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Perfect Dark

Developer: Rare
Publishers: Rare (US/EU), Nintendo (JP), Microsoft Game Studios (Xbox 360)
Platforms: Nintendo 64, Xbox 360
Released in JP: October 21, 2000
Released in US: May 22, 2000
Released in EU: June 30, 2000


AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
ObjectIcon.png This game has unused objects.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.
Carts.png This game has revisional differences.


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Hmmm...
To do:
Nearly every screenshot here is at the wrong resolution and will need to be retaken with the angrylion video plugin.

Perfect Dark is considered the spiritual successor to Rare's earlier first-person shooter Goldeneye 007, as it shares many of its mechanics and uses a modified version of its engine. On March 17, 2010, it was released on the Xbox 360.

Sub-Pages

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Early Text
Leftover text from two beta versions of the game.
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PerfectHead
Remnants of the scrapped face mapping feature.
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Unused Content By Level
This game probably has more unused things than GoldenEye.
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Version Differences
Covers all Nintendo 64 versions and the Xbox 360 port.

Unused Levels

Retaking the Institute

Intended as another special assignment bonus mission, similar to the four featured in the final game, Retaking the Institute never got beyond the planning stages. According to designer Duncan Botwood, it was to be "a full-on assault against the Skedar in the Institute building."

(Source: The RWP: Duncan Botwood Interviewed)
Retaking the Institute.
Lead the team and clean out the building.
Kill All Enemy Agents
Do Something Else
And Something Else

Retaking the Institute's incomplete briefing and objective text is still present in the final game. The string for its name in the text file used for the menu places it between the Maian SOS and WAR! missions. Its slot is set up to play the music track CI Operative.

Skedar

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Using the GameShark code 8009DFE9 0032, a solo edition of the Skedar Combat Simulator arena can be accessed. Joanna starts at a unique spawn point not shared by any of the multiplayer spawn points with a Falcon 2, CMP150, AR34, and Reaper. The mission can be played in Co-Op and Counter-Op mode, but in Counter-Op, the other character will just be another Joanna Dark. There are no objectives and no way to complete the mission.

(Source: Will "Yamo" Mistretta)

In the final version, this setup is incomplete since it lacks character objects that are required for its action blocks to work properly. If the characters are added and their IDs properly set, a semi-scripted battle will take place between some Maians on Joanna's side and some dataDyne shocktroopers. This battle can briefly be seen in one of the early game trailers. The setup file also has some other unused content not seen in any footage, including additional paths for characters and an enemy that would seek out Joanna.

Rooftop

A text string found alongside those used for the other Combat Simulator arenas is all that remains of Rooftop. According to Rare, "it was not up to scratch."

(Source: Rareware.com PD Rumour Mill)

Unused Objects

Hmmm...
To do:
More of these, not to mention the mission-specific stuff that'll be put on its own sub-page.

Body Armor

Finding this instead of shields in the early missions would have made a lot more sense from a story perspective.

A blue armor vest. This could be seen being dropped by a guard in a prerelease dataDyne Defection screenshot, but the item goes unused in the final version and said guard now drops a shield instead.

Borg Crate

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The cyan and gold-tinted Borg Cube model from GoldenEye is present here as well. There is a prerelease screenshot of this being used as a placeholder for the shield tech item in dataDyne Investigation.

Door Console

Not shiny enough for Perfect Dark's future.

The console used to open doors in GoldenEye's Facility mission.

Crypt Door 1a

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The cryptdoor1a model, as it appears in GoldenEye.

One of the doors from GoldenEye's Egyptian mission, which has had its texture indices replaced with 0, resulting in a lamp texture covering the entire door.

Flag

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The "token" from GoldenEye's The Living Daylights multiplayer game mode.

FlashBang

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A hand grenade from GoldenEye. Its filename hints at an unused grenade type, but there is no unused weapon which corresponds to it. Its only other remnant is a text string.

Headgear

It's a shame they didn't come up with a different way to position headgear, because this cap looks pretty good on this guy.

