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GoldenEye 007 has been a huge success for Rareware, and it's easy to see why. More than a simple movie translation, this
has earned its top-seller status on its own. Fans of Doom and Quake will recognize the first-person shooter perspective,
but there the similarity ends. James Bond 007 has too much style to simply blast everything in sight and move to the
next level. No, as 007, the player has a variety of different missions to perform, each with its own specific
objectives. Each mission follows the film closely, and so James must use stealth and cunning as much as brute force. But
if you see a Kalashnikov rifle lying around, by all means pick it up. Controls are easy to master, which is impressive
considering the variety of actions the onscreen hero can perform. James can run and walk at variable speeds, duck,
pivot, hide, attach mines to enemy helicopters, block doors from opening, and more. The optional auto-aim feature is
especially nice. Of course, James Bond is proficient in a wide variety of weapons. You get to use them all, from the
trusty Walther PPK (with silencer) to double sets of full-auto machine guns.
The game's faithful tribute to the Bond legacy includes briefing dossiers on each mission, complete with wisecracks
from Q and flirtatious comments from Moneypenny. And the 3-D representation of locations and characters from the movie
is very impressive. The Rareware team spent time on the set with digital cameras, and it shows.
One of the distinguishing features of the game is the outstanding artificial intelligence of the enemies. When
attacked, squads will rush to hit the alarm. If they make it, reinforcements come running. Enemy soldiers respond to
being shot or blown up with chilling realism. According to Rareware, there are over 30 different animation routines that
come into play, depending on where the soldier is hit. For those who prefer the challenge of human opponents, there are
six clever multiplayer modes where up to four players can shoot it out, as teams or solo agents.
With excellent gameplay, intelligence, and style, GoldenEye 007 is a first-person shooter that'll keep you coming back
for more. --Jeanne Uy
* Built-in save capability for up to 4 players
* Auto-aim feature helps novice players feel like a sharpshooter
* Rich, complex game world filled with detail and variety
* Great bonus missions
Cons: * Sometimes cinematic scenes for fulfilling mission objectives are a bit anticlimactic