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Why I’m so Excited About the Remaster of GoldenEye 007 on Xbox & Switch

For some, it will be a childhood dream come true, for others it will be an opportunity to get a fresh experience of an absolutely brilliant first-person shooter: GoldenEye 007 will be published again as Remaster for Xbox & Switch soon.

It happened on Sept. 13: Microsoft and Nintendo announced that GoldenEye 007 would be coming out as a Remaster for both Xbox and Switch. I almost fell off my chair because …

… I can keep it short: GoldenEye 007 was quite simply THE game of my childhood. And it was also the very first first-person shooter I played thanks to my Nintendo 64 (I got my first PC with Windows 95 a few years later.). I still remember the many excessive multiplayer battles I fought with my brother and friends. Now you may wonder how a little boy (I was about 10 years old) got hold of this game. A game that wasn’t even officially released in Germany and was still indexed ( the indexing wasn’t lifted until October 2021). Quite simply, my dear mother was gracious enough to lend us the game from a rental store – and not just once. Looking back, I can consider myself really lucky, because I grew up with a game that set absolutely new standards at the time and is still highly acclaimed among first-person shooters today. Because, damn, it did so much right.

 

What is so Fascinating About This Game

The game, which was originally intended as a marketing tool for the movie “James Bond 007 – Golden Eye”, was developed by just under 10 employees of the game developer Rare. Although there were repeated delays in development, the team, led by game director Martin Hollis, had great confidence in the game’s entertainment potential and was ultimately able to convince the management staff.

The splitscreen was a breathtaking gaming experience. In GoldenEye 007 on Xbox & Switch you can also play in multiplayer.
Multiplayer Splitscreen (Source: Rare, Microsoft, Nintendo)

Particularly noteworthy at this point is that the team finished the multiplayer part, which is so popular today, rather late and also under high time pressure in the shortest possible time. This includes not only classic deathmatches but also novel game modes, such as “You Only Live Twice”, “The Man With the Golden Gun” and not to forget “Licence to Kill”.

 

These modes brought significant depth to the game dynamics and invited cooperative gameplay and tactical operations. In addition to the multitude of game modes, Rare also gave us an incredible variety of weapons, which were impressively implemented both graphically and in terms of animation.
The graphics were extremely refined and immersive for the time. For example, real photos of faces were also used for the character design, and the character animations were also absolutely novel. Here, real movements were incorporated into the game using motion tracking, making the animation look incredibly organic and realistic. In the Singleplayer mode, the AI behaves very smart, goes into cover, performs a side roll, and then quickly fires back again from the hip. Especially then, all this created an unexpectedly deep immersion and endless gaming fun.

Here we see the first level, which will be playable very soon in the remaster GoldenEye 007 on Xbox & Switch. James Bond advances with his PPK in his hand in first-person perspective.
The First Level in Singleplayer (Source: Rare, Microsoft, Nintendo)

Then it was Quiet Around GoldenEye for a Long Time

After Goldeneye 007 on the N64, other Goldeneye titles followed. These were developed by other developer studios and (in my opinion) never reached the class of the one on N64. With GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo Wii, another worthy successor followed. However, the look and feel was different. For the Nintendo Switch, however, things changed, because so far Nintendo lacked the rights to the James Bond franchise. A successor for the Switch seemed hopeless and it was quiet around the series for a long time. But then, at the beginning of 2022, the first rumors and speculations flared up that GoldenEye 007 might make it to the Nintendo Switch after all. Finally the joyful resolution: Microsoft and Nintendo joined forces and now want to release the game for both the Xbox and the Nintendo Switch. Yay!

 

Hopefully Soon We’ll be able to Enjoy GoldenEye 007 on Xbox & Switch Again

An exact date for the release is not yet known. What is certain, however, is that a remaster will be released for both Xbox and Nintendo Switch. It should be noted that there will only be a Remaster in 4K for the Xbox. However, the multiplayer mode is only local. The Switch will get exclusive online multiplayer as part of the online membership + expansion pack.

 

Are you old GoldenEye 007 veterans like me and can’t wait for the release? What’s your 007 story? Feel free to let me know in the comments.

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