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Modern 2 Vintage: A Brief history of James Bond Games

The first James Bond video game hit the shops in 1983 which rocked our childhood for the Atari 2600, 5200, Commodore 64 and ColecoVision, the sideways-scrolling gameplay consisted of steering Bond’s amphibious vehicle through four levels. Then after a decade and half, Seeing as how Electronic Arts‘ James Bond based first-person shooter The World is Not Enough is shiped for Nintendo 64 and now GoldenEye 007 is due to be released for PS3 and Xbox in November 2011. Bond seems to have taken more than a few cues from Activision stablemate Call of Duty. This lack of subtlety captures GoldenEye spirit perfectly. It’s all about epic gunfights, explosions, mindless violence and, topically, a revenge plot against bankers.

To refresh your golden gaming memories we have showcaed a brief history of James Bong Games from Retro to Modern age

GoldenEye 007 (2011)

Already available on the Wii since last year, GoldenEye 007 is due to be released for PS3 and Xbox in November. Eurocom’s title a remake of the N64 classic in the loosest sense.

GoldenEye 007 seems to be giving gamers a lot of options when it comes to control settings. Along with support for the Classic Controller, it will also support some other Wii control schemes. You can use the nunchuk and Wii Remote, like other FPS games on the Wii, or even use the Wii Zapper if you prefer. This is a good move by Eurocom, the developer of the game. Having multiple control options will allow gamers to find the control scheme that works for them instead of being forced to use potentially uncomfortable motion controls.

Blood Stone (2010)

Gameplay was switched back to third-person in Blood Stone, which strangely features West Country soul singer Joss Stone as Bond’s sidekick. The game sees Bond travel around the world on various missions, including preventing a suicide bombing of the G20 at Greece’s Acropolis.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Activision’s first effort saw Bond’s return to the first-person shooter genre, with Daniel Craig’s likeness. Powered by the Call of Duty 4 game engine, Quantum of Solace follows the events of the film by the same name, as well as featuring playable flash backs to Casino Royale. The game scored an average review score of only 62 per cent but was praised for featuring the core cast from both films.

From Russia with Love (2005)

The last Bond game made by EA before they lost the licence to Activision, From Russia with Love follows the story of the book and film, seeing gamers play as Sean Connery’s Bond, with voice acting from the man himself. The game was released to fairly positive reviews with its success based on the game’s advanced graphics and gameplay difficulty.

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004)

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent was not a remake of GoldenEye but a different beast entirely. Players were cast as an ex-MI6 agent motivated by vengeance after losing on a mission to take down Dr. No.

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