"Stages may feel generic, but they now flow in a more natural fashion and enemy placement was more carefully considered to provide interesting challenges. Itís clear that youíre going through the same motions you always did, but now those motions are more enjoyable. Late in the game, I was delighted to find that I actually enjoyed protecting Natalya when the need arose."
I hope that I will always remember how exciting it once was to play GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64. Until dementia or death takes the memories away, Iíll fondly recall the four-player matches in the college dormitories where everyone in the room except for me was drunk or high and I was dominating one round after another using just the pistol. Less fondly, Iíll recall single-player games where I tried to escort Natalya through a jungle and she kept walking into turret fire or picking fights with goons toting automatic weapons while she herself may as well have been armed with only a peashooter. Iíll remember struggling to shoot locks off a plate of metal so that I could escape a train and Iíll remember wandering around the archives building for hours, unsure of where Iíd been and where I was going.
I know that Iím not the only old school gamer who cherishes such memories. To this day, if you ask a group of long-time Nintendo fans to name their favorite Nintendo 64 games, GoldenEye will be mentioned early in the following discussion. The game is an icon, so of course someone eventually got around to remaking it. That inevitable effort was last yearís GoldenEye 007 for Wii. I meant to play that one, but I never got around to it. Which is okay, it turns out, because this week Activision released a visually-upgraded version for Xbox 360 (and for PlayStation 3). Now Iíve totally made up for my initial failure.
Staff review by Jason Venter (November 05, 2011)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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