So if you appreciate ingenuity, realistic settings, loads of cool weapons, and some of the best artificial intelligence ever witnessed in a first-person shooter, let alone a console shooter, GoldenEye 007 is an essential addition to your N64 game library.
This is without a doubt one of the best games ever made. Every true gamer should own this game, Goldeneye is an absolute must. Personally I don’t think I will ever stop playing this game, I love it.
Overall, GoldenEye, while being a good corridor shooter, is a corridor shooter, nonetheless. I have no problem with Nintendo releasing quality games, but I think it's time they expand the horizons of the system a little.
A shooter this old should not hold up as well as Goldeneye does, but this game is still incredibly satisfying to play, even more entertaining than most modern shooters on the current market. I think it accomplishes this due to the diversity of locations and objectives, sound design, and npc animations. While a few segments don't live up to the legendary status of this game, the highs it offers even to this day are incredibly commendable.
One can't fault the game for its tightly programmed stage layout, flexible controls, or its multiplayer mode, all innovative for their time. In objective terms, there is some needless frustration in the higher difficulty settings, which will stifle unlocking secrets and cheats—the only reason to play this game once its story mode has been completed. Barely repelling the infinitely spawning battalions of enemies is made worse by a stuttering frame rate, obviously the result of eschewing sprites in favor of polygons at the conceptual stage. Despite the highly praised effort from British developer Rare, it is clear that Konami would have done better with this material.
Let's all take of the nostalgia goggles for a minute here and give this game a fair analysis. I'm willing to say that there's a lot about this game that is really good. Almost everything, to be exact. Almost. So why is this game bad? One reason. The controls. The controls are so god awful, that they make the game pretty much unplayable. The N64 controller was not meant to play shooters. If you want to play this game in all it's glory, download the keyboard and mouse patch for it. Then you'll probably be able to play it the way all the nostalgia-blind people remember it.
SummaryYou are Bond. James Bond. You are assigned covert operations connected with the GoldenEye weapons satellite. M will brief you on your mission and objectives from London. Q Branch will support your efforts with a plentiful supply of weapons and gadgets. Moneypenny offers you light-hearted best wishes and you're off! Your mission begins in...