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Black Member Review for the PS2

Red_Mage By:
Red_Mage
02/21/07
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE First-Person Shooter 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER EA 
DEVELOPER Criterion 
RELEASE DATE Out Now
M Contains Strong Language, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

BLACK

 

All Guns Blazing

Black is a single player only first person shooter by EA Games and Criterion, the makers of Burn Out. The games name “Black” comes from the black-ops team named Black. You play as an operative agent primly named “Killer” and as your name suggests, you kill. You will play through a single player campaign of eight missions. Each mission takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete except the first mission, which takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

 

The advancing story line is vague at first, leaving you to what is going on, but it slowly progress and adds on in the movie scenes between levels. If you pay attention to story line is runs deep and is pretty interesting. That is, if you pay attention.

 

The game play is pretty amazing. The Graphic Engine is just something to see. Every thing can be destroyed and there is a lot of flammable stuff lying around. You can be shooting at a tower and the BOOM, the whole things up in smoke. There are also a variety of weapons to use during the game. Including pistols, automatic rifles, machine guns, grenade launchers, RPG’s, and the mix. The guns look amazingly real. You can even adjust the firing rate on them to single, burst or fully automatic fire.

 

During the game, you will run through the levels bouncing around cover while blasting your terrorist enemies. (For once, not Nazis or Aliens) You will unload clip after clip, the game doesn’t no the meaning of conserving ammo. You’ll have lots of fun killing your enemies with shotguns, grenades, and send them flying with RPG’s.

 

The enemies themselves are not as bad as you might think from what other people say. Everyone dies to a grenade in the face, they all die by shooting them in the head and they all die with a sniper round or RPG. Regular enemies take about 8 to 10 shots. Then there are these commando enemies with shot guns, a metal mask, and 6inches of pullet proof armor. These guys are hard to kill for a reason, to challenge your gun slinging. There are also enemies with shields and ones with full body bullet proof armor. The AI are stupid, but you got to remember, terrorist are not the brightest and well trained troops out there. In fact you allies that you get in game are amazingly bright when you’re with them.

 

The next best thing about the game is the Sound. You can hear were the shots are coming from and all the guns have most realistic sound to them. When you put a silencer on them, they really get quite. The voicing in the game is also done really good. The ambient music in the back ground is also nicely done and enjoying. You will want to turn up the volume for this game.

 

The biggest down fall to the game is the fact that it all single player. I mean the single player missions are fun, but with out anything else, it’s almost a drag. You can play the missions again on harder level to unlock the silver weapons (weapons with infinite ammo, but you still have to reload) and the M60 with a grenade launcher.

 

So EA and Criterion didn’t build a perfect FPS game compared to Halo or Doom. Though they did a really good job at it and this is one of the better FPS for the PS2. With the horrible replay value, I suggest this as a renter first, and then if you love it, go buy it.

 

My Rating à B

 


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