There has been a delay, but James Bond 007: NightFire for the Mac is closer than you think. In a little over a month the James Bond franchise — which has spanned 40 years, 20 films, 12 video games, and seemingly countless novels — will make its debut on Macintosh computers with Aspyr Media’s release of James Bond 007: Nightfire.
InsideMacGames.com was able to shake and stir a beta build of James Bond 007: Nightfire. The Game isn’t much different from the PC version. Besides the various extensive levels there are to play to get through the story section of the game, there is a multi-player mode that supports up to 32 Mac-to-Mac players across 15 maps in death match, team death match, or capture the flag scenarios.
In this beta version that InsideMacGames.com got a hold of, portions of the graphs where not quite finished. What was finished looked good, but nothing that pushed the envelope. Nightfire was originally released for other game systems in 2002, and the graphics defiantly reflect that. Nightfire< for Mac just won't compete with today's graphical advances. The sounds in the game are adequate, but what was impressive two years ago is standard today.
You can’t talk about a Bond game without recognizing the 1997 release of GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64. It’s amazing when you reflect back on GoldenEye as a definitive evolution in first-person shooters. It is equally amazing to realize that in the seven years that have followed GoldenEye’s release, no one has yet to surpass, much less equal, the effort.
That being said, overall it looks like Nightfire for Mac is sizing up to be an average first-person shooters. Unfortunately, some players may take this to be a bad thing. It isn’t. Mac gamers will be getting a seemingly improved intelligence of a decent PC game. The only problem is that the PC original is two years old. The genre of first person shooters has evolved in that time, but that can hardly be held against Nightfire. Mac gamers can expect to get balanced and solid gameplay. It probably won’t be a huge hit, but based on the beta build, it won’t disappoint either.
System requirements for NightFire for Mac call for at least a 500 MHz G3 with 256 MB RAM and 1 Gig of open drive space.