Bond is back, but not as you may remember him. This is the HD version of the Wii remake of the N64 classic. Being a remake, it's essentially a brand new game. A few nostalgic multiplayer maps return, but otherwise, this is all new and certainly worth your time.
Daniel Craig has replaced Pierce Brosnan, but sadly hasn’t borrowed any of his gadgets. The ace PS2 days of gadget love have been replaced with scanning stuff with your phone. It's synonymous with the dull Bond that Craig bores audiences with as his beefcake poor man’s Bourne.
Fear not though, because the gunplay here is some of the finest ever seen in a Bond game. Enemies react to every shot rather than absorbing the set number before dying. They'll take cover, but the game's excellently responsive aiming system allows you to pop up from cover and nail headshots with ease. Sometimes the AI goes a bit stupid, like the way six guards will charge the same doorway despite you obviously camping to one side and mowing them down on sight.
On the other hand, you can't take much damage before dying and the screen barely reddens before you're suddenly out. The reloading screens aren't the shortest either. But it's a testament to how good the game is, that you get impatient waiting to get back in.Click here to read more...
If you don’t have a Nintendo Wii, then you may have ignored their Goldeneye remake. Hell, you might have a Wii, but the prospect of taking it out of the box to mangle your childhood memories with bastardised controls just doesn’t seem like a good idea. Well now the N64 classic, a game that many regard as the best movie tie-in ever and one of the finest multiplayer games in existence, is getting the HD treatment it deserves. Fuck knows why emotional potato man Daniel Craig is in it though.
Goldeneye: Reloaded isn’t an entirely faithful HD reworking, it’s more of a ‘reimagining’, which if you remember Tim Burton describing his remake of Planet of the Apes the same way a few years ago, isn’t always a great thing. In fairness though the game scored well on the Wii and it’s bound to be better than the last Bond title we saw on the HD consoles, Blood Stone.
At Gamescom I managed to get a hand-on with a stealth heavy level in a winter forest. After a bit of creeping around towards a secret military base Bond looks on as the storm clouds are pierced with a beam of light. Which we’ll presume is a test of the Goldeneye device, which emits an EMP blast that kills all electrical devices. Either that or there are a lot of drunk pilots in the sky as a fighter jet screams overhead and straight into a bridge, closely followed by a helicopter that explodes into the trees nearby, knocking Bond out.Click here to read more...