Black

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Black
Black cover art.jpg
Black NTSC Cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Strong Language, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
OFLC rating: M
GRB rating: 15
Progressive scan supported
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLED-53937 & SLES-53886 & SLES-54030 & SLUS-29180 & SLUS-21376
Japanese: SLPM-66354
German: SLED-53937 & SLES-53886
French: SLED-53937 & SLES-53886
Spanish: SLED-53937 & SLES-53886
Italian: SLED-53937 & SLES-53886
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21376
SLUS-21376GH (Greatest Hits)
SLUS-29180 (Demo)
Release date: February 28, 2006
2007 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 5C891FF1
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53886
SLES-54030
SLED-53937 (Demo)
SLES-53886/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
SLES-54030-P (Platinum, Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
Release date: February 24, 2006
November 24, 2006 (Platinum)
CRCs: CAA04879
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J:
Serial numbers: SLPM-66354
SLPM-66731 (EA Best Hits)
SLPM-66961 (EA:SY! 1980)
SLAJ-25078
Release date: March 25, 2006
April 6, 2006
March 8, 2007 (EA Best Hits)
February 28, 2008 (EA:SY! 1980)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Criterion Games
Publisher(s): EA Games
Genre: Action, Shooter, Arcade
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic79/100
Game description: You can engage in cinematic firefights through destructible environments in Black, the new first-person shooter from Criterion Studios. You can play as an operative in Eastern Europe with extensive access to the newest exotic weaponry that the world has to offer. As you blast your way through the urban environments featured in the game you can find opportunities to make "style kills," using your environment to take out your foes with explosions or falling debris.
Black takes place in Ingushetia and Chechnya, Russian Federation. The protagonist is a black ops soldier named Sergeant First Class Jack Kellar. Kellar is an inadequately disciplined member of a CIA black ops group and a veteran of several conflicts. He is now considered a terrorist and has been captured. He is now forced to tell his story (the game) or go to jail for life.


Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:


Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL ?
  • Core i5 2500k @ stock settings
  • MSI GTX 470 Hawk @ 758 core
r4600 GSDX r4643 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r4600m 1.4.0
  • LilyPad r4510 0.10.0
CPU heavy game. To get 480p mode on PAL: Hold Triangle and X as the first loading screen is showing.

• GSDX r4631+ is required, it adds a hack fix for garbage FX. • Rare input glitch, restarting level seems to be the only fix for it. • Speedhacks used: INTC Spin detection, Wait Loop Detection, Fast CDVD, mVU flag hack, VU Cycle Stealing:1

Lagahan
PAL ?
  • AMD FX 6350 @ stock settings
  • Gigabyte GTX 560 TI @ stock settings
r5645 GSDX r5632 SSE41 0.1.16
  • SPU2-X r5559 2.0.0
  • LilyPad r5403 0.11.0
BIOS: usa 2.20, HACKS: none, Still missing sky & post processing effects (sun shafts etc), controls freeze sometimes, player gets stuck on the spot, can turn but can't move., plays full speed 60fps. PAL version. Slarlac249
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.8Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 570 1368MB
1.1.0 r5852 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v01.70(27/02/2003), MTVU, INTC Spin Detection, Enable Wait Loop Detection, mVU Flag Hack, Still Playable. Works fine at a nice speed. Curse them long unskippable videos!
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5576 GSdx 5570 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs at full speed.
PAL Windows
  • i7 3.5GHz
  • Radeon 4870 512MB
1.2.1 r5875 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.00 (14/06/2004)
NTSC-U Windows
  • I5 3330
  • XFX Radeon HD 7970(New*)
1.3 Git 18 of June GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), Standard Speedhackers +MTVU, Ok,lets go.
PAL Windows 7
  • Intel 2 Quad Q6600
  • Nvidia GTX 260
1.0.0
  • GDSX 5334 0.1.16 SSSE3
  • Mode: HW DX10
  • SPU2-X 5324
  • LilyPad r4510 0.10.0
Europe v02.20(10/02/2006) Enough fps in first level but sometimes (short) frame drops to 30-40. For me the game often freezes after different minutes, seems I had luck in the first level that the game didn´t freeze (but I tried it a few times then I finally completed it). Switch to Software Mode doesn´t help, only shows strange colours (no ingame textures) or blackscreen. The fps stay at 60 (played at 60Hz, but tried both 50Hz and 60Hz). Speedhacks: All activated except "Fast CDVD"; EE Cyclerate: 2; VU Cycle Stealing: 2. Tried with MTVU speedhack off and with changes in the first tabs (EE/IOP and VUs), superVU instead of microVU. Nothing helps, game still freezes. LeRutY


Trivia

  • Original names: BLACK (SLPM-66354), BLACK THE BEST (SLPM-66731), EA:SY!1980 BLACK (SLPM-66961), ブラック (SLPM-66354)
  • Access the Progressive Scan menu by holding the cross and triangle keys together when the game boots up.


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