Not a specific object, but an entire category of objects goes unused. Like GoldenEye, Perfect Dark supports attaching a hat or helmet (more specifically, any model) to a character's head with object type 11. In addition to the object type, the reaction type for hat models in GoldenEye (6E) still works, allowing any model given it to be shot off of characters' heads.

Most guards' concept art shows them wearing headgear and a couple of screenshots, one of which is shown here, prove it was being used at one point, but before release all of the headgear models were removed from the game. The few remaining helmets are actually head models.

A likely reason why headgear didn't make the cut has to do with how it is positioned on characters and a difference between the heads in GoldenEye and Perfect Dark:

  • In GoldenEye, all heads are about the same size and shape, and despite this there are still some minor clipping issues with headgear on certain heads.
  • In Perfect Dark, there is a much greater variety in head sizes. Since headgear is positioned based on the body's neck level, it just doesn't fit on certain heads correctly. Even in the prerelease screenshot, the guard's cap is placed slightly lower than it should be and is clipping into his head.
(Source: SubDrag (object type discovery), Wreck (reaction type discovery), Rareware.com (prerelease screenshot))

Laser Post

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A black post with five red laser emitters on each side. This would have fit perfectly in several locations: most of the game's lasers are actually emitted from distorted metal crate objects.

Lock Mechanisms

Several wall-mounted detail objects that were probably intended to be used near locked doors.

Marker

Surprisingly, this is not the Touch That Box box.

A standard crate texture surrounded by a colorful border, with different coloring applied to each face.

Misc Crate

Treasure!

A gray chest with a hinged lid.

Touch That Box Box

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A metal box with a gold and cyan tint, not unlike that of the Borg Cube crate. "Touch That Box" was a Combat Simulator game type in which teams would compete for control of multiple rooms in the arena by touching boxes within them. The game type was scrapped before release, but based on its filename, this is the eponymous box that would have been touched.

Unused Monitor Screens

Defined

Several characters and other objects encountered in the game. Each of these has their own value and are not animated.

Various astronomical objects. Each of the three colored planets has a screen, but there is also an animated one which fades between them. The elliptical galaxy is never shown in its original coloration, since one screen value tints it green and another blue. Likewise, the spiral galaxy has green- and blue-tinted variants, in addition to its original colors.

A green ship. Exists as both individual screens and as one which fades between the three.

These animated screens cannot be used: values exist which seem to correspond to them, but they read the data of the green bar chart instead. Their animations are actually defined as a part of the Skedar warrior screen, but can never be seen normally due to loop commands.

GE PD
PerfectDark-GETalkMon.gif PerfectDark-DevTalkMon.gif
John Belushi guest-starring in "Spies Like Us" eating borscht PerfectDark-DevPoundMon.gif

Two of them appear to be developers recreating screens from GoldenEye.

Undefined

These are all leftovers from GoldenEye and only exist as textures.

GE PD
PerfectDark-GECubeMon.gif PerfectDark-GECubeMonPD.gif
PerfectDark-GETalkMon.gif PerfectDark-GETalkMonPD.gif

Interestingly, two of the textures were updated. The spinning cube was reduced in size, while Karl Hilton talking was updated to fill the entire width of the texture, rather than being pillar boxed.

Unused Music

There are three different unused music pieces that lay within. Use GameShark codes 800AA5FB 00?? 800AA66B 00?? (where "??" is one of the below) to hear them in-game:

  • 15: An alternate death theme. Rather creepy.
  • 3C: A track that starts off similar to the Deep Sea - Nullify Threat tune, but then completely changes after a couple minutes or so. This can be heard in one of the very first trailers for the game, but only as background music, not tied to any specific mission.
  • 75: A brief, goofy jingle.
(Source: Will "Yamo" Mistretta)

Unused Text

Missions

Mission Location String
dataDyne Central - Defection LUCERNE TOWER
dataDyne Research - Investigation BASEMENT LABORATORY
dataDyne Central - Extraction LUCERNE TOWER
Carrington Villa - Hostage One CARRINGTON VILLA
Chicago - Stealth CHICAGO STREETS
G5 Building - Reconnaissance G5 BUILDING
Area 51 - Infiltration AREA 51 - EXTERIOR
Area 51 - Rescue AREA 51 - MEDLABS
Area 51 - Escape AREA 51 - ESCAPE
Air Base - Espionage PRESIDENTIAL TERMINAL

