1. The Reviews Are In…

    By Devin Zydel on 2004-11-27

    EA’s newest game, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent has met players with some very mixed reviews. A variety of gaming sites have chimed in giving their views on the newest game. Which site do you trust?

    The Bond franchise has always been associated with ambition, and this is no exception. While the final cocktail that is Rogue Agent breaks very little new ground, the eye powers and deathtraps are extremely welcome additions to the shooter arsenal. We’d appreciate a more robust solo game, but there’s enough content there to prime players for multiplayer, which is where the action really is. In that respect, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is a fitting successor to one of the enduring classics of the genre.

    Yahoo! Games

    Perhaps the worst part about GoldenEye is the fact that EA had successfully transitioned the Bond series out of the first-person shooter genre not even a year ago with the release of Everything or Nothing, which was a great action adventure game. Now, the company is right back to making substandard shooters with the Bond license, and this one even takes the name of the game that made Bond and first-person shooting such a great mix back in the day and drags it through the mud.


    To be fair, Rogue Agent makes a few attempts at having interesting foibles. Your special eye has four powers, such as the ability to create a shield or hack machines. These work okay, if unspectacularly. There’s also a dual-wielding weapon system, which is reminiscent of the similar feature in Halo 2.


    Even when it’s not letting players chuck bad guys in the shark pond, Rogue Agent clearly shows off some challenging AI from its opponents. In the Hoover Dam stage (yes, you blow up Hoover Dam, making this the second major episode of dam destruction in a videogame this season), some large groups of enemies handle expansive areas with lots of cover particularly well. You can watch them peek out to snipe, fire blind from behind walls, or move to flank you in groups of two or three.


    GoldenEye is an empty vessel of a game missing personality, charm, story or any kind of distinguishing character. If videogames were living creatures and had souls, Rogue Agent would be the wandering game in search of one. It’s a first-person shooter that feels like its dying to be like many other videogames but doesn’t achieve any sense of individualistic character. It’s missing that special something that gamers latch onto, love or obsess about in a game. Instead, you’ve got a title void of passion and a character lacking any personality. And to top it all, GoldenEye doesn’t do anything worthy of calling evil in any way, shape or form.


    Even though 007 is a minor character in “Rogue Agent,” the game is firmly rooted in Bond tradition. As you undertake your violent missions in the criminal underworld, you’ll encounter some nefarious figures you may remember from the Bond movies, including Odd-Job, Xenia Onatopp and Pussy Galore. Actor Christopher Lee, who played villain Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, reprises his film role for the game. So does actress Judi Dench, who plays Bond’s boss, ‘M’.


    GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is an above average first-person shooter that Bond fans will love, but most gamers will want to rent first before plopping down fifty bucks.

    Team X-Box

    It’s not without its faults, and the multiplayer mode isn’t all that great, but for a singleplayer experience, Rogue Agent delivers.

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