Empire Magazine has published their much-hyped list of the 100 greatest video games of all time, and, deservingly, the James Bond first-person-shooter that set an unmatchable benchmark 12 years ago ranks highly.
The British magazine’s viewers voted GoldenEye, which originally appeared on the Nintendo 64, as the tenth greatest game ever.
Empire describes GoldenEye as a “genuine classic that introduced stealth, sniping and scintillating style to the familiar Doom template … [it] now stands as one of the most influential console blasters of all time, and a fan favourite for its delirious multiplayer mode where Jaws, Baron Samedi, Oddjob and a wealth of other Bond villains battled it out in a variety of exotic locations.”
The magazine highlights GoldenEye‘s superb representation of 007 style, citing the game’s Frigate level as a prime example: “After blasting his way off a frigate packed with grenade-tossing enemy soldiers, Bond hurls himself into a waiting lifeboat – and casually checks his cufflinks before sailing to safety. Could they have captured the character’s essence any more perfectly?”
Only two Nintendo 64 games ranked higher: Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, both of which also redefined their respective genres.
Earlier this month, GoldenEye was rated the number one film-to-game adaptation by British newspaper, The Independent, while voters of last year’s GAME.co.uk survey ranked the game as the sixth greatest ever.
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