Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. It really does feel like an interactive Bond flick. [Jan 2003, p.130]
  2. While never reaching the first-person shooter standards of games like "Time Splitters 2" or "Red Faction 2," this is still one enjoyable game.
  3. 81
    It's fun as far as it goes, but the experience can't help but feel a little limited at times -- you go there, you do this, you whack a few bad guys in between, and do it all over again once a new objective arises.
  4. The game has a razor-sharp edge that creates space and mood with the slickness of the big-budget films from which its ideas were borrowed. [Jan 2003, p.72]
  5. Stealing the best gadgets and characters from the movies, NightFire lets you decide how to topple the requisite megalomanical villain: Use stealth and gizmos (like Eurobabe-revealing x-ray specs—thanks, Q!) or go in guns blazing.
  6. Whereas recent FPS' have raised the bar for home consoles, ("TimeSplitters 2") Nightfire plays it a little too safe. It's still however, an enjoyable romp.
  7. 80
    While there aren't as many modes as in a pure multiplayer FPS like "Unreal Tournament," you'll be treated to an intense and thoroughly entertaining skirmish.
  8. Those purely looking for a first-person shooter won't find that NightFire is the best choice around, but as a Bond game, NightFire successfully re-creates the style, presentation, and action of its source material.
  9. The difficulty level never escalates to a fevered pitch, and the stages are short, simple in design, and entirely too linear. [Jan 2003, p.90]
  10. 78
    Much like the many potshots you'll take throughout play, it's a very hit or miss endeavor.
  11. Yes, the game is quite short, there are some tremendous lapses in storytelling logic, and there is some mindless, put-your-fist-through-the-screen repetition that makes you long for the earlier, more innovative levels of the game. But the game is one of the best to capture the Bond experience since "Goldeneye."
  12. 76
    Doesn't quite match the Xbox and GameCube titles, but still good fun.
  13. Multiplayer fans should skip this title and pick up "Timesplitters 2" or "Red Faction 2" instead.
  14. A little more challenge, depth, and length with the trimming of the lame on-rails levels would have made this one a near classic. As it is, though, it's an above-average shooter with just enough variety and charm to make the familiar trip worth your time.
  15. Definitely takes a step in the right direction, but everything is still so predictable. [Holiday 2002, p.38]
  16. Just don't be surprised when you find the game length to be dangerously close to the running time of an average Bond flick.
  17. Predictably-competent (but soulless and extremely short).
  18. Far from perfect but always engaging, getting mileage from the equivalent of a wink and a smile even despite the obvious faults.
  19. It's bad enough that you have to sit there and watch as Bond does his thing, but what's really frustrating is that these [cinematic] sequences (parachuting off a skyscraper, somersaulting to avoid gunfire) illustrate precisely the kind of actions that you should be able to control. [22 Nov 2002, p.84]
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Jul 5, 2012
    10
    What a great game. The multiplayer to this day is tough to beat. Shooter games are one genre that I find grows less fun as it gets moreWhat a great game. The multiplayer to this day is tough to beat. Shooter games are one genre that I find grows less fun as it gets more realistic, and this one has just the right blend of realism and, in certain spots, a fun lack thereof. Full Review »
  2. MikeD.
    Dec 6, 2002
    0
    Crap.
  3. Dec 7, 2014
    10
    One of the best shooters in my opinion, still holds up to this date! Incredible, fun and just awesome. i would have liked the missions to be aOne of the best shooters in my opinion, still holds up to this date! Incredible, fun and just awesome. i would have liked the missions to be a little longer though. Full Review »