GoldenEye: Rogue Agent PlayStation 2

Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 38
  2. Negative: 8 out of 38
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  1. This is about as close as any shooter's come to replicating the action-movie experience, with plenty of toys to play with and a great techno soundtrack.
  2. This game truly rocks my socks. Great gameplay, graphics, sound and value. You just can't beat it. EA shows their skill against the gaming giants in Japan and delivers another classic hit for gamers.
  3. 80
    While the final cocktail that is Rogue Agent breaks very little new ground, the eye powers and deathtraps are extremely welcome additions to the shooter arsenal.
  4. GamePro
    80
    Rogue Agent will leave you shaken and stirred. [Feb 2005, p.72]
  5. 78
    Rogue Agent had the premise to be a great action title, playing the villain but it isn't. Rogue Agent is an average FPS, with an uninspiring single player, with decent multiplayer.
  6. A disappointingly repetitive and average ride at a time when above-average is a necessity.
  7. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    Rogue Agent does do a lot of things extremely well, though. The enemies are realistic, ducking in an out of cover, constantly moving, even updating each other on what you're doing ("He's behind the bar!" - brilliant). [Jan 2005, p.130]
  8. The strength of Rogue Agent is its online and multiplayer play.
  9. This is a totally new and different game (notice the capital "E' in Eye), and to that I say thank God, because why make a sequel to an already perfect game (especially since an entirely different developer and publisher created it (Nintendo/Rare) almost 8 years ago).
  10. Taken as just another game, rather than as a part of the larger Bond iconography, it's really a fairly enjoyable time. Rogue Agent doesn't go on the "best ever" list the way "Everything or Nothing" did, but there are worse ways to pass a Saturday afternoon.
  11. Unappealing because you are a villain that doesn't seem like a villain. I mean, you are taking orders from Goldfinger like Bond does with M. The villain concept could've been thrown out of the whole picture, and Rogue Agent could've been a bit of a better game.
  12. AceGamez
    70
    Then there's the mostly drab level design, the 'who cares' story and the often repetitive gameplay.
  13. More of a disappointment, than it is a bad game. It’s entertaining, but there was so much to work with here that the end result is unfulfilling.
  14. Game Informer
    68
    It tarnishes the hallowed GoldeneEye name that gamers have held close to their hearts since 1997, and is the equivalent of tossing a martini into Bond's face and then shooting him in the family jewels with a tranquilizer dart. [Jan 2005, p.114]
  15. The repetitiveness of the levels and sub-par AI makes the 8 missions seem a lot longer than they should be.
  16. 65
    An empty vessel of a game missing personality, charm, story or any kind of distinguishing character.
  17. PSM Magazine
    65
    The simple fact is that the bar has been raised. A basic FPS with average graphics, very rough edges and under-realized features can't compete with titles such as "Killzone" and upcoming releases like "Project: Snowblind," and "TimeSplitters: Future Perfect." [Holiday 2004, p.76]
  18. 65
    It's a simplistic run and gun gameplay requires less of the spatial awareness and mental agility that the more refined games can dishearten youngsters with.
  19. An uninteresting story and lackluster gameplay, both online and off, leaves this latest adventure feeling rather flat.
  20. The single player campaign of Rogue Agent leaves a lot to be desired, if you were thinking about buying this game for the story mode, do yourself a favor and ditch that idea.
  21. Hardly groungbreaking, but it is a laugh. In an increasingly bleak world ("Killzone"), that's enough for us.
  22. Rogue Agent does feature a fully-fledged multiplayer component, but it's just not much fun. The maps are poorly designed and the game modes are somewhat limited ' at least Xbox Live and PlayStation 2 online play seems relatively lag-free.
  23. Not one videogame fan I know disliked GoldenEye on the N64. Unfortunately this version of the classic title was a big disappointment.
  24. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    60
    Unfortunately, slick powers, moderately competent A.I., and amusing deathtraps can't save Rogue Agent from being bland, linear, and repetitive - it tends to give too much of the mediocre and not enough of the awesome. [Feb 2005, p.88]
  25. I'd go so far as to say the single player mode is almost entirely worthless.
  26. 50
    A lackluster package of average single-player and slightly better multiplayer. Unless you're a huge and/or irrational Bond nut, it offers nothing that competing games don't do better.
  27. Playing as a villain should lift away the restraints that normally accompany the good guy role, and thus provide for a more liberating and refreshing gaming experience. Instead, EA has given gamers a window into mediocrity, and an affair that simply isn't fun.
  28. Despite carrying on the legacy of one of the greatest First-Person Shooters of our time, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent fails to match up to the N-64 classic in almost every department... well, as far as a fun factor goes.
  29. Edge Magazine
    50
    Rogue Agent is the result of design by committee: a safe, reasonably accomplished but uninspiring offering which neither excels nor progresses its genre in any way. [Christmas 2004, p.82]
  30. Play Magazine
    50
    The production's decent enough, but there's such a sense of mechanical design, with flat personality and little flair. [Jan 2004, p.67]
  31. A very dull experience. You can't help but feel this might have actually been all right as a light gun game.
  32. Not only have they taken the 40 year legacy of James Bond way off track, but they have also taken the classic GoldenEye reputation and created a game that the fans were dreading. Not a classic ' not even an average game, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is just about insulting to everyone in the target demographic.
  33. Formulaic, stitched together and delivered bang on time for Christmas, it's hard not to view this as anything other than a cold turkey that won't be enjoyed during the festive period.
  34. The game doesn't look great, the AI is poor and the special powers are worthless. Even if you take away these problems you're left with a basic first person shooter that is nothing special.
  35. 40
    A Bond game without Bond just doesn't make sense, especially when the bad-guy gimmick fails miserably.
  36. 30
    The amount of recycling involved in the level design here is abominable -- some areas repeat the same pair of linked rooms as many as three times in rapid succession, and the problem gets distinctly worse as the game progresses into its later levels. There's rarely an organic, realistic feel to most of the interior stages.
  37. games(TM)
    30
    We're cataclysmically disappointed that Rogue Agent even exists. Just when it seemed like EA had pulled its socks up and become a real unstoppable force with games to match its resources, we get this ' perhaps the most cynical and cobbled-together excuse for a key release we've ever seen. [Christmas 2004, p.111]
  38. Rogue Agent ticks all the boxes on the shooter checklist, but lacks any of the oomph needed to make these worthy of note. Unlike the beautiful set pieces of other Bond games and movies, the levels within are about as exciting as a visit to your local public library.

