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Rare updates and a new PD community addition
Sunday, July 25th, 2010 at 23:34:47 GMT - permalink

Let's see what's been happening in Rare's world lately. E3 came and went with only Rare's new Kinect Sports title revealed (take it or leave it, let's hope they have plenty more going on behind-the-scenes), but if you're still enjoying PD XBLA there's a new face (well, sort of ) showing up in the Combat Simluator - Agent 4 from the recent Crackdown 2. All you need is a Crackdown 2 save file on your 360 and Agent 4 will pop into the Combat Simulator where he looks right at home with the dataDyne Shocktroopers. The relaunched official Rare website is also picking up steam, be sure to check out a recent video tour of their new studio in Birmingham for a great peek at their day-to-day activities.

There's also an interesting new project in the community, and incidentally it uses one of this website's former names. Perfect Dark Saga is a great new text-based online game, swing by and take a look! The game is still in its early stages at the moment but is looking to be quite lively and worth a look for fans hoping to get involved in a (unofficial) continuation of the PD timeline.

Perfect Dark soundtrack updated
Saturday, May 8th, 2010 at 07:44:45 GMT - permalink

Perfect Dark soundtrackWith plenty of gamers enjoying the PD XBLA remake for a while now (oh yeah, there's been a title update for the game too with a bunch of fixes), I figured it's a good time to refresh our soundtrack offering of the game's music. This update brings the track listing up to 97, with in-game tracks now looping twice and the inclusion of all the cutscene music. I've also been able to include a special version of the Credits theme courtesy of ex-Rare maestro Grant Kirkhope. Here's some words from the man himself of the origin of this track:

"I re-recorded it (the Credits theme) as Microsoft were thinking about using it in Perfect Dark Zero but then never did. I really enjoyed re-doing it and I got to do a guitar solo.....hehe!"

Thanks Grant! Stop by the Perfect Dark music page to grab each track individually or pick up the massive collection in one zip. Enjoy!

PD XBLA Achievement guide
Sunday, March 21st, 2010 at 07:15:29 GMT - permalink

Now that PD XBLA can be enjoyed by fans new and old, it's probably about time I add some new guide material to our Perfect Dark section (the last update was over five years ago!). Anyway, I've added a new Achievements guide to help players gain all those tasty gamerscore points. That's only the top-level achievements so far, I'll add more details about the feisty crown awards at a later date. Enjoy!

Perfect Dark arrives for Xbox Live Arcade
Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 at 20:16:30 GMT - permalink

Perfect Dark XBLA It's out! The culmination of 4J Studios and Rare's hard work pays off today as Perfect Dark becomes available on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 MS points. Reviews are popping up all over, swing by IGN, TeamXbox, GameInformer and MundoRare if you need convincing. Remember that a trial version of the game is also available, offering the first mission of the game as a handy fishing lure. Rare's released yet another batch of screenshots to help celebrate, swing by our PD screenshots section and Renders page for a look at all the goodies. Welcome back Miss Dark!

Next batch of PD XBLA screenshots
Friday, March 12th, 2010 at 09:53:03 GMT - permalink

We're a mere few days away from the availability of Perfect Dark on Xbox Live Arcade, and to keep us reminded Rare have released nine new screenshots. That big alien-in-disguise Mr. Blonde shows his HD-upgraded face for the first time and there ain't an ounce of cartoony style left in him... Check out the screens below!

PD XBLA Premium Theme #2
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 at 10:22:11 GMT - permalink

We're less than a month out from PD XBLA's release and Rare's been handing out more goodies to prepare. The latest promo material is a second Xbox 360 Dashboard Theme, priced at 240 MS points. This one features a funky CI-inspired motif, and if you remember the red-and-black artwork used in the Japanese version of the original N64 game some of it should look pleasantly familiar. Check out a preview of the theme below:

Release date set for PD XBLA
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 at 07:57:03 GMT - permalink

Now we finally have something more than a March 2010 launch window for PD's outing on the Xbox Live Arcade. Rare have announced that the game will be available on March 17th, 2010 with the price point still locked in at 800 MS points.

Ken Lobb also recently spoke with Kotaku, revealing that if the game performs well on the sales charts, there may be chance of future DLC in the form of new maps and weapons. We also learn that the game can be played online in any mode, not just the Combat Simulator. All this is great news for an XBLA title! Special thanks to Phil and MundoRare for the info!

Perfect Dark XBLA media madness and release info
Friday, February 12th, 2010 at 23:24:19 GMT - permalink

Microsoft have recently completed their X10 media event in San Francisco and we've been spoilt with a dose of PD XBLA media and info. Before getting down to the eye candy, let's have a quick rundown of the latest news:

  • The game will become available on the Xbox Live Marketplace sometime in March for 800 MS points.
  • Literally everything from the original game (minus some of the cameo appearances of Nintendo staff, this time replaced by their Microsoft counterparts) will be in the XBLA port.
  • The game runs at 60fps at 1080p - a massive jump from the N64's horsepowering days.
  • The control system is almost identical to the original with the right joystick taking the place of the four C buttons. Two other control schemes will also be available - Spartan and Duty Calls (very subtle).
  • The original Felicity, Temple and Complex maps have sneaked through the Goldeneye licensing issues and will remain in the game, and this time Goldeneye weapon sets can be used in multiplayer matches.
  • According to Ken Lobb, up to eight human players can join a single game in the Combat Simulator.
  • 20 achievements are attainable - apparently a first for an XBLA title.

Now to see what to expect next month. Rare have released an official trailer for the game, and if you can get past that be sure to swing by GameVideos for a hands-on demo from Ken Lobb himself. If you're still happy for more info drop by GameInformer and IGN for extra hands-on previews. Finally, here's the latest batch of screens from Rare. Very special thanks to NNoeLL and Phil for all the info!

Rare's Christmas 2009 cheer
Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 10:31:40 GMT - permalink

An interesting Christmas tRee

With Christmas only a week away, Rare's delivered its online greeting card for the festive season. There's probably something hidden away in there relating to Rare's future (in true form), but let's just take it one step at a time. You can also pick up a shiny Xbox 360 Dashboard Rare holiday theme for 240 MS points. Enjoy the festive season!

Four new Perfect Dark screens
Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 06:10:32 GMT - permalink

Over the last four days Rare have revealed a new set of screenshots for the upcoming Perfect Dark Xbox Live Arcade remake. As always the game keeps looking better all the time, and we finally get to see how Joanna looks in the game herself - she's a mighty big improvement from her N64 days. Check out the new images below and drop by the main PD screenshots section for a look at the accompanying N64 comparison screenshots.

There's also been word that the game's release is slipping into 2010 territory, but it will be in range of this winter season for the northern hemisphere. Special thanks to Phil for letting us know about the screenshots and release info!

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