Goldeneye 007 Updated Hands-On

Golden gun in hand, we take another trip down multiplayer memory lane.

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While the status of the next James Bond movie remains thoroughly up in the air amid talk of an indefinite hiatus, the world of video games is another story entirely. Activision is working on not one but two James Bond titles for release this year. One of these is a name that you ought to be very familiar with whether you know anything about the upcoming game or not. That game, of course, is Goldeneye 007 for the Wii. Developed by Eurocom, this first-person shooter is described by Activision as a "reimagining" of the Nintendo 64 classic. We got our first look last month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, and with Comic-Con 2010 bringing the world's entertainment industry to San Diego, we recently had a chance to see a brief update to the multiplayer component.

Like its 1997 predecessor, Goldeneye 007 will feature a robust multiplayer mode that can be played either via local split-screen or--in an obvious departure from the original--online using this newfangled "Internet" business. A familiar cast of playable characters will reprise their roles from the first game, including both Oddjob (whose height has been tweaked somewhat to make him more of a target to gunfire) and Jaws. And aside from updated graphics, the general look and feel of the game seem pretty faithful to the original, along with the familiar blood running down the screen when you die and post-match accolades telling you how you did after the match.

Where the game seems to depart the most from its predecessor is in the control scheme. Whereas the appearance and feature set are quite inspired by the first game, the way you move around seems to take most of its cues from modern shooters. You can sprint, vault over objects, and even stare down the red dot sight of your AK-47 for extra accuracy. You'll also find dedicated melee and grenade buttons, allowing you to do a lot of things within a very small window of time. There appears to be a lot more depth to the controls, which seems like a given considering you're no longer confined to a Nintendo 64 controller.

Our hands-on time was spent playing Golden Gun on a new map called Station. Golden Gun, a classic shooter mode if there ever was one, is an obvious holdover from the Nintendo 64 game. But playing it on this new map made for quite a different experience. The density and variety of the construction site setting was a big departure from the relatively empty, plain geometry that the original game's maps were composed of due to the technology of the day. It seems like you can be surprised more easily by people vaulting over objects or popping out from behind a stack of scattered plywood with all the stray objects lying around. In short: the experience was more frenetic than we recall.

Overall, the experience played like a hybrid of new and old. It brought back warm, fuzzy memories of the first Goldeneye and brought up questions about whether this one can maintain that same magic given all the time that has passed in the interim. It definitely seems like there's room for a great split-screen shooter for when you've got a bunch of friends over, but it seems like you'd need to spend a lot more time with the game to see whether that's just the nostalgia talking. We're eager to find out as we get closer to Goldeneye's November release.

Discussion

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MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@WackedWilly Milking it is slang for making the most out of a situation in such a way that irritates people,in this case not offering much change and putting out the same game with different graphics and guns year after year. No,I'm not an employer but I am an adult,I've grown up with games from a young age,playing the Megadrive,PS1,PS2,Gamecube,Wii,PS3 and most of the Gameboys.It's what I like to do in my spare time. A "try hard"?,just because I've made some intelligent references to a debate doesn't make me a try hard....

WackedWilly
WackedWilly

@MEDzZ3RO I've seen some of the comments you posted, and any adult that has a life (at least nowadays) wouldn't say milker or have a gamespot account (unless their an employee for gamespot) If you didn't get what I said overall it seems your a try-hard.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@badron11 I mentioned Rage because it falls under the same category as Vegas. Favourites...???,hmm..??, when I first started out you couldn't of got me off Streets of Rage 2 and Golden axe on the Megadrive,afterwards on the PS1 I didn't really have any favourites but I played Tekken,Tomb Raider and Worms quite a bit.On the N64 it had to be Zelda Ocarina and Goldeneye.On the PS2 I stuck with Tekken but then like (almost everyone at that time) got hooked on Vice City and San Andreas.On the Cube I used to play XIII,The Urbz and Mariokart Double Dash split screen with my mates,it was addictive you know? Currently I'm into Bad Company 2,Killzone 2,Resistance 2,God Of War series,Uncharted 2,Borderlands,Fallout,Modnation...etc..,I tend to play alot of fps,rpg and fighting games as a rule but I play almost any genre;I'm not big on puzzle games though,lol.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11: My all time fav is another Rare classic, Conker's Bad Fur Day. Although GoldenEye easily ranks in the top 5. I've never played Symphyony which is a shame because I hear it's alot like Metroid, which is my favorite series.

