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Black review

Not the balls-out explodaganza we were promised, but still intense


  • Big
  • plentiful explosions
  • Intense firefights with waves of baddies
  • Guns behave like the real thing


  • No multiplayer
  • Short story mode
  • Few places can be torn apart

Forget everything you think you know about Black. It isn't to first-person shooters what Burnout is to racing games. It's not an over-the-top explodaganza that lets you destroy anything and everything you see. Hell, you can't even tear chunks out of most of its walls.

What it is, though, is a fast-paced shooter that takes long, loving looks at its guns as often as possible. There's a ton of pre-designated stuff to destroy (plenty of it explosive) and the intensity ramps way up in later levels, but anyone who just wants to go nuts and level everything will come away disappointed. That said, there's a lot in here to like.

More Info

DescriptionThis definitely lives up to the term 'gun porn.'
PlatformXbox, PS2
US censor ratingMature
Release date28 February 2006 (US), 24 February 2006 (UK)