Thursday, May 28, 2015

Goldeneye 007 (Wii) Review

Of all the reviews I have written so far, this is one of the trickier reviews I have written, why?  While it is a game based off of a movie, it also happens to be a remake of said movie that this game is based off of.  With that in mind, is Goldeneye 007 for the Wii still a good game?  Yes, most definitely.
The story for this game follows the plot of the move, but with some changes made to both the cast of characters in the movie as well as certain plot points.  Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond in the movie, has been replaced by current Bond actor Daniel Craig, and Sean Bean, who played the villain Alec Trevelyan, has also been swapped out for someone else.  The same applies to the rest of the characters from the film as well, including Natalya, General Ouromov, and Xenia.  The game's story largely follows the plot of the movie; James Bond and then MI6 agent Alec Trevelyan are infiltrating a weapons factory in Russia to stop the development of nuclear weapons.  During the mission, however, Trevelyan is captured by General Ourumov, who executes him.  Bond escapes and later on in the game we find out that Trevelyan is still alive and has taken control of the Goldeneye satellite to use for his own purposes.
Where the game differs from the movie is the reason behind why Trevelyan hijacked control of the satellite.  In the movie, he wants to use the satellite to exact revenge on MI6; in the remake, he's trying to steal bank records, and after he steals the data, Trevelyan will use the Goldeneye satellite to wipe away the evidence.  Despite the updates that have been made to the story, it is still a solid tale and compelling enough to keep players interested.
There are three different controller options to choose from in this game: the Wii Remote and Nunchuck, the Classic Controller, and the Gamecube controller.  I used the Wii Remote and Nunchuck combination, which works great, though I would recommend increasing the aiming sensitivity a little bit before playing, but otherwise, the controls were fairly smooth.
The gameplay is a mixture of first person run and gun action and stealth.  In most levels, you're given the option of either sneaking around, stealthily eliminating enemies or going in, guns a blazing.  However, it's best recommended that you use stealth as much as possible because enemies will put up a fight if you get spotted; they'll call in reinforcements and do their best to try and take you down.  It's fun, and it can get kind of tense sneaking around, trying to take out enemies without alerting the attention of other enemies.  Bond can carry two additional weapons with him besides his silenced pistol, which he always has with him.  There are a good variety of weapons to use in each level, and some guns may have additional attachments attached to them such as a silencer or some kind of scope. Bond also carries around a gadget with him, an all purpose smartphone that has a variety of different functions including acting as a hacking device, a facial identifier, or a tracking device.
If you play the game on Normal or any of the higher difficulties, most levels will contain additional objectives that you must complete.  Failing to complete one of the additional objectives will result in the game automatically lowering the difficulty for the next mission and onwards.  However, I feel that this is slightly punishing because of advancing in the story you end up having to replay the mission again, just to make sure you fully complete the additional objective you may have missed.
The other problem I have with the game, besides the penalty for failing to complete additional objectives in a level, is the final boss fight in the game.  He's a bit of a bullet sponge, taking a lot of ammo clips to defeat, but there's also the fact that once you weaken him to a certain point, he calls in reinforcements, and it results in some slight frustration as you try to defeat him and make sure that the soldiers don't kill you.
The game's visuals look great and this is one of the best looking games on the Wii.  Equally great is the sound, all of the actors do a great job, particularly Daniel Craig as James Bond, and the music is also good as well.
Even though it shares the same name of a movie, this re-interpretation is still a great game and one of the best games available for the Wii.
Final Score: 9/10

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