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August 16, 2004
Goldeneye Rogue Agent - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
3/12/2004EA GamesEA Games1-4, 4 $99.95

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Using two different weapons.
It is generally accepted that Goldeneye on Nintendo 64 is one of the greatest FPS's of all time - particularly on consoles. Exactly why a sequel was never made remains somewhat a mystery. When Electronic Arts first announced a new Goldeneye title rumours grew that it was a true sequel, others said it was the original game updated for todays systems. In reality neither is true as this is a new game that differs vastly from the Nintendo 64 game. It doesn't even have the same developers as the original Rare, or their split away company Free Radical Design nor is it based on the movie. So why use the name? You won't find an answer to that here - but you can bet the number crunchers at Electronic Arts had something to say about it.

When I said Goldeneye Rogue Agent differs vastly from the original I wasn't really referring to the story. This is your typical good-guy vs bad-guy clash but with one big difference. In Goldeneye Rogue Agent you play the bad guys.

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Taking out the chopper.
As an aspiring 00 agent dismissed from MI6 for reckless brutality, you're recruited by Auric Goldfinger in a ruthless war against Dr. No for control of the Bond underworld. A brutal encounter with Dr. No costs you an eye, but Goldfinger's technicians replace it with a gold-hued, synthetic eye, earning you the name 'GoldenEye'. With the ability to customize and upgrade your villain persona, wreak havoc as you make your unrelenting rise through the ranks.

Featured game modes include story-based campaign missions, deathmatch style simulator trials, and objective-based team war games. One of the neatest features of this game is the dual weapons - being able to carry one weapon in each hand as is evident in the surrounding screenshots. Some weapons will require two hands to operate so you will only be able to carry one at a time obviously. It will also be possible to grab enemies and use them as shields. Death Traps will be placed through the levels to eliminate enemies using "Bond" style moments such as opening trap doors, or using objects around them to inflict damage.

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Time to reload the gun.
Of particular mention is the AI of the enemies. Even early builds of the game have demonstrated enemy AI which is well advanced of almost every other game out there. These guys aren't the idiodic morons of enemies in DRIV3R (actually I think Reflections forgot to place the AI routines in that game!) No, Goldeneye Rogue Agent's enemies are quick, smart and will stop at nothing to stop you. In case computer AI isn't good enough the developers are including 4-player split screens support as well as online gameplay.

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Using a human shield.
During Goldeneye Rogue Agent you will fight with and against legendary villains and Bond girls such as Oddjob, Dr. No, Goldfinger, Pussy Galore, and Xenia Onatopp. You will also travel to famous and original Bond locations from the mountains of Switzerland to the streets Hong Kong and from Fort Knox to Dr. No's Crab Key lair in the Caribbean. To ensure high quality throughout production design is being assisted by Academy Award winning Sir Ken Adam, visionary creator for the look of the Bond film universe. The character models are from Rene Morel (Final Fantasy film) and wardrobe designed by Kym Barrett (Matrix Trilogy films).

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That's one big bang.
In typical Electronic Arts fashion the audio will be a major part of the game. The music will be composed by none other then Paul Oakenfold who has worked on movies such as Swordfish, Planet of the Apes, The Bourne Identity, Austin Powers: Goldmember, and The Matrix Reloaded. Christopher Lee will reprise his role as the villainous Francisco Scaramanga from The Man with the Golden Gun and Judi Dench will return as M.

So the name is a blatent money making exercise, but Goldeneye: Rogue Agent does have a lot of potential - a hell of a lot. The idea of playing for the bad guys is a great spin on the usual good guy saves world theme. Expect a release just before Christmas 2004.