US AIRBASE, ALASKA

Air Force One - Antiterrorism AIR FORCE ONE
Crash Site - Confrontation CRASH SITE
Pelagic II - Exploration Cetan Ship
Deep Sea - Nullify Threat CETAN SHIP
Carrington Institute - Defense CARRINGTON INSTITUTE
Attack Ship - Covert Assault SKEDAR ASSAULT SHIP
Skedar Ruins - Battle Shrine SKEDAR BATTLE SHRINE
Mr. Blonde's Revenge LUCERNE TOWER
Maian SOS AREA 51, NEVADA, EARTH
WAR! BATTLE SHRINE
The Duel LUCERNE TOWER

Every mission's text file has an unused string that gives its location. They're reminiscent of the location names shown on the objectives screen of GoldenEye's menu and were likely intended to serve the same purpose. Strangely, the Pelagic II's location is given as "Cetan Ship" and is the only one of these strings that isn't in all-caps. Another oddity is that The Duel's location is given as the Lucerne Tower.

E R R O R
No briefing for this mission

The location and background shown in GoldenEye when loading a mission without defined objectives.

Weapons

MagSec SMG

Found between the Cyclone and RC-P120 is this string for a MagSec SMG.

MaianGrenade

The N-Bomb was intended as a Maian grenade, based on its unused firing range description, but this string is found after those for the Rocket Launcher, Devastator, and Slayer, which implies it was for a Maian grenade launcher.

FlashBang

The FlashBang has a pickup model seen above, but nothing else of it remains.

Functions

Guided Shots

Might be an alternate name for the Slayer's Fly-By-Wire Rocket function, or for the CMP150's Follow Lock-on function. Other than that, it doesn't fit any existing weapon.

Half Magazine Discharge

The Cyclone's Magazine Discharge function drains the entire magazine, whereas this one only would've drained half.

Timed Detonation

Not to be confused with Timed Explosive, the Timed Mine's primary function. This may have originally been intended for the N-Bomb; its two functions are Impact Detonation and Proximity Detonation.

Telescopic Sight
Silencer
Magazine Extension
Laser Sight

These come at the end of the list of functions, and actually don't seem like functions at all, but intended for another stat entirely. Everything here except Magazine Extension makes sense for the Falcon 2; maybe at one point the system was intended to be expanded so certain weapons could be fully modular without having to use separate weapon definitions?

Manufacturers

JonesCorp

An unused manufacturer based on a developer's name, like Chesluk Industries.

Combat Simulator

Jonathan

Jonathan has an entry in the character list – it's listed after the other story characters, before the common characters. He actually has his own body model, used for his CI bio, which is indistinguishable from the Area 51 Guard (a uniform he never actually wears in the story). Jonathan, using this model, was added to the available characters in the Xbox Live Arcade port of the game.

Boxes Options
Boxes on Radar
Touch That Box
Boxes
Tag Box

Various menu strings for the scrapped Touch That Box mode.

Test
4mb Test

Strings for two test sets can be found alongside the other weapon sets.

Cheats

Invincible
All Guns
Super x2 Health
Super x2 Armor
Invisible
Phase
Infinite Ammo
DK Mode
Tiny
Super x10 Health
Magnum
Laser
Gun
Silver PP7
Gold PP7
Invincibility On
All Guns On
Maximum Ammo
Super x2 Health
Super x2 Armor
Invisibility On
Phase On
Infinite Ammo On
DK Mode On
Extra Weapons
Tiny On
Paintball Mode On
Super x10 Health
Happy?
Fast Mode On
Invincibility Off
All Guns Off
Invisibility Off
Phase Off
Infinite Ammo Off
DK Mode Off
Tiny Off
Paintball Mode Off
Radar On
Fast Mode Off
NO NAME
Slowest Motion
Very Slow Motion
Slow Motion
Normal Motion
Fast Motion
Very Fast Motion
Fastest Motion
Line Mode
Paintball Mode
Enemy Rockets
2x Rocket L.
2x Grenade L.
2x RC-P90
2x Throwing Knife
2x Hunting Knife
2x Laser
Turbo Mode
Fast Animation
Slow Animation
No Radar [Multi]

Cheat names and their activation messages, left over from GoldenEye. Any references to the Bond franchise have been removed from them.

