Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 7.8
Sound 6.9
Value 7.6
Distributor: Electronic Arts
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
January 2005
Reviewer:
Tory Favro

7.5


Goldeneye: Rogue Agent

I really liked the approach of this game, especially since the Bond franchise is up for grabs with actor Pierce Brosnan leaving the fray as James Bond. Instead of taking the role of the hero, this time we get to play the part of the bad guy. It's been done before, however there is something pretty slick about the antihero, at least about his artificial eye that has a number of powers about it that can be recharged if not used over a period of time, like Master Chief's energy shield in Halo. 

The premise of the game is that you get to play the bad guy however that is a feeling that is never really fulfilled. At the end of the day you end up feeling a bit ordinary however as the game falls back into the mindset of first person shooters where you ultimately identify with the character that you are playing and even good guy soldiers end up being the bad guys as they are shooting at you. It's a bit of a mixed bag with some of the missions being of an "evil" type role, however for the most part they fall into pretty safe territory.

It's during the actual gameplay that you get to do certain things that would certainly mix and match with your good evil self.  Some of the more dastardly moves that can be carried out is the ability to get your stunned foe and whip them around in front of you as a human shield. When you have finished with them, just dump them or drop them out of a window to their death. Vats of chemicals can later have poor saps dumped in them for amusing effect as you continue your merry way through the game. 

The title moves smoothly and the levels look good with attention to detail certainly there in terms of looks. For smooth gameplay some of them are a bit lacking but for the most part certainly playable. The bevy of weapons that Rogue Agent can utilise are great and all the effects that follow are pretty cool too. A real good point is that Rogue Agent's pistol never runs out of ammo and whilst it's one of the lamest tools in the arsenal, it certainly comes in handy when you are down and out in a firefight. 

I think that part of the problem with this title is that they've used the title of Goldeneye which of course is like bringing a moth to a flame with any Bond fan worth their salt after a sensational game of the same name was released onto the Nintendo 64 all those years ago and defined the genre. This title is a good bit of fun but really isn't a true successor to it's namesake. The online element is fast and furious and the AI of the title, whilst pretty good, is nothing on the frantic behaviour of human opponents online.  

Audio on the title is good with adequate sound effects to accentuate the actual gameplay experience. There is a great music score however it doesn't have the flow that the other games have had in other games in the series. It's a touch jerky and choppy with no ready flow from scene to scene. Explosions, in game effects and other sounds are nice and rewarding and a great part of the overall gameplay experience.

All up this is a pretty neat game with a lot of solid fun to be had. It's not the best game in the series but it's not the worst either. I had a heap of fun playing it and am sure that other gamers will as well. If you are unsure, this game is a very solid rent. For those wanting to get the most out of it, this is a safe buy when the price comes down a bit.






 
 



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