Review by headbanger

Reviewed: 01/09/04

A great game, and one you should get.

If you are or were very up-to-date about the world of the Nintendo 64, you must have heard of GoldenEye. So what is all the hype about, and is it justly given? I’ll tell you that now.

Story: 8/10
The storyline of this game follows that of the GoldenEye movie. The game does a pretty good job at this, with the exception of adding a level here or an objective there. Even though the story is pretty unrealistic at times, the game is only following the movie, so you cannot really blame the game for that.

Controls: 10/10
The controls for this game are pretty much standard for any Nintendo 64 first-person shooter game. The controls are easy to learn and are pretty well configured. The game also has several different styles you can choose from if the default controllers are not what you are looking for. You can even use two controllers if you want!

Game Play: 10/10
The gameplay of this game is what gives this game its punch. The gameplay is very similar to Halo for Xbox, and the game has a very smooth feel and flow to it. Chances are you will not notice the great gameplay until you play a different first-person shooter game. Then you will sigh, “If only it were more like GoldenEye.”

One-Player Mode: 7/10
The one-player mode for this game can be unrealistic at times, even downright fake at others. But other than that, the game uses a smooth blend of gameplay and difficulties to make the one-player mode a lot of fun. The game is mission- and objective-based, which could be expected from a first-person shooter. It is simple, and the concepts are easy to learn (that doesn’t make it easy, though).

Graphics: 6/10
For an early Nintendo 64 game, GoldenEye does actually have decent graphics. However, the guns look a little blocky from time to time and the soldiers faces are always chosen from a pool of about 5 or 6. The graphics could be better, but they will most likely not lower the greatness of this game by any noticeable amount. Once you start playing, the graphics will be the least of your worries.

Sounds and Music: 8/10
The sound effects are pretty basic, which is what unfortunately brings this category down. Each gun fails to possess its own unique shot sound, and when you shoot enemies it tends to all sound the same. On the other hand, the music from this game is great. The sound tracks seem to fit each level perfectly, and the tunes are just that-great. It’s one of those things you can’t describe, you just have to hear it for yourself.

Codes and Secrets: 9/10
GoldenEye contains a great amount of hidden cheats, glitches, and codes that will keep you busy for quite a while. By beating certain levels in certain times on certain difficulties, you can unlock a new code that you can use. The variety of the codes combined with the power of them makes them something actually worth earning. And for those of you who are not talented enough to earn the cheats, you can always find other methods of earning them online. The glitches are also cool and a lot of fun to try out. Who would have known that you could have done some of the glitches in this game?

Difficulty: 9/10
GoldenEye gives you three difficulties to choose from: Agent, Secret Agent, and OO Agent. Each increasingly difficult choice adds more objectives, more health to enemies, and subtracts health from you. Although you might beat the game in several days on Agent, it will still take you several months to beat it on OO Agent. GoldenEye is a game whose difficulty can be adjusted to match your talent.

Fun Level: 10/10
GoldenEye is, in my opinion, the most fun game out there for the Nintendo 64. The great multiplayer on top of an amazing gameplay, enjoyed with great controls makes this a game whose fun level is definitely through the roof. Only when you have beaten this game like fifty times over will the fun be gone.

Replay Value: 7/10
After you beat GoldenEye on OO Agent, you will undoubtedly want to take a break from the game. And when you come back, several weeks or months later, the game will still be fun, but not as fun as it was. Of course, you can still busy yourself with earning all of the codes, discovering all of the glitches, and so forth, but know this: Each time you beat GoldenEye, the fun level of this game will wear off a little bit more than the last time. Eventually, the one-player mode will leave you with no desire to play that aspect of the game. However, the multiplayer for this game virtually never gets old, so that will keep you happy as long as you always have friends.

Multiplayer: 10/10
Definitely in the Top 10 for the best Multiplayer games out there, this is by far the jewel of GoldenEye, as well as reason enough for buying this game. The multiplayer for this game consists of several different game options, about 15 different weapon choices, about 10 different levels, and many different characters and handicaps to choose from. The possibilities are endless. The multiplayer combines GoldenEye’s smooth gameplay along with awesome levels and weapons to make a multiplayer that, in my opinion, is unequaled to this very day. The more people play multiplayer, the more fun it becomes. Whereas two can have a good time, three can up it to a great time, and four can up it again to a fantastic time. You can play GoldenEye for hours without ever wanting to stop for little things like food, the bathroom, relationships, etc. Even if you are getting obliviated by stronger opponents, you will still fall in love with the multiplayer of GoldenEye. The multiplayer is one asset of GoldenEye that you will love always, even when you play newer games on newer systems. Everybody should play the multiplayer of GoldenEye.

Overall Score: 10/10
Naturally, GoldenEye is a great game. But it does have flaws in some areas (Replay Value, Graphics). But it is still a great game, and I still enjoy it to this day. Anyone who owns a working Nintendo 64 should and must buy this game. It is definitely worth every penny you will spend on it.

Rating: 10

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