Warning
If you activate any cheats, then you
will be unable to progress further in the game
while those cheats are active.

A warning about cheats preventing the player from progressing through the game, which is never shown.

Characters

Guard Greeting
What's that gun?
Don't point that gun at me.

These seem to be debug strings for characters.

Build Dates

Hmmm...
To do:
XBLA build date

A build date can be found loaded into memory.

Version Hex Address Build Date
US V1.0 0x803D7B20
Apr  6 2000 15:05:01
US V1.1 0x803D7C90
Apr  6 2000 15:05:01
EU 0x803D92E0
Apr 28 2000 14:40:49
JP 0x803D8BE0
Jul 19 2000 09:43:24


(Source: Ferrox)

Early GoldenEye Text Files

There appear to be unused Combat Simulator setup files for Pelagic II and Chicago. Opening these, however, reveals them to actually be Dam and Streets text files left over from GoldenEye. It is not text from the final build, but instead is taken from an earlier version of the game. Unlike Goldeneye the final game's Combat Simulator doesn't use the actual levels from the Solo campaign, but some rare prerelease footage shows that early builds did in fact use Solo levels at some point. This would indicate these placeholder files are either very old, or it was intended at some point that original Combat Simulator maps would be made off said levels.


Dam

Dam's location, briefing and objectives list shown in the watch menu are present, as is the location string used in the intro camera. The rest of the final mission's text is not in this file.

Background
Early Final
mi6 has confirmed the existence of 
a secret chemical warfare 
facility at the arkhangelsk dam, 
ussr. its heavily guarded location 
and workings are a cause for 
major concern. nerve gas 
produced there has been turning 
up in the hands of hostile regimes 
around the world and deals with 
international terrorists have 
been rumoured. this facility 
should be destroyed without 
prejudice.
mi6 has confirmed the existence of 
a secret chemical warfare 
facility at the byelomorye dam, 
ussr. its heavily guarded location 
and workings are a cause for 
major concern. nerve gas 
produced there has been turning 
up in the hands of hostile regimes 
around the world and deals with 
international terrorists have 
been rumored. this facility should 
be destroyed with extreme 
prejudice.

The earlier mission background does not refer to the Byelomorye dam by name, instead referring to its location. The line about destroying the facility without prejudice was completely reversed for the final version, which was likely always the intended meaning. The location string shown at the top of the watch menu uses Byelomorye, like the final version, as does the intro text.

M Briefing
Early Final
the area around the dam is well 
defended against a full scale 
military attack but they won't be 
expecting a lone agent. i've looked 
at the recon reports and decided 
that the easiest way to gain 
entrance to the weapons factory 
will be to bungee jump down the 
face of the dam. safe and simple. 
just throw yourself off the top 
and remember to look before you 
leap old chap.
the area around the dam is well 
defended against a full scale 
military attack but a lone agent 
stands a much better chance.the 
easiest way to gain entrance to 
the weapons factory will be to 
get down the face of the dam. 
q had an idea about that.

Curiously, M seems a bit out-of-character here, particularly the last line which sounds more like something Q would say. Speaking of Q, the part about bungee jumping was moved to his briefing in the final version.

Q Branch
Early Final
information concerning shipping 
and contacts is stored on a 
computer system in a secret ops 
room within the dam.with this 
covert modem connected to their 
satellite link we can intercept 
this data when a backup is 
carried out.
information concerning shipping 
and contacts is stored on a 
computer system in a secret ops 
room within the dam. with this 
covert modem connected to their 
satellite link we can intercept 
the data when a backup is carried 
out.
as for getting down the dam, use 
the bungee rope. at the bottom of 
the jump, use the piton gun. simple.

The bungee rope was moved to Q's briefing for the final version, as mentioned above, and a reference to the piton gun was also added.

