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FTN reviews 007 Goldeneye Reloaded

February 21st, 2012 by Crowbar 1 Comment

FTN reviews 007 Goldeneye Reloaded
X-Box 360

When I first saw this title I was very much against it. To this day Goldeneye 64 is one of the best FPS titles I have ever played. When I read more into it, the game is actually not a remake. It is more of a reboot or a re-imagining with Daniel Craig t fit with the modern Bond films. I am perfectly fine with that after watching Casino Royale. This title originally came out on the Wii and had motion controls. Reloaded is the port for the PS3 and 360. The PS3 of course supporting the move while 360 has nothing more to offer in terms of gameplay.

Yes, Daniel Craig is in the game, his look and all. Judi Dench reprises her role as M as well. Everyone else has had something altered or modified for the game. The story is like this, set some time after the events of Quantum of Solace it begins as James Bond (007) and Alec Trevelyan (006) (Elliot Cowan) are on a mission infiltrating a chemical weapons facility in Arkhangelsk, Russia, which is believed to be the source of weapons used by a terrorist cell to target British embassies around the world. It is very Bond spy espionage and I would not want it any other way. With plenty of twist and turns it feels like you are playing a Bond movie. I would like to make a special mention to the intro level (yeah an intro level, the part of a game where it teaches you everything you need to know about how to play). After the level the opening sequence starts and I have to say, I was taken back to watching Bond films when I was a kid. You can tell that the developers were Bond fans.

This is a FPS and I was pessimistic when I was about to play. The age of shooters was not very kind and I feared the worse. I was expecting a CoD ripoff and the good name of Bond would be tarnished. However, upon selecting my difficulty I noticed a fourth option, “007 Classic” which features the biggest killer of FPS titles, regeneration health. You must rely on skill and patience to beat the game on this mode. However, I was disappointed when this was an option you must choose while it should be default and the only option. I digress and it is there, crawl before you run I suppose.

You can carry three weapons, two main guns and your trusty standard issue pp7. I am ok with this as well because it isn’t Bond style to be carrying 12 guns. Completing mission objectives ie point A to point B while taking route C is the way to finish the level. However, if you wish to play the game properly deviating from your main quest and gaining extra intelligence through side quests, or secondary missions is recommended to enhance your experience. Taking notice of the smart phone icon on your HUD is a necessity. The game plays very much like the original 1997 title and I was shocked and overwhelmed that a company like Activision published this game.

A heavy aspect of 007 is stealth. While a lot of games talk stealth but never execute you must be wary of your situation. Silenced weapons are in short supply and you must make every shot count. If an enemy sees an ally die, they will go on alert. In some ways the stealth sections are like a first person Metal Gear Solid. The AI is aware of their surroundings for the most part.

This would not be Bond without some gun fights. The massive gun fights are epic. Many involve a room filled with baddies and you have to make your way to the other side. This is where the fun happens. Many cases you can just beast it to the other side. In 007 Classic mode you cannot do this. While the situation is intense what does Bond do? Stay calm and patient. That is what you must do.

In addition to the game there are also MI6 missions similar to the Spec ops missions in Call of Duty. They are enjoyable, challenging and give a break in gameplay. Multiplayer is an option but the singleplayer is where all of the fun is. You can play Reloaded on PS3 with the move to get a similar experience that the Wii had.

007 Goldeneye Reloaded is a game that breaks the mold while playing in 007 Classic Mode, the way it should be played. While the gameplay and storytelling was amazing the map design suffered a bit with being too linear. However, this is still an amazing game that everyone should play.

4.5 Nerds out of 5
Zach ‘The Crowbar’ Martinez

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Crowbar is an angry young man, but he knows his games. We all have our passions and his come alive when his digital self is hammering baddies, solving puzzles or flying. He also has a penchant for dressing like giant penguins, but we promised him we wouldn't mention it.