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      04.04.2011 19:51
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      So many games out there that are in the same genre that are better then this

      I've been meaning to play a Bond game for a while now and decided to pick this as my first. Now although it doesn't do much particularly wrong, there's not really anything that stands out either. You have your set pieces, your explosions and your fast paced driving but everything that is done just blends into one. Although I enjoyed it enough to finish it, there wasn't really anything that made me go wow no matter how much it tried.

      Plot: You play through 10 linked missions as James Bond with the end goal being to defeat the head of a rising terrorist organisation called Malgrave.

      Graphics: Although not terrible, they are starting to show their age. Everything has that blurry edge to it compared to the crisp visuals of modern consoles.

      Sounds: Well the guns sound great. That may sound silly but I've known plenty of games where the guns sounds quite tinny when fired but Agent Under Fire seems to get it just right.

      Gameplay: Agent Under Fire is a first person shooter and like mentioned in the introduction, comes with driving missions too. Nothing new here to add to the genre but doesn't do too bad a job of combining everything.

      Controls: The controls took a little getting used to I must admit. The shooting from a vehicle and driving sections aren't too hard to pick up as they tend to stick to the same controls as most similar games but the foot missions took me a while. You have buttons for gadgets, buttons for weapons as well as your usual jumping, shooting, crouching etc. Nothing too wrong with them but not the best layout has been chosen for them.

      One thing I found particularly stood out and not in a good way either was the aiming of guns. Your firing line would keep finding the enemy so you didn't have to try and aim yourself. Now this was fine when you were struggling to get the enemy lined up but quite a few times it was quite a hindrance. When an enemy comes running at you or hides behind a crate, it disorientates the line and makes it harder to kill the guy then it actually is.

      You can manual aim instead but it then means yet another button you need to press and even at times when I had the enemy lined up exactly, I kept missing.

      For a game that relies so heavily on shooting, I thought they would have made a better job of it then they did.

      Lifespan: Agent Under Fire took me just under 5 hours to complete which for me is definitely on the short side.

      There is some replay ability for the hardcore as there's the option to try and better your score for each mission but for the average guy, there's nothing to make you go back.

      Overall: If you can't think of a game to play next (which I doubt) then by all means I would say to give it a go but there are so many games out there that are so much better then this from the same genre that this could easily be disregarded.

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      06.09.2009 23:03
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      Decent but Nightfire is better

      Bond games have been very hit and miss in the past, but it is refreshing to see a game that's not an adaptation of a film, and instead has a go at something fresh. Agent Under Fire may not be perfect, but it's a bold and brave effort that's worth it for the impressive multiplayer mode.

      That said, it does falter in a few areas - the graphics are fairly sub-standard for a PS2 game at the time. Nevertheless, the weapons are quite well designed and some of the mayhem, such as the explosions, do look rather good nonetheless. It's more the maps that are problematic - they look rather blocky and not terribly convincing. Also, character models look almost amusingly unrealistic - there's no depth, and they just look like a skin that's been wrapped around a model (which, of course, they are).

      The single player is a mildly satisfying bag that gives away rewards for completing it quickly, and there are some nifty weapons, such as a superb rocket launcher, but the real meat of the meal is the multiplayer mode, which is a great laugh. Sadly, though, it wasn't until the next game, Nightfire, that it expanded to four players, and so there are better games if you're having a few mates around. What impressed me wasn't so much the look of the maps, but the design, which is well done and means you can either play deviously (camping), or going all out with a rocket launcher.

      It's not a perfect game by any means, and isn't worth a lot more than a casual play, but the multiplayer does enhance things a fair degree. Nightfire is recommended past this, because it allows you to have four players at once where this, whilst fun, just doesn't deliver enough sadly.

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      14.08.2009 22:57
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      Great Bond game.

      James Bond Agent Under Fire is a shooter for the Playstation 2 developed by EA games.

      The games plot sees James Bond team up with a CIA agent Zoe Nightshade as the two uncover a sinsister plot, the company Malprave Industries has come up with a scheme where they are going to clone the world leaders and replace them with clones controlled by them so they effectively have control of the world! James has to save the day once again. The story is a little basic but is really fitting with the over the top themes of the James Bond universe.

