Developed by Rare, Ltd., and Published by Nintendo of America Inc., and released on August 25 of 1997, GoldenEye 007 was one of the most widely anticipated titles for the Nintendo 64. And it sure didn't disappoint, as it turned out to be one of the most highly acclaimed, innovative and ground breaking games ever made. Let me tell you, the Rare Ltd designers have outdone themselves with this absolutely brilliant first-person shooter that has become an instant classic. It is not only a unique, intelligently designed and challenging game, but it is a fun and guilty pleasure as well. Goldeneye 007, in a nutshell, is an addicting 1st person shooter blending spy adventure and mission solving with first class shooter action. This game features you, playing James Bond, the famous hero of the Ian Fleming's novels. Based upon the movie of the same name, this is one great game to play.
The scenario goes the way of the movie in that you and your friend (Agent 006) are sent to the Soviet Union on a secret mission, but 006 is presumed killed and you barely escape yourself. Ten years later, an ominous new secret orbital satellite called "GoldenEye" threatens the world. And now it's up to 007 to go back to the Soviet Union, find and recover the key to a devastating Soviet weapon, and end this world threat once and for all. 007: Goldeneye has many diverse super gadgets and weapons that you get to use, including your fists, guns and grenades. Moreover, finding out how and when to use certain gadgets, and understanding the art of when not to kill an enemy is also an integral part of the game.
The game is totally polygonal and played in eighteen different action packed missions, each having it's own best way to progress. There are also 3 difficulty levels to choose from that ensures that the Goldeneye has staying power. I never tire of playing this game, and I especially like its support for four-player multiplayer cooperation with rumble pak compatibility and many options.
Now for the important stuff. The control and gameplay is simply outstanding. The graphics for its time are top of the line. I remember when it first came out I was blown away by the detail and brilliantly executed environments. From installations within a dam to snow caves to Cuban jungles, each setting makes you believe you are there. And on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the music in this game an 11. Simply superb music and the best sound effects you could ask for. I just sat and fired bullets at the glass to break it, at the metal supports at the wood sidings etc, just to hear the different perfectly executed sounds that it made.
Goldeneye 007 became an instant classic and is one game that is on everyone's Top N64 Games list. In my view, 007 Goldeneye is clearly the best single-player first-person shooter game on any system. And that's saying a lot. And as for four-player multiplayer mode, that alone is worth the purchase. If you don't own Goldeneye for Nintendo 64, you don't have a complete N64 game collection.
007: Goldeneye Review by NesMan (NeS GaMeR)