Back in 1997, Rare released Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64. The game quickly became a monster hit, and was heralded as the father of console first person shooters. Thirteen years later, and after rumors and complications, a new Goldeneye was released for the Nintendo Wii. While this new Goldeneye is not as innovative as its predecessor, nor is it an exact copy of the original, it still measures up to the Goldeneye legacy.
Goldeneye 007 puts you in the role of James Bond, only not Pierce Brosnan’s Bond as in the film and previous game, but current Bond, Daniel Craig. As a result, the original story based on the film has been altered to best compliment Craig’s character. Still, there are many Bond moments are to be had, and the ante is even upped from the film in certain scenarios.
While I was dismayed with the graphics when I first saw the trailer, I was shocked at how much they improved since E3. The textures and backgrounds are superb. My only complaint is on the characters. A little more polish would have helped make the game even better.
The sound is exceptionally good. The voice acting in the game is nothing short of excellent, and Daniel Craig gives a more Bond-like performance in this game than in his two films. The music is amazing. It sounds like music in a Bond movie, and really adds to the mood of the game.
The controls, like most FPS on the Wii, have a steep learning curve. Fortunately, there are several options to choose. The best option is to just use the motion controls and take the hour or so needed to acclimatize to the controls. Once mastered, they are actually pretty good.
The gameplay is different from the original, but still outstanding. Eurocom really went out of its way to make the game like its own movie. From the opening title sequence to the thrilling finale, the game is built to amaze.
While you could simply run and gun in the original, the new Goldeneye is much easier if you use stealth and strategy. The last time I enjoyed the stealth option this much I was playing the early Syphon Filter games on my PS1. Still the balance between stealth and run and gun is perfect in this game. The levels are long and challenging, and you definitely get your money’s worth out of the multiplayer.
Goldeneye is undoubtedly the best Wii game of 2010, and is firmly entrenched inside my top five Nintendo Wii games of all time. If you are a James Bond fan, love FPS, or are simply considering checking out this game I strongly recommend you buy Goldeneye 007 for the Wii. There’s a lot of gameplay value in both the single and multiplayer modes, and it will most likely go down as the best FPS on the Wii.
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