We’re far past the days of hoping for Rare’s GoldenEye 007 remaster. A quality re-envisioning of the game was in the works, but when plans fell through because of Nintendo trademarks and the Xbox 360 console, it was the current license owner, Activision, who stepped in to clear the air. And what was our consolidation prize for losing out on this legendary title? A generic FPS hyped as a remake.
Yeah, whatever happened to that game? Do we still talk about it with the same reverence we do the Nintendo 64 classic? Nope! It was nothing more than a reminder that just because video games share titles and one calls itself “a remake” doesn’t automatically make it better.
In any case, we now have visual evidence of what could have been. Footage of the Xbox 360 remaster from Rare has leaked onto the Internet, and I have no problem proclaiming this to be the game fans really wanted. Recognizable sound effects, music, and gameplay with just a touch of an upgrade to the visuals. Nothing fancy to the point of making it unrecognizable and still janky and blocky like a Nintendo 64 game. Like a fine, aged wine.
Oh, it’s so good, and this footage hits me right in the nostalgia bone. Rare’s lost cause makes me want to hunt down the cheat codes and blow up some “DK Mode” scientists! Dr. Doak isn’t going to know what hit him!
GoldenEye 007 was a masterpiece of its time, and I’m a little heartbroken after having watched this. If cooler heads ever prevail, somebody please make this happen.