''' You have failed, Easton. You are a flawed device, [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness and we need you no longer."]]]]



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The game uses "download" when you ''upload'' something with the Data Uplink. Also, the Air Force One level is subtitled "Antiterrorism" (which is a real word) when the correct word here would be "counterterrorism".

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: The game uses "download" when you ''upload'' something with the Data Uplink. Also, the Air Force One level is subtitled "Antiterrorism" (which (although this is a real word) when the correct word here would be "counterterrorism"."''counter''terrorism".
23rd Jul '16 11:38:01 PM Kadorhal
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* CodeName: Agent Dark (or "Dark Zero" in ''Zero'').

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* CodeName: Joanna gets Agent Dark (or "Dark Zero" for the most part in ''Zero'').the first game, with one or two occurrences of a TitleDrop instead.



** In the first few levels of ''Zero'', Joanna and Jack both get codenames, respectively "Dark Zero" and "Point Forward".



-->"Do you ''actually'' know what you are doing?"
-->"We're going to the helipad, I assume?"

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-->"Do you ''actually'' know what you are doing?"
-->"We're
doing?"\\
"We're
going to the helipad, I assume?"



* ConspiracyKitchenSink: Apparently {{Area51}}, TheGreys, AncientAstronauts, TheReptilians and a SecretWar [[AllMythsAreTrue are all true]] and related to the RoswellIncident.

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* ConspiracyKitchenSink: Apparently {{Area51}}, {{Area 51}}, TheGreys, AncientAstronauts, TheReptilians and a SecretWar [[AllMythsAreTrue are all true]] and related to the RoswellIncident.



* ContinuitySnarl: The books don't mesh very well with the games. The original game states that Joanna is a recent graduate from the institute's training program, while the books would indicate that she had done several missions for them. The books also indicate that Carrington was practically in love with Cassandra and portray him as blindly idealistic, which don't match with his game portrayal. Unless the books events caused him to loose both. Finally Jonathan in the game is the institute's top infiltrator, while the books portray him as the institute's security chief with no sense of subtlety. Though those could be different Jonathans.

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* ContinuitySnarl: The books don't mesh very well with the games. The original game states that Joanna is a recent graduate from the institute's training program, while the books would indicate that she had done several missions for them. The books also indicate that Carrington was practically in love with Cassandra and portray him as blindly idealistic, which don't match with his game portrayal. Unless the books books' events caused him to loose both. Finally Jonathan in the game is the institute's top infiltrator, while the books portray him as the institute's security chief with no sense of subtlety. Though those could be different Jonathans.
14th Jul '16 9:57:15 PM Talimus
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Added DiffLines:

** It's worth noting that this "Terminator walk" can be as brief or drawn-out as the guard sees fit, sometimes extending noticeably beyond the magazine of the weapon they're firing. Example: firing the K7-Avenger for 5 seconds straight.
13th Jul '16 1:26:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedHeadedHero: Joanna Dark, though art for later games and novels shows blond streaks and highlights - a dye job?
** Apparently she was born like that according to the books.
9th Jul '16 5:27:14 PM SuperSauce
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** The very lame ending to the [[BrutalBonusLevel grueling]] Maian SOS level is [[spoiler: Elvis getting hit with a tranquilizer and keeling over.]]

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** The very lame ending to the [[BrutalBonusLevel grueling]] Maian SOS level is [[spoiler: Elvis getting hit with a tranquilizer and keeling over.]]]][[note]]Could be justified at the highest difficulty setting since only a few Dragon shots will kill you outright so a tranquiliser could put you down after everything you go through[[/note]]
22nd Jun '16 3:43:30 AM gewunomox
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** A very subtle one: the names that are mentioned over the intercom in Area 51 are actually the members of the rock band ThePixies.

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** A very subtle one: the names that are mentioned over the intercom in Area 51 are actually the members of the rock band ThePixies.Music/ThePixies.
13th Jun '16 8:59:10 PM unovezmas
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** HotterAndSexier: Here is Joanna [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/scale_medium/1/10392/906028-20090228_000333.jpg in the N64 version.]] Here is Joanna [[http://xboxoz360.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/perfect-dark-zero-oxcgn-joanna-dark.jpg in ''Perfect Dark Zero'']], showing tons of cleavage. (She was [[http://www.gamekyo.com/Webmasters/Images/40611320050925_234236_0_big.jpg on the cover of FHM magazine]], for god's sake.) For the Xbox Live remake, they went back to her conservative way of dressing, [[http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQCKcUPQSX0E_MBd&w=200&h=434&url=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fen%2F9%2F91%2FJoanna_dark_N64_render.png but still couldn't resist dolling her up a bit.]] Maybe playing a sexpot just appeals to the [[EscapistCharacter female]] (and [[ThirdPersonSeductress woman-loving]]) audiences more?

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** HotterAndSexier: Here is Joanna [[http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/scale_medium/1/10392/906028-20090228_000333.jpg in the N64 version.]] Here is Joanna [[http://xboxoz360.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/perfect-dark-zero-oxcgn-joanna-dark.jpg in ''Perfect Dark Zero'']], showing tons of cleavage. (She was [[http://www.gamekyo.com/Webmasters/Images/40611320050925_234236_0_big.jpg on the cover of FHM magazine]], for god's sake.) magazine]] (!)) For the Xbox Live remake, they went back to her conservative way of dressing, [[http://external.ak.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQCKcUPQSX0E_MBd&w=200&h=434&url=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fen%2F9%2F91%2FJoanna_dark_N64_render.png but still couldn't resist dolling her up a bit.]] Maybe playing a sexpot just appeals to the [[EscapistCharacter female]] (and [[ThirdPersonSeductress woman-loving]]) audiences more?
7th Jun '16 10:28:28 PM modgethanc
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* OneBulletClip: Averted in ''Perfect Dark'' on Game Boy Color, where a gun cannot be reloaded until it is emptied or another clip is "equipped" on the inventory screen. However, doing so disposes of all remaining ammo from the replaced clip, so you won't have any left over once you've emptied your last clip.

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* OneBulletClip: OneBulletClips: Averted in ''Perfect Dark'' on Game Boy Color, where a gun cannot be reloaded until it is emptied or another clip is "equipped" on the inventory screen. However, doing so disposes of all remaining ammo from the replaced clip, so you won't have any left over once you've emptied your last clip.



* SecretWar: The novels indicate this has been gonig on between the Carrington Institute and dataDyne, out of the public eye.

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* SecretWar: The novels indicate this has been gonig going on between the Carrington Institute and dataDyne, out of the public eye.
23rd May '16 12:38:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: The Skedar use a holographic disguise of a hulking Scandinavian man named "Mr. Blonde" when they interact with humans.
** BlondesAreEvil: Cassandra [=DeVries=].
9th May '16 4:08:39 AM erforce
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** In the first bonus level, Mr. Blonde does an Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger impression. The level's music even [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sounds kind of like]] the theme from 'TheTerminator''.

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** In the first bonus level, Mr. Blonde does an Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger impression. The level's music even [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sounds kind of like]] the theme from 'TheTerminator''.''Franchise/{{Terminator}}''.



** The Alaska mission, where Air Force One is hijacked, the President gets away in an escape pod and Joanna has to find him using his medical scanner, is very similar to the plot of ''EscapeFromNewYork''.

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** The Alaska mission, where Air Force One is hijacked, the President gets away in an escape pod and Joanna has to find him using his medical scanner, is very similar to the plot of ''EscapeFromNewYork''.''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
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