Intro Location
Early Final
Byelomorye Dam, Archangel, USSR Byelomorye Dam, Arkangelsk, USSR

The spelling of the mission's location hadn't been finalized when this text file was written. The background uses Arkhangelsk, a different spelling of the Russian name, while this string uses the English name.

Streets

Streets only has the mission location and background shown in the watch menu, but there are line terminators serving as placeholders for the M Briefing, Q Branch, and Moneypenny strings.

Background
Early Final
use the stolen tank to chase the 
car containing natalya. you are 
up against a time limit.
after escaping kgb interrogation 
at the military archives, natalya 
has been recaptured by general 
ourumov. she is being taken by car 
to the janus operations base in 
st. petersburg.

The background is only a description of the mission.

Oddities

Cheese Pieces

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There is a small wedge of cheese hidden in every single-player map. These are modeled as a part of the map geometry and, as such, cannot be collected or interacted with in any meaningful way.

Sinister Terminals

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The black terminals used in dataDyne Investigation and the standing variation of them found in Area 51 both have an Easter egg: if you use them as a standard object, rather than a screened object, they display an angry-looking eye where their screen would normally be. This looks identical to the texture Dr. Caroll's "eyes" use when his personality has been erased, but isn't the same index. The filenames of these two models are "sinisterpc" and "sinisterstation".

The terminals used in the Carrington Institute and Air Force One use the filenames "goodpc" and "goodstation", but do not have a similar Easter egg.

Brotherly Love

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In order to pass The Duel on Special Agent, Joanna must defeat a hologram of Jonathan. Despite him taking a sneaky approach, it's easier to bring down Jonathan than the dataDyne guard fought on Agent because, even if he gets the drop on Joanna, his shots will never hit her. The only way to lose to him is to get into his melee range. Any character using Jonathan's head is actually hardcoded as an ally for the purpose of targeting – Joanna's auto aim won't target him, his shots won't damage her, and the aim mode crosshair turns blue when pointing a gun at him. Even though the character used for Jonathan is properly set up as an enemy, the game forces ally targeting on him because of his head.

Unrelated to this, Jonathan is given "Dark" as his surname in the briefing for this mission in the American and European versions of the game. No relation between Joanna and Jonathan is ever mentioned anywhere else in the game. He was originally intended to be Joanna's brother, but this was dropped at some point during development, and The Duel's briefing is the last remnant of it.

(Source: Rareware.com PD Rumour Mill)

RB Easter Egg

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In the far end of the long lab of dataDyne: Investigation, where you must shut down the experiments, hidden in the "tech parts" in the floor grate, is the initials "Rb", most likely standing for Ross Bury, one of the graphic programmers. Bury left various other easter eggs with his name throughout the game, such as the "Rossorama" texture in the Air Force One level.

Mystery Object

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This thing, whatever it is, exists on the Pelagic 2 level. It is not used in any mission difficulty, is part of the level geometry, and is unique, only appearing once in the entire level. It's possible it was related to the engines, somehow, since there is a voice line referring an unused objected related to the disabling of said engines left in the final game.

Usernames and Passwords

During the course of the game, the player receives two pairs of usernames and passwords. Neither set serves any purpose, however. According to Rare, they were supposed to be access codes to one of the Perfect Dark marketing sites, but were never used. CarringtonInstitute.com and dataDyne.com were both set up prior to the release of the game and did indeed have restricted sections requiring a username and password, but neither set or combination of sets worked on either website.

Username CDV780322
Password I8MOZYM8NDI85

The easier set can be obtained in the Attack Ship mission on Perfect Agent. Cassandra will drop her necklace after dying on this difficulty. Its description in the inventory menu gives her username and password.

Cassandra De Vries' replacement necklace.  Username: %s  Password: %s

The username and password are not a part of the description's string, but are actually stored separately and filled in.

Username EnTROpIcDeCAy
Password ZeRo-Tau

The second set is much more difficult to unlock, as it requires getting a rank of Perfect:1 in the Combat Simulator, which is no easy task and impossible without playing actual multiplayer games (or at the very least excessive abuse of various exploitative Simulant setups). It will be shown in the player stats. The font used, however, makes no distinction between capital and lowercase letters.

(Perfect:1 username/password case: Krijy)