Howdy ladies and gents and welcome to Day #29 of my Month of Nostalgic Game Reviews where I’ll be giving you reviews of some of my most nostalgic video games from my childhood. And today we have one of biggest games from the 90s, one of the most talked about games in history and probably the most well-received movie-in video game of all time. Welcome to legendary game known as GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64!
Okay now we are talking big, I mean this game is one that everyone and their father knows. Obviously it’s based on the success James Bond film of the same name that came out two years before, but the game in a lot of ways is much bigger than the film. It carries its own history. And if you don’t know about the original you at least know about the remakes on the Wii, Xbox 360 and PS3 right? GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was one of the most successful games of the decade, it was critically acclaimed by many gaming publications, won several game awards and propelled developer Rare into the stratosphere. The legacy this game left behind is massive and constantly comes up in “greatest games” or “most influential games” lists. This game was and still is hot property. So what’s the deal? Well read on to find out.
So GoldenEye 007 was a first-person shooter game developed by Rare which was exclusively released for the Nintendo 64 in the year 1997. The game was obviously based on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, but featured a few variations to the story. In the single player campaign you took control of James Bond as he fights to prevent a criminal syndicate from using a satellite weapon against London to cause a global financial meltdown. The gameplay took place in a 3D free-roaming environment, and in each level you had to complete a specific task in order to advance. This could be anything from collecting or destroying specified items, or rescuing hostages, or meeting with friendly NPCs – and then exiting the stage. You also had access to a variety of weapons including pistols, throwing knives, assault rifles and grenades, there were also points where you’d be able to use certain gadgets for specific missions too.
In addition to the single player you also had a split-screen multiplayer mode in which up to four players can compete in different types of deathmatch games. The modes that could be played were as follows: Normal, You Only Live Twice, The Living Daylights (Flag Tag), The Man With the Golden Gun, and Licence to Kill. And you could also customise the choice maps, weapons and set the winning conditions too.
GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was big deal when I was young. I don’t really recall when I first came across the game, but I remember it was through my school friend that introduced me to Bomberman 64, Snowboard Kids and Mario Kart 64 among other things. Me and my friend would normally take on the single-player campaign in turns or in co-op (I’m sure you could play the single-player in split-screen co-op). It was amazing to see all of the scenes from the film recreated in the game and I loved how diverse the gameplay was from stealth missions, to blasting stuff in a tank to the chase after Trevelyan before having to kill him off, man this game had it all. And then there was the multiplayer. MY GOD! Back in the day the multiplayer for this game was so addictive! With all four people the multiplayer just turned into chaos! And when you set the rules and set which weapons would be available for matches, then things would just turn into filthy madness! Matches with just rocket launchers was the best, that was when I developed my suicidal method of playing FPS games by running up close to people and blowing both of us up! I really liked playing this game with my friends and it was fun to pick camping spots in your favourite levels just waiting for someone to come by and then go and take them out!
In conclusion GoldenEye 007 for the N64 was a big deal. It was the first successful movie-in video game, it also set a new standard for first-person shooter games and did I mention the fact that the game kicks ass? The game had varied and interesting gameplay, graphically it was the top dog on the N64 and the music was bloody impressive too. Many of us 90s kids lost anything from hours to days playing GoldenEye 007 either in single player or in split-screen multiplayer. If you want a game that’s the definition of classic and nostalgic that still holds up pretty well after 15 years, look no further than GoldenEye 007. It is some badass stuff, play it now if you have yet to experience this legend of a game.
Well that is video game review 29 done, tomorrow we will conclude this month of video game reviews with one of my favourite game ever. 🙂 I’m sure some of you out there must have played this game at some point back in the day so share you memories in the comment section below! And make sure to come back tomorrow for your last piece of nostalgic pie! 😀 😀