_One of the most popular games the Nintendo 64 released (and considered a classic) is Golden Eye: 007 which was originally released in 1997. The first-person shooter that featured both single player and multiplayer game modes was based on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye.
The game was so popular it ended up becoming the third-best-selling Nintendo 64 game with over 8 million copies sold worldwide.
In the single-player mode, the game-player assumes the role of James Bond and has to navigate through a series of free-roaming 3D stages that requires the player to complete a certain set of objectives. Some of these objectives included saving hostages, collecting or destroying targeted items or meeting specific characters. There are some items featured in the game that are also featured in the film, including some James Bond gadgets. One example of this is the use of a electromagnetic watch in one of the levels.
The player has weapons that include throwing knives, grenades, pistols, submachine guns and assault rifles and you can acquire and carry as many weapons as can be found in each level, stage or mission.
GoldenEye 007 closely follows the plot of the movie with very minimal alterations to the storyline. The game starts off in Arkhangelsk in the Soviet Union in the year 1986, where MI6 has uncovered a secret chemical weapon warehouse facility at the Byelomorye Dam. James Bond and his fellow agent, Alec Trevelyan, are sent to infiltrate the facility and plant explosive charges. Thing go wrong during the mission when Trevelyan is apparently killed by Colonel Arkady Ourumov and James Bong has to escape by stealing an airplane.
Later in 1991, James Bond is sent to Severnaya, Russia to investigate a satellite control station and 2 years after that mission (1993) Bond investigates an unscheduled test firing of a missile in Kyrgyzstan, which is believed to be a cover-up for the launch of a satellite known as ‘GoldenEye’. The game picks up and takes place in 1995.
This James Bond video game received critical acclaim and recognition including the BAFTA Interactive Entertainment “Games Award” in 1998. GoldenEye picked up a few awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences which included; “Console Action Game of the Year”, “Console Game of the Year”, “Interactive Title of the Year” and “Outstanding Achievement in Software Engineering”.
It is still revered to this day and is now considered a collector’s item. Although a new edition to the franchise (or a reboot) has been discussed, no talks have commenced in several years leaving little hope we will see a James Bond video game in the immediate future. However, with new Bond movies coming out, talks could pick up once again with games being developed for the PS4 and XBox One gaming consoles.
Video game collectors certainly make this game a part of their gaming collection and avid James Bond fans do as well.
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