Best of ND 2013: Top Ten: Rare Games

Rare made a lot of hits for Nintendo over their time together. Which game reigns supreme?

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 01/02/2014 09:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

4) Perfect Dark

Platform: Nintendo 64 (2000)

Joanna Dark had some expensive shoes to fill following in the wake of the revolutionary and highly acclaimed Goldeneye 007. When Rare debuted Perfect Dark, it was with a huge sigh of relief that fans found the transition from James to Joanna was not only successful, but irresistibly fun. A first-person shooter, Perfect Dark is one of the most technologically advanced games ever made for Nintendo 64. As an agent of the Carrington Institute, Joanna Dark was sent to foil the plans of the enigmatic dataDyne corporation, and during the course of her mission became embroiled in an even bigger plot of interstellar intrigue. The graphics are intricate and feature beautiful lighting techniques, which provide for an intense feeling of immersion during gameplay. Perfect Dark maintained the precision controls of Goldeneye, but fine-tuned them even more, making the addictive multiplayer more of a blast than ever. While Joanna’s debut wasn’t quite as groundbreaking as Goldeneye, Perfect Dark was a wonderful spiritual successor and just as memorable.

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