Plot. This game is mainly based on the 1995 movie of the same name. In the beginning, James Bond is on a mission to destroy a chemical weapons factory in Russia during the time of the Soviet Union, though he is successful, his partner Alec Trevelyan is killed. Nine years later, a new weapon is made by the Russians, it's named: Goldeneye. This weapon has the power to fire a laser, causing electromagnetic pulse that is capable of destroying everything nearby. Bond is sent to investigate what the criminal organization named Janus is up to, and the leader is none other than his former partner. Now Bond teams up with a computer programmer, and together they will take down Janus.
Gameplay. The analog stick is for moving Bond, while the A button was for switching weapons, B for reloading, R for crosshair aiming, C Up to zoom in with the sniper rifle, C Down to zoom out. The Z button was for shooting as well. Also after completing all missions in Secret Agent, you unlocked the Aztec mission, which is based on Moonraker, and in 00 Agent, you unlocked the Egyptian mission, based on the movie Live and Let Die.
History. Goldeneye was originally meant for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but then Rare decided to move the game to the Ultra 64. And I think it was a wise choice, because if released on the SNES, the graphics would be very watered down, and the game would be terrible just like Doom was on the SNES. Goldeneye is based on the 1995 movie of the same name, starring Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean. The plot of the game, follows the same plot of the movie, but with a more expanded storyline.
Tips. Most of the time in Goldeneye, you will have moments that can get you pissed off. Well, the trick is to calm down, and use your head. Though it is not my forte, stealth is a much more fun, yet harder way of completing missions in 00 Agent, since you will be seen sometimes if you're not very careful. The sniper rifle is also a way of taking out your enemies from a distance. Taking out surveillance cameras can also help, but that does not mean that things will be very easy. For an FPS, this game is ultimately fun to play.
Rantings. Natalya is one of the main rantings of the game. Everytime you rescue her, she might get in your way and get killed. Me and my cousin used to get pissed off, even though she is the one of the sexiest Bond girls in the movie series. Also in the Control mission, I hated that when you killed Boris, Natalya scolded you for doing so. I mean, it's self defense for crying out loud, he drew the gun first. After that she'll leave you and the mission will fail, and refuses to help you. What a bitch! My other ranting is the drone guns, these things really pissed me off as well, they were a waste of ammo and explosives.
Good Aspects. The St. Petersburg mission to me was the best part of the game, since it reminded me of my favorite scene in the movie. Also the Aztec and Egyptian missions were awesome, and very well designed. The train mission was also a lot fun to play, and it had me jumping off my chair in many moments as well. Goldeneye to me is the best FPS game ever made, one hundred times better than FPS games like: Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, Halo, and many other FPS games of today.
Graphics. The graphics at the time were 64 bits, with amazing 3D action and sound effects. Unfortunately the game did not provide any voice acting, but still it was great.
Music. The James Bond Theme was also a great addition to the game, my favorite theme in the game is the one in the train. I found the theme of the cradle to be very epic, especially during the final battle.
Overall. Goldeneye should have been on the Virtual Console, but the game is gonna be re-released on the Wii, but there is one thing I don't like about it: Why Daniel Craig is voicing Bond and not Pierce Brosnan? I mean, Pierce was Bond in the movie. To me Daniel Craig is ok, but Brosnan made Bond very EPIC. I give Goldeneye for the N64 a big fat 10 out of 10
P.S. I'll return with more reviews on September 28th, I'm going on vacation.