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GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
Reviewed by
Peter Bourke
on
GoldenEye 007: Reloaded PS3 Review. In the end, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded mirrors some of the best aspects of the N64 game and re-imagines them for the PlayStation 3 from its sturdy gaming engine to Bond-esq graphics.
Rating:
3.75

Gameplay 8.2
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.3
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
Nov 2011
Reviewer:
Peter Bourke

8.2


GoldenEye 007: Reloaded

Although I started off as a PC gamer, I'm now a console convert. However even when GoldenEye 007 was released on the Nintendo 64 so many years ago, I actually thought this game was a pretty average first person shooter, especially considering what was available on the PC at that time.

However many gamers around the world, hold GoldenEye 007 in high esteem and the only thing that really impressed me about this game was the ability to play with up to four players simultaneously via split screen. You needed a PC network to do this on the PC. It did have some merits but first person shooters on a console... "ppht"... I thought to myself.

So my editor asks if I'm interested in GoldenEye 007: Reloaded for the Playstation 3? How could I decline, I was looking forward to bagging one of the world's most beloved first person shooters. Unfortunately for me, with its 21st century visual and updated gaming mechanics, I actually had a difficult time in finding something really bad with this game. I soon found that this game was not an ageing dinosaur ported to the PlayStation 3 but rather it contained a sturdy gaming engine, great mechanics and pure James Bond action that blew me away. This was no the N64 game!

In regards to the graphics and audio, the gaming environments are well designed as are the characters that resemble their real-life Bond counterparts, although the graphics are slightly dated and a little bland at times. Add in some good lighting effects and textures plus that famous Bond musical score and this game goes beyond its predecessor.

In essence, the game is a reimagining of the original N64 which once again transforms gamers into the world's most legendary fictional spy, James Bond. Unlike most first person shooters, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded requires the player to use stealth as opposed to running in with guns blazing. When you do accidentally mess up a stealth moment, it definitely gets your adrenaline pumping as alarms go off and the enemy are alerted to your presence.

Even though you do have a variety type of guns at your disposal, you also have a few spy tricks up your sleeves and gadgets such as hacking tools to help with the illusion of transforming you into 007. Your gadgets play a key part to many of the puzzles in the game and also prevent the entire complex from knowing your whereabouts.

Although the story is loosely based on the Pierce Brosnan bond film, GoldenEye 007, the game does something strange. Firstly, it removes Brosnan as the leading man and replaces him with Daniel Craig. One can see from a marketing perspective why this move would probably sell more titles, even though Brosnan kicked butt as bond. Second, there are other "Bond" moments integrated into the story as well which makes for some exciting missions and cutscenes. It's just a shame that Pierce Brosnan's image was replaced with Daniel Craig.

In terms of completing Reloaded on the PS3, most gamers should easily be able to knock over this game in around 8 to 12 hours, depending on how engaged you get with the title. The innovative level design and changing pace of the game ensures that you'll have a blast of a time from start to finish. Add vehicles in classic Bond fashion and even a few quick-time events and Reloaded ensures that the gamer is not just satisfied in terms of entertainment but also gives you a decent challenge.

Even when you have completed the single-player campaign, you can definitely play it again as the title gives you a myriad of ways to complete each level. For hardcore first person shooter gamers playing on the highest difficulty level, the developers have regenerating health removed from the gameplay which makes this a true challenge to complete.

But just like the movies, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded combat is an important aspect to the gameplay and whether you're using a sniper rifle from long-distance, your silencer to take guards or just sneaking up behind your enemies to take them out, the game really offers the player a variety of choices in how you will use your license to kill. Depending on your prowess as a gamer and what level of difficulty you are tackling this game, the AI in Reloaded can sometimes be quite challenging, especially the occasional boss battle.

One interesting aspect about the PS3 version of the game is that you can also use the move controllers to interact with the gaming environment which definitely makes it a more surreal experience. Using the Move controller like a gun and with the James Bond themed music playing in the background is a real blast, however for those with just the DualShock controller, this is also an option that works just as well. Needless to say, whichever method you use, Reloaded boasts a very sturdy control system that will not hamper your gaming experience.

It should be noted that time trials have been removed from the PS3 version only to be replaced with the MI6 Ops mode which is a collection of single-player challenges and is almost like a training mode. The MI6 Ops mode requires you to complete a set number of challenges and the game rewards you on how well you achieved these objectives. It does remind me of the single-player challenges from some of Metal Gear Solid games and definitely increases the longevity of this title.

The game even contains a healthy multiplayer experience with up to 15 players as wannabe secret agents take their skills online. With a variety of traditional first person shooter modes, the fun thing about online is the plethora of maps available and many of these have been taken from classic Bond films. In relation to classic Bond films, some of the characters that you have access to include iconic Bond characters like Oddjob or Jaws!

Bond is still the man but playing as the villains is really cool and amazingly enough, you can still play the game via local multiplayer which supports up to four players. Like the original N64 game, this mode can be tweaked to your hearts content and is definitely fun if you have your mates around, although I would of liked to have seen a few AI character introduced.

Final Level

In the end, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded mirrors some of the best aspects of the N64 game and re-imagines them for the PlayStation 3 from its sturdy gaming engine to Bond-esq graphics. Thankfully the control system works well on both the Move and DualShock controller and no matter what your preference is, you won't be impeded by your choice. Best of all, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded feels like a James Bond game should and from the very first moments in this game, you'll feel like the world's greatest spy as you take your license to kill and literally get the job done how you want you. Recommended!

Features:

  • The Legend Returns in HD – GoldenEye 007: Reloaded marks the franchise’s long-awaited debut on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with new gameplay modes and increased multiplayer options, all built on a new engine that delivers HD quality visuals, gripping combat sequences and intense enemy A.I.

  • You Become the Mi6 Operative – In addition to the epic story mode, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded debuts a wide variety of distinct single-player levels called Mi6 Ops Missions, which span the varied environments from the campaign and challenge players to complete different Assault, Elimination, Stealth and Defense objectives.

  • True 007 Interactivity – The most immersive and interactive Bond game to date, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded allows fans to step into the shoes of everyone’s favorite secret agent by playing the game with the PlayStation Move motion controller or with its Sharp Shooter attachment.

  • Multiplayer is Back and Better than Ever – GoldenEye 007: Reloaded redefines the James Bond multiplayer experience by delivering full-featured and robust offerings for fans of all ages, with additions and improvements to the legendary four-player split-screen action and also the online competitive gameplay, which supports 16-player matches with more maps, weapons, characters and game modes than ever before.

  • An Authentic Bond Experience – GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is an authentic 007 adventure that channels Daniel Craig's modern, gritty and cunning James Bond and features the revered storyline from the original blockbuster film, written and updated by screenwriter Bruce Feirstein, with all of the main characters, memorable scenes and cinematic moments that everyone remembers.





 

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