badron11
badron11

@topherfilms @MEDzZ3RO I've enjoyed this, and I hope that you guys have fun with the games you play. By the way, just curious what are your favorite types of games? Do you like fighting games? Old school platformers? To prove to you that I like gameplay over graphics my favorite game of all time is Castlevania: Symphony of the Night for the original PS1. I also bought it again for the 360 arcade. What do you guys like?

badron11
badron11

@topherfilms I said I was done. You can't be swayed. You clearly are Nintendo biased and won't believe anything I say, so I've decided to end it on this note. You love the Wii-mote Nunchuck combo, ok, that's great, but to say that it's the best way to play FPS is an opinion that I've never even heard one other person say. I never said once about graphics being more important than gameplay, because I don't even believe that. I also never said which you quoted me somehow on, that Nintendo had nothing to do with the game, that must have been someone else. And once again, I don't even care about this game, I said I wish it was on all three consoles for the people that want it on a console other than the Wii. It also wouldn't ruin the game by making it multiplatform, it would increase sales by a ton. @MEDzZ3RO I never mentioned any game named "Rage". And Fallout is an exploration game first, then a shooter, and it's shooting mechanics aren't that good that's why they made them better for new vegas. Mass Effect is a game that's story and relationship based, and for people that don't like guns, there are tons of abilities to use. You can beat the game without shooting once. You guys have to get your stuff straight. Once again, stop misquoting me, and I'm done.

MYWIIWII5
MYWIIWII5

If the new 360 doesn't have a problem, that would be a first for microsoft

MYWIIWII5
MYWIIWII5

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topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11: I never said I was anti HD. I just value gameplay and most of all controls over visuals. Especialy when it comes to FPS. That being said it doesn't matter how much you want it to come out on all systems, this is Nintendo (and Rare's) baby. Unfortunatly for you Nintedo has custodial rights to the game. And saying childish things like "Nintendo had nothing to do with the game" makes you look like an idiot. George Lucas may be the creative mind behind Star Wars, but he wouldn't have a movie or franchise without the financial backing or distribution from 20th Century Fox. Really why ruin the game by making it multiplatform?

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@badron11 None of those features are gameplay changing,you still play Halo:reach as you did combat evolved;the core gameplay is identical;Even Call Of Duty (biggest milker of them all) has changed it's core gameplay throughout the years.Look at games like Bad Company,Resistance,Operation Flashpoint....etc..;the sequels play considerably different from the originals even though all three sold strongly enough that they could of left the gameplay untouched and done the usual,new guns,maps and game modes. Fallout 3 is a first person shooter/3rd person shooter RPG dependent on your preference,you cannot deny that you walk around killing things with guns,it's no different from a shooter even though story-wise its an RPG. Mass Effect is no different,as are Borderlands and Rage;Id Software practically pioneered the fps genre and your suggesting that Rage,like Fallout,isn't an fps? A "war"??,it isn't a "war",it's merely conflicting ideas and opinions being debated about;only children would use such a metaphore.

badron11
badron11

Join team badron and don't be like the anti HD topherfilms, who thinks that every game that is HD sucks, just because it's not on his Wii. Not that I have to answer to you, but I checked this game out because it's freaking Goldeneye. Not because it's on the Wii, just because I wanted to check it out. As far as your points go, you are the one(@topherfilms) that is clearly in the minority when it comes to making any sense, and having any taste in games. I still don't know where I "contradicted" myself. And to that @MedzZ3RO guy, Halo hasn't taken any chances? How about bringing something new every single iteration. Forge, Theater, Armor Customization, Firefight, 4 player campaign, and this year it's improved upon everything I've just listed plus added brand new classes and tons of other stuff. You're just about as ignorant as @topherfilms. It's ok guys, ignorance can be fixed, but stupidity is forever. Oh and MedzZ3RO, thanks for telling me more stuff I know. Here is something you don't know, Fallout is not an FPS, and Mass Effect is more of a RPG with shooting elements than a shooter. There must be bleach in both of your gene pools. @WackedWilly, this war was started by topherfilms by the way if you go back and read the first post I made, it was just a simple post saying I wished it was ON ALL THREE SYSTEMS. I'm glad you like this though. I'm out guys. To all that agreed with me, thanks. To all that didn't, I just stated facts.

robulastage
robulastage

I wish everyone would drop their piss poor attitudes and take a couple Tylenol for their bruised egos.