      The gameplay is a usually a standard first person shooter but with some odd control choices, strangely they have gone for the X button to fire which is a little odd at first as every other shooter goes for R1 or R2! The weapons in the game range from pistols, assault rifles, shotguns and rocket launchers and James also has a few gadgets that will let him open doors and get around the environments.

      There are also Bond moments where you can shoot explosive barrels or shoot an object down which will land and kill a group of enemies just like James Bond would, you get a riff from the classic Bond theme and bonus points as your reward! The game also shakes things up completely in some levels where you will control either your BMW Z4 or classic Aston Martin which are both gadget laden with rockets, guns and more! These levels have you chase down foes while blowing everything up and are really reminiscent of scenes from some of the movies.

      Graphics are a little basic with everything looking a bit to cartoony but it is an early Playstation 2 game and can be forgiven as it is in line with games of that era.

      James Bond Agent Under Fire is a fine game and apart from the slightly weird controls Bond fans will love it.

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      23.06.2008 21:04

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      A great action packed game

      James Bond 007 Agent Under Fire is an action packed shooting game were you play as the world famous English secret agent 007.This particular game is not actually based on a film which make it unpredictable for the player and also gives the makers a chance to have complete freedom.

      The game starts off in a subamarine silo with your mission to get through the enemies and save a French agent who has been kidnapped.The game has many missions and has several difficulty settings to keep the player busy.

      There are also other multiplayer game modes were players vs each other either at shooting each other, planting a bomb or protecting a VIP.You get to use a wide range of weapons from the famous Golden gun to high tech weapons.There are also some off the famous Bond gadgets including the q-watch and Q-claw.

      The game has a first person shooter camera view and the graphics arent fantastic but are acceptable and shouldnt put you off buying the game.

      The game is available from £4.40 free delivery and Play.com

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      03.06.2005 11:46
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      007 returns in his most dangerous mission to date. Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to investigate Malprave Industries when CIA agent Zoe Nightshade goes missing whilst investigating Identicon, a subsidery of Malprave Industries.

      You get all the usual firearms and Q-Branch gadgets like bonds Laser secreted in his mobile phone.

      The graphics are quite good although Bond looks more like Roger Moore than Pierce Brosnan but other than that its a beautifully crafted game with loads of playability.

      Another great point about 007 titles is beautiful but deadly Bond women and the usual cheats like unlimited missiles for exceptional performance in the missions. It might be easy to get Platinum medals in the early missions but it will get harder as you go up.

      In all, I would recommend this game to anyone who likes the Bond series of films/games. Agent Under Fire is guarenteed to leave you shaken but not stirred.

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        10.08.2003 01:33
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        • "leaves you wanting more"

        James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire has very quickly become a best seller with its great action packed scenes and intense under fire missions. You take on the role as the hollywood famous James Bond as you complete missions that involve you using the latest weapons and you will even be given a car that is suped up with all the prototype secret agent gadgets including missiles and machine guns. This game was given a Teen rating but overall the game can be played by kids of all ages. The good thing about this game is that the missions are fun and you do not die as easily as you do in other shooter games. You recieve a wide variety of weapons too. The following are some weapons you can get: SSR4000, AK47, Defender, Calypso, Viper, Photon cannon, Mal22, PS100, Ingalls,tripmines, grenade launcher, proximity mines, detonater mines, and there are many others too. The multiplayer mode in this game I found to be absolutely a masterpiece by the game designers. There are several modes you can play on too. Such modes are Capture the flag, combat training, and bomb diffusiing. Also in the multiplayer mode you can use such things as the Qjet and Qclaw. The Qjet makes you jump really high and the Qclaw allows you to attach yourself to walls and swing around as if you were Spider-Man. The regular missions of the game are very detailed and there are many different objectives that you have to complete in order for the mission to be passed. Plus you are scored on how well you do and if you do well enough you can unloc special guns and othere things. This game most reminded me of Splinter Cell because in both games you are equipped with the latest prototype weaposn and gadgets. So buy the game to have fun beating the missions by yourself and then play multiplayer mode with others. Enjoy!

