By Andrew Liszewski
Last week I wrote about the type of game that players hopefully only ever experience in their nightmares, so this week I thought I’d take a look at a game that sits on the other end of the greatness spectrum. Now before I begin, let me say that I recognize the brilliance of such games as Halo, Half-Life, Grand Theft Auto and countless others that I’ve played over the years, but for me, nothing provided as much sheer enjoyment and downright fun as GoldenEye 007 for the N64 did.
Before the game was released, I remember reading a small blurb about it in a now defunct gaming magazine, and they kind of brushed it off as another movie-to-game conversion that probably only Bond fans would appreciate. But little did they (or any of us) realize that Rare would not only create a game that was remarkably true to a pretty decent Bond flick, but also show the gaming industry that the first-person-shooter could work outside of a PC. In fact, for being the first real console FPS, I still think Rare knocked it out of the park. Sure, there were some compromises, like having to stand still in order to precisely aim and what-not, but I never considered them a downside, just a new and unique challenge that made the game even more interesting.
And while the single person game stayed remarkably true to GoldenEye the movie and was quite fun, I don’t think any fan of the game will deny that the true greatness of GoldenEye 007 came with its multiplayer. There were a couple of Summers I can remember where 3 friends and I spent a vast majority of our waking hours behind a big TV in my parent’s basement playing GoldenEye 007, and to be honest it was some of the most fun I’ve ever had. If I remember correctly, the multiplayer aspect was actually a last minute addition to the game, but thankfully Rare didn’t do a last minute job, and added a good level of customizability as well as a fantastic collection of weapons. I mean come on, how fun was it being the guy who was the first to find the RCP-90 or the Cougar Magnum in a 4 player match?
It’s been quite a few years since I’ve actually played GoldenEye the game, but I managed to catch the movie on AMC a few weeks ago, and I have to say I was surprised how often it reminded me of the video game, rather than the other way around. And for a game based on a movie to transcend the original film is a pretty impressive accomplishment in my opinion.