WackedWilly
WackedWilly

wow this page turned from sharing your thoughts on goldeneye to all out war between Badron and topherfilms...I like it!

topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11 That guy was right you do spend alot of time contradicting yourself. The reason my spelling and grammer sux is because I don't spend a lot of time thinking and typing these responses. I'm sure your teacher told you that if you're gonna use big words like "troll" you should learn what they actually mean. You've been whining from the get go about this game not being on HD system, and how HD games are SOOOO much better like, O-M-G!!! This is a Nintendo game like it or not, this paticular page is dedicated to said game. You are the troll. If I was a troll I would go to a Halo Reach page and whine about it not coming out on the Wii which has far superior FPS controls. You also seemed to have missed or conveniently ignored my point. Nintendo as the publisher of GoldenEye 64, holds the rights to that game. Nintendo unable to release the game on VC because of the legal mess asked Activision to remake the game. Hence Wii exclusivity. Learn to accept this and move on with your life. MS fixed RROD? Wow! Can't wait to play Kinectimals!! Like MS said, "It's not gonna have the same problems that the 360 Arcade had! It's not gonna have the same problems that the 360 Elite had. It's not gonna have the same problems..."

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@badron11 It seems fairly obvious to me that you go around calling people trolls and yet from what you've written I gather you haven't got a Wii?;if so,what are you doing on here?.Either way your contradicting yourself,either its because you came on to troll or that this "crappy" game interests you,which is it? HD visuals and graphics don't make a game,gameplay does and out of the 4 games you listed,only 1 had good gameplay.Halo hasn't taken any risks since the series began and has had the same gameplay for years (dated),Fallout although a good game is lacking in the fps gameplay department and Mass effect is like most shooters out there. Just a case in point,Crysis has great visuals but is lacking on the gameplay side of things but Counterstrike probably has some of the worst graphics seen on PC in the last 10years has amazing gameplay and still remains one of the most played games on PC.I do favour the PS3 over Wii but don't make judgement upon graphics when we were all playing 32 and 64 bit games less then 20years ago.

badron11
badron11

@topherfilms Wow. Your overuse of the word pissy is redundant. Your grammar is horrible, your Nintendo loving is so blinding it's pathetic. Do you think I really care about this crappy game? I'll be too busy playing Halo Reach, Mass Effect series, Red Dead Redemption, Fallout series, and just about every single other bad*** game that comes out for the HD systems. Just because you have this inferiority complex you think that all of this **** you type to everyone vindicates you. I'm also tired of people like you who say that you have some kind of authority. Give me a break man. Keep in mind that you started this with me for no reason, and also started **** with everyone else just because you are a Nintendo troll. You just don't like the fact that someone called you out on your BS that is smarter than you, no matter how "clever" your little responses may be, that you probably think about all day long before typing and posting on this site. Get over yourself, and before you tell me to take a reading comprehension class, learn how to spell, and dual wield some Wii Nunchakus before you hurt yourself trying to pet your little pony or doggy that you wish was in HD. And by the way, what is "thier", and "marking research"? Did you mean their and marketing? I do not need research, I can read and comprehend pretty well. And for the RRoD problem, it is finally solved with the new 360 models. People like you make me and obviously others sick. Shigeru Miyamoto would not be proud.

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

@badron11 I don't know what's more ridiculous, you whining about getting "thumbs down" or thinking that owning an HDTV makes the game better. It just makes it look better, nothing else. HD in gaming is a gimmick - not a bad one, but a gimmick nonetheless.

TheBigKabosh
TheBigKabosh

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topherfilms
topherfilms

@theJamin: I haven't played PD 0. I considered getting a 360 back in the day for that game. At the time I worked for a big box retailor when the 360 launched, and we were seeing an absurd amount of returns. It was clear from the get go that the 360 was a crap piece of hardware. Since they still haven't adressed the RROD issue I've never bothered to get one.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11: Perhaps a reading comprehention course is in order Ahole. I said the Wiiremote and nunchuk were the best way to play a FPS on a console. Console, not a PC. As for "nothing going on with HD" I was simply talking about the FPS genre not anything else. "The rest is just gimicky Wii stuff." Talk about dumb and rediculous. Yes first party titles are the best games on Wii, same with the 360 and the PS3. This is a given with any console. Same with the 360 and the PS3 there are also standout 3rd party titles for Wii. I also love how you have intimate knowledge of the Wii's demographic base. What marking research firm do you work for? I heard about XBLA vaporware version of GoldenEye, and honestly the 360 is the last console I would want to play GoldenEye on. Besides that's not exactly experiencing it in HD is it? Supposidly the game was pulled because Nintendo and MS were squabling over money. Truth is you are just pissy it wasn't released on the 360, which is why you bothered posting your intial comments in the first place. Judging by your comments you clearly need to be more versed in gaming. Also don't get pissy with me for punching holes in your argument. They clearly don't have merit. FYI I have 2 HDTVs. Now run along and play your 360, you don't have that much time before it RRODs.

