GoldenEye Reloaded brings back the Wii version and updates it with HD visuals and new features.
Over a decade ago, GoldenEye 64 was born. It revolutionised the first person shooter genre and became an all time classic. Last year we was introduced to a new GoldenEye game. It continued it's trend and became an exclusive title for the Nintendo Wii. The title revisited moments from the Pierce Brosnan era and changed it for today's bond, Daniel Craig. The main plot was still intact but had been updated by Bruce Feirstein for the modern day. Whilst GoldenEye was exclusive for the Wii, Next-Gen gamers had to settle for 007 Blood Stone. But a year later, those gamers left out can now experience the Wii version on Next-Gen platforms.
GoldenEye Reloaded is a port from the Wii version. If you've already played it then there's nothing that new to see here. The campaign is still the same, but it does offer improved visuals and some added features not seen in the Wii version. A new engine was built entirely for GoldenEye Reloaded and whilst it looks better than on Wii, don't expect stunning visuals. It does look and feel dated when compared to other games on the market, but GoldenEye Reloaded still offers an enjoyable package.
Whilst the game is a remake, it doesn't turn it's back on memorable moments from the original. You will still visit familiar locations like the Dam, for example. You also meet character like Natalia and Alec, but they are all new faces. What makes the GoldenEye Reloaded story succeed is that it doesn't rely on the original plot to much. It goes off in it's own direction and makes the most of Daniel Craig's bond.
The campaign offers a great mix of stealth and close combat. Parts of each level can be handled differently. For example, if you wish to be sneaky and remain undetected you can use silenced weapons and keep out of sight. If going in all guns blazing is more your thing, then you can use unsilenced weapons or go out into the open. This can offer some replay value, but there's more reasons to return once you finish. In certain levels you can discover different routes to tackling certain objectives. There's also a set of Optional objectives than can be completed for a wider experience.
The single player experience is enjoyable, but it's not what makes GoldenEye Reloaded stand out. The multiplayer is were the real fun lies. It offers a wide range of game modes. There's your typical deathmatch and team deathmatch, Objective based modes like Detonator Agent, and many more. Classic Conquest is one of my favourites. Here you can take control of your favourite characters from the film, like Dr.No and Scaramanga. Some characters also have unique abilities. For example, playing as Oddjob will allow you to throw his hat instead of grenades.
As you play online, you will rank up, unlock new weapons, attachments and arrange your load-outs. It's nothing too deep, but it will keep you busy for a long time. All modes can hold up to 16 players and this can create some exciting and intense battles, but it does have issues that hold it back. For most of the time, a match will struggle to cope with a large amount of players. I found it very choppy and nearly unbearable at times. The lobby also has a few issues, like starting a match with an uneven amount of players. Hopefully a patch will fix this in the near future, but at the moment, expect to see these problems occur.
Something new to GoldenEye Reloaded that wasn't featured in the Wii version is Mi6 Ops. These offer a competitive side to the game with a bunch of challenges. They are split up into three different types. Elimination, Stealth and Defence. Each challenge has a set of options that you can adjust to make it easier, or more challenging. You can turn up the amount of enemies, change the damage and more. It can be fun trying to get the highest score, but it doesn't support online CO-op, and that's a shame. Some of the challenges also suffer from bad AI. I would sometimes find enemies quietly standing in a corner and not responding to my actions. This is what GoldenEye Reloaded suffers from mostly, but you will see less of it in Single Player.
For an updated Port, GoldenEye Reloaded looks great. It's not going to blow you away, but it's a large improvement over the Wii version. It runs smoothly at 60 frames per second and the sound is also at top notch. It holds a great orchestra soundtrack throughout the game. There's also Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench, who lend their voice to the game.
GoldenEye Reloaded is a decent package. The campaign is fairly short and the Mi6 Ops feel a bit mediocre, but the online is what makes the game. It wont relive the classic 64 era, but it will offer a new experience for bond fans.
Review by Gareth Smith