GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
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|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.7/10 - 3 votes|
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|See also:||James Bond Games, First Person Shooter|
Back in 1997, the original GoldenEye for Nintendo 64 reinvented the FPS genre with its insanely addictive multiplayer gameplay. The seventh generation of consoles is well-known for its Call of Duty and Battlefield games being the top sellers of both PS3 and Xbox 360, so it should be of no surprise that an enhanced port of the grandfather of first-person shooters would make a comeback for these consoles. Enter GoldenEye 007: Reloaded.
Developed by Eurocom, this Reloaded version of the game features better controls, vastly improved visuals, and online multiplayer. Sure, the single-player campaign isn’t the game’s selling point, but it all comes together into a nicely done homage to one of the most important titles in videogame history.
Appealing to new audiences
One of the most common complaints about the original GoldenEye game was its cumbersome controls: the N64’s controller is infamously cumbersome to use. Thankfully, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded avoids this inconvenience thanks to its more contemporary control scheme, involving two analog sticks like most players are used to.
Additionally, Reloaded retains the original’s local multiplayer, but also expands on it with an online multiplayer mode. In a nice nod to the N64 game, players can customize the online matches with modifiers such as Golden Gun mode, or Paintball mode. All of these possibilities mean that multiplayer is even more addictive than it ever was.
Not here for the plot
Sadly, the single-player campaign quickly comes apart at the seams. Dumb AI and linear levels hinder the experience, even though the campaign is a short and uninteresting one. There’s also the new MI6 mode, which’s basically an objective-based single-player experience similar to a “Time Attack” mode.
It’s worth mentioning that the plot of Reloaded isn’t the same as what players might have seen in the N64 original. The game plays with players’ expectations at every turn, changing some key elements of the story to keep surprising returning players. Despite that, the story lacks any real “twist” (that the James Bond series is so popular for) for it to be worth a second playthrough.
If looks could kill
Thanks to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3’s hardware, Reloaded looks leagues better than the original game. Jungle levels look like something straight out of Crysis, while some other levels, like the arctic base, are also quite pleasing to the eye.
The presentation is superb, with a reimagined UI that’s not very intrusive — although it could’ve been a little smaller. Also great are the weapon models and their handling: each gun feels unique, and the sound design really lets you feel the power behind each bullet.
The multiplayer models are a bit of a mixed bag: for one, they look like the characters they’re supposed to represent, but their facial animations and subpar textures make them look like upscaled versions of the N64 originals.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that the single-player campaign also suffers from some dreaded “invisible walls.” These artificial roadblocks make the game world feel smaller than it actually is, and they’re also something that can break your immersion in a matter of seconds.
GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is the best way to play one of the most influential games in the FPS genre. Sure, the single-player experience might be a bummer, but the amazingly good multiplayer is more than enough to justify a purchase. Visually pleasing and with tight controls, Reloaded is a game that every FPS enthusiast will enjoy, even if it might not be what fans of Bond stories might be looking for.
- Responsive controls
- Amazing multiplayer
- Richly detailed environments
- Disappointing campaign
- Odd-looking character models