badron11
badron11

@topherfilms I understand and read everything you said. I also realize that Nintendo published the game, while Rare manufactured it. Just like the Killer Instinct franchise, and DK Country and countless others. I'm not stupid. I'm 28, and I've been playing games, reading about games, and for you to say all this dumb stuff that is ridiculous is just crazy to me. The nunchuck and wiimote being the best way to play first person shooters? That is pretty ignorant. Mouse and keyboard is the best way, and I'm not even a PC gamer and I know that. Nintendo is good at selling games to kids. Most of the people that are going to get this game weren't even born when the original came out. Their first party games are really good(Mario, Zelda, etc.), but the rest is just gimmicky wii stuff, or pet games for the DS(besides a few good RPGs and Castlevania games.) I am done with you because you obviously are an idiot. Don't try to teach me anything about games or who made this or that, because I already know. And, for your information, Goldeneye was almost released for the Xbox 360 a while back, but then the project got pulled. Google it if you don't believe me. "Nothing going on with HD" you said..........NINTENDO TROLL. Get over it, and buy an HDTV already.

chinakat
chinakat

@topherfilms You missed the point as to why I insulted your grammar. I'm not ocd, I'm making fun (yes a little kid phrase) of the fact that all your doing on here is b****ing about other peoples mistakes, no matter how big or how small. After my first comment about Craig being bond, you just lashed out before we even got into an argument of any kind. "Dude. Are you retarded?" "(...notebook you carry to elementary school.)" Great first impression.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@topherfilms perfect dark zero, not the perfect dark remake.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@theJamin Wait... What? What do you mean "gutted"? I thought that game was a tweeked port of the original. Haven't played it because I won't play a FPS without a Wii remote and nunchuck. Craig's not an issue for me because the games in first person so it's not like I'm gonna be staring at his ugly mug the whole time. I don't wanna see any CoD crap, or modern annoyances like QTEs, linear levels, and hinding behind a box like a sissy. It's a shooter, I want fast paced twitch action like the original. I also want the spy sim and stealth stuff too. It feels like this game is being made for PS360 CoD fans, not fans of the original game. @chinakat: If you're gonna correct my English make sure your English is correct first. I should have written "than" not "then" dipsh!t. You also should have written "you're" not "your" I made several grammatical mistakes in that comment, and this one as well. Can you find them all? Hint: "gonna" is not a real word.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@topherfilms oh i'm with you there. it's going to be awful - no doubts! I hate the idea of craig being dropped in.... i think he's a crap bond in my opinion. i felt just as gutted when perfect dark zero came out on the 360...

chinakat
chinakat

@topherfilms Okay now your not making sense. (watch as you call out on my stupidity.) How are you "clearly more of an authority that" me? BTW, you forgot authority FIGURE, and then, not that. Sorry had to call out on your stupidity.

imperial_figure
imperial_figure

Looks more like Soldier of Fortune instead of goldeneye.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@theJamin: I just tend to be miserable when people destroy a classic. Craig I can handle as having his mug plastered on the box won't affect the gameplay. The other stuff is a real slap to the face.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@ topherfilms lol sort it out mate or you'll be miserable your entire life.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@chinakat: Based on your comments I'm clearly more of an authority that you. Obviously you didn't bother reading the article otherwise you would have had you question answered.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@theJamin: No. People like you make it easy.

chinakat
chinakat

@topherfilms wow. you think everyone is an idiot. "don't get pissy with me for calling on yours, and others stupidity." You are a sociopath. BTW, The whole "pissy" part sounded like you were my mother. "Someone has to keep the morons in thier place." The next time you whine on the internet, don't sound like an authority figure. Your not.

TheJamin
TheJamin

@LpcWarrior lol same. we came to that conclusion when my mates fav character was jaws... you couldnt even see his bowler hat let alone get a shot at him. Good times.

