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GoldenEye 007

 

 

SCORE: 53

 

GoldenEye 007 

 

The GoldenEye 007 franchise has well known history in the video game industry. A Nintendo DS version does not make a lot of sense to the WMG. This game loosely follows the other versions, but has a much different feel to it. Players have to use their radar to kill off hundreds of the same looking enemies who will happily stand there waiting for you to kill them. They are shooting at you, and that is the only way players may even notice there is an enemy nearby. Family Friendly Gaming has not reviewed many first person shooters on the DS.

The graphics in GoldenEye 007 are grainy, and dark. There is the violence in this hand held game as well. The WMG found the repetitive nature of GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo DS to be a major problem. GoldenEye 007 is more first person shooter than stealth or spy game in this reviewers opinion. The bodies vanish leaving the bullets to be picked up. The intelligence of the computer controlled characters is limited at best. Sure some would hide behind cover here and there, but they would come out in exactly the same places. The animations of the characters is limited as well.

The WMG has heard some amazing audio and sound tracks in various Nintendo DS video games. Unfortunately GoldenEye 007 is not one of those games. The missions briefings were okay, but that is the main source of the audio. Oh wait, unless you count hearing gunfire. The WMG may be exaggerating a bit as there is some audio throughout the levels which pertain to the mission at hand. They felt like sound bytes though.

The GoldenEye 007 franchise is known for the multiplayer game play. The Nintendo DS version of GoldenEye 007 actually includes some multiplayer modes. Six people who have the game, and a Nintendo DS can play against one another. These include local play, and Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi inclusion makes sense because the odds of getting six people together who have this game is going to be low. The single player campaign will take a week or two to get through for most players.

GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo DS gives players various ways to control it. On top of that the game asks if the player is right or left handed. This consideration goes a long way here at Family Friendly Gaming. The levels in GoldenEye 007 are pretty standard for a first person shooter. Shooting the bad guys becomes repetitive after a few levels, and this reviewer found it boring. The enemies appear in the same places so simple memorization is needed after a death.

The ethics of becoming a spy, and leaving a bloody trail in your wake are on the low end of the spectrum. The justification GoldenEye 007 uses is we get to save the world from even worse people. Ultimately GoldenEye 007 is all fantasy, and has no bearing on reality. Unless it affects your moods and attitudes. The saving grace of GoldenEye 007 is getting to play with others in the multiplayer mode. The WMG would advise parents to pass on GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo DS.
- Working Man Gamer

 

Graphics: 47%
Sound: 50%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 61%
Family Friendly Factor: 44%
System: Nintendo DS
Publisher: Activision
Rating: 'T' for Teen
 {Mild Blood, Mild Language, Violence}

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