October 22, 2002
007 Bond: Nightfire - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Rating Players Price
22/11/2002Electronc ArtsEurocom1-2$99.95

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Driving sections return.
Following the success of Bond: Agent Under Fire you could easily believe that this is a quickly developed sequel to cash in on the success of last years game. The matter of fact is however that development of this game, which is being handled at Eurocom, started about two years ago now. During the game you will explore new heights and depths like never before-infiltrate towering skyscrapers, take on treacherous underwater missions, and maneuver your sleek Aston Martin V12 Vanquish through the streets of Tokyo while turning on the Bond charm with glamorous (and sometimes deadly) Bond women.

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Sniper rifle, standard these days.
Nightfire isn't actually based on any of the Bond movies, but rather takes inspiration from all the movies together. The game is predominantly a First Person Shooter set across at least 10, and possibly up to 15, different levels. Hopefully the levels will be larger then Bond: Agent Under Fire which could be completed with a days play. The developers are also promising cameos from several characters from the Bond movies as well as many of the wonderful gadgets. As with Agent Under Fire it will be possible to jump into a variety of vehicles to blast through the levels.

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Check out the stunning detail.
Apparently Nightfire has better level design and events then the previous bond game which is a good thing considering the linearity of the levels. Electronic Arts are promising several different ways in which you can complete the missions. Once again some sections of the game will require Bond to be stealthy while others will require skilled use of his weapons which include handgun with silencer, shotgun, automatic, sniper rifle. There will be many more weapons in the game but EA are remaining tight lipped on that at the moment.

Once again Electronic Arts' Need For Speed team is working on the racing action, this time spread across 5 different levels. Bond will now be able to drive around in an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, and snowmobile and a submarine.

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Electrocution time...
Gadgets will once again play a crucial role in the game. As in Goldeneye bond has the use of a sentry gun which can be controlled from any section of the level after being set up. The grapple hook also returns although one can only hope that it's use is a little more varied then the "grapple pads" used in Bond: Agent Under Fire. Other gadgets include night vision goggles, x-ray vision goggles, and all new magnetic hand grips to climb walls.

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The levels look spectacular.
The frame rate is apparently already locked at a constant 60fps and with visuals as gorgeous as those in these screenshots this will be one impressive game visually. The character models are more detailed then the previous game while the number of enemies on screen at any time can reach almost a dozen. Particle effects including snow, smoke, fire and explosions are also prevalent. Environmental lighting is also impressive with headlights from cars, lights from ceilings and lights from gun blasts all taking effect. Hopefully the music will offer a lot more variety then Agent Under Fire as well as that became quite repetitive after a very short amount of time.

One of the great things about this title is that Electronic Arts have secured the rights to include the likeness of Pierce Brosnan, the current James Bond on the big screen, to give the game more authenticity. Expect Bond: Nightfire to be released worldwide sometime in November this year. If you were a fan of Agent Under Fire then this is one game you will certainly want to keep an eye on.