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        11.05.2002 00:53
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        I purchased this game after being drawn in to all the hype from the adverts and previews. After playing this game for about a week, i was left with mixed opinions. It is a very good game. The missions have set objectives and a good plot, which is typical of any Bond film. The graphics are really good and the level design and layout are superb. There is a wide assortment of guns and pick ups, and a really playable multi player mode. The game itself contains a mix of first person and driving modes which are both very good. This seems like a superb game, so why did i have mixed feelings? The reason was that i had previousely owned a PSX for around 4 years and i have had my PS2 since september 2001. In this time i have played a lot of first person shooters including Hidden and Dangerous, Alien resurrection and of course, Tomorrow never dies. The thing about all of these games is that they are exactly the same. Take away the different characters and you are left with games that are the same. What i am trying to say is that this is a good game, but there are already plenty of first person shooters around. The game itself is fairly difficult to complete, and trying to complete the later levels in gold medal time is very hard, let alone doing them in platinum. There are around 12 levels to work through, each requiring a key card to be aquired in order to blow up a base or stealthing through a base to retrieve top secret documents. But in my opinion, this game's strength lies in it's multiplayer mode. There are loads of multiplayer levels to compete in, more can be unlocked by getting gold medal scores on the main game. The same applies to multiplayer characters. You are able to fully customise your power ups and you can select a set of weapons from the many available. You can also handicap yourself and give your opponent more health to even things up. For best results, invite 3 mates and connect to a
        multitap for a 4 player split screen frag-fest. Quality. Overall, this game is a very good, but will mainly appeal to people not used to the first person shooter genre. Those who are may enjoy it, but not for very long. Wait for Medal of Honor:Frontline instead.

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          09.03.2002 00:35
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          James Bond games are always popular and I am sure that this one will be no exception. Unlike most of the Bond games this one isn’t based on a film, which not only leaves the makers with a lot more freedom, but it also challenges them to come up with something that you can’t do in a film. When I heard that this game was coming out I immediately put in an order off Amazon, and when I got it I decided that it had to be the best James Bond game so far. Unlike most James Bond games you get to ride loads of vehicles such as trams, boats, a few different cars and a tank. It is always fun to drive over a river and by chance land in a tank base and escape using a ten tonne machine capable of true destruction. Of course you do most of the game on foot. And Q is a big part of this game which is one of the big differences between this and most other games, he supplies you with a laser(to cut the padlocks), G hook to go up a floor and other gadgets which you use to store enemy information. Also new to the James Bond series you get to see a lot more of the James Bond one night stand girls. What is quite surprising in this game is that James Bond doesn’t look anything like Piers Brosnon is this telling us that there is a new 007 or could they not just be bothered to fork out money to Piers Brosnon to use his body, we will just have to wait and see. There is as always a multi player mode to this game and this one has different scenarios, there is capture the flag, just one on one and finally stop the bombs, but on one on one there is a second option the V.I.P mode which is like this. You are at a train station and there are two sides separated by the track. Every so often a train comes along(try not to get run over you do actually die) and drops off a V.I.P and at the top of your screen it either says protect or kill and the person with the most saves and kills win. I recommend the sniper rifles. The graphics in this game are very sharp picture. And on the levels, the picture and the surroundings are very realistic which makes it even more fun to blow them up. This is definitely the best James Bond game there is so far and I eagerly await another one!

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            27.02.2002 16:06
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            At last you can actually be James Bond (007). This game has all the excitement of the movies and makes you believe that you are actually the real thing (only problem is, you dont get to see the bond girls in all there glory). The graphics and dimensions are second to non. This isnt just a "shoot who ya can" game but also a strategy game with missions and although you can complete a level without too much of a sweat, you might not have done all the hidden features for that level. Depending on how much of he level you complete depends on what rating you are given (bronze, silver, Gold). If you get gold then a new weopon will become available, so even if you do complete the game; you will keep coming back to get the "GOLD" ratings and be the ultimat bond. The game has every character that you would see in the film and all the toys and gadgets including the Z3 BMW, Q-claw, Q-Lazer etc etc etc. Good luck. This message will self destruct in 3......2.......1.......

