Call of Duty: James Bond. Sorry, GoldenEye 007: Reloaded hands-on

It's taken a while, but Activision has finally seen sense and is redoing the original N64 classic, GoldenEye 007. Well, it's still trying to massage some new things into the mix, but not enough to make it turbo-crap, like say giving the lead character a golden eye that can levitate things. Hello EA!

Anyway, we've just played it at Gamescom with our hands and it's actually pretty good. Obviously this has a lot to do with the fact that it's using the Call of Duty engine, so it essentially feels like a CoD game but with James Bond as the hero rather than some no mark. [Update: Our old pal Dan Amrich aka Activision's One of Swords brought to our attention GoldenEye doesn't run on CoD's engine, but its own brand new engine. Here's his proof.]

Above: We've been expecting you etc.

We were shown three levels from the original game, including the dam and the facility. The latter was particularly appealing because as 007 (that's Daniel Craig rather than Pierce Brosnan Bond) sneaks through the air-vents on his way to the toilets, it brought back strong, exciting memories from our childhood. We were giddy. As Bond descends, a QTE is initiated where he bangs the snot out of the poor sap sat reading the paper and taking a dump before rolling out and shooting the guard outside. Nice.

As the demo ended, and the excitable German PR wound things up, a load of people left but brilliantly we stayed (mainly because we don't know the German for 'please leave now') and we were invited into a secret room to go hands on with a level set in the snow.

Above: But can you play Angry Birds on it?

The first thing we felt was Call of Duty. The way the sights lock onto targets, the way Bond runs and also the way that brutal subdue attacks all work in that familiar CoD fashion. But this is a good thing because it means the weapons pack a meaty punch and there's plenty of bad guys to whack. If you like, you can play GoldenEye 007: Reloaded in complete stealth mode where you use silenced weapons and melees to get past your unsuspecting foes. We chose the loud route. Firing off rounds like Mexican bandits celebrating a birthday.

Even with the demo ending almost as quickly as it began, we do get the sense that GoldenEye 007: Reloaded is going to be alright. It's sticking to the formula that made the original superb and will also feature split-screen AND online multiplayer so you can roll back the years and choose Oddjob as the cheat character again. We're hoping that the developer doesn't try to stamp any wacky ideas on the franchise so it plays out as the perfect homage. It's what Brosnan would've wanted.

Aug 17, 2011




  • VaneTrago - August 18, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    It's its own engine? Sounds, and more importantly already feels like bullshit. When you have to have a PR guy explain that it isn't using the same engine, then it's close enough to sound like a rip0off. With that said, I'm sold.
  • Yeager1122 - August 18, 2011 1:17 a.m.

    Eh i rather still play the orginal might be worth a reant though.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - August 18, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    Activision made a new game engine? Maybe they're using this game as a testing ground for a new CoD engine, which would be really smart... but I smell a hint of bullshit in that statement.
  • TheoneandonlyPym - August 17, 2011 8:40 p.m.

    It was far too linear on me on the Wii. I think I'll stick to it's true sequel, Timesplitters 2.
  • Dman3981 - August 17, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I still don't like Daniel Craig as James Bond though. First he's a blond, there has been no blond bonds before him. Second, he is portayed as to brutal in the movies, the real James Bond uses gadgets and is classy.
  • cman12314 - August 17, 2011 7:38 p.m.

    Thank you bball42242442, that's what I'm thinking, it's like, we've already played it, this is just had
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - August 17, 2011 6:43 p.m.

    I will only buy it if you can A) go off the reservation and kill everything without failing the mission like you could in the first golden eye B) have optional objectives as the difficulty increases C) the ability to skip objectives altogether and still be able to complete the mission D) If it has ALL of golden eyes cheats, every last one, admit it, the game was the most fun when you had dual rocket launchers with infinite ammo to leave paintball marks on your enemy's oversize head.
  • ThatGamerDude - August 17, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    Interesting that its built off the CoD engine but I still feel kinda odd that its a James Bond game. P.S. Please leave now in German I believe is Bitte lassen Sie jetzt.
  • jackthemenace - August 17, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    I've always been intrigued by the original N64 game (Namely, because O'm too young to remember the N64 being RELEASED, let alone have been able to play 007 on one). But as much as I'd love to be able to give this a try... ... I HATE CoD. If someone I know buys it (And I know several people who WILL buy it if they know it runs with CoD's engine) I'll see if I can give it a try, but I'm not paying for something I'm already pretty sure I'll dislike :/
  • Jedipimp0712 - August 17, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    regarding the comment(s) about being similar to MW3 and possibly being a better multiplayer, do you honestly think that activision would make a game better than its best selling title intentionally? didnt think so.
  • therawski - August 17, 2011 5:25 p.m.

    I got it on the wii when it came out, that gold controller is epic plastic bling, I played a very small amount tho because it wasn't really captivating, maybe I'll put it back in and see if it gets any better, but it's probably just the wii's fault, I could just play the original n64 one, anyone want to come over my house and we'll get pizza.
  • bball42242442 - August 17, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    They know this is already a Wii game right? They're acting like this is a completely new game...
  • Baron164 - August 17, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    Sounds good, not a fan of QTE's but I'll be keeping an eye on this.
  • mothbanquet - August 17, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    Say what you will about CoD, the single player gameplay was watertight and fun. If they can blend that with GoldenEye's amazing campaign then we may be onto a winner. Especially looking forward to running amok in St Petersburg with a tank...
  • Ensoul - August 17, 2011 5:08 p.m.

    So is this more or less the same Goldeneye for Wii but HD?
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - August 17, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    If it plays like MW2, but with crazy gadgets and weapons, the multiplayer might just be better than whatever MW3 has to offer. That's nothing to get excited about of course but it still might be cool.
  • Stegga - August 17, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    I actually really enjoyed the last two Bond games and this one looks to be even better. Definite purchase for me!

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