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GoldenEye 007 Review for Wii

On: WiiDS
GoldenEye 007 screenshot
GoldenEye 007 screenshot

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 - although the already slightly rough visuals take a big hit and turn very, very blocky.

If you don't often get the chance to get three friends sat on the sofa with you, GoldenEye 007 also offers online multiplayer. I was expecting this to be yet another token gesture as seen in the majority of Wii games, but it's surprisingly solid and a lot of fun. 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 10 game modes, too, covering team and solo play, customisable load-outs and multiplayer challenges.

It's time for the part of the review that details the visuals, in which I say that GoldenEye looks pretty smart... for a Wii game. It's true, compared to the majority of titles on Nintendo's console GoldenEye is quite the looker, but that doesn't mean it's pretty. There are some neat visual effects and the character models are decent, but the frame rate nosedives far too often and many of the environments look incredibly rough. 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.

But GoldenEye 007 is still a good game. It's a bit ropey in places, especially during multiplayer games, but the single-player campaign is simple fun and the online play is surprisingly entertaining and thorough. Eurocom's game isn't likely to make anywhere near the same impact as its almost sacred predecessor, but when judged against the rest of the Wii's FPS line-up Bond stands very near the top. Well worth a look, just don't expect to be overwhelmed with nostalgia.

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pblive@ Rickitis

It may get a better review elsewhere, but it gets a PROPER review here :D

This is a Tom Orry review so I trust it. Plus 7 seems about right from what most gamers are saying about it after playing.
Posted 23:08 on 05 November 2010
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reynoldio@ Rickitis

No need for the thumbs down, other people are allowed opinions!

I would say 7 is fair if you want to be critical and 8 is fine if you want to shower it with praise. (But let's not get into that again ;) )

However, 8.5 or 9 is probably pushing it. The game has limitations and a 9 should be pretty much spectacular. Although to their credit the reviews each read like they really enjoyed the game. So good for them!
Posted 10:57 on 05 November 2010
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Rickitis

Don’t let this score put you off as it gets a better review elsewhere:

Gamespot:
http://uk.gamespot.com/wii/adventure...opslot;title;2

IGN:
http://uk.wii.ign.com/articles/109/1097593p1.html
Posted 10:36 on 05 November 2010
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reynoldio@ draytone

Be as cynical as you like, I think you're completely correct. They know that BlOps will be massive on PS3 & 360 and that it'll do very little comparatively on the Wii, so they release something they know will sell a bunch. Good for them!

I like it (as I hope came across above) it's not the best thing in the world but I'm not really an FPS fan and I still enjoyed an hour or so yesterday and will certainly get some good multiplayer fun with a mate today. How will it last though? Who knows. Although I was straight on the PS3 again after that hour...
Posted 10:24 on 05 November 2010
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draytone

I kind of expected a 7. I think that while it could have been a really excellent game at the end of the day it is a nostalgic trip down memory lane that could have either followed the original so closely that it would have made more sense to just crack out the n64 or change it a bit and not have quite the same game.

Without sounding cynical, to me it feels like the decision to remake GoldenEye was a purely financial one. I expect that it will sell really well, as those people who only have a Wii might be tempted... but for those who have a Wii and a PS3 or 360 surely the forthcoming Blops is where their FPS money is?
Posted 09:14 on 05 November 2010
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Wido

Another game to get when I do re-buy the Wii again. I did have a hunch that it wouldn't overcome its predecessor. Sounds like a good attempt and still worth a play, but it does bring in a view whether or not developers should leave certain games in the past rather than doing a 'remake'.
Posted 08:56 on 05 November 2010
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Bloodstorm

"GoldenEye on the N64 was brilliant."

As much as i read before i said to myself, no, i need to find out the score.
Posted 02:21 on 05 November 2010
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reynoldio

Can't help but agree entirely. I wanted so much more, but when the nostalgia disappointment wears off you're left with a really decent game. I'll get a few good hours of fun out of it and to be honest I think, despite our borderline-insane hopes, we've got what we expected. Well done for making it your own Eurocom.

Just wish there was Stack / Proximity Mines in multiplayer....
Posted 00:44 on 05 November 2010

Game Stats

GoldenEye 007
7
Out of 10
GoldenEye 007
  • Impressive online play
  • Visually impressive for a Wii game
  • Lack of set-piece spectacles
  • Frame rate stutters
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Release Date: 05/11/2010
Platforms: Wii , DS
Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Publisher: Activision
Genre: First Person Shooter
No. Players: 1-8
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 2,051 1
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