GoldenEye 007: Reloaded Preview
Remakes are quite common these days, but a remake of a remake...? Not quite so typical. Last year, the iconic GoldenEye 007 from the Nintendo 64 returned with spiffier graphics and an updated storyline. But it was only available for the Wii, which meant we still didn’t have a high-definition version. Thankfully, Eurocom and Activision will deliver an HD upgrade when GoldenEye 007: Reloaded releases for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 later this year. Just remember that it’s a remake of that Wii version so we get a new protagonist in Daniel Craig. But of course, that four-player split-screen option is a must.
It’s a first-person shooter with a lot of class, as the legendary spy will tackle all sorts of exotic locales and numerous faceless baddies. He will have access to all sorts of weaponry and a few gadgets, and this time, the high-definition environment should make for a very pretty backdrop. Furthermore, with a wonderfully smooth 60 frames per second, fans of the series can expect the best-looking Bond game yet. Standard mechanics apply and the campaign should be both lengthy and fulfilling. There won’t be anything you haven’t seen before but we doubt the fans will see that as a detriment. It’s a shooter with everything we love; nothin’ wrong with that.
But obviously, the online multiplayer will be a huge draw. With plenty of different challenges and modes, players can get a ton of bang for their buck. Challenges are MI6 Ops missions and feature Elimination, Assault, and Stealth; these vary widely in style and gameplay. Sometimes, you’ll be fending off waves of enemies; other times, you’ll be formulating an appropriate combat strategy. The best part? We’ll be able to customize these Challenges...okay, so it’s only cosmetic but it’s a nice feature. In addition to big heads (classic!), you can alter the amount of health you and your foes have. Created challenges can be shared with friends, too.
With all new levels, a more fleshed-out plot, and the characters you know and love, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is a spiffed-up blast from the past. There will be multiple ways to finish a mission, destructible environments, and improved and expanded multiplayer. What more can one ask for? This isn’t all about mindless, fast-paced action, either; many will call GoldenEye a thinking man’s shooter, in that you may have to be stealthy, cunning, and in general, more than just one-dimensional. In this way, don’t think of it as an old-fashioned, unappealing title that competes with Battlefield 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Although Reloaded is indeed in the same genre, it’s quite a different experience.
If you don’t believe me, feel free to ask any of the ardent GoldenEye followers who will defend the game to the death. ;)
7/25/2011 Ben Dutka