Aug 01 2009

Goldeneye

zorro @ 3:15 pm

Goldeneye 007 - Nintendo 64 Cover

If anyone was going to do justice to Ian Fleming’s Master Spy – it would have to be Rare. Buoyed by recent and past successes, Rare seemingly could do no wrong. From Jetpac and Sabre Wulf to Battletoads and Donkey Kong Country, Rare continued their enviable climb to the top of the development ladder. Blast Corps showed that original game design was still foremost in their minds. With Goldeneye 007 they produced a brilliant first person shooter that stands on its own merits – difficult to do in a genre crowded with classics like DoomDuke Nukem 3DQuake.

In single player no 3D Shooter plays quite like Goldeneye.  It is the combination of specific mission objectives, superb level design, awesome animation and brilliant spot effects.

Running, full-tilt, down the corridors of a frigate with twin machine guns blazing as enemy soldiers leap, roll and duck from bulkheads and doors is an experience like no other!

Except, perhaps, quietly crouching on an observation tower and zooming in on a patrolling soldier 300 yards away as he leans on his rifle and yawns and then dropping him with one perfectly placed shot between the eyes!

Multi-player is brilliant largely due to so many options.  Depending on the number of players many of the single player levels are available.  Some of the cheats come in very useful here – particularly the No Radar cheat.  Turn on License to Kill (One Shot Kill), give everyone pistols and then distribute changes of underwear :)

Awesome.

The Blurb

Goldeneye 007 - Entering the second level

GoldenEye 007 brings the world’s most famous secret agent, James Bond, to life on the Nintendo 64– complete with license to kill. Using the full power of the Nintendo 64, GoldenEye 007 puts you right into 007′s tux and bow tie in a first-person action spectacular. But there’s more to it than just blowing away bad guys– you will have to accomplish a variety of espionage objectives, like planting covert modems, copying top secret documents, anddiverting the destructive course of the rogue GoldenEye satellite system.

GoldenEye 007 puts would-be double “O” operatives through the paces in 20 challenging missions, each with three different difficulty levels. With each difficulty level, the intelligence of your opponents increases and the complexity and number of objectives grows. Following and expanding on the story line of the hit movie, GoldenEye 007′s missions span the globe; from a secret base in arctic Russia to the a giant satellite antenna cradle suspended over the steaming jungles of Cuba.

Goldeneye 007 - Sniping the watchtower guard

While the actual game’s budget is of course, Top Secret, Rare and Nintendo have spared no expense in creating one of the most immersive gaming experiences ever. Almost two years in the making, the game is worth the wait. To capture the atmosphere of the movie, the game’s developers visited the movie sets several times during production to gather research materials. Rare’s designers used photographs, movie footage and actual blueprints of the sets to create the complex level layouts. The result is one of the most realistic 3-D, first-person games ever. GoldenEye adds an unbeatable license to thrill.

Only the Nintendo 64′s exclusive 64-bit technology could handle the detailed, realistic, three-dimensional environments of GoldenEye 007. Crawl through ventilation ducts, explore secret passages, even drive a tank– you’ll have full freedom to explore every location of each mission. If you’re not stealthy enough, you’ll end up in a fire-fight with motion-captured guards who react with deadly force to the threat of any intruder. No matter how you approach a mission, you can be sure that everyone will end up gunning for a piece of James Bond!

Goldeneye 007 - Four-player mayhem!

While a single agent can enjoy GoldenEye 007, the excitement multiplies if you have more than one player involved. Grab a few extra N64 Controllers and hook up with some friends for some spy hunting action in GoldenEye 007′s multi-player mode. Up to four agents can enter one of 11 arenas for a spy-versus-spy duel to the finish. You’ll have Q’s entire arsenal of weaponry at your disposal as you attempt to terminate your adversaries. With a variety of different missions available even in multi-player mode, GoldenEye 007 will challenge even espionage experts with hours of game play.

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