The cover of "Black" (available on both PS2 and Xbox for $19.99
now) just has the game title and about a thousand shell casings.
That should tell you all you need to know about one of the more
violent, senseless games ever made...which makes it pure genius.
There's almost no story--you play a member of a black-ops group
tasked with taking out Russian and Middle Eastern terrorists led by
a rogue American ex-pat--and over the course of eight levels, all
the game asks you to do is kill every single person in sight with
some of the biggest, loudest guns I've ever seen in a first-person
game. There are no puzzles, there is no teamwork, there are no
NPCs (non-player characters) that you have to interact with.
You remember that moment in "The Matrix" where Neo responds to the
question "What do you need...besides a miracle?"
"Guns...LOTS of guns..."
That's "Black" in a nutshell. There are guns and clips
lying around everywhere, and all you have to do is kill everyone en
route to the elimination of that terrorist leader. Done.
On Normal, you'll beat the game in six or seven hours, tops.
Replay value is decent; there are little things you can do to earn
bonuses (like take out enemy computers or gain intel through stolen
documents) but most importantly, you'll just need to find ways to
kill more and more people as the difficulty increases.
And, after a long day at the office, "Black" can be some great
brain candy. Now that the price is reduced, this one is a slam
dunk if you like first-person shooters.
Rating: Opening Weekend
Feedback? Comments? Salma Hayek's digits?
Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": Buy
this game right away, and don't ask me any questions as to why
that's a good move. A game experience that will almost
guarantee repeated controller abuse, lots of ManScreaming and high
resale value, you will assuredly play this bad boy for months on end.
after games have been out for a while, they drop in price slightly,
or can be bought for slightly cheaper in combination with other new
games. Usually, that's about $40. You'll feel good
getting the game for this price, since it isn't quite
run-out-and-get-it-right-now good, but it has enough game in the box
for a few weeks' worth of enjoyment.
game is not too bad, but you'd be better off buying it used from
either half.com or eBay. You also might let a friend buy this
game, let s/he beat it, and then try to buy it from them to make
them feel better. Yes, this does tend to feel like "Sloppy
"Rental": Like my
cousin Ron, you should always rent games that you aren't sure about
first, to make sure that your $50 is going towards something
worthwhile. For games in this category, this is the maximum
amount of money ($5) and/or time (3-5 days) you'll need to either
gain satisfaction from the game, or beat the game in its entirety.
Rental-rated games are also sometimes perfect for a weekend when you
are going to be at home on your ass, with some time to kill.
Games like this should have never been released. If you play
this game for any reason, you will regret every second of the
experience. Further, if you can get this game for free, don't
do it, because even for FREE, it will still be a negative experience