Then & Now 2011-10-02 16:41:20
Hello Newgrounds Gamers. You know who I am... and don't give a shit, cool. Let's get down to it. When people talk about some of the most successful older games some people say that they're overrated while others say that they were good for their time. Does being good for the time though really bring it to the same level as games today?
Why don't we look back at some older games back then and look at some of these old games that were great for their time and see if they still hold up today.
System: Nintendo 64
Genre: First-Person Shooter (FPS)
Back in the year of 1997 when this game hit there were a good bit of skeptics for two reasons. One is that it was a movie licensed game on the N64, during the N64 and PS1 eras some movie licensed games did not work out entirely well, however this one came out two years after its movie release. The second reason was that it was a First-Person Shooter on a home console. Why was this a problem?
Well back in this time most FPS titles were on the PC and any console ports weren't as successful as they were on the PC. PC dominated the FPS games with titles such as Doom and Quake. However with Goldeneye 007 changed things.
It brought in certain parts of the body that could take more pain, introduced a nice lengthy campaign with different settings and ways to complete missions. One thing that it brought though was the multiplayer option of 4-Player split-screen gameplay which is what everybody remembers and loved about this game.
At this time the controls were fluent and tight, the weapons were abound, and racing for that body armor became a race for your life. It truly was an amazing game. Despite all of this though, the game still could not control as well as a PC First-Person Shooter such as Doom, but for doing al of this on a console it was impressive.
Looking at this game nowadays it truly is amazing what it has given to us in terms of First-Person Shooters and it should be recognized for the stamp it made in gaming history of course. However we have to look at the gameplay as a whole.
Looking at it nowadays and comparing it to other titles such as Call of Duty and Halo, it certainly hasn't aged well and can't really stand up to the competition in terms of controls and graphics. The controls compared to future titles are now stiff in a way at the same time slippery. The graphics I understand were N64 times, but that's not really an excuse as to why they didn't age well when even games from the Super Nintendo have more than aged well in terms of graphics.
Those are it's only real flaws, it is still fun to play, the main campaign is still great and with the options it's campaign last longer than that of most modern FPS games (looking at you Modern Warfare 2) and overall can be a great one player game as well as a multiplayer game.
Well looking back at this game it still stands well as a FPS and quite possibly one of the best FPS games of all time. What I think some people get angry about is that this game is referred to as "the greatest FPS of all time" when it clearly isn't. Doom and Quake are far better contenders since their controls and graphics have certainly aged well over Goldeneye. Then again you can understand this since computers weren't a household item during the 90's. The computer didn't really become mainstream until around 2000-2003, so in a way you can understand why some gamers might think this, but it is certainly not so.
Then: 9.0 / 10
Now: 8.0 / 10
Well that's what I think of Goldeneye 007 Then and Now. What do you think of this game then and now or better yet what game do you think has either gotten better with time, worse with time, or is still at the same level?