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              23.01.2002 01:33
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              When I picked up this title originally in the shops, I merely thought to myself "Another Bond game, it will be as poor as the last one" However, after putting the title back on the shelf, I read a magazine review of the game which claimed it was better than Goldeneye, so I decided that if it comes close to Goldeneye standards, I should buy this game. So, in the not too distant past, I shelled out 37 pounds for 007 - Agent Under Fire. First Impressions - The game had just loaded, about 5 minutes after I put the CD in the drive, I was getting impatient, but after customising the controls to one of the 4 default settings(you can't completely customise them grrrr) I launched the game. The first mission was surprisingly short, which left me a little irritated seeing as there are only 12 missions in the whole game, I thought they would at least be long. 2 hours later - After two hours I was really getting into the swing of things, I was strafing round corners, taking out 2 or 3 bad guys, moving on, avoiding grenades while punching some innocent guy in the face for extra ammo, I was really beginning to enjoy the experience. Just as a side note, the gajmes strongest aspect for me is the driving sections of the game. EA decided to use the engine from the hugely popular driving sim, Need For Speed. This works a treat and the game is at its best when Bond is behind the wheel. Plus points + Good graphics + Decent storyline + Fit bond girls ;) + Useful gadgets and guns + Hey...it's Bond + Need For Speed driving sequences Negatives - Poor control system, which cannot be customised - Can easily give the user motion sickness - Terrible voice acting Overall, AUF is a decent game, but the control system seriously spoiled the enjoyment factor for me..worth a look if FPS are your thing though.

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                23.12.2001 22:33
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                Every game to do with James Bond nowadays seems to be sold with popular demand. There have been many other Bond games such Goldeneye 007 on the Nintendo 64 and The World Is Not Enough on PSX. These both were very popular with gamers and 007 Agent Under Fire seems to keep it that way or even better, mostly due to its superb and stunning graphics. There are around 12 levels I think and I completed them all. It was quite challenging but I eventually got the hang of the game after 3 or 4 levels of playing it. The aims of the game are quite simple, even simpler if you've seen the James Bond movies! All you have to do is enter secret places and shoot guards. Its really simple as that. The only times when you get confused is when at some points in the game, you dont know what to do next, but this only occurs a couple of times and im sure you will eventually get through it, because I did. Mr.Bond can even do special moves on each level which adds more excitement to the game. With that you also get some fantastic weapons with a wide range of them too, such as the M16 which can fire grenades. There are 2 useful things that you have to know in the game. These are that by getting a gold medal in the game would unlock hidden objects and equipment. By getting a platinum medal it would open extra levels and maps. The difference that I have noticed between this Bond game and the others is that it is not based on any of the 007 movies, but of course its based on a story. Another extremely good thing about this game is that you can ride in vehicles such as the BMW or a tank. I think this is important to say in my opinion as many games do not let the player have the ability to ride in vehicles which I think is a shame to other games. But this game certainly has it and a lot of it! In the game you can have up to 4 players at a time on multiplayer. This game can be bought at many retail shops and is easy to get hold of. Overall its a really good game
                , get it if you like shoot-em-up games really. Thats all I can say!

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                  08.12.2001 06:04
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                  • "still not perfect in control"

                  Watching and wishing to be the man on the screens before you are very common. This particular man is our favourite british spy. The movies are very popular because of the man he is. Cool, intelligent, skilled and a womans man. The game is our door to becoming 007 with the licence to run, drive and kill the bad guy. Watching all the beginning of the game makes you grow more eager to play but slow loading and a acceptable menu holds you back. Straight into the game and then you notice the great brightness of graphical detail. Very high resolution graphics where the first objective is to unlock a door with your laser watch. Cool!! Then into the fight with your ppk to strafe and fight the enemy. The music livening it up with the infamous bond music. A little annnoying when played every few seconds when the action hots up, but you ignore it in the gunfire battles. By the end of the first level its gone quickly and the game is moving. Then when you reach the car its a major buzz. Fast speeds down the street, good framerate. The missiles and the chase combined with a funky music track. Definitely a good action game that keeps the 007 flying high. The only problem can be for the PC gamer who is used to real ease of control with these types of games. The keyboard and mouse is the fluency in strafe, fire, run. If you loved Goldeneye then you love this but the difference now is the speed, colour and pace has been increased. The power of PS2 making this so. Not a long game, as the difficulty isnt that high but the replayability is there for those who like it.

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                  Deadly espionage and tactical action in this Jame Bond shooter!