If you've played video games for years like I have, you've most likely owned - or at least played - a Nintendo 64. Along with that, one of the most popular games for the N64 was 007 Goldeneye. For a basic first person shooter with decent graphics (at the time) I remember playing Goldeneye for hours and hours a day. Along with the story line with multiple difficulties, there was also splitscreen multiplayer that you could play with your friends, along with an assortment of cheat codes you could activate such as "DK Mode" which made all the characters heads massive. Now I was a little skeptical once I heard they were making a remake of Goldeneye. I've seen quite a few remakes and most of them were quite terrible - such as the remake of Conkers Bad Fur Day (also for N64). It was remade as Conker: Live and Reloaded. The game didn't feel the same to me and I felt like it didn't really need to be remade at all.
Now I don't mind a remake with better graphics for a current console but I was concerned about how much they changed Goldeneye. I started a new game on Agent (Normal) difficulty. You start off in a tutorial that teaches you the new controls and it's easy to adapt to them - especially if you've played a Call of Duty game as the controls are basically the same. The first level is the same as the N64 game, just with updated graphics and a slightly different layout. Reloaded also tends to follow the Goldeneye movies storyline. While the story line was there in the original Goldeneye, it's easier to follow within Reloaded due to characters actually being able to talk and watching Goldeneye also helps you figure out what part you are at during the game. Some parts are hard to hear - depending on how loud your TV is I suppose, however to my dismay, there wasn't any subtitles. I tend to play games at a low level volume, so I like having subtitles to read so I don't miss any storyline or key points within a game.
The weapons within Reloaded are all given different names, however you can easily recognize a the P90 and Vector sub machine guns, as well as a SPAS shotgun - plus multiple more weapons within the game. One downfall I found was that you didn't get any watch gadgets like a laser from the original train level in Goldeneye. However, they did add attachments to weapons; such as a laser site, and ACOG scope. Weapon recoil isn't ridiculous in this game either; for example in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the AK-74 has a massive kick to it and in Reloaded there's kick but nothing drastic enough to make you miss your shot. There is also aim assist that, when turned on, will automatically aim at an enemy when you aim down the sights. I would usually turn this off while playing but because I wanted to beat the game ASAP, I kept it on and I do have to say, it was quite helpful so if you're not a big shooter fan I would suggest keeping this option turned on. Also, when using sniper rifles, there is no need to hold your breath to steady your shot. This game is pretty basic so the crosshairs don't bounce around the screen like in other shooter games. Your pistole, the P99, is always at your disposal, along with an optional silencer attachment. I disliked using the pistol though because even though it is semi automatic, there's a delay when firing it, so you can exactly unload on an enemy.
The melee system is pretty simple as well, you click the right thumbstick down to melee and if you're close enough you'll actually be able to watch a little scene of Bond punching the hell out of an enemy. You could also click it right before you're in range of an enemy and you're able to knock them out as long as you're in a decent range.
Overall, I think Reloaded is an EASY A in my book, the one downfall I really saw was that all the characters look different from the N64 game and Pierce Brosnan isn't Bond, but Daniel Craig is. While I have no problems with Daniel, I really wished Pierce was Bond.
Tips for Playing
1. Subduing an enemy via melee makes your character invincible during the animation - use this to your advantage if you're getting fired upon by multiple people. They tend to run from cover to cover or reload giving you a chance to get away if you're near death.
2. Stealth is your friend. While this game isn't Splinter Cell, stealth is key. Always keep your silencer on your pistol (unless it's a huge firefight, then you can take it off as the silencer reduces the damage). Crouch walking is slow but keeps your noise minimal.
3. If you have trouble getting a headshot on enemies that are moving (usually shooting at you as well), hit them in the chest with on shot and when they stop and flinch for a moment, hit them in the head. It's an easy one - two move that will help you out.
4. If there's two enemies close together and you don't think you can take them both out before they alert others, do what I call a "Pop and Rush." Take out the enemy that's farthest away with a headshot and right after he get's hit rush the closer enemy and subdue him.
5. Watch out for cameras, they are a pain! They can make a simple 2 guard patrol into a 100 vs 1 battlefield in an instant.
6. When you take damage you will heal over time. If you are moving it will take longer to heal and you won't heal at all if you run. While sitting behind cover waiting to heal after taking 50 bullets to the chest is a good idea - hold off on reloading your weapons. Switching weapons and reloading count as "moving" and healing will take longer.
While this game is an easy buy for a 007 Goldeneye Veteran, you may want to rent this game if you're not big into online shooters. Otherwise, you could also wait until it goes into Games on Demand (Xbox 360) and get it for a slightly discounted price.
If would like to see a review of a game that's coming out soon please let me know. I plan on doing a review for Skyrim as well as MW3 once they're both released.
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Just a quick question: would you be opposed to reviewing a commercial game that has been recently released? You mention reviewing upcoming games, but I'd like to know if you'll review some older (not too much older) games.