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Game review: GoldenEye: Rouge Agent

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is the latest James Bond franchise game that dwells in the underworld of the Bond universe. You play a disgraced 00 agent who is recruited by Goldfinger to take down his competition, Dr. No. Anyways, was playing this game over the past week and here's a quick take on the game.

From the brief description, the plot looks promising and there are numerous storylines that can be used to make this game great, however, EA decides to stay within the villain vs. villain boundary and thus, a so-so storyline. (A shootout with 007 will be great!) Not to be disappointed tough, you will cross path with other Bond-film villains, namely Dr. No, Scaramanga (the man with the Golden Gun), and Oddjob as you progress to the next levels. There are cutscenes between levels, however, each cut-scene are too short and somehow, you don't seem to get a feel of what the character is up to and thus, not a captivating storyline. Speaking of levels, there are a total of 8 massive levels that will keep you occupied for hours! (literally). The game is designed in such a way that you can't load a certain checkpoint in the level unless you finish that particular level. That means you can't quit that level until you finish or on the next load, you'll have to restart the entire level. Thus, making this game a tedious outing. Sometimes it gets frustrating after playing for such a long period and the finish line is no where to be seen. For one particular mission, I had to go on for 2 1/2 hours.

If you're a FPS fan, Rogue Agent has a full slate of weapons- pistol, shotgun, sniper rifle, grenades, EPS guns, detonators and more. Also, maps in the game ranges from bathhouses, rooftops, all sorts of laboratories and buildings. However, all this are ruined by the poor computer AI which I would say is the worst I've ever seen. Some enemies will actually run towards your firing line. :P One interesting feature is that you can take advantage of machinery in the environment to eliminate your adversaries. The biggest over-sight of this game is, the player can't jump! Seriously... this is dumb..

Overall, this game is a blunt clone of the Halo series with additional features to make it different. Many of Halo features can be seen here, dual-wield, regenerating shields, and 2- carry weapons max. However, that didn't work and I would say it was a disaster! Halo 2 was fun with its’ fast paced action, this game tries hard to be that but in the end, it is just tedious and frustrating. Save the world, give this a miss.

Ratings (Scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the highest)

Graphic : 3
Sound : 2.5
Gameplay : 1.5
Storyline: 1.5

OVERALL : 2.125
posted by Ivan, 12:29 pm


Rogue Agent had bad reviews across the board. I can't believe you actually sat through it. But then games are "cheap" aren't they?
Yeah.. games are relatively 'cheap' here ;)

Actually, it was an interesting game in the beginning, but took a turn for the worst in the mid-levels. I didn't complete it tough.. reached the final level on easy mode and just gave up.
commented by Blogger Ivan, 12/22/2004 02:39:00 pm


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