Multiplayer has always been one of GoldenEye's defining features, so it's good to see developer Eurocom has included plenty of options if you want to shoot friends, or enemies, in the face. The biggest throwback to the original game comes in the shape of four-player split-screen, complete with plenty of customisable options. It works surprisingly well, with a generally acceptable frame rate.
If you don't often get the chance to get three friends sat on the sofa with you, GoldenEye 007 Reloaded also offers online multiplayer, upping the player count from the Wii's eight players to a more hectic 16. There's a heavy CoD influence throughout, including on-screen XP popping up when you kill (or eliminate as the game calls it) enemies, a ranking system complete with unlockable perks - sorry, gadgets - and attachments such as the reflex sight. There are plenty of modes, covering team and solo play, customisable load-outs and multiplayer challenges.
GoldenEye 007 on the Wii looked decent, but it wasn't a stunner. Reloaded's HD makeover is certainly an improvement, but the game is still some way beneath the genre's most impressive titles. Environments suffer from a lack of objects and therefore a lot of large, empty spaces. The poor frame rate seen in the Wii game has been ironed out, but there's no getting away from the fact that this started out life on a significantly less powerful console. Voice work and the soundtrack can't be faulted though, with suitably Bond-like music accompanying the action alongside Daniel Craig's gruff tones.
Strangely, what I didn't get too much of from this re-imagining is nostalgia. While many levels are similar to those featured in the N64 game, the changes made and the new character models make the end product feel quite dissimilar. Part of this is down to the lack of gadgets, with Daniel Craig's Bond only having a smart phone as a kind of Swiss Army Knife of the gadget world. That's what Bond is these days, but it's just not very GoldenEye circa 1997.
GoldenEye 007 Reloaded is a decent, if fairly by the numbers, port of the Wii game. The single-player campaign is simple fun and the online play is surprisingly entertaining, especially if you find the likes of CoD and Battlefield a bit too hardcore. It's a shame more wasn't done to spruce up the presentation and expand the level design, leaving us with what feels like an HD re-release rather than a game designed for this generation of consoles.