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PDZ, Here We Come!

November 19th, 2005 at 1:35am by Ngamer

For a while there, it appeared that the sequel to our old friend Perfect Dark was going to join the ranks of Duke Nukem Forever as the most oft-delayed games in history… An early-generation GameCube title that never came, Rare’s fall from grace, the Microsoft buyout, being stripped down and rebuilt for the Xbox, more waiting around, and finally, re-stripped down and rebuilt once again, this time as the flagship of the Next-Next generation Xbox 360. What a saga! But the end result? Well, that’s what we’re about to find out, now isn’t it?

The Perfect Dark Zero era begins in a mere three days; Tuesday, November 22nd is the North American launch date for the 360 (Friday, December 2nd for our Euro friends). And the question on everyone’s mind (aside from “where the duce am I going to come up with $450?”) is, will continue its Rare FPS tradition by hosting PDZ World Rankings? The answer, I’m happy to announce, is yes. Current Elite updater Your Eliteness is well on his way to developing a very user friendy, PHP-driven rankings system that will allow for painless nightly updates. As we’re still working out some details, these ranks themselves might not be online for a few days yet; until that time, everyone is welcome to post their new personal records on our new Perfect Dark Zero board.

Obviously, many questions still remain. With all the delays and system switches, and with much of the original GE and PD teams having been released to form Free Radical Design (the guys responsible for TimeSplitters), are we going to be dealing with the next Perfect Dark, or the next… *gulp*… TWINE? From the hands-on reviews I’ve seen so far, things appear to be leaning in the direction of PD, but it’s still hard to say. The other big issue is Xbox Live, which is apparently going to be used to create Live rankings based on any number of multiplayer (and single player?) statistics. As the original Xbox proved, however, automated and unproven worldwide rankings are often not to be trusted; given the choice, I think that many gamers will choose to compete at a site that demands, and hosts, full video proof for every last world record.

In other news, PDZ isn’t the only new videogame on the block this holiday season! The latest in the ever-popular Kart series, Mario Kart DS, has been released to rave reviews from all corners, including our own Mark Jones! TOC got his first taste of Nintendo’s free Wi-Fi connection tonight, using it to do battle with fellow Karters across the globe and apparently experiencing “No lag. Zero.” while doing so. If VS mode against anyone anywhere isn’t enough to peak your interest, perhaps the new official MKDS Rankings from our friends at will do the trick.

Any way you slice it, it’s a heck of a time to be a gamer. And on that note, this Ngamer is… out!

Posted: November 19th, 2005
at 1:35am by Ngamer

Categories: Uncategorized

Comments: 3 comments

  • Otto

    Nice post… After being a member of The Elite since September 2000, everything that’s being done here still amazes me. Good job guys 😀

  • Tom

    But TWINE’s an awesome game. The best of all Bond games. 😉

  • Micah Kollmorgen

    JavaScript is great for user interactivity.. . PHP is more for server-side interaction, which is useful with forms and such. Also, you need to have PHP installed on your computer before you can use it in HTML pages.. . XML is mainly used for information; it’s not used all that much in terms of displaying things in HTML.. . I’d recommend CSS as well (though not technically a scripting language), as it gives you richer content in terms of design. is the home of the world's fastest GoldenEye and Perfect Dark speedruns.

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