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Haven't played it yet. Waiting for the girlfriend to nod off.
My mate recommended it to me and said it's really good, if not amazing. He's about 6 levels in and reckons it's got a weird hybrid feel of Goldeneye and COD, but having never played COD, MOH or Halo extensively I'll likely have lower expectations than you lot.
Reviews have been generally very good and for once I just fancied having a game of the moment rather than my usual £8 bargain bin purchase of an old PS2 title.
I'll let you know.
Also, the controls as standard are by all accounts set up for Wii novices and therefore suck. However if you configure them like this, it's great allegedly:
I've ordered it, was hoping it would arrive today but no dice :(
the four player games on the N64 were awesome fun, the chances of me ever having 4 mates round to play it with are slim to nothing you see
Not tried it yet though.
I configured the controls as above and it improves it loads. Only done the training level and Dam but so far so very good. Admittedly my last 3 FPS experiences have been Timesplitters 3, Black and half Life 2 so I'm welllllll behind what you guys all likely play, but I enjoyed that first level a lot.
Good mix of stealth, frantic gunning, memories of old and new objectives. Though one bug bear is that your watch fro mthe old game has been updated with a smart phone which tells you when you're near objectives. Which is great, but it ONLY tells you the Agent setting objectives, not the higher skill level ones so after 40 minutes on the Dam I completed it find I'd missed a little task and therefore failed.
But it's very slick, looks great <insert 'for a wii game' disclaimer>, feels like a bond title (music, weaponry, voice acting etc) and so far works brilliantly with the Wiimote setup.
Early days, and I'd not say it's perfect after 2 levels, but definitely glad I got it.
you've convinced me to invest my pennies in it tomorrow
General gist from what I can see:
People with 360s and PS3s are either bitter about having the inferior Blood of Stone Bond game instead or else feel they have better options available to them on their platforms, which is probably very true.
Some people reckon it's worth waiting a week to see if Black Ops can deliver on it's promises. But somehow I doubt it myself as there's not even been a vague preview of it yet.
Older gamers are gutted it changes so much of the original. Newer ones like it for being what it is; a decent cinematic FPS experience.
The controls will definitely take some getting used to but even after half hour I was getting there and pulling off some very satisfying sniper head shots. Plus there are classic controller, gamecube and Wii Zapper options if you'd prefer.
I'll report back more tomorrow but I enjoyed it loads.
single player is meant to be good, and it's not really the same game as the original either by the sounds of things... it's just a new bond game
I like my shooters OTT, lacking squad missions and 'gritty realism'. Plus I knew it'd be pretty different as there are too many legal issues to ever doa true remake alas.
I dontthink it'll be for everyone who has a PS3 or Xbox as I say.
No lag, no slowdown, no problems actually. Pretty impressed.
Got my arse totally kicked mind. It 'felt' good but I guess until I've unlocked more weapons, modes and know some maps i'll not be able to judge it properly.
I didn't really buy it for multiplayer though. I suck online. I prefer my Steam Mac games for online multiplayer...
I've got a few Gamecube controllers but haven't used them yet, just the Wii controller. The multiplayer stuff is pretty good fun and the online play works pretty well.
If you have a controller plugged in, then when you start the game it thinks you're using a pad by default. I spent about half hour trying to get my Wiimote to select the 'Save game' bar convinced my copy was bust...
Just completed two more Facility levels and whilst the voice actors and levels are different, hearing Alec say 'For England, James' as I walked into a room full of fuel silos still gave me a buzz that justifies this game existing.
is 'who has actually played the original lately?' I have briefly, on a stag do where we thought it'd be great fun to all relive the Uni days. We lasted 5 minutes, got bored and went out.
Looking back, the thing that made Goldeneye so great was the fact you had 4 mates in a room having a laugh and talking shit to distract one another. It coincided with most early gamesplayers hitting sixth form or Uni. at times in their lives where they could all be in the same room easily enough and bring around a controller.
It wasn't the fact it was Bond really, as the film had come out about 4 years ago by that point. And whilst it was one of the first FPS to have a decent balance between long range weapons and close range ones, a lot of what made the game fun was how bad it could be; the slowdown when all of you were fighting in paintball mode, the way you could shoot a guard in the head and his hat would come off whislt grabbing his foot in pain, the way you'd die when you paused it as it took so long to raise your watch, the bits where enemies would be running through closed doors, etc.
If we had a game like that now, we'd just say it was flawed. And imagine a game review now for a title where you could complete the second level on Expert in 21 seconds?
I loved Goldeneye, but in reality whenever you go back to those old games they always seem a bit disappointing. Though I did replay Ocarina of Time a few months back and found it to largely be just as good as Twilight Princess, if not better.
I like that they've kept the added harder objectives on the difficult setting, the significant set piece moments and the emphasis on being in the same room for multiplayer. I doubt many of us will, but I hope a new bunch of Uni kids get to have the same fun I did between 1998 and 2001.
* for now
It's as blocky as anything else from the '90s but still has some quality gameplay (particularly the external levels where it's always fun to pick off Russians in the snow). The "legend" status most people accord it is just nostalgia sinking its teeth in--as Vamos says it was a bonding moment for a certain generation of masturbating moody loners, who would probably throw just as passionate a wobbler if someone dared remake the Tango ads.
I'll tell you what does deserve the legend tag though: GTA Vice City. Now that was the gaming equivalent of a visible solar eclipse.
I know 3 was the leap forward, but Vice City was so ridiculously awesome, except for the inability to swim..
Jan Hammer! Tanks!
We only need 8 people ...
On the Severnaya Bunker level now.
Fuck knows why so many reviews have said 'it's nothing like the original Goldeneye story'. It's almost identical! In some places, it's more accurate to the film than the original was?
The frigate level borrowed a bit TOO much from COD (though I'm only basing this on something I heard happens in MW1) but so far, so pretty damn decent.
although I doubt I'll be buying the game this month - already looking at well over a grand on the next credit card bill :(
Though I actually think the Wiimote works amazingly well when set up as outlined up the top ^