Awards & Rankings

#51 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
#43 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Jul 9, 2016
    6
    An average shooter for the PS2. Honestly, I can't recommend this title. Nothing about the game is outstanding in any way. The gameplay isAn average shooter for the PS2. Honestly, I can't recommend this title. Nothing about the game is outstanding in any way. The gameplay is somewhat enjoyable, but repetitive. The graphics and presentation are the game's strong point, however, some of the environments are very dark and unappealing. The story is uninspired and by the numbers. The character is supposed to be a James Bond villain. However, you never get a chance to take on the MI6 and James Bond. Instead, the game pits you against Dr.No, while working for Goldfinger. Full Review »
  2. Mar 14, 2016
    7
    Fun game, but quite linear. Gameplay can be a bit ridiculous and tedious at times. Solid splitscreen multiplayer offers more depth to the gameFun game, but quite linear. Gameplay can be a bit ridiculous and tedious at times. Solid splitscreen multiplayer offers more depth to the game as the story is not particularly compelling. Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2014
    8
    This game is typical FPP game.Your mission goal in this game is to kill and destroy everything.If you like total open war this game may be forThis game is typical FPP game.Your mission goal in this game is to kill and destroy everything.If you like total open war this game may be for you. The levels are long and laborious. Laborious because in every level we do the same-kill,kill and kill!!!This is action game where you openly fight against armies of different villains. You can use many weapons-and many of them you can have in both hands. You can also use some special powers by your Goldeneye.This game is one huge extermination of your enemies.Graphic is average (when you see ps2 standatrds) and music is quite good background to this mayhem.
    If you like stealth games like Metal Gear Sold or Splinter Cell-than you should forget about this game.
    If you like use gadgets and missions with different goals(like in many other Bond games)-you should be prepare for repetetive gameplay when your obligation is to kill and destroy everything which is hostile.
    The plot is quite interesting,especially when you are Bond fan. Game is right now (today is 13.9.2014) very,very cheap(about 2$ for playstation 2). For this money -this huge amount of acion and bond universe
    plot it can be another interesting position in your collection.
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