GoldenEye 007: Reloaded First Impressions

GoldenEye goes HD, gaining new challenge and multiplayer modes.

Last year, Activision revived the GoldenEye franchise by releasing a revamped version on the Wii. Sporting improved graphics, an updated storyline, and the same four-player split-screen mode that made the original so compelling, GoldenEye 007 was a critical, if not commercial, success. However, the Wii-only release meant that Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 fans missed out on the action. That's all set to change this year with the release of GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, which is an HD version of the Wii remake, rather than a remake of the N64 version. Thus, you get Daniel Craig instead of Pierce Brosnan, a brand-new story, and a new multiplayer rewards system.

We were shown a short section of the game set in Severnaya, one of the original locations from the GoldenEye film. Set atop a set of snow-covered mountains, the level started with Bond hiding behind a set of trees, with a long panning camera allowing us to see the new HD-rendered visage of Daniel Craig. Swooping into first-person view, Bond moved down a snaking path and snuck up behind a group of snowsuit-dressed enemies. Using a silenced PPK, he took out the guards without alerting another group nearby. Activision told us that using stealth was an important part of the game, but all-out action gamers can still go in guns blazing if they want--they'll just have a harder time.

Bond proceeded to steal the guard's weapons and moved on to an area beneath a bridge. The game then cut to a brief cutscene showing a large truck pulling up on the bridge, followed by a group of fighter jets that flew across and bombed the living hell out of it. Amidst the chaos, Bond moved through a pile of rubble, only to have a huge electrical explosion engulf the area, sending helicopters flying to the ground and knocking him out. Bond awoke next to one of the downed helicopters, with his disorientation visualized with a deep vignette effect around the edges of the screen. He took out another group of guards using the famous karate chop action from the original GoldenEye and stole their weapons.

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An onscreen indicator let Bond know where his next objective was, while grenade markers flashed as enemies threw explosives. After more shooting, Bond reached his destination; a weather station sat atop a large hill. Surrounding the station were a group of dilapidated buildings in which a huge firefight took place. Bond used the buildings as cover, running between them and shooting enemies with an assault rifle. Eventually, he reached a vent, clambering through it to end the demo.

That wasn't the only level we were shown, though; we also got a brief glimpse of the Dam level. The level started with Bond speaking to a partner, letting us hear Daniel Craig's vocal talents in action. He isn't the only actor to be featured in the game, with Judi Dench also reprising her role as M. As the rain poured onto the dam, we were able to take in the visuals, which were a noticeable improvement from those in the Wii version. Everything was running at 60 frames per second, with crisp textures and lightening effects giving the level a dramatic look. The duo split up, with Bond taking out a nearby tower, while his partner attempted to steal a truck. Once up in the tower, Bond used a sniper rifle to cover his partner, allowing him to steal the truck and race off down a tunnel.

Aside from a single-player campaign, Reloaded will feature a number of challenges and online modes. Challenges fall under the MI6 OPS header and include Elimination, Assault, and Stealth missions. The mission we were shown was called Wave the Fence, a take on the wave-based gameplay popularized by the likes of Gears of War's horde mode. The aim is to download information from computers scattered around the map. Each time you try to download information, waves of enemies begin to attack, and it's your job to protect the computer terminal until all the information has finished downloading. The more information you download, the more points you get, placing you higher on the mode's global leaderboards.

Bang!

If you're finding it all a bit too easy, Reloaded also features a challenge designer that lets you customize any of the existing MI6 OPS missions. Features, such as giant heads and golden guns, can be added. You can also tweak the amount of health you have, as well as that of the enemies. Challenges that you create can also be sent to other players, letting you compete for the best score with your friends on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network. There's a full multiplayer mode too, which is set to feature 16-player matches and a four-player split-screen mode.

GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is due for release in the third quarter on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. PlayStation 3 users will also have the option of the using the Move-based sharp-shooter peripheral in addition the standard controls. Look out more coverage on GameSpot soon.

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28 comments
gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I don't think this is what the fans want. They may buy it, begrudgingly, because they can't get the real 'Goldeneye' to be revamped. Strange how business trumps art.

qwesa12
qwesa12

@mrfokken simply because of the fact that this is just Activision's attempt to make more money. With the exception of the HD graphics and 60 Frames Per Second viewing, most, if not all of the extras should have been on the Wii version.

mrfokken
mrfokken

@qwesa12 IGN gave it a 9/10, how did you take away from their review that it was terrible?

Dominic_18
Dominic_18

myeh...its really boring , no way that i am buying it

blaket81
blaket81

Nope, sorry. I'd only buy a remake of the classic N64 game. The new one on wii is not a remake of that, it's a re-imagining, which is not even close to the same thing. This will be just the same. It's the same with other classic games, they do everything EXCEPT release a remake, which is what people want. I don't know why they refuse to just make an actual remake already. At least the original halo (which is the only one i like), is being remade, so i can look forward to that.

mr_gibberish
mr_gibberish

It is kind of funny how even though Activision is well off with the CoD label they still need to try and cash in on some other game developers success. It is not like they are doing it because GoldenEye the film was great, it was one of the poorer Bond films. No, it was a game that came out way back in the 90's. It is not enough for them to buy over Bungie they want to have Free Radical/Rare's high light too. Just stick to your own games Activision and milk that for all it's worth (putting out hundreds of rip off DLC crap) and leave other people's work alone!

qwesa12
qwesa12

ROGUE AGENT! And from the IGN review, this game looks terrible. They should have kept it Nintendo.

