Final fall, it was introduced that the 1997 basic N64 first-person shooter, GoldenEye 007, would arrive on each Xbox and Swap in 2023. As we speak is that long-awaited day, as some of the beloved and influential video games from its period is out there now on each platforms. Whereas these variations are each largely devoted recreations of the seminal console FPS, key variations exist in ways in which do not instantly floor one because the clearly superior model. I performed an honest chunk of each variations to see which one I want to play in 2023.

Again to Prime

When GoldenEye 007 launched within the late Nineteen Nineties, I performed it obsessively each solo and with mates for months upon months. Throughout that point, I completed all of the missions on 00 Agent issue, unlocked all of the cheats, and performed by means of a whole lot (if not 1000’s) of multiplayer matches with mates. As with all my favourite video games, I ultimately fell off and moved on to newer releases, however my fondness and nostalgia for GoldenEye 007 have all the time remained.

Years later, once I was in faculty, I distinctly keep in mind going to a buddy’s room and firing up the N64 for matches of my favourite video games like Tremendous Smash Bros., Star Fox 64, and, in fact, GoldenEye 007. GoldenEye caught out to me as the sport that aged the poorest of that lot, thanks primarily to how a lot the shooter style had progressed with newer franchises like Halo, Name of Responsibility, and the then-recently launched Black. At that second, I wrote GoldenEye 007 off as a massively influential recreation that may by no means really feel pretty much as good because it as soon as did as a result of huge developments inside its style since its launch. That is the mindset with which I entered my play classes with these new releases of GoldenEye 007.


When these ports of GoldenEye 007 had been introduced, we discovered that the Nintendo Swap On-line model can be extra of a straight port from the Nintendo 64 authentic. In distinction, the Xbox model obtained slightly little bit of modernization within the type of native 4K 16:9 decision, a constant refresh price, achievement assist, and, most significantly, twin analog stick controls. In the meantime, the Swap model would not convey any inherent enhancements to the FPS title, however by means of the Nintendo Swap On-line function set, you may play on-line multiplayer and make the most of save states (should you so select) to assist with these pesky failable missions.

Xbox Model

GoldenEye 007

As marketed, the Xbox model does convey a number of developments to make GoldenEye 007 play higher than ever earlier than. The sport runs easily for probably the most half and appears terrific at full widescreen decision (although I did discover a number of body price drops infrequently). Probably the most important promoting level for me is how effectively the Xbox model performs, because of the fashionable management scheme that makes use of each analog sticks, very like almost each fashionable shooter.

It is inconceivable to overstate simply how far having the ability to intention and switch with the best stick whereas shifting with the left stick goes into making this 25-year-old title really feel a lot much less aged. I am truthfully shocked at how good GoldenEye feels on Xbox. Utilizing the modernized management scheme, I used to be in a position to blast by means of the primary few ranges on 00 Agent, even unlocking my first cheat (curiously sufficient, the Xbox model retains the title “DK Mode,” regardless of the not-so-subtle reference to the Nintendo-owned Donkey Kong). The Xbox model is the model I’ll fireplace up once I’m trying to dig into the single-player of GoldenEye 007.

Swap Model

GoldenEye 007

Leaping over the Swap model, I instantly felt the pressure of utilizing the basic single-stick controls and full-screen controls (fortunately, there’s a widescreen choice within the in-game menu on Bond’s watch). To get full impressions, I began by utilizing a typical Swap Professional Controller, which doesn’t translate effectively for any Nintendo 64 recreation. GoldenEye 007 is not any totally different. Taking part in this recreation on a typical Swap controller feels downright terrible, because of the default button mapping – aiming and shifting with the left stick feels counterintuitive, and the triggers/shoulder buttons really feel backward from how they need to. Fortunately, a Reddit consumer named Cuesport77 has given directions to custom-remap the buttons to attain a extra fashionable management scheme on Swap.

In need of doing that remap, your greatest guess for taking part in the Nintendo Swap On-line model of GoldenEye 007 (or, actually, any N64 recreation within the catalog) is to purchase one of many hard-to-get Nintendo 64 controllers for the Swap. I used to be fortunate sufficient to seize one in a uncommon back-in-stock window final 12 months, and after spending a while utilizing it in GoldenEye 007, I am even gladder I did. Sure, the sport nonetheless feels extraordinarily aged, but it surely’s the definitive technique to expertise this model should you do not need to remap all of the controls. Even taking part in on the N64 Swap controller, I nonetheless had awkward moments of imprecision, just like the video beneath.

After all, the most important promoting level for the Swap model is you could benefit from the recreation’s legendary splitscreen multiplayer by means of Nintendo Swap On-line’s on-line performance. This function is not particular to GoldenEye 007, however it’s maybe the most effective use case. After taking part in a number of missions on the Swap, I jumped into a web-based multiplayer match. Multiplayer remains to be as hectic and enjoyable because it was in 1997, and the Nintendo Swap On-line’s multiplayer capabilities deal with the distant motion properly. Whereas taking part in 1v1 on-line, I did not expertise any noticeable latency, permitting the mode that actually made GoldenEye 007 such a legendary late-’90s title to shine to the fullest extent. I am past excited to have a straightforward technique to play GoldenEye 007 on-line.


In the end, deciding which model you spend your time with ought to come down to what’s extra vital to you. In case you’re like me, the dual-analog-stick controls alone make the Xbox model the superior launch, but it surely’s inconceivable to miss the net multiplayer capabilities of the Nintendo Swap On-line – particularly if your folks you used to play with now reside on reverse ends of the nation. Fortunately, each variations are included in every platform’s respective subscription service at no further cost, so relying in your scenario, you could not want to fret about selecting.

GoldenEye 007

GoldenEye 007 is obtainable at this time on each Xbox (out there by means of Uncommon Replay and Xbox Sport Cross) and Swap (out there by means of Nintendo Swap On-line + Growth Pack).


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