Friday, March 03, 2006


I almost never get a game when it is only a day old, but Black was an exception (Oblivion will probably be too, but that's later in the month lol). Made by the same crash-happy folks of Burnout lore, Black is as advertised - gun porn! The manual could be a single page describing what the buttons on the controller do and even that you can figure out fairly quickly. It is a game devoid (I'm happy to say) of subtlety. The room you start the first mission in has a closed door. I must have spent 5 minutes trying to figure out how to open the door. Aside from getting familiar with the controls, I wasn't able to budge it - so I shot it with the shotgun. Oh, that's how you do it! Well, duh! Black is for folks whose favorite movie scenes are the lobby scene from Matrix, the camp attack in Predator, and all the stuff in Navy SEALS that doesn't involve Michael Bein's love interest. I particularlly like the fact that cover can be shot away, although the grenades could have been done a bit better - I can't figure out how to throw them any distance. I managed to get through the first level on Easy on my first try, but it was touch and go a few times. This is just as it should be. I recently tried a demo of something called Ubersoldier, but the game didn't let me get out of the first room without dying. That pretty much killed any interest I had in it. I want to do max damage in a FPS and see plenty of carnage - but not of my character! I'm glad I didn't wait for this one to go any farther on sale.

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