Black Web site gets the green light

Criterion's unapologetically destructive first-person shooter storms the Web with screens, movie clips, and more.

When Criterion unveiled the first-person shooter Black, it was adamant that shooting things in the game would be an intensely satisfying experience in and of itself. That design philosophy has been replicated on the game's official Web site, now online courtesy of publisher Electronic Arts.

While it contains the expected news, screenshots, and film clips from the upcoming game, the Black site is also a bit more interactive than most. Depending on the page they're viewing, visitors can shoot up the landscape with a variety of the game's weapons, from the combat shotgun to the grenade launcher. There's even a virtual firing range where Web surfers can select a gun and take a look at what kind of damage it does on a distant target. The site also contains a forum link, but at the moment it forwards users to a general EA message board with forums dedicated to many of their games, but not one for Black.

Gamers who preorder Black from the EA online store will get a special code that unlocks the BFG weapon in the game, as well as access to exclusive wallpapers and screensavers for their PCs. Black is rated M for Mature and will retail for $39.95. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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agent401
agent401

I really hope it's BC on the Xbox 360. Looks like an awesome game but I've already traded in my Xbox. Didn't a Microsoft rep say that all future Xbox titles will have coding on the disk that will make it playable on the 360?

gameplayer2105
gameplayer2105

no more arguments about ratings. its M for strong language and violence

Aaronjp
Aaronjp

AWESOME! Can't wait for this game!

prfctvrs
prfctvrs

There is a really cool easter egg on the web site. When your access the different menu options there is a weapon listed below the menu. Your left mouse button controls the weapon. Play around and fire at things on the screen. Different items will react to being shot in different ways. When you blast certain options the titel bar will be attacked. After several attacks something will happen....pretty cool.

Sanshu
Sanshu

I wish they`ll use some of visual efects from the great lookin` Burnout.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i'm guessing by the box cover, that there are guns in this game?

rocksteady2006
rocksteady2006

What does EA not have their hands on? seriously people I'm begining to think of them and the Republic...it's only a matter of time people, only a matter of time.

Supreme_Sage
Supreme_Sage

ajadoniz: "if it isnt multi-player or xbox live enabled its gonna suck". Who cares about multi-player? If this game has great single-player campaign then I could care less about multi-player or even online mode. I'm a single-player fan, and I care more about the single player experience by leaps and bounds.

JokerCZW
JokerCZW

This game does look cool.. I don't think it has enough appeal to make me buy it though. My money is valuable.. and I'm gonna need some really interesting plot happenings to draw me to get it.

SonicGamer91
SonicGamer91

Pretty soon, the ERSB is going to have to start rating web sites.

Aaron0414
Aaron0414

Don't worry about pre-ordering. The last time EA had something unlockable via a code, it merely gave a link to a public file. The link was also readily available on any gaming site and could be downloaded without any code (tested on another computer just to make sure).

ajadoniz
ajadoniz

if it isnt multi-player or xbox live enabled its gonna suck

jaywraw
jaywraw

SWEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DJGeki
DJGeki

Donkeljohn: yes, it may seem like a cheap parlor trick, but gun porn could possibly have a story. I suppose we'll see. Beside, in this day and age, developers seem to be trying to bolster graphics over story...and I think that's backwards. The story and the graphics need to match, but there (usually) needs to be a story regardless. Imagine if the Indigo Prophecy and Shadow of the Colossus got into a fight with Black, and somehow melded into each other. What the hell would that look like? :-D

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Seems interesting. But it is gun porn. . . and porn doesn't really have a story. I'm far more captured by story than cheap parlor tricks.

mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

darkside5001 WOOT, not first post. Anyway, im so sad this is another online game i'll never get to experience... why cant we get a better computer... stupid dial-up. You are in luck in most area's Dsl cost about the same if not cheaper than dial-up. No lines to pay for every month. If you have cable and they have an internet connection. Just call them up and tell to add it to your cable bill. In some cases they give you a break on the same bill same with some satellite companies. So it a try or a call.

pyroone
pyroone

They need to port this to the pc... The mp could be bigger than CS.

pimpace2323
pimpace2323

Will Black be backwards compatible with the 360? It def should.

ewjim
ewjim

It MUST be a good or even great game, but i need to play in it to find this out! ^_^

Rax_Quintanilla
Rax_Quintanilla

Dead to Rights??!! Infidel!! Take this!!!! BRAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKAKA BOOOOOOM SHHHHBAAAAAM!! Jk ;) The one thing that bothers me it's the "Preorder now and get this brand new, shiny, humongous gun right from the start!!" What's next?? "Preorder Halo 3 now and get the REAL ending!! Just for the next half hour kids!!" But it ain't that bad... Black looks like another star on Criterion's already shiny sky!!

ninfan4life
ninfan4life

yea is it me or does da case for Black lookes da case for Dead To Rights

darkside5001
darkside5001

WOOT, not first post. Anyway, im so sad this is another online game i'll never get to experience... why cant we get a better computer... stupid dial-up.

marcosa73
marcosa73

this game will be amazing, haha who needs next gen when we have a game like Black to look forward to.....nice price to boot! I just hope the gameplay isn't just a spray and pray bullet fest(think painkiller or Serious Sam - yuck) I want a little intelligence in my shooters(think Call of Duty or Halo2) The big question is will they be able to pull off a game of this calibur on the aging PS2 hardware...?

Tentei
Tentei

to bad its not for the PC

Esion
Esion

Did games just get cheaper and I just didn't notice???

DJGeki
DJGeki

First of all, what is the point of posting on a news spot that you can't wait for the game? Just track it and be done with it. If you've got something intelligent to say about the post above, that'd be more worthwhile for people to read. Enough of my soapbox, though, I'm here to comment on the Black website and ensuing announcement: to be quite honest (and those of you who have seen me post previously know this) I don't like EA. Criterion, luckily, isn't totally under the full brunt of the EA business monster because they're a 3rd-party being published by EA (if I'm not mistaken). And thank God. I'm an FPS-lover, and this looks like one of those grim, dark, explosive, apocalyptic shooters that could be fun to play more than once, and might even give you a scare or two. The "gun-porn" analogy seems to be pretty fitting and the website does it justice. I really wish there wasn't a "restricted" section though...I don't feel like pre-ordering just to see that content. Does anyone else?

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Man I cannot WAIT for this one, it is going to be awesome!!

CaptainSmirk
CaptainSmirk

= Killzone style PS2 shooter mediocrity. Can't wait long enough.

mr_killer_man
mr_killer_man

Hmmm....? Sounds to good to be true. What kind of action are we talking bout here? James Bond? GTA? Unreal Tournament? Can't wait to see the if they going to give us some helpful codes that will make the game a little bit more fun like infinite life! or infinite ammo! That's what I'm talking bout!

jacker55
jacker55

I have high expectations for this game. The graphics look sweet and the action looks promising. I hope Criterion can deliver.

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

this game is going to kick some serious

Kwiksilva
Kwiksilva

Sounds like it could turn out to be a surprisingly good shooter.

BigJ411
BigJ411

Blacks gonna be awesome

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

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FAWACHAKI
FAWACHAKI

cool site cant wait for the game (WOOT FIRST POST)