With long-running rumours of a GoldenEye 007 re-release coming quickly (pah, ‘quickly’ my Aston!), we have as soon as once more been eager about Uncommon’s seminal N64 shooter. Point out ‘James Bond’ and ‘video games’ in the identical sentence and players of a sure age will get a faraway look of their (golden)eye as they recall crawling by vents into the gents in Facility or taking out safety cameras with a PP7 within the Severnaya Bunker. Good instances.
Nevertheless, video games that carry the identify of the world’s least undercover agent have been many and diverse, with winners like All the pieces or Nothing, the underrated World is Not Sufficient, and a bunch extra showing on Nintendo consoles. 007 may need been quiet for some time — since 2012’s 007 Legends, actually — however we depend 20 James Bond video games launched for Nintendo platforms through the years.
So whereas quantity 001 could be a foregone conclusion, we had been very to listen to about how the different video games in Bond’s previous rank. Just like our different reader-ranked polls, we requested you Nintendo Life readers to price each James Bond title you have performed from the listing under.
Missed the ‘voting’ part? No, you did not. Bear in mind: the order under is up to date in real-time in keeping with every sport’s corresponding Consumer Ranking within the Nintendo Life sport database. At the same time as you learn this, it is totally attainable to affect the rating under! If you have not rated your favourites but, merely click on the ‘star’ of the sport you want to price under and assign a rating proper now.
So, holster that Walther for a second, seize your self a Martini, and let’s take a look at the most effective (and worst) James Bond video games on Nintendo programs…
Writer: EA Video games / Developer: JV Video games
We will not lie, we forgot this sport existed. The house console model of Nightfire drew all of our consideration on the time, and this GBA model from JV Video games flew totally underneath our radar — to the purpose the place we missed it in our preliminary publish asking in your rankings.
As a first-person shooter on a system that actually struggled to deal with first-person shooters, it appears to be like like a technical triumph for the developer if nothing else. Be at liberty to tell us what we missed within the feedback when you performed this one!
Writer: THQ / Developer: Grey Matter
Primarily based on a cartoon collection of the identical identify, James Bond Jr. is a side-scrolling journey title that suffered enormously from poor animations and a definite lack of problem. Though it stored issues comparatively contemporary with segments that includes gameplay not too dissimilar to R-Sort, this sadly wasn’t sufficient to bolster its fairly restricted attraction. One for true hardcore followers, solely.
Writer: THQ / Developer: Eurocom Software program
The NES model of James Bond Jr. is arguably a extra substantial expertise than its SNES sibling, with moderately expansive environments and extra concerned aims to finish. The gameplay is vaguely reminiscent Mega Man, however James Bond Jr. simply doesn’t fairly show the identical aptitude.
Although it does admittedly showcase some fairly killer music.
Writer: EA Video games / Developer: EA Tiburon
What do you imply the ‘GoldenEye’ identify was milked to dying? How absurd.
However, we acquired one other ‘GoldenEye’ sport eight years after the N64 traditional, and it’s protected to say that the DS model of this definitely-not-a-crass-cash-in-on-a-popular-name actually didn’t hit the spot for long-time followers of the franchise. With poor enemy AI and a multiplayer mode that lacked in all areas, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent was a low level for the collection, certainly.
Writer: Activision / Developer: Vicarious Visions
That includes a barely bizarre top-down viewpoint, Quantum of Solace for the DS felt like a bootleg model of Metallic Gear Stable — actually weird stuff. Visually, the sport is fairly poor, but it surely’s the gameplay that commits the worst sins, specializing in sluggish, lumbering fight that feels about as polished as a rusty fork.
Not very 007, then.
Writer: Digital Arts / Developer: Griptonite Video games
Utilizing an isometric viewpoint, All the pieces or Nothing on GBA could not maintain a candle to its house console counterpart, but it surely remained type of gratifying nonetheless. There’s an honest vary of environments to discover, the fight isn’t horrible (although it isn’t nice), and who can neglect the hilarious sprite pictures of Judy Dench and Willem Dafoe.
Sometimes diverting, however hardly worthy of the world’s best undercover agent.
Writer: Activision / Developer: n-Area
Regardless of some fairly rudimentary visuals, the third-person taking pictures gameplay seen in Blood Stone on DS wasn’t that dangerous! Heck, we gave it an 8/10 in our assessment and known as it “surprisingly enjoyable and effectively put-together”, praising the weapons together with the numerous environments.
Double-O heaven? No, however double-O satisfactory, at the very least.
Writer: Digital Arts / Developer: 2N Productions
Because of the Recreation Boy Colour’s restricted capabilities, The World Is Not Sufficient is likely one of the most archaic-looking of all the most important Bond video games. That mentioned, the top-down gameplay is favourably harking back to the unique Metallic Gear titles, with loads of exploration and experimentation on provide. We would undoubtedly take the N64 model first, however Bond has acquired into far worse scrapes than this 8-bit journey.
Writer: Activision / Developer: Eurocom
007 Legends was billed as a little bit of a celebration of the franchise, with its marketing campaign going down throughout a number of iconic Bond eras, inserting Daniel Craig into non-Daniel Craig Bond movie eventualities. Regardless of the celebratory intention, developer Eurocom didn’t create a worthwhile expertise for 007 followers, with each the visuals and gameplay falling under par. It clearly tries to capitalise on the success of franchises like Name of Responsibility, however struggles to carve out its personal id consequently.
Wii U had greater than its share of gems, however this isn’t certainly one of them.
Writer: EA Video games / Developer: EA Tiburon
GoldenEye: Rogue Agent for the GameCube is not a nasty sport by any means — in some methods it felt like a real evolution of the N64 traditional. There are some thrilling additions, like dual-wielding, and it blends parts and characters from Goldfinger, The Man With The Golden Gun, and GoldenEye (it appears EA had gold on its thoughts throughout its preliminary brainstorming periods), however total the fight is maybe just a little too bombastic for a Bond sport.
EA’s blatantly deceptive use of ‘GoldenEye’ within the title left a nasty style within the mouth, too.