007 Nightfire (Nintendo Gamecube, 2002)
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|James Bond returns to battle evil on an international level in this follow-up to the best-selling Agent Under Fire. Developed by the same company responsible for The World Is Not Enough on the Nintendo 64, NightFire features a mixture of first-person shooting action and mission-based driving sequences from behind such sophisticated vehicles as the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Like Agent Under Fire, NightFire includes an original storyline as Bond embarks on missions taking place in the Austrian Alps, underneath the South Pacific, and even the depths of outer space to stop a megalomaniac named Rafael Drake. Taking key elements from Bond's 40-year history in film and books, NightFire includes familiar enemies from 007's storied past as well as new characters created specifically for the game.
Bond will once again make use of a variety of gadgets to complete his objectives, some of which can be upgraded, with missions ranging from stealth assignments to all-out search-and-destroy affairs. Making a return from Agent Under Fire are Bond "heroics," where players have the opportunity to pull off dramatic moves the suave spy is known for. Top achievements during each mission earn players various cheats for use in both single and multiplayer modes.
Nightfire was positively received across all console platforms, with reviews toward the game pointing to the realistic animation. In addition to this, graphically most users have also positively commented on the fact that James Bond and Pierce Brosnan look and move so much alike. However, while the console reviews have been generally positive, some critics believe that the main negative aspect of the game is its relatively short length. Critics also noted that Nightfire does attempt to steer away from previous Bond games (notably GoldenEye) and add a more interesting story line. Critics also derided the game's bots, as having difficulty navigating through the multiplayer maps; because of this, bots are not available in the map Ravine at all.
|Genre||First Person Shooter|
|Number of Players||1 - 4|
|ESRB Rating||T - Teen|
|ESRB Descriptor||Suggestive Themes, Violence|
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|Game Series||007 Series|
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