Black Reader Review
So this is it the Criterion boys first go at a First Person Shooter. Not just any FPS you can use the environment to your advantage! Yeah right. That was the mainstay for Black and it delivers but in a restricted way. You can shoot explosive barrels, doors but not all of them and other objects such as tables. This isn't what I expected basically you're being rode along by Criterion having no choice on what to destroy as it's all done for you much like the game itself.
Black has a plot (paper-thin like) but it's there. You are Keller an agent on a mission to bring down Second Wave a terrorist organisation. The cut-scenes don't work and are movie-like with Keller being interrogated by the U.S Government. As each mission progresses you get a voice-over of instructions of your objectives usually with needless swearing included. I'm surprised it didn't get a higher rating to be honest. Anyway in each mission you're given a primary objective and secondary objectives respectively. The secondary objects involve shooting laptops, safes, and getting you hands on bits of paper and destroying it so the truth never comes out. This is tedious beyond belief hunting around for these items is boring and something you'd rather not bother with.
The game in general is short I aced it in just over 8 and a half hours. For £39.99 that isn't what I'd call good value. The graphics are beautiful I will admit from the mussle of fire from your gun to the scenery and other team members who (shock) irritate you like mad. When you're in a firefight they won't help you out they'll stand there and happily watch you die whilst screaming obscenities into your ear. As for sound in general it's orchestrated as many games are today. It really feels out of place and it's hardly going to work if you're going for the hard as nails approach.
The weapon choice is like any other FPS. Good but it's hardly original. The best of the bunch is the Magnum being able to hit one shot kills is sweet. There's also shotguns, grenade launchers, pistols, uzis, and machine guns. Now the A.I sucks. In early levels the enemies are fine and duck and hide behind cover but still run at you and die. This worzens especially on the "I'd rather stick pins in my eyes" last level. At this stage you get enemies armed up to the nines with deadly shotguns and others with magnums and shields as well as the ordinary enemy. Spawming over and over and over again. This level is only frustrating at the end but it made me want to throw by Playstation out of the window anyway.
Black is a dissapointing First Person Shooter. Not dissapointing in that it's neccisarily bad but dissapointing because it could have been so much better. It's like having a girlfriend that's really pretty but got no personality to go with it. Which is like Black. Shallow.
7 / 10