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3. GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
2004 | PS2, Xbox, GameCube, DS
Copies sold in US: Just over one million
Average score: 60%

Heavily hyped as the spiritual successor to the N64 classic GoldenEye 007, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent was instead a clunky, linear shooter that was to GoldenEye what sledgehammers are to scalpels. In sharp contrast to the original GoldenEye, which offered players the sensation of being a stealthy secret agent with a versatile arsenal and varied goals, Rogue Agent felt more like piloting a regenerating meat-tank through squads of human insects needing to be squashed. Slick production values and celebrity talent aside, it was the exact opposite of what a game set in James Bond's world should be.

The company line: "Wreak havoc as you cross over to the dark side - experience life as a high-rolling, cold-hearted Bond villain! E.V.I.L. AI makes enemies react intelligently, making every shootout more intense, unpredictable - and realistic."

What the critics said: While a few reviewers had high praise for Rogue Agent, most found it mediocre at best. Most of the complaints centered on the game's skeletal excuse for a story, with IGN's Doug Perry going so far as to call it "an empty vessel of a game missing personality, charm, story or any kind of distinguishing character." The game's lumbering, destructive action didn't win it any accolades, either, with TotalGames.net writing that it "might have actually been all right as a light gun game."

Regardless of what they chose to pick on, most of the critics seemed disgusted that this game dared to identify itself with the still-cherished GoldenEye, let alone the Bond franchise as a whole. For turning its Bond-villain experience into a simplistic shooter that was frustratingly short on story, the game quickly became synonymous with wasted potential. Of course, that didn't stop people from thinking it was worth their money.



Why you bought it anyway: Whether it was fond memories of the original GoldenEye or just the lure of being a bad guy in 007's world, there was definitely something seductive about Rogue Agent. And even if you knew it didn't have much to offer as a single-player shooter, the promise of online Bond multiplayer was still hard to pass up.

The kicker is that, even though its sales across all platforms total more than a million copies, Rogue Agent is considered to have sold poorly, given the expensive Bond license and the huge marketing blitz behind the game. Considering that it hit stores around the same time as Halo 2, however, it did surprisingly good business.

What went wrong? Despite offering gamers a chance to switch sides and become a Bond villain, GoldenEye decided to toss players into the middle of a secret war between two other Bond villains. So what could have been a string of cool heists, assassinations and world-domination plots instead became just another you-against-the-faceless-goons shooter that enabled you to take bad guys as hostages. Apart from a few encounters with familiar Bond baddies, GoldenEye didn't have much of a story, either, meaning it barely made even an artificial attempt to create a villainous atmosphere. Oh, and despite its claims about awesome enemy intelligence, as a shooter it was kind of mediocre - especially when compared to its namesake.

Most infuriatingly positive quote: "Rogue Agent will leave you shaken and stirred," gushed GamePro's Manny LaMancha, proving once again that no cliché is too stale for a writer who wants to see himself quoted on the back of a box.

54 comments

  • Moosebomber - December 15, 2008 1:57 a.m.

    i liked enter the matrix. but then again, when i played it, i was 11.
  • aqibloz - July 30, 2009 2:21 p.m.

    "more focused on looking slick than on actual fun." u just described gta4. . .
  • FancyRat - October 12, 2008 3:45 a.m.

    "Aside from the Driver series having its own sizable (if by that point dwindling) fanbase..." What?
  • jingneji - October 12, 2008 5:20 a.m.

    marvel imperfects was a good games but it had it ups and downs but i still liked it
  • chilipeppersman - October 17, 2008 4:47 a.m.

    for the people who said they liked enter the matrix, that game truly sucked and you dont know good games if you think ENTER THE MATRIX was good, so good job GR. fuck all the company lines too, they are full of donkey shit
  • Patius - October 17, 2008 2:22 p.m.

    Eh, in 6th grade, Enter the Matrix was fun. Then again, there were lots of games that we enjoyed back then that suck now that I look at it.
  • twishart - October 19, 2008 1:15 a.m.

    I've purchased NONE of these games, and have only played Wii Play ONCE. Thanks GaymesRaider.corm!
  • thereaper52 - October 21, 2008 10:06 p.m.

    i loved enter the matrix only because of the slo mo wall kick fuckin A++ to the matrix
  • samboy218 - October 25, 2008 5:27 p.m.

    50 cent what?
  • Graham - October 27, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    I'm so proud of the fact that I've never bought any of these games and, to be honest, I don't know that I've even played any of them. I almost sat down with my roommmates copy of Spiderman 3 once, but after watching him get pwned repeatedly by that lame quicktime event against Sandman at the end, I thought better of it. Also, that other Matrix game, zymn, was Path of Neo. It had its fair share of bugs and lousy collision detection, but it was pretty fun overall. A good five-day rental type of game.
  • Jimmyjammy - October 30, 2008 1:31 a.m.

    When will 50 cent die? I can but dream. How pissed off would you be if you were one of the nine people who shot him and he didn't die?
  • oreomonkey - November 2, 2008 4:27 a.m.

    I liked Enter the Matrix but im sure if I picked it up again right now I would agree that its crap... Wii play was good for the remote
  • MacGyver1138 - November 6, 2008 7:39 p.m.

    Zymn, like graham said, the other Matrix game you were thinking of was the Path of Neo. It was still pretty buggy, and it had some weird fights (Giant, bipedal ants come to mind) but it was way better than Enter the Matrix. At least Enter the Matrix let you see Monica Belucci and Jada Pinkett Smith making out. That made the game almost tolerable.
  • BordersOfInsanity - November 23, 2008 8:13 p.m.

    i actually liked golden eye rogue agent, and driv3r was alright.
  • mugen_ - December 8, 2008 1:26 a.m.

    saw 50 cent's game for 99 cents, they had about a fifty copies.
  • zymn - October 11, 2008 12:47 a.m.

    fiiiiirssst. or, whatever. uhh... wasn't there a matrix game where u played as neo? and it was like you vs. vampires or somethin? anyways, great list. funny as always.
  • TheGreatHobbe - October 11, 2008 4:46 p.m.

    CURSE YOU COMPANY LINES, YOU TRICK US ALL!!!
  • Pablos102030 - October 12, 2008 6:49 a.m.

    Screw you guys, I liked rogue agent. The multiplayer was awesome.
  • bron1417 - October 13, 2008 8:06 p.m.

    back when "The Matrix" game first came out i actually liked it,i didnt buy it but i liked it enough to play it and at the time it was tight. but still it's a shame there are crappy games but that's why we have GR. nice article guys btw.
  • Rodrigo90 - October 13, 2008 8:35 p.m.

    "proving once again that no cliché is too stale for a writer who wants to see himself quoted on the back of a box." A Hilarious "Ouch" xD

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