Good James Bond games? There’s only ever really been one. You know it, we know it, even George Lazemby’s sister knows it. To this day, Rare’s genre-redefining first person shooter – Goldeneye on N64 – still casts a long shadow over subsequent 007 games.
In one of the most pleasant surprises ever, Activision went and shocked the world by bringing this much loved title back, answering the prayers of every Wii owner who doesn’t want to lose weight. Here are our views on it from October 2010’s MCM Expo.
Following the modern Hollywood trend for reimagining old hits, developer Eurocom has essentially remade the original Goldeneye. but this time you’ll be playing as the moody Daniel Craig incarnation of Bond (with Nicole Scherzinger covering the original theme).
Some levels have been redesigned to fit the new gameplay like gadgets and destructible environments. But it’s multiplayer you want to know about, and that’s what we got to play.
We played a game of four-player split screen deathmatch in a stage clearly based on the Complex level in the original, using the rather nice golden Classic Controller Pro. You can also play with the standard Classic Controller, GameCube pad, Zapper, or Wii Remote and Nunchuck combo.
Goldeneye uses the standard, modern FPS control methods. The shoulder buttons are used for shooting, aiming and throwing grenades, while you move and aim with the two analogue sticks. So for those expecting a glorified virtual console game, you’re in for a surprise. And those handy at FPS games will pump you full of lead in no time.
The graphics look impressive in the trailers but seems rather flat and drab in multiplayer – although that may be because of the stage setting. But the frame rate is as smooth as anything. With all four players going at it, the game belts along at a great pace and makes for some fast and fun shooting action.
If it wasn’t called Goldeneye, you’d think it was just one of several FPS titles out there. But seeing as the Wii isn’t exactly drowning in shooters, that’s no bad thing. Whether Eurocom can capture the full magic of the original remains to be seen. We’ll see when it’s released on November 5th.
In the meantime, you can check out the game’s average review score on Metacritic. Trusty review site Eurogamer awarded other new Bond game Blood Stone 5/10.