MrPepino000
MrPepino000

No idea y they made this game only for the Wii. Good thing they r putting it on 360 and PS3

GNWPCD
GNWPCD

Didn't get it for the Wii , not suddenly getting it for my PS3 neither. I mean didn't they already try the whole repackage a 007 game with the name Goldeneye on it already with Rouge Agent? We already have the great game on the N64. We don't need another sorta kinda like it but really isn't type of game. Sheesh. Enough already. Didn't sell on the Wii it won't sell here either.

ViktorMax31
ViktorMax31

Another FPS that will be in the bargin bin...

Duke_Dude
Duke_Dude

Ahh crap, we have Daniel Craig polluting this game as well :( Will still buy it though :)!

kennyyoung6395
kennyyoung6395

Its a new Bond title using a hard-hitting Goldeneye 007 title, why do they need to do that? They could always use a new title for Cristsakes!

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

Recipe: Make completely new FPS and tack Goldeneye name to it's title to attract those gamers who still remember what the term "innovation" means. Result: Cynical gamers reject re-hashed game and franchise finally dies.

bigdg85
bigdg85

I don't get why dont they just remake the original. Also what's the deal with all the remakes lately? I guess game companies just want to sell a proven winner. It's kinda messed up, all I want is some good original IP's. It feels like the industry has gotten to be a big cash machine. Ya know what I shouldn't complain I buy it just like everybody else.

tomo90
tomo90

Just remake the original god damn it.

wedgetmnt
wedgetmnt

@ Karloss01 Goldeneye 007 sold 1.5 million copies on the wii, and is still selling copies, thats pretty good for a third party wii only release. That my friend is a hit, now you can see why they are going to expand to the hardcore by giving us way better versions on the ps3 and xbox 360. I played the wii version, and it was great, a really good solid shooter, awesome gameplay, just really fun, how games should be. So im excited to get this game for my ps3 library, and play the hell out of it. Just to add another amazing game to my list to get deus ex human revolution body count dead island resistance 3 NHL 12 Goldeneye 007 Reloaded Rage Twisted Metal Batman Arkham city Battlefield 3 Uncharted 3 drakes deception modern warfare 3 the elder schrolls V Skyrim assassins creed revalations need 4 speed the run rayman origins and many more Playstation Vita Man oh man these games make me grin, i cant wait to play them all. Im going to be having a awesome rest of 2011

KO4U
KO4U

Sad how desperate the industry is. Company's closing, $100 games not selling half their production cost. Better not take a chance with something creative! Please, more pandering, familiar media! My small world can't handle anything that makes me think!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I already bought this game. Now they need to do a new game. but give players 100% over the control options this time, no stupid presets!

karloss01
karloss01

sounds like the Wii version didn't sell well, which i expected. games like this on the wii don't sell because they aren't kid friendly or family fun. might pick it up if it proves popular with the 360 or PS3 but it might not as most seem to want the original HD then this.

otanikun
otanikun

I would still prefer the N64 remake, that was the best version overall, don't get me wrong Daniel Craig was cool, but since I played the DS version of the remade GoldenEye, he acted like a robot who's acting was more stiff than a 2X4; and so it left a horrible taste in my mouth. If we're lucky we'll see a 3D remake of the N64 version for download on the 3DS at least, that's what I'm hoping for anyway.

pugey09
pugey09

ha i cant wait!!! i went and bought a wii just for this game cant wait til i get it on the 360 it's amazing shooter, although goldeneye for the N64 was the best game iv ever played for its day!!!! NEVER STOP MAKIN GOLDENEYE IT THE BEST GAME EVER MADE

FSgamer
FSgamer

YES!!! 4-player split-screen! Thank god there's still some developers aware to the fact that some of us gamers like to play against our real life friends, not some random stranger online who does everything to ruin the game.

DreamorDie
DreamorDie

Personally, I grew up with Brosnan being the 'Jame Bond' figure so for me, it seems as though no one else truly is James Bond other than him, when I look at Daniel Craig, I don't see James Bond, I see someone completely different, it's rather odd, and it's a shame Brosnan can't be in this game, but I guess Craig will suffice.

SwedishCheese
SwedishCheese

They aren't allowed to use Pierce Brosnan in the game since Daniel Craig is the current James Bond. And it probably says in the contract that he is the one they are supposed to use in all the games which are developed and released during his "Bond-Time". So stop the whining.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

i just posted this comment onthe news article about this: this makes me happy. i was interested in the wii remake but never enough to warrant me going out and buying it. i think this is a further upgrade and therefore i'll pick it up. HOWEVER, i really really hope they do NOT include daniel craig, and instead put Pierce Brosnan back in his proper place. But i'm afraid they won't do that becuase of licensing issues or whatever. but that would make me ecstatic...changing the face of the main character ruined a lot of the nostalgia for me in the wii remake. i hope this one is more true to the original. But now i see that they are using Daniel craig again and i'm less happy with this news :/ but i feel like i'll still get this..i loved bond games in the n64 gen and the last gen, there hasn't been much in the way of bong games this gen and nothing worth checking out so hopefully this will fill that itch.