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The Mind of Game - Perfect Dark XBLA Review

The Mind of Game writes - "The original Perfect Dark for the Nintendo 64 is perhaps my favorite game of all time. I remember fondly playing it with my friends, all of us huddled around a television, the Nintendo 64's oddly shaped three prong controllers clutched tightly in our hands as we played split-screen deathmatches against each other or against the bots. We would do that for hours on end and would have buckets of fun all the while. To date, I can't think of a single game that has come close to replicating that experience, though many games have tried. Perfect Dark was, back then, my definition of the perfect game, as unattainable a concept as that may be. It delivered in spades whether I played it alone or with friends and, for me, never got old.

Naturally, when I turn on my Xbox 360 and load up the Xbox Live Arcade port of the original Perfect Dark, I have a tendency to look at it through what I like to call "nostalgia goggles". Heck, the first time I loaded up the game, seeing a highly familiar loading screen and pressing start, seeing Joanna Dark typing something into a computer terminal sitting on a table before her and then hearing that oh so familiar main menu music begin to play, I smiled from ear-to-ear, that wonderful feeling of nostalgia flooding into me. This brings up a conflict of interest in regards to reviewing this game. After all, aren't I just going to be influenced by those feelings of nostalgia to overlook any and all flaws the game may have? No. In order to give this game the review it deserves, I'm taking off the nostalgia goggles and replacing them with my reviewer's hat."

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