Could 007 Legends be the best Bond game since GoldenEye?

by Ben Salter Featured 8 Comments 19 Votes 3446 Views 24/04/2012 Back to Articles

GoldenEye 64 probably isn’t as high and mighty as we all remember. Being a Nintendo 64 game and one of the first of its kind (on consoles) is a formula to age as well as Val Kilmer. That’s why we must never play it again. Ever since, it’s been easy to condemn Bond games as we await something to inject us with the same enthusiasm as blocky-Brosnan. Perhaps 007 Legends will be that game.

In honesty, I just want something amazing to commemorate 50 years since Dr. No. “A new storyline, based on missions from six classic Bond films” mightn’t sound like the brilliance we desire, but just wait, it isn’t half crazy.

Bond will almost certainly be played by Daniel Craig throughout the entire game. That will sour some fans, but it’s a matter of licensing issues and continuity. Unless it’s designed to be a “best of” collection, it will need one protagonist to form a coherent story.

It is, after all, a new story. To me that says it won't combine scenes from Goldfinger and Skyfall, but instead reference them in a new, flowing storyline. That could be exactly what Bond fans desire. A new story, designed for a video game, intertwined with nostalgic elements from 50 years of cinema.

The makings are there.

Throw Eurocom into the mix, and it all starts coming together. Their HD port wasn’t much to write home about, but the original Wii remake of GoldenEye was arguably the best game since, well, GoldenEye 13 years earlier. They are also credited with 2002’s Nightfire, which was a guilty pleasure of mine last generation. Eurocom knows how to make great Bond games, as arguably the best developer since Rare.

One of the reasons their Wii effort was so good, however, was its focus on offline multiplayer. Splitscreen has gone the way of Sydney’s monorail, which is a shame, because that’s where all of the best Bond games have really excelled. It also leaves us with one less reason to insult those Sydneysiders. A decent single-player is important, but it’s the multiplayer that we remember Bond games for.

007 Legends needs to combine dusty old splitscreen with the current generation’s infatuation with e-friends. It needs a dedicated offline mode that’s just as good, if not better than the online counterpart. Furthermore, it must offer the best of both worlds with splitscreen online. That would be perfect for a Bond game, as long as it’s done well. It could even work in free-for-all, as a little bit of screen cheating is always implied in Bond games, as long as you’re never implicated with hard evidence of your cheatish ways.

007 Legends could be fantastic. Nothing will ever rival the memory of GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64, unless we foolishly try and replay it on HD TVs with controllers that no longer permit left turns. However, it’s time for another great Bond game. Something like Nightfire that is still a blast to play and does everything we want from a Bond game.

That game could be 007 Legends.

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I still play to this day and still love Goldeneye 64 (and Perfect Dark). I was disappointed to the max with the Goldeneye remakes for Wii and playstation. Hopefully they can throw all of that away and bring about something new and actually good.
Also I really hated the "hit this button combination" to finally defeat the dick at the end of Reloaded. How is that shoot-kill-win game?
We should have learnt a long time ago that nothing will ever come close to the glory of Goldeneye 64. Every time a new bond game is announced, everyone speculates about whether it will be the best one since Goldeneye, and they never live up to the hype.
I love how you included Nightfire on here, I actually enjoyed that game immensely on the original Xbox and thought even if it wasn't as good as the original Goldeneye, that it was probably second best. Agent Under Fire and all the rest of them were terrible. I actually have to check into Goldeneye's HD remake before 007 Legends comes out. I've been recently playing Perfect Dark on XBLA and made me all nostalgic for Rare's good old days.
Nightfire was epic on Gamecube (for me) and whatever other platforms it was released on. Many split screen sessions were had [MOG]

No Bond title will ever be nearly as good as Goldeneye 007, however, if we continue to compare the two. We will be disappointed time and time again if we do not judge each game on its own merits instead of comparing it to our (nostalgia-clouded) judgements of a 15 year old game.
Nightfire was garbage and N64 GoldenEye is revered largely due to nostalgia goggles being on too tight. What we need are more No One Lives Forever games.
Nightfire was awesome on the PS2 (not so much on PC being a crappy port), and imo is one of the best since Goldeneye 64. Goldeneye (the newer one), whilst on the Wii was good, it was a poor HD port for the PS3 and 360.

Everything or Nothing was very good imo, a 3rd person Bond game that as a whole, is second best only to Goldeneye 64.

KyleKatarn said: Nightfire was garbage and N64 GoldenEye is revered largely due to nostalgia goggles being on too tight. What we need are more No One Lives Forever games.



Not really. Goldeneye is so highly regarded because it was revolutionary for console FPS games, and without it Call of Duty, Halo and even Battlefield (as we know it today), wouldn't exist.
I reckon regardless of golden eye that halo would of existed aswell as CoD
Oh dear.

Well, this is about as wrong as I've ever been :P

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