GoldenEye 007 Single-Player Hands-On

We infiltrate the dam in the first level of GoldenEye 007 for the Wii.

This year GoldenEye 007 returns to a Nintendo console with Activision's reimagining of the original classic for the N64. The game is being treated with great respect, says Activision, with the company's largest-ever Wii development team of 125 staff at Eurocom. The studio promises modern gameplay with some nostalgic twists. The game takes place in the new James Bond universe, meaning Daniel Craig as 007 and less gadget-driven action.

Daniel Craig's Bond in GoldenEye 007.

Who's making it? Eurocom comes with some serious James Bond heritage, having previously worked on Nightfire for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. The developers also have tremendous Wii experience; they produced last year's underappreciated Dead Space: Extraction. GoldenEye 007 actually runs on the engine created for that game.

What it looks like: GoldenEye takes many visual cues from the classic N64 first-person shooter. The dam level begins with a sweeping camera shot identical to the one in Rare's original GoldenEye game, and the first part of the level takes place in an area that is equally familiar, right down to the location of weapon pickups. As the mission progresses, though, the layout becomes less familiar, as Eurocom has developed new sections and objectives. These are well suited to Daniel Craig's roguish approach to Bond and his brand of gadget-free espionage. Other objectives simply serve to extend the experience beyond the relatively short levels from the original. The graphical fidelity is mightily impressive for a Wii game, though there are still some rough edges that need to be addressed.

What you do: There are a number of control schemes on offer, including a Wii Remote and Nunchuk option, which simplifies the game so that all movement is handled by the analogue stick while shooting is handled by pointing the remote at the screen. The game also supports a more traditional console FPS control scheme on the Classic Controller and GameCube Controller.

How it plays: As Daniel Craig's 007, you must infiltrate the weapons facility of the rogue Russian general Ourumov alongside fellow agent 006. You are free to approach combat scenarios any way you see fit, using silent takedowns and hiding in shadows, or simply wading in with all guns blazing, though the latter will result in triggered alarms and much tougher resistance. Several new mechanics are also layered on top of the classic GoldenEye gameplay. One intense sequence in the dam level involves a slow-motion door breach that wouldn't have looked out of place in Modern Warfare 2. There is also an on-rails section where Bond attacks enemies from the window of a truck being driven by 006. In the original game, Bond simply follows the truck through security checkpoints on foot. It is interesting to see how Eurocom has taken familiar gameplay sequences and spiced them up with new cinematic action to help them feel both fresh and nostalgic.

One of the most surprising elements of the demo was just how similar the AI behaviour was to that of the original game. Guards will often perform theatrical rolls and dives before engaging you in combat and will foolishly take refuge behind explosive barrels and crates. There's also a new destructible cover system which helps to keep the gameplay fast and forces you to concentrate. This makes finding cover in which to regenerate health particularly challenging. If you play in 007 Classic difficulty mode, though, health doesn't regenerate at all. Instead, hardcore fans will be able to use the original system of health packs and body armour, right down to the classic HUD design.

What they say: GoldenEye 007 is a modern FPS with touches of nostalgia that will make it accessible to fans and newcomers alike.

What we say: This should be a good FPS experience for Wii owners who want some more traditional games for their collection, as well as an awesome trip down memory lane for those who remember the original.

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85 comments
brok
brok

@bicyclewheel I hear you buddy. Seems everyone who actually knows about the Rare remake sees this game for what it really is. NOT Goldeneye.

grandiarules
grandiarules

I thought ( and was hoping) that it would be Pierce Brosnan like in the original, just an updated version and i would be willing to buy it if it was him instead of Daniel but because it's Craig, they may keep this piece of garbage

jhpeter
jhpeter

Wii motion plus will be integrated? Anyway this game will be awesome.

SpacePirate6
SpacePirate6

@GamerNes9 Actually, they call it Goldeneye because it's riding on the coattails of one of the greatest FPS games of all time (it's advertising).

GamerNes9
GamerNes9

This Looks Awesome. It has good graphics [For A Wii] It would be a great thing if they would have two different storylines where you play as the different "Bonds" @bicyclewheel They Call It Goldeneye because that's what the movie is named.

buds4th
buds4th

bicyclewheel... It's called GoldenEye because that's the name of the movie it's based on.

bicyclewheel
bicyclewheel

I've been a fan of FPS's since Wolfenstein 3D and I have been a huge fan of Nintendo's since NES. Plus, Goldeneye on 64 was probably my favorite time of gaming in my life (alone and with friends.) All this being said, I guess I don't understand the point of calling it, "Goldeneye." It seems they could have just as easily called it anything else. The only guess I can come up with is money. Which is fine. Nintendo is a business and they must make money to survive. Sometimes that means exploiting old popular titles. I just wish they would acknowledge the hard core fans and release the original Goldeneye with internet play capabilities. That's all the true fans have wanted all along. The one Rare made. Rare didn't even have anything to do with this attempted name cash-in. No one was walking around hoping they would re-imagine (or whatever) Goldeneye with Daniel Craig (the anti-gun nut by the way) instead of Brosnan. Nobody even used the Bond character in the vast majority of the multiplayer games I've played in Goldeneye. This new one doesn't interest me or anyone else I've spoken to in the slightest. It just looks like yet another modern FPS being jammed into an already clogged market. I guess I'll go back to my 64 and COD on the 360 for my FPS fixes until Nintendo decides to give us die-hards what we've been asking for since online play has come to exist on consoles and I'll just keep using my Wii for all it seems to be good for: Mario Kart and Wii Sports.

