|System: Wii, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Eurocom||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Activision||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: November 2, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-8||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Teen||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
There are a plethora of online modes to choose from, and no matter whether you want to play standard deathmatch games or classic modes like "Golden Gun," there is plenty to check out online. The online mode also features a fantastic leveling system that rewards players for checking out different modes as well as variety, frequency, and style of kills during play. The XP system is especially important, as you will need to level up to access all of the game's modes (three are locked until you get to the appropriate level) and unlock custom loadouts.
Although the game features plenty of good standard loadouts, unlocking the custom loadout feature will enable you to put together your favorite weapons, grenades, and gadget devices (yes, the online multiplayer does support gadgets!) so you never have to search the terrain for your favorite items. Of course, the best weapons and gadgets require a high level to unlock for custom loadouts, so you'll have to do some serious work in front of you. And of course, you have five different loadout slots, so it is easy to create different loadouts for different modes. In addition to the maps, loadouts, progression system, and modes, Goldeneye's multiplayer component also supports special modes like Paintball and Melee-Only which insert a welcome twist on the gameplay during long stretches.
The multiplayer component in Goldeneye is the best multiplayer experience on the Wii, comparable to online multiplayer modes on the PS3 and Xbox 360. There is an amazing amount of variety, and the amount of unlockable content is staggering. And if you were wondering about whether the Nintendo WFC service can handle a big multiplayer title like Goldeneye, worry no more. The matchmaking in the game was always lightning fast (I never waited more than thirty seconds to get into a game) and there was never any lag or technical issues during gameplay. Although I only logged time on launch day, there was a healthy amount of people playing the game, and I never ran into any issues. The only real technical criticism I have of the online modes is the fact that it doesn't support voice chat. In some of the objective team-based mode, having a voice chat option would have been a great way to take the game that much further.
As far as production values go, Goldeneye hits most of the right notes, though there are a few negligible issues that keep it from being the best. The visuals in the game are generally very good, but there are some areas (particularly in the second level) where environmental details and texture quality takes a dip. However, on the whole the visuals look great on the Wii, and this title is certainly in the upper echelon of Wii games in the visuals department. Sound in the game is also a bit of a mixed bag. While background themes can be grating after awhile (especially during long play sessions), the game's voiceover is pitch-perfect. Stars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench both do an admirable job in their roles, and the supporting cast also deserves credit for bringing the world of Goldeneye to life in the game.
Although re-makes and re-releases are common in the current console generation, it is rare that you see a remake that has been as overhauled as Goldeneye. Though the basic premise of the game is the same, the new take on the story, modernized gameplay elements, and robust multiplayer options definitely make this game worth picking up if you were a fan of the original or just want an amazing shooter on the Wii. Goldeneye may not be able to compete with shooters on the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 in terms of graphics, but I can confidently say that it certainly is comparable in terms of features, both online and off. Goldeneye may have gone through a rigorous transformation on its way to the Wii, but in this case, the changes have all been for the better. Goldeneye is in top form on the Wii, and definitely deserves your attention.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC News Director