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  • Summary: The ultimate secret agent is back in his most dangerous adventure yet in James Bond 007: NightFire. Explore new heights and depths like never before-infiltrate towering skyscrapers, take on treacherous underwater missions, and maneuver your sleek Aston Martin V12 Vanquish through the streetsThe ultimate secret agent is back in his most dangerous adventure yet in James Bond 007: NightFire. Explore new heights and depths like never before-infiltrate towering skyscrapers, take on treacherous underwater missions, and maneuver your sleek Aston Martin V12 Vanquish through the streets of Tokyo while turning on the Bond charm with glamorous (and sometimes deadly) Bond women. New state-of-the-art upgradeable gadgets and weapons and original missions including zero-gravity assignments will leave you shaken and stirred. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    90
    It really does feel like an interactive Bond flick. [Jan 2003, p.130]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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."
  5. Multiplayer fans should skip this title and pick up "Timesplitters 2" or "Red Faction 2" instead.
  6. 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.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    50
    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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  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. Expand
  2. RJblake
    Sep 7, 2003
    10
    This game is great for peopl who like first person shooters.
  3. Nov 16, 2010
    10
    Nightfire is the best Bond game since Goldeneye 007 on the N64. The story mode has a great plot and numerous difficulty settings, however itNightfire is the best Bond game since Goldeneye 007 on the N64. The story mode has a great plot and numerous difficulty settings, however it is a bit too short.
    The multiplayer game is brilliant, the bots aren't brilliant but there are many characters to choose from and personalities along with game rules and weapon sets can be adjusted to a tee. While now in 2010 the graphics are slightly dated they do stand up somewhat. A fun game.
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  4. May 26, 2017
    8
    I didn't grow up with Goldeneye on the N64. Instead, I grew up in this era of Bond games and Nightfire is easily the best Bond game as theI didn't grow up with Goldeneye on the N64. Instead, I grew up in this era of Bond games and Nightfire is easily the best Bond game as the controls actually hold up, unlike Goldeneye. Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2019
    8
    Suit up and get ready for action because you're about to experience the life of an agent in 007: Nightfire. The 21st in the series, releasedSuit up and get ready for action because you're about to experience the life of an agent in 007: Nightfire. The 21st in the series, released in 2002, as James Bond you will combine stealth, efficiency and class as you carefully plan out approaches, strategies and takeouts all while using your secret agent gadgets to progress through each level. Unique in it's first-person style, there is a myriad of weapons, machinery and gadgets to choose from, all with their corresponding uses to finishing each individual mission. Complete with explosions, helicopters, hot babes and the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, this game is sure to take you on an immersive journey that is reminiscent of that classic cinematic style we've come to know and love in movies today.

    The main quest can be easy to progress at times. There's very few levels that will leave you stumped trying to figure out the next objective but if you happen to get stuck somewhere, the game lends a hand by giving you a simple text hint in the menu options which can be useful at times, even when you aren't stuck on a mission. Now, What I'm about to say might just be a matter of opinion but I believe the speed of the character in the general sense, is a bit slow. While the movement is fluid in nature and you have vast freedom of control... the levels that this character was designed for almost seem out of place and could be aided with the help of added mobility or speed in some parts. Although, It's very satisfying to go through each level even after completion and I think this game has earned it's spot as one with a lot of replayability.

    You might think because of it's first-person experience, there isn't much that can be done in terms of control... I whole-heartedly disagree. After a quick look at the menu options, this game makes it easy for anyone to become a pro. It comes packed with 8 different control schemes all designed to do the exact same thing in a more comfy, easy and most importantly, personalized manner that you might not find in other similar games which could be the difference maker in terms of enjoyment and whether you think that game is good or not. It even goes a step further and gives you customizable Y-Axis inversion options in cause you're naturally comfortable with what's known as "reverse controls". Once you've found your niche, it's easy to target, aim, shoot, scroll, shift, slide, strafe in whatever creative ways you can think of, so I would advise to make use of this as early as possible, as it's very important.

    The ESRB rating on the box says T for Teen which makes it very accessible to just about anyone and the theme of the game just resonates well with typical consumable media that just about anyone can get behind. Again, this game... coming from a movie background, does a good job of blending in with the industry that also doesn't stray too far away from home. It's rare to see games like this fit so well and bring new elements to the table almost shaping what could become the inspiration for the next game developer to follow in it's footsteps and recreate that cinema-style video game, almost setting a new height for the genre in the process and that, my friends, can't be overlooked.

    As for the in-game details, There are some areas in the game that do seem a bit much for the game to handle at times but it's not a nuisance in a casual sense. Driving controls and just about anything that isn't on foot can lead itself to become harder than it needs to be but the design for these missions aren't intended to be that of a racing game so keep that in mind when you play this game. More often than not, you may find yourself rushing to use some of your gadgets when you don't really need to and likewise, not rushing to use them when you should... Overall, it's well-polished and in the moment, none of these things really ruined or interfered with the experience in terms of enjoyment so take that as you will.

    Now, when it comes to cinema turned video game, there's a lot of misconceptions and bias toward the idea that some movies are better left in their lane. Some people believe in the idea that a story told through the lens of a camera just won't translate well when left in the hands of someone with a controller. Perhaps a certain game company is just lacking the resources or confidence that are essential to creating the mechanics needed or the graphics suited for a self-sustained video game?
    The problem here isn't one that a game or even film company is to blame for. The problem here is that you rarely get a group of people to go the extra mile like 007: Nightfire does. When you play this game, it is immediately eminent the time and effort put into every last detail made specifically for your personal enjoyment. I myself have not played any of the other 007 games but after this one of a kind experience, it's definitely something I look forward to mark on my calendar in the
    near future.
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  6. Aug 2, 2016
    7
    This game has got awesome graphics for PS2, GC and Xbox, storyline is good too and gameplay is very amazing - Stealth and Shooter. Shooter andThis game has got awesome graphics for PS2, GC and Xbox, storyline is good too and gameplay is very amazing - Stealth and Shooter. Shooter and Steath in this are awesome. Not Bad Game and one of the best 007 Games. Good Game, Very good. Expand
  7. Feb 6, 2020
    0
    Stay away from this game a very difficult game is an impractical game especially in the middle of the game where you have to look forStay away from this game a very difficult game is an impractical game especially in the middle of the game where you have to look for computers to activate them after it's not human map like other games so they can orient you to see where every thing you have and some guards who, after falling asleep to wake up after half a minute, things that make it impossible for you if you had at least me the map would be easier, everything is asleep after me on the map and you solved the problem but my lack of map does not know where to go for a bath looking for searching without knowing where to go What is not good it takes time to pass until I make you an agent happy when you send them to the mission Do not send it without knowing anything about the place or region where it is to be sent give you all the information always the agents have all the information in them all the data all they have to do is not Expand

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#19 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2002
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#70 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2002