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GoldenEye 007

 

 

SCORE: 55

 

GoldenEye 007 

 

I never really understood the obsession some had with GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64. It had a nice storyline, and getting to play Bond was pretty cool. But the multiplayer is what most obsess about. To me it was another first person shooter where you digitally murdered your friends like so many others of that day. Activision has the Bond license now, and they have gone back to get the golden gun. They were gracious enough to send Family Friendly Gaming a reviewable copy. I think I may have been the last person the editor approached about reviewing this game. Kind of like in the military when they ask for a volunteer, and everyone but one person takes a step back. Yes sir, I was the one person who stood still.

The realism of the visuals in GoldenEye 007 is astounding, as well as the cinematic look to this Wii game. Sure the human characters are not photo realistic, but they looked good, and animated realistically. GoldenEye 007 contains numerous exciting scenes. I felt like I was in that truck riding along, and it drew me into this world. The downside to GoldenEye 007 is the blood, violence, and sexual content. This is James Bond we are talking about, he does not exactly promote family morals. The bodies do vanish quickly after death.

The voice acting in GoldenEye 007 is awesome. The various voices are used, and they add another layer of realism to GoldenEye 007. The music reminds me of the movie, and the previous game. Characters will give verbal instructions, and the mission briefs are very important. You can make it through this game if you ignore them, but it takes something away from the experience. The language issues in GoldenEye 007 are what could have been left out in my opinion.

The story is long enough for most hardcore gamers for them to feel they got their moneys worth. But few are purchasing GoldenEye 007 this Christmas for the single player campaign. Most are interested in the online modes. The ease of playing others online, and the wide array of modes will keep your heads spinning. The majority of the manual is devoted to the multiplayer modes. I would have preferred some system that ranked players of similar skill, because dying seventeen times, and only taking out three was not the most pleasant welcome to the online multiplayer. However I did get experience points, and eventually did level up. The paintball mode was my personal favorite.

Activision knows what they are doing in terms of controls. The control options are Classic, Gamecube, Wii Remote/Nunchuk, and Wii Zapper. This flexibility is awesome, and shows they spent their time in the creation of GoldenEye 007. I enjoyed the little tutorial level that taught me how to play this Wii game. Being a spy is not for the faint of heart. GoldenEye 007 kept me on my toes, and I played this game in a business fashion.

GoldenEye 007 glorifies spies, but has very little bearing on how their act in the real world. The presentation of GoldenEye 007 is top notch, and will go down in history as such. Morally and ethically there are numerous issues with GoldenEye 007 though. I found myself feeling bad for all the characters I murdered while playing this Wii game. The areas where stealth is required were the highlight of GoldenEye 007 in my eyes.

There have been various video games in the past that contained mild make overs. GoldenEye 007 is the first video game that I can remember that is a complete overhaul based on an original game. I am very curious to see if this becomes a trend in the future. I can think of multiple past games I would love to see completely remade.
- Sam

 

Graphics: 53%
Sound: 53%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 62%
Family Friendly Factor: 45%
System: Wii
Publisher: Activision
Rating: 'T' for Teen
{Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence}

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