Black is a first-person shooter video game, developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts. It was released in 2006 for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox video game consoles. It uses the RenderWare engine, which pushed the game to its limits.
Sergeant First Class Jack Keller is an American CIA black ops agent who is being interrogated by his superiors regarding his recent mission that took place four days ago: eliminating a Russian terrorist group called "Seventh Wave".
Why It Rocks
- One of the best looking shooters on 6th gen consoles.
- Literal "gun porn". The details on the weapons are amazing.
- You can shoot through certain walls.
- You can even make a giant hole in them!
- Heavily stylized cinema-inspired animations.
- Smooth 60 FPS on Xbox.
- A lot of secondary mission objectives which adds some replay value.
- Spectacular physics and lightening effects, which really pushes the limits of the PlayStation 2.
- Awesome weapon sounds, that make you feel how powerful they are.
- Similarly to Halo 2, players can only carry two weapons at a time; therefore, strategy is needed when choosing weaponry.
- Like many other Criterion Games, there's no PC port.
- Only 30 FPS on PlayStation 2.
- No Multiplayer.
- Despite being a "gun porn", the weapons are rather unrealistic and exaggerated than their real-life counterparts.
- The AK-47 having 90 rounds instead of 30,
- The DC3 Elite being a mix between the Beretta 92FS and Desert Eagle,
- The MAC-10 being riddled with unnecessary Picatinny rail mounts, looking like a BB gun,
- The Walther WA 2000 being conventional instead of bullpup and its bolt-action nature while it's semi-automatic in real life,
- The Glock 19 having 12 rounds instead of 15 rounds.
- Some weapon animation didn't aged well.
- The colors are pale looking, with fifty shades of grey.
- Forgettable storyline.
Black received "favorable" reviews on both platforms according to video game review aggregator Metacritic. In Japan, Famitsu gave the PS2 version all four eights, for a total of 32 out of 40.
The Times also gave the game four stars out of five and stated, "As the entire game is played at fever-pitch, you soon find yourself looking forward to the next mission briefing, if only for a chance to catch your breath."
Black has been said as having the best graphics for a console first person shooter at the time.