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Better Than Goldeneye?
The World Is Not Enough (N64)
Member Name: Mouldy Cheese
The World Is Not Enough (N64)
Date: 14/04/01, updated on 14/04/01 (63 review reads)
Advantages: Good 'party' multiplayer, It has bond
Disadvantages: In goldeneyes shadow
loved Goldeneye. I don't mean I slept with it, I mean I played it to death. I had dreams about this game, which only happens with a truely exeptional game. Apart from Goldeneye, the only others have been Zelda and Donkey Kong 64. So you understand, I loved Goldeneye.
But then came the unthinkable. Rare dropped the Bond licence, opting to use thier own ideas for a game. Tommorow Never Dies came out on Playstation, and I had to scream at people to tell them that this was not the Goldeneye sequal. No-one believed me, because all my friends are Sony fanboys. Perfect Dark came out, and I loved it (as any sane gamesplayer would), but it didn't have Bond. Rare took Bond out, and put in a woman called Joanna. Out went Trevelian, in comes Cassandra. Out with Oddjob, in with Elvis. No more Jaws, just some bloke called Mr. Blonde. So, Perfect Dark didn't have that extra 007 magic that made Goldeneye special. But then, from no-where, The World Is Not Enough peeked its head round the corner, and tried to start where goldeneye left off.
In a way, Eurocom didn't have a chance from the outstart. Theres no way to follow up Goldeneye. So from this point on, I will forget Goldeneye existed, and will focus on TWINES good points rather than the things Goldeneye did better. I'll take a deep breath...
The first thing you notice in any game is the graphics. If it looks like the rear end of a sumo-wrestler like , your against it from the start. If it looks like the rear end of a female WWF wrestler, the shallow people amoung us will love it. People will tell you that graphics isn't everything, but when you see TWINE for the first time you will have to agree that graphics do matter. The game is equipped with a high-res mode for those blessed with the expansion pak, and, unlike Perfect Darks hi-res, there is no slowdown. The character models leave a lot to be desired, but the textures on the levels and guns is very good.
This is where I would comment on TWINES inferiority to Goldeneye, but as i'm not doing that I won't say anything. TWINES single player is more like Doom than Rares masterpieces. There is none of the picking hapless gaurds with a Sniper Rifle. There is no ... damn it, compareing again. TWINE has a reasonable single player mode, if a little lacking in finesse. That said, there are some stonking levels where you are not allowed to kill a single gaurd. The thing is, once you've finished Agent, the difficulty level jumps up with no warning. I've finished secret agent, but I just don't have the willpower to try 00 agent, whereas on a certain other game you can't get enough of the hardest diffeculty (which may or may not be called Perfect Agent). The main problem with the single player is that it is too fast.
The make or break of a game. The multiplayer is where I expected to find the best laughs, and I wasn't wrong. You have a choice of 8 well-designed arenas to begin with, and you can unlock another 4. The best thing about the TWINE multiplayer is the continueous action. Theres no hanging around, or getting killed trying to find a weapon. You spawn somewhere on the arena with a gun capeable of at least doing some damage, instead of just your hands. You can have great matches with first time TWINE players, but you don't get the tense standoffs of other games. For a party, this game is superb.
Like its predesessor, TWINE has a bunch of hidden items that you get by completeing levels in certain times. Unlike its predesessor, all of the items are for multiplayer. The hidden items come in 4 flavors: New Maps, New weapon sets, New multiplayer skins, and New game modes on multiplayer. This is all fine and dandy, but where is the All Guns cheat? Or infinate ammo? And, to top it all off, the majority of the cheats are earned on agent setting, and are far too easy.
This game cannot li
ve up to Goldeneye, but hey, what can? The single player is too fast, but if you like it that way, buy this game. The multiplayer is great for first-timers, but the lack of tactical oppertunity gives it no long-term depth. A good game, but overshadowed by its big brother.