Product Type: Nintendo Nintendo 64 games
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Still one of the best shooters of all time
GoldenEye 007 (N64)
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GoldenEye 007 (N64)
Advantages: Great levels, revolutionary multiplayer, simply fantastic game
Goldeneye 007 is a computer game from makers Rare and developed as a tie in to the James Bond film of the same name. The game was released over a year after the movie but was definately worth the wait. Goldeneye revolutionised the first person shooter genre with fantastic weapons, varied and mind blowing gameplay and multiplayer that changed the future of gaming.
You play as James Bond and the plot of the game generally followes the plot of the film, with some sections being identical to scenes in the movie. At other times the plot deviates from the film, with a couple of short sections of the film bluked out into levels (e.g. Bunker, Jungle and Caverns). The plot is classic James Bond, with a Russian General (Ourumov) trying to attack Britain (and the rest of the world) with a hijacked satalite weapon which can create electonic device crippling EMP bursts. As Bond you try to chase down Ourumov and your ex-partner Alec Trevelyan and secure the weapon. Along the way you are helped by Natalya Simonova, a female computer programmer who you must protect during a number of levels.
The single player campaign takes place over 20 levels (18 story, 2 unlockable). Missions are selected from a military dossier an d can be played on Agent, Secret-Agent or 00-Agent difficulty settings. The difficulty setting effect the starting health for each level as well as the number of mission objectives that must be completed.
Completing missions under a certain time limit unlocks cheat options that can be turned on and add a whole load of fun to the game. For example, Big Head mode means all enemies have giant heads, making head shots easy. There is a slow motion mode which makes all enemies move at about one-fourth normal speed or paintball move where bullet holes are replaced with paint spots as you fire.
Each level starts and ends with a cut scene of Boond, and in between all levels are in first person view. You can pick up any weapon you find and there is no limit on the amount of weapons you can carry. Levels are excellent and enemy AI is very good compared to other games from the same period. Weapons are excellent and varied from satisfying pistols to machine guns and explosive launchers. Playing this game is amazing from begining to end. A number of levels have stealth sections were being detected brings waves of enemy reinforcements and near certain death, so these sections require the use of silenced weapons. Other levels can be hectic firefights against machine gun cameras or double oozie wielding guards. In one level - Streets - you get to drive a tank through city streets. Also you use classic Bond watch gadgets like lasers and magnets.
On each level you start with a set amount of life, determined by the difficulty level chosen and there is no way to replenish this during each level. Once it is gone you die and must restart the whole level. Body armour is available as a pick-up throughout most levels and this provides a secondary set of health which becomes depleted before you begin loosing actual health.
The multiplayer on Goldeneye revolutionised the whole FPS genre and changed multiplayer forever. Four players can play split screen over 11 maps and a variety of modes, some of which are simply genious. There is a straight forward deathmatch mode and a "You only Live twice" mode in which surprisingly you only love twice and the last person standing wins. There is a tag mode called "The Living Daylights" where the person to hold the flag for longest wins, though the flag holder cannot use weapons. There is also a "Man with the Golden Gun" where ther is a single weapon - the golden gun. Finally there is a one shot kills mode called "License to Kill".
The greatest thig about multiplayer is how you can tweak the weapon sets to explosive, pistols, maching guns, thowing knives, or the greatest ever called "slappers only" where you can only slap opponants, accompanied by a satisfying slapping noise.
Multiplayer will keep you playing the game for weeks, though the single player campaign takes hours and hours to complete on all three difficulty settings.
One of the greatest FPS's of all time and by far the most revolutionary. Simply Perfect.
Summary: Possibly the greatest shooter of all time
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