What It Is
If you’re a red blooded American male and grew up in the '90s, odds are high that a large portion of your childhood was dedicated to GoldenEye 007 for N64. Unfortunately, that game wouldn’t really hold a candle to any modern first person shooters, but it did set the standard for shooters in the late '90s and early 2000s. The most recent iteration, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded dropped on November 1st, and while not as earth shattering as the original, its still pretty damn good.
The game looks, feels, and plays like its predecessor with a face-lift. Bond can now sprint, crouch and vault over obstacles, a far cry from the steady plodding of the first game. You can even crouch behind cover and pop-up to shoot, something I was exceptionally surprised by when I first started playing (if you played the first one you know what I’m talking about). Some of the levels are modern incarnations of those from the original, and you can expect to have the most iconic lines are rehashed (For England, James?). Even cooler, you can now actually play the game like a guy whose supposed to be a secret agent-utilizing the crouched position and slowly creeping up and knocking out your enemies one-by-one. Or you can relive the 90’s and sprint through, guns blazing, and take every one out Rambo style. The PP7 is still your most important weapon, although it is (unfortunately) not as ridiculously powerful as it was in the first game. I haven’t gotten far enough into the game, but I expect the Golden Gun and Moonraker to make an appearance at some point. The bottom line is that this one feels a much like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game, which isn’t a bad thing, considering it’s the standard against which all post-Halo shooters are judged.
As far as first-person shooters go, it’s nothing to write home about. The controls and levels are all pretty standard, and there isn’t much that sets it apart from any other FPS released in the last few years. The cut scenes and montages can also last a little too long at points, to where it can cause you to lose interest. Something else that irked me was the updated characters. James Bond now looks like, and is voiced by, Daniel Craig. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Pierce Brosnan was Bond when GoldenEye was filmed. Shouldn’t he stay Bond ten years later?
Buy it. While its not a game of the year contender, it’s a piece of history that you have to re-visit if you’re hardcore gamer. If you spent a significant amount of time playing GoldenEye in the 90’s, you’ll surprise yourself with how much of the original comes back- even the bullet holes look the same. Pick it up and play it between your marathon Modern Warfare 3 sessions.
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