Do you recognize that setting above? If you grew up playing Goldeneye 007 on your Nintendo 64, you probably DO recognize it as the setting for the game’s first level, Dam… Except it’s far too modern to be part of a game that came out nearly 20 years ago. In fact, the original looked more like this:
Video games sure have come a long way since 1997. I’ve previously covered the modernization of Goldeneye 007 here in my blog. Earlier this year, someone re-created the Facility level in the game using Unreal Engine 4. That wasn’t a re-creation of the game, however. You’re not actually able to play it, it’s more of a “Look what I made” kind of video… But it made me wish that someone would recreate the whole game that way.
Wouldn’t you know it? It looks like someone has. Goldeneye: Source is a PC-based modernized version of the game that countless kids grew up playing. It’s the product of a decade of hard work from a team of hardcore fans, and it received its first update in more than 3 years this week. Included are 25 recreated maps, 10 different multiplayer modes, and redesigned versions of the game’s 28 weapons.
As you can imagine, it’s a vast improvement over the blocky graphics and choppy performance (at least during explosions) of the original game. Just have a look:
One of the unfortunate aspects is the fact that the game is multiplayer only. There’s no single-player campaign mode or anything like that. But it’s the perfect thing for those of you who love to get together with your friends and have Slappers-only deathmatches!
That’s a video from Goldeneye: Source, but not the most recent update. You see, the game has actually been available for years, but it was just this past week that the big update was made available. If you want to play it, your system requirements aren’t that crazy (because Goldeneye: Source was created to be run on Windows XP). It’s recommended that you have 4GB RAM running Windows 7 or later… And best of all, it’s FREE!
You can download it HERE.