If you're a FPS fan, whether it's on PC or console, one thing is generally agreed amongst most amateurs of the genre: GoldenEye 007, for the N64, is widely regarded as the most iconic and revered game of the genre. Not only that, but GoldenEye 007 has been used as the gold standard (yes, pun intended) for pretty much every subsequent first person shooter ever since.
In 2005, a group of developers set the gaming world on fire with their release of a mod of the popular first person shooter for PC. The mod allows players to relive the glory days of the N64 with completely revamped versions of the old maps in addition to 10 additional multiplayer modes, and completely redesigned versions of the old weapons found in the original version.
Old Meets New
While the original game was developed by Rare and ran on their own engine, the mod was created using Valve 2, the same engine that was used for Counter Strike and Half Life. So lovers of the old version will be able to enjoy the aesthetics and levels of the original version with new and improved mechanics.
No Story Mode
Some will be disappointed to know that the game was solely made for multiplayer. However, this shouldn't be that much of a disappointment since it was the game's multiplayer mode that made it so popular with fans in the first place.
The reason for this was simple. Since the mod was created independently by a non profit group of developers, there were limited resources for the creation of elaborate single missions. As a matter of fact, the developers relied solely on fan support for game servers and mirror hosting.
Also, this new version of the game allows up to 32 players at once, which is a large improvement from the original version which only allowed a maximum of 4 players at a time due to the N64’s limitations.
Even if the graphics are absolutely stunning with impressive frame rates, this version of the mod is actually very light and doesn't require to run on a uber powerful machine. As a matter of fact, anyone with a PC with at least 4gb of RAM and Windows 7 should be able to enjoy the game to its full capabilities.
All in all, GoldenEye: Source is quite faithful to the original version and is perfect for hardcore of gamers who want to play the game on their PC. The gameplay is furious with tons of new options and stages to keep players interested, and the new mechanics provide a much needed improvement from the now outdated version. This is definitely a must have for any fan of the original game and anybody can get it for free at www.geshl2.com. Enjoy!