game_eater
game_eater

Most PS3 & X360 owners don't have a Wii and i see allot of dudes through youtube talking about how this will suck, just because they don't have a Wii. Man, i hope this game is gonna rock big time, so we can put our middle-finger up to those dudes. IGN.com got a great feeling about this game, they played 2 levels and they are very happy at this point, ofcourse we hope its gonna kick ass all the way. In my opinion from what i observed in the game-play video's, the A.i. is not looking that great and the running around looks like Daniel Craig wants to go to the toilet because he got half a turd hanging out of his ass. SP not so sure, but we will see. The online MP looks a little bit like COD, plus when you kill somebody you get points, but dont know if theres a rank system, we will have to see. And just like Ign.com mentioned, it's a different game compared to the original goldeneye, but it's not a bad thing. By watching video's, it looks a lot like Soldier of Fortune 2: double helix combined with splinter cell. Eurocom made a lot of crappy games, but also some decent games and the bond games they developed were good enough. I hope Eurocom is not gonna mess it up.

JESSEAARON100
JESSEAARON100

Daniel Craig can shoot those 4 soldiers haha

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@ChiefFreeman Graphics mean crap dude. If a game is awesome it's awesome whether it has the latest graphical touches or not. Besides this game looks awesome. It's going to be fantastic.

-Kruugar-
-Kruugar-

As long as there is 4 player split screen, this game is a buy.

yoyou225
yoyou225

Looks like it's going to be a smash.

ilidiandemon
ilidiandemon

@ECHOWOLF86 You're a genious man!!! Thats it! Put both Daniel and Pierce in the game and we choose which Bond we want :D I'm going with Pierce :D

ECHOWOLF86
ECHOWOLF86

I agree with nintendoboy16, Goldeneye is looking great, I Think Daniel Graig is right for the part he is a more realistic 007 then all the rest, my opinion. Goldeneye is being relived in modern time. Please put Pierce Brosnan in the game as a bonus character so some people would stop their whining.

Evtutchenk0
Evtutchenk0

@garrett_duffman you're right man... craig bond is just like rambo.. i hated quantum of solace... he entered guns blazing and didn't care for who he shot

garrett_duffman
garrett_duffman

I would have been fine with craig bond if it still had the brosnan taste. Bond is(was) KNOWN for his gadgets. in 007 the world is not enough for the n64, you had LOADS of gadgets, and it was fun as hell to use them all, like dart watches. yea... Dart Watches.

SolidSnake20031
SolidSnake20031

Im really considering getting this game myself. I never had the opportunity to play the original Goldeneye game as I never had a N64. I am also an big time fan of the Brosnan Bond films(this one being my 2nd favorite). The gameplay looks awesome in this game.

GamerNes9
GamerNes9

Good Graphics[For a wii]. Plus it Looks like it has great multiplayer.

nintendoboy16
nintendoboy16

Who cares that they replace Brosnan with Craig? I certainly don't. I like Brosnan as Bond and all, but let's not forget. It's Daniel Craig's turn as Bond.

Murgurth
Murgurth

@Schmurtin I agree with you all the way.

Schmurtin
Schmurtin

According me, the graphics is just a bonus, nothing more.

Banzajaytee
Banzajaytee

Im looking forward for this one.I do agree with Chilly-Chill that they should port the original Goldeneye for the Wii, with Pierce Brosnan as the main character and have Daniel Craig as an bonus character, Mabye play in Co-Op.

Murgurth
Murgurth

@CheifFreeman Well I'm not going to argue with you, but think this though halo, half -life, and James Bond: Night Fire, while not as advanced as the games today still look reasonably good. So as you put it this game can look reasonably good. But one thing though do you even like the Wii? And if not why are you even on the the Wii section of this gaming website anyway?

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

@Murgurth The graphics DO suck, and saying the graphical fidelity is impressive for a Wii game is like saying a game from the early 2000's looks great now. It doesn't and this doesn't.

WafflePrime
WafflePrime

@ the3pointshot Nightfire was the best Bond game after Goldeneye, the single player and multiplayer both were awesome I don't know why so many people overlook it.

Murgurth
Murgurth

For all you guys saying the graphics suck, look at the what it looks like. Its says the games graphical fidelity is mighty impressive which pretty much means the graphics looks really good. And many people here agree.

st33lbill
st33lbill

Destructible Cover!!!!! Finally

Megasus_
Megasus_

@fudawg45 I don't think they would dare do such a thing. So far it looks wonderful though. @Nova_Mongoose You think so? I think it's not necessarily obligated to stay close to the movie, being a reimagining. Also, I always liked Craig's Bond. He's rougher around the edges, but readier for action than suave Brosnan. And I believe the guns are named differently for copyright purposes.

fudawg45
fudawg45

Please don't mess this one up. That's all I ask.