TheJamin
TheJamin

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topherfilms
topherfilms

@chinakat: Wow, that was the lamest insult I've ever heard. Don't get pissy with me for calling on yours, and others stupidity. Someone has to keep the morons in thier place.

robulastage
robulastage

I feel very conflicted about this. I want to be excited about this game so bad, but there's a huge part of me screaming, "Don't do that! It's just going to be a huge letdown!" I love the original so much and will definitely try out the new Goldeneye, but it will hurt so bad if it turns out the new one isn't very good.

chinakat
chinakat

@topherfilms jesus, someone woke up on the wrong side of their mother this morning.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@chinakat: Dude. Are you retarded? Craig is the new face of Bond period. Anything Bond related will have his face/likeness. Once he signed the contract to become Bond all things Bond related feature him (movies/books/ads/games/the notebook you carry to elementary school.)

chinakat
chinakat

I don't remember Daniel Craig being in the movie goldeneye. Is this game still based on the movie? Cause the N64 game was.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11 As for you original comment, you don't seem to understand. GoldenEye was a Nintendo published game and as such is owned by them. If there weren't legal/license issues they could do with they want with it. That's the only reason we haven't yet seen it on the VC. Wishing for this game on the HD systems is like wishing for Halo on the Wii or the PS3. Not gonna happen.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11 You need to read what I typed again... I never said they were masters. Nintendo makes great RPG games too but I'm not gonna say that they're gonna steal the crown from Square Enix anytime soon. And that certainly doesn't mean they shouldn't make them. Yeah, I've heard of those games. I've played em too. If those games were good on thier respective systems, why do FPS need to stay on the HD systems? Wiimote and Nunchuck right now are the best ways to play FPS on a console, but I don't hear people complaining that Sony and MS need to step up their controllers to compete. I'll give Sony props for the Move. Are Halo 1 & 2 suddenly bad FPS now that HD is here? Seriously, I get tired of this FPS should stay on the HD systems crap. Yeah, this game probably will suck, and it will be a cheap cash in from Activision, just like all post GoldenEye Bond games. It's too bad they hold the license, because it would have been nice if Nintendo could ask somebody better to make it.

badron11
badron11

@topherfilms Assinine comments? I think you need to read what I typed again. And for "nothing going on with HD" same old crappy gameplay............um, do you even play video games? I find it hard to believe that you made this comment and downplayed mine as assinine. I could really care less about this crap, this game will probably suck anyway, and looks to me as a cheap Activision cash in (Guitar Hero avalanche of games every year, along with all of the other franchises they rush out.) Sorry if you didn't like what I said, I thought it made sense, but to someone who thinks all games right now are same old same old, I wouldn't expect anything to make sense to you. I also noticed that you have contributed nothing to this site, and are probably just a Nintendo troll. I love all game systems. And as far as Nintendo being the FPS masters, that is just ridiculous. Doom, Wolfenstein, Counter Strike? Ever heard of those?

Megasus_
Megasus_

@punksk8erdude yeah, i've noticed that...

WackedWilly
WackedWilly

Yea Goldeneye I've (sadly) never played the N64 version but I have played Timesplitters 2 which was said to be exactly like goldeneye. I hope this ends up just like the old one and I hope in the next few years Timesplitters 4 will come out.

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

@Megasus_ no problem. Thanks for the apology - that's a rarity with online forums and discussion boards and such.

topherfilms
topherfilms

@badron11: Everyone gave you thumbs down because of your assinine comments. If Nintendo needs to stick with what they are good at then they should be making a whole lot more FPS. Every first person game they've released has been innovative in one way or another. GoldenEye set the bar for everthing that is done in FPS, from headshots, to mission objectives, to multiplayer. Metroid Prime turned a FPS in a grand adventure game, and part 3 set a bar for controls. Even Geist on the Gamecube, was a cool and different game. Truth is Nintendo is good at just about every style of game they try. Nothing is going on on the HD systems. Same old, same old crappy gameplay with pretty HD graphics and more online. At least Sony is gonna release the Move soon, which if it wasn't so damn expensive I might actually buy one. @punkskaterdude Your comments are annoying because they are pointless. Why bother whinning about things you can't change? I'd prefer Brosnan myself but we know that's not gonna change because of legal reasons, so move on.

Megasus_
Megasus_

@punksk8erdude alright, I hear you. I played Goldeneye my fair share when it was out, and I enjoyed Brosnan as much as the next guy. Sorry about that last part, I was getting pretty p/o'd at some ignorant comments. You've got all rights to speak your mind, so I'm sorry ;)

punkdsk8erdude
punkdsk8erdude

@Megasus_ "If anything, it shouldn't be daniel craig, although im sure they only used him because of licensing and copyright issues and legal matters and such." This quote is from my comment. I'm fully aware the reason he's playing Bond..but as a huge fan of the original, growing up with GoldenEye, I would've much rather preferred to see Brosnan as Bond, only because thats who I associate GoldenEye with, as I'm sure everyone does. So I'm a little stubborn towards the new version of the game having a different Bond. "It's people like you that do this, and it's annoying." Do what? State my opinion? You must find a lot of people annoying.