GoldenEye 007 - Wii

Game Description: The iconic FPS game returns for a new round featuring 8 classic Bond characters, multiplayer game modes and more.
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E3 2010: GoldenEye 007 Preview

E3 2010: GoldenEye 007 Preview

By Alexandra Hall - Posted Jun 16, 2010

 What We Already Know:

Rare's 1997 N64 shooter GoldenEye 007 was the first FPS to achieve distinction outside of the genre's PC stomping grounds, educating a whole generation of stick-twiddlers on the finer points of devastating headshots. Demand for a true sequel has raged ever since, and now-finally-GoldenEye is getting a proper second outing.

What We're Seeing Now:

GoldenEye 007 is not the sort of literal "remake" anyone expected, but I think that's actually a good thing. The new GoldenEye treats the classic shooter as a source of inspiration rather than a strict template. Games have changed immeasurably since 1997, and the new GoldenEye will reflect this with modern trappings like destroyable cover, atmospheric weather effects, and a cell phone with augmented reality display capabilities (this'll serve as your main info screen).

But perhaps the largest change comes in Bond himself: Pierce Brosnan is out and Daniel Craig is in. According to the producers there can only ever be one actor embodying Bond, so right now that's Daniel Craig. Using Craig also frees the developers to further craft the game around the distinctive personality of Craig's Bond. He's a dark, brooding, troubled character, so the revamped GoldenEye's storytelling will play to these qualities. The basic storyline's been changed for a similar reason, as Cold War spy tales feel a lot less relevant today than they might've in the mid-'90s. As the developers put it, they're trying to create a new GoldenEye experience for 2010.

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So far it looks like they're succeeding-I was pretty impressed by the E3 demo. For starters, it looks great for a Wii game. It has a bit of that full body awareness thing going on, and the fluid first-person camera movement really sells the idea of physically sneaking around the stormy environments. The rain effects are very believeable and the atmosphere is appropriately tense. The developers are aiming for high production values, and look to be well on their way to achieving them.

The demo map (which looks to be the game's first level) was clearly inspired by the iconic first level of the N64 game. As with the original you'll have many opportunities to favor stealth over more direct approaches. Activision's demo player snuck capably up to a Russian guard tower, taking out key patrols with stealth takedowns and silenced headshots. Eventually a guard spotted Bond and triggered an alarm, prompting the arrival of a squad from another checkpoint. Bond
returned fire with an AK-47 as the enemy plinked away at the guard tower's metal wall, eventually degrading it to the point that Bond had to run for his escape vehicle, which lead to an excitingly staged on-rails shooting sequence. This, in turn, lead to a very familiar-looking dam complex. I'll be honest, I was smiling by this

Last but far from least, GoldenEye will enjoy robust multiplayer features, supporting four-player split-screen or eight players online (alas, only on separate Wiis). You'll recognize a lot of the modes from the classic game-You Only Live Twice, among them-and a new XP-based progression system will hopefully keep the addiction going strong. The developers seem to understand just how important the multiplayer experience was to the original, and are planning
accordingly. It's unclear if souped-up GoldenEye multiplayer will be able to differentiate itself amid today's high-quality competition, but it's certainly going to try.

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Likewise, I'm certainly going to try this game the next time I get the chance. While GoldenEye 007 might not be the exact remake the fanboys wanted, I'm getting the feeling that it may well be better for it.

Comments are Closed

  • TMW001

    I say the Wii deserve this game more than anything I mean Wii owners are stil waiting on games like The Conduit2 and The Grinder let Nintendo get a good FPS game for once bad enough Sony and Microsoft have to desperalty try to make there own motion control but and besides there are a bunch of reason why the Wii and not any other Rare dosen't own any rights to 007 games meaning it will never be a 360 game,Microsoft and Sony have enough FPS games so whats the point of making a game that'd proably be under sold by games like Halo Reach,Gears of war 3 and Kill Zone Eurocome is making it so I doubt it will be bad I mean they worked on The world is not enough and Night fire.

    Posted: July 23, 2010 6:42 AM
  • Soufpole

    Wouldnt it be something if this classic revist outsold the new Bond game Blood Stone?
    My money's on Goldeneye.

    Posted: July 22, 2010 2:30 PM
  • clarkus12

    I think I might have some ghost juice in my pants after watching that vid

    Posted: July 22, 2010 1:37 PM
  • SnugglesBear

    Snuggles thinks that Nintendo deserves this game since all the D-Bags from the big boy consoles have the high quality FPSs plus Nintendo owns the Goldeneye game! Snuggles is glad Nintendo didn't let Microsoft turn Goldeneye in to the Perfect Dark Remake and give us the original!! That would have s*cked! and would have ruined the classic name!

    Posted: June 20, 2010 10:01 AM
  • DownwithBigBrother

    Same, I mean I will admit some a lot of wii games are kid games, Kinect was very very casual and kiddy, I was impressed by the tech but still not something I'd buy because I have an Xbox controller and while waving your hands for stuff and voice recodnition is cool, I wasn't impressed with the game line up for it

    Posted: June 17, 2010 7:32 PM
  • AKAslayer101

    Thank you for agreeing with me.

    Posted: June 17, 2010 11:05 AM

    ak is right

    Posted: June 17, 2010 9:58 AM

    ak you are right i men look the ps3 is making the ps3 move hello they are coping the wii i totely agree with akaslayer 101 i men i like the kinet i hace a wii and a 360 but the wii in in my big screen so i play it mor lol ak is right

    Posted: June 17, 2010 9:49 AM
  • AKAslayer101

    I think you need to grow up. Nintendo Wii has a ton of great games already released, and look at this year's holiday season for the Big N. The Wii has sold more systems then the xbox 360 and ps3 combine. People still play the Wii. If you don't own one, then you don't understand. I'm glad to see Goldeneye return! And even more happy to see on a Nintendo console exclusive, where it belongs. Haha yeah go play your "big boy console" Tim, play with your Kinect games or maybe your PS Move games in the near future. Those products are for grown-ups like you Tim.

    Posted: June 17, 2010 9:39 AM
  • Tim_1138

    This could have been awesome on a big boy console. It would have made more sense too since everyone who grew up and learned with the original have moved on and don't primarily play on Nintendo's console any more.

    Posted: June 17, 2010 7:24 AM