Nova_Mongoose
Nova_Mongoose

The thing that ruins this for me is that all the reimagining isn't staying true to the movie (like the original did) The russian soldiers don't look like the ones from the movie, the guns are all wrong, and Daniel Craig blows as 007.

Catman789
Catman789

these graphics suck for a wii game, look at the conduit 2

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

this games should be good the only thing I don't like is daniel craig

JESSEAARON100
JESSEAARON100

I can't wait for 007 Goldeneye :) They should use Piece Brosnan though but Daniel Craig is okay anyway

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

Will you guys give it a break? They wouldn't have made Goldeneye if there weren't any feedback for Quantum of Solace. Apparently it's the only Activision and Treyarch FPS game ever made so far and I'm not certain if there's anymore Bond games left. Goldeneye 007 for the Wii is a review of Quantum of Solace and a remake of the same name made by Rare. Given the record of Eurocom games, topherfilm is right that it's not like Quantum of Solace again but more of a review of what makes this game better. If Goldeneye was made by Treyarch again, they would've taken in a different direction and it would be a case in point. By the way brok, after Star Fox Adventures, I don't think Rare would ever work with Nintendo except with the early games of SNES and N64 games made available for VC after clearing rights issues. I'm afraid Rare is permanently staying with Microsoft so that's the end of that.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@brok I don't know where you get your info. NEVER have I heard of a reputible site talk about a multiplatform GoldenEye 64 release. I heard RUMORS of an XBLA version, which is the last place I would ever want to play GoldenEye. None of the people who work on GoldenEye even work at Rare anymore. Even Perfect Dark which was ported to XBLA was not handled by Rare. This game is nothing like QoS. I have yet to see any 3rd person elements to it besides the cutscenes (which were 3rd person in GoldenEye 64 anyway.) QoS had both framerate and control issues, which I have yet to hear about in previews. Lastly multiplatform games suck. Obviously being ten bucks or whatever they would charge for the download would generate more sales, but not nessisarily more money. With the GoldenEye 64 download there would have to be a 4 way split money wise also.

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

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brok
brok

@topherfilms Sounds like you're the one doing all the whining here... TWINE is by far the closest bond game feel to Goldeneye, you'd have to be blind not to see that. It was also made by Eurocom. Are the dots linking up for you yet? There have been good bond games other than goldeneye, you know. All I'm saying is this will be another QoS, using a cheap branding trick to boost sales. What's really low of them is that the official multiplatform Rare remake of Goldeneye has been blocked for this subpar version instead. They couldn't even allow both to be released, since the better, tighter, and above all multiplatform Rare remake would have left this thing in the dust for sales.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@Johnnyauau Truth is they were all crap. I'm not knocking this game by saying that. Obviously having GoldenEye 64 as a base gives it better grounding than other Bond titles. @Gelugon Baat: Legally the only person who can play Bond is Daniel Craig. End of story.

namdar
namdar

@the3pointshot dude one of my favs :D played it first time on the ps2

johnnyauau
johnnyauau

I think by calling every other James Bond game except Goldeneye for the N64 as crap, you could easily set a dangerous precedent in peoples mind. Those entitled to their opinions is not that keen to just boycott all James Bond games because if they did, we wouldn't have Quantum of Solace and the remake of Goldeneye would never exist. Even some unknown person would just take one look at the cover and say "This is crap. This is not what I want". I rather you continue support for this game and the James Bond franchise series rather than commenting to people "This is the case. James Bond games is going down because Rare left Nintendo. Don't support Activision. Don't support Eurocom. etc". No offence but this is what I'm still getting through the comments.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@brok: First of all QoS and TWINE both suck, there is GoldenEye, then there is every other crap Bond game that is not GoldeEye. TWINE was nothing like GoldeEye, so they would not be keeping it's spirit in any way. Nobody's going to boycott this game in favor of Rare's official release. That would not bring about any changes to the industry. It's time to face the fact that Rare's official release is never gonna happen. This is not the first time a game has be remade, so stop your whining.

brok
brok

@robertwarnes91 The only thing that's 'clear' about it is that it's essentially QoS all over again using the Goldeneye maps as rough drafts for it's own convoluted level design. You're right about QTEs and Rails not going away... not while these devs constantly try to shovel it in the buyer's faces. Maybe if this game was boycotted in favour of Rare's OFFICIAL remake then we'd see some changes in the industry, but instead it looks like everyone's happy to eat up anything with the goldeneye name on it, no matter what the actual game is like. If Eurocom really wanted to keep the spirit of Goldeneye in their game, they should have remade TWINE instead of another QoS in goldeneye clothing.

jubeio
jubeio

i liked tomorrow never dies haha but to be fair your going to have a lot of cut scenes in the game so you will see it