November 4, 2011

Bond is Back…Again

Lasting First Impressions of GoldenEye 007: Reloaded from Activision

XBOX_360_OWP_v4.5.indd You can’t kill Bond. He’ll just keep coming back as someone else.  In this case, I’m referring to the seminal GoldenEye 007 game that was originally released for the Nintendo 64 platform back in 1997.  In this day and age of the ever growing popularity of the remake or reimagining, Activision, along with developers Eurocom felt it was time to revisit this classic and extremely popular title and give it a facelift for the new century.  Originally reimagined in 2010 for the Nintendo Wii console, this new release for the XBOX360 and PlayStation 3 consoles features an even more updated engine running at 60FPS, with much improved AI, giving the enemies a smarter and more dangerous edge.

Fans of the original 1997 release will find most of the game intact here with a few tweaks to the levels to accommodate the updated visuals and engine.  Another obvious update to the original is the use of the celebrated, and more gritty, Daniel Craig as Bond instead of Pierce Brosnan.

GoldenEye 007 Reloaded is a First Person Shooter through and through with a wonderfully written and engaging story.  While the new artwork employed in this reimagining isn’t going to rival the giants such as Call of Duty or Gears of War it has still been escorted into this current generation of consoles quite beautifully.  The controls are tight and responsive and requires no new learning to perfect for those who are seasoned FPS players.  Even for someone like myself, who admittedly is not a fantastic FPS player, I had no troubles diving right into this game and running through the levels.

GoldenEye 007 Reloaded_Dam level Enemy control room Breach

Keeping true to the nature of the Bond character and movies, GoldenEye includes the option to play the game with stealth in mind.  I love stealth games and always try to go that route first and resort to guns-a-blazing only after I’ve been spotted.  GoldenEye is most certainly a challenge when it comes to full stealth mode, however, as I am usually able to silently take down a few enemies before being spotted by another.  Regardless, the game is a great deal of fun to play, and the story is engaging enough to keep me coming back for more.

Hollywood may be stifling itself with the overabundance of remakes and reimaginings, but Activision made the right decision to bring this game back for another run through.  The updated artwork, the inclusion of Daniel Craig as Bond, and the involving storyline will give any modern day FPS game a run for its money.  After all, who doesn’t want to be Bond, James Bond?

Activision, I gave you an hour and I am IMPRESSED.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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