GoldenEye 007

Game Description: You are Bond, James Bond. Your mission is to recover the key to a devastating Soviet orbital weapon, GoldenEye. Fight your way through 18 action-packed missions, using a host of Bond-esque weaponry and gadgets. Along the way youll have to escape from a bunker thats about to be vaporized by the GoldenEye satellite as well as crash through the streets in a tank. GOLDENEYE 007 also supports four-player multiplayer with a host of options and game modes.

GoldenEye 007 – Review

When Rare first announced its intention to create a first-person shooter (FPS) based on the pop-icon spy, James Bond, I was really skeptical. After all, tired Doom clones had already driven life from the genre and games based on movie licenses were usually bad by legendary proportions. It didn't seem like a formula for success, but leave it to the boys at Rare to break all perceptions. Instead, they've responded by producing one of the most surprising games of all-time: GoldenEye 007.

It's very difficult for me to describe a game that is so close to perfection. Almost every aspect of GoldenEye reaches unheard of plateaus. It is a game that combines all its elements into a seamless gaming experience. While the plot of the game is heavily steeped in the movie of the same name, it isn't hindered by it. Instead of recreating all the elements in a linear and literal fashion, Rare went to great lengths to examine all the characters, scenes, and story developments in the film to extract the most relevant parts for gameplay. Rather than blindly trying to recreate the film, Rare discarded everything that wouldn't work in an interactive game and adopted, changed and added elements that would work. So instead of depending on the source material like a crutch, the developers used the license material to merely add on to what is an already solid gameplay model.

While the game will feel familiar to anyone who has ever played an FPS, it still manages to take nearly every aspect of the genre one step further. Traditionally, the goals have always been to recover multiple keys and consequently exit to repeat the pattern on another disjointed stage. GoldenEye, on the other hand, is guided by mission objectives relevant to the story and each stage is a progression. Designed so well, the missions never feel scripted and play out dynamically according to the player's actions and personal style. Play the game all gung-ho like in Quake and you'll find yourself quickly surrounded by guards. Stealthily manuevering about (like a spy should) is usually a more productive method and although it isn't necessary, it becomes integral to the game. The realism also lends itself to the extremely accurate hit detection of the enemies. Not only did Rare include a revolutionary and intuitive aiming/sniping feature for more precision, they also complimented that precision by including more reactions in the enemies depending on where you shoot them. Hit the target in the leg and watch him hobble, land a shot on his hand and watch him shake it profusely in pain, and place one in between his eyes and watch him drop dead. It's this kind of attention to detail that really grabbed me and allowed me to suspend disbelief.

Rare has controlled and directed every part of the game with a kind of craftsmanship that is unlike any other. The music is great the way it sets the mood for each stage. The control options are aplenty and sure to please anyone's preferences. Weapons selection is tremendous, but limited to only particular stages. This is another testament to Rare's control. Not only does this keep things fresh by introducing different weapons later in the game, but it also keeps the challenge level high by not unbalancing stages with particularly powerful or inappropriate weapons. Throw in a multiplayer feature that is so deep and intense that it practically needs a review of its own, and it becomes glaringly obvious why I believe GoldenEye is something beyond special.

You have to give credit to Rare for taking a preexisting genre and totally breaking all the rules. Instead of simply trying to capitalize on trend, they took the genre to a whole new level. On top of that, here is a game that not only changed my perception of games, but also changed my perception of the world. Never shall I pass a security camera again without itching to disable it with a pinpoint accurate shot. Altering a person's perception is not an easy thing to do and qualities like that make for some very interesting art. Rating: 10 out of 10

GoldenEye 007 – Second Opinion

I, like Chi and the rest of the video game industry, was less than impressed when Nintendo announced that one of the debut titles on the Nintendo 64 would be a FPS based on the latest James Bond flick, GoldenEye. The genre was saturated with games that were essentially graphical showcases and no fun to play at all. On top of that Rare was developing it. The last game they made was Donkey Kong Countryfor the SNES, which was a nice feat, but nevertheless an accomplishment that didn't command respect. All this made the accomplishment that is GoldenEye all the more special and makes it easily the surprise hit of the decade.

Chi put it best when he said, "while the game is heavily steeped in the movie... it isn't hindered by it". In GoldenEye I got to actually play as James Bond and do the things James Bond would do. But maybe more to their credit, Rare was also the first to incorporate stealth into a FPS. It was always clear that I was a spy and that stealth and caution would win out over brute force. Giving the player nothing but a silenced handgun to start off most of the missions was a simple, but crucial move. I had to learn early on to make do with what I had.

It was to my advantage to sneak up on enemies or pick them off one by one from a distance because once you were found out, you were usually out-numbered. The realism Chi mentioned also helped to keep the player in the game. When you shot an enemy in the head, that was it. He's dead. Shoot him in the arm and he's quickly aware you're out there somewhere. It was done so well that you were truly rewarded for doing what a spy would do rather than what a "fragmaster" would do. This was a guilty pleasure, but I must admit that many times I postponed beating the game to work on my shooting and stealth. Sneaking up on guards or picking them off from yards away offered a certain satisfaction that I couldn't get anywhere else.

The James Bond license was almost worthless when Nintendo bought it. After GoldenEye, it seemed like every developer and publisher wanted to get their hands on the license for the newest James Bond movie. Did James Bond suddenly become marketable? No, GoldenEye showed the industry what could be done with a good license and excellent design. Time will tell if they were playing attention. Rating: 10 out of 10

GoldenEye 007 – Consumer Guide

According to ESRB, this game contains: Animated Violence, Animated Blood 

Parents should be aware that this game, while not gory, is realistically violent. They might want to think twice before they see their little tikes empty a magnum into some poor soldier's skull. But if violence isn't an issue and you don't have a problem being British, GoldenEye 007 is a gaming experiences that few will ever match. Amazingly consistent sales over the years prove GoldenEye 007 still has legs even compared to today's flashier games. Now that it's selling at a budget-minded price as part of Nintendo's classic series, those who didn't play it then now have no excuse not to.

GoldenEye 007 may be a little too cerebral for fragmasters looking to waste everything in sight, but for everyone else, the play-life and value is tremendous and GoldenEye 007 has yet to be dethroned as N64's multiplayer king.