The One With the genre busting evidence that First-Person Shooters can work on console and that there can be No Problem with Licensed Games.GoldenEye is a FPS video game adaptation of the James Bondmovie of the same name, made by Rare for the Nintendo 64 (known by some as GoldenEye 007, after the box art).The majority of the game's missions are directly lifted from the film, with some slight alterations and omissions. Several hidden missions were also included for gamers good enough to reach them; these were inspired by other Bond movies. The game's split-screen multiplayer mode allowed players to control classic Bond villains (and, through the help of cheat devices, the other four Bonds), and featured many different gameplay combinations based on weapon selection and game rules, such as "You Only Live Twice" (two lives, last man standing), and "License to Kill" (one hit kills, no matter the gun, except the Klobb sometimes).In November 2010, a remake by Activision for the Wii was released. Click here for more details.
Adaptational Heroism: Boris in the films is presented as a scumbag sellout who got all his co-workers killed and would've sent England into financial ruin just for money. In the game he is portrayed as a victim of Janus who was forced to work for him against his will.
Adaptation Expansion: Several levels in the game take place in the 9 years between the movie's gun-barrel opening and proper start. However, a few things don't match up. Namely that fact that Bond never visits Severnaya in the movie (at least not in the present-day), and he never chases Janus through a cavern en route to the giant satellite dish; indeed, the resulting level makes no sense since Bond destroys pumps to stop Janus stopping himself.
A.K.A.-47: None of the weapons have real names. The AK-47 itself is called the "KF7" (with an appropriate "Soviet" appended sometimes), and the RC-P90 is in reality the FN Herstal P90. Interestingly, the actual weapon names can be seen in a few beta screenshots.
Alien Sky: The sky often has odd colours. Particulary in Surface II where it's crimson for some reason.
Always Close: The bomb in "Statue", justified by a proximity-triggered mechanism that sets the remaining time to 15 seconds if it was higher when you got close.
The bomb in "Train" on 00 Agent always leaves you with about four seconds to escape.
Arbitrary Minimum Range: Enemies cannot shoot you if you're up in their face and slapping them which allows you to kill lone guards without wasting ammo and taking damage. Because of this, Jaws can be easy to defeat if you can remove or lure him away from any supporting troops.
Artificial Stupidity: Enemies will not open fire unless they have a clear line of sight. Railings, glass, bottomless holes, and invisible walls count as obstacles for the purpose of aiming. This turns Xenia into an Anti-Climax Boss, as you can gun her down as she crosses the bridge (she treats the bridge as a corridor). This also stumps Jaws, since he'll never fire if you simply run up and down the staircase.
Natalya during the Jungle mission. If you're not aware of where she is while you're shooting with the AR33, she'll wander into your line of fire and end up getting a few hi-power rounds in the back of the head.
Enemies are simply not programmed to avoid explosions and will very likely get themselves killed when explosive weapons are used by either you or them. An example of this is when "Enemy Rockets" is enabled, Enemies will not fire if you're less than 3 feet away from them. More than that, however, and they fire, regardless of whether or not you're surrounded by their allies.
Artistic License – Ships: The La Fayette looks nothing like a La Fayette-class frigate and rather more like an American Kidd-Class destroyer. The Dummied Out multiplayer version of the map is even called "Destroyer."
Attack Drone: Drone guns are extremely annoying (and deadly).
The Backwards R: There's Cyrillic script all over the place in some levels, some of which is genuine Russian (funnily, many crates are marked БАНАН, or "banana") and some is just transliterated English (like СТОП, which says "stop", or ВЭПОН АРМЭД, which is "vepon armed").
Bag of Spilling: Mostly justified when you start a new chapter or you're captured, but some stages starts right after the last one and you only have the PP7. It's fortunately averted in Caverns where you start with a ZMG in addition to the PP7.
Big Head Mode: DK Mode, though technically it's Big Head and Arms Mode.
Bling Bling Bang: The Golden Gun. Also, the Gold and Silver versions of the PP7.
Body Armor as Hit Points: When you pick up body armor, it will completely protect you from head to toe and absorb all of the damage that you receive until it runs out. Body armor will even protect you against headshots and explosion burns.
Boom, Headshot: A frequent result of using the sniper rifle, and the quickest way to kill someone, especially considering that the sniper rifle isn't particularly more powerful than any other weapon. The game tracks all limb, torso and headshots as well.
Boring but Practical: The Dostoveii is pretty average, but if you use it correctly (especially in multiplayer) it can be deadly. The same can be said for some other handguns and automatics.
Bottomless Magazines: Two of the energy weapons (the Moonraker Laser and Taser) have unlimited ammo. The Watch Laser however, does not.
Cold Sniper: Bond gets a sniper rifle in the Surface level.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Enemies seem to follow a Law of Chromatic Superiority where green mooks are regular soldiers and aren't much of a threat, brown mooks are officers (and seemingly the weakest, given that they almost exclusively use pistols) and black mooks are Janus operatives and are by far the most dangerous. Blue mooks (Spetznaz) zigzag this trope though, what with some being stronger than green mooks and others being even stronger than the black ones.
Their AI is about the same regardless, it's the weapons they pack and their level of armor that makes them more or less dangerous.
Cutscene Incompetence: The ending of Surface II shows Bond running into a bunker and getting captured without even putting up a fight.
Damsel in Distress: Natalya gets captured how many times in this game? Let's see. First in Severnaya, where Bond meets her in the same predicament. Then at the Statue Park in St. Petersburg. Then after the Russians arrest them. Then Ourumov gets ahold of her, leading to the tank chase, and you only recover her two missions later. That's four in total, before she takes a level in badass. Moneypenny even lampshades this to a degree in the Train briefing: "That girl again, James?"
The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Look straight up and fire a rocket launcher. If you wait a minute or so around the same area, you will eventually see the rocket fall back to the ground and explode.
The slides of all the semi-auto pistols lock back when out of ammo. Similarly, the grenade launcher's cylinder and the Cougar Magnum's cylinder and hammer work every time the trigger is pulled, detail rarely seen in games of the era.
Also, the Auto Shotgun has a shell holder that gradually empties as you reload if you have five shells or less in reserve.
The episode Depot ends with a cutscene of Bond entering a train and killing two Mooks. The gun he uses is the same one you had out when you ended the mission with, with the exception of explosive ones or being unarmed/combat knives. In fact if fast enough you can kill one, and then the cutscene only shows Bond killing one.
Dual Wielding / Guns Akimbo: Almost all of the game's weapons can wielded with both hands using cheats. (it's possible to do this in single-player mode without them, but only if taken from an enemy carrying both).
Jungle features Xenia with a grenade launcher in one hand and a machine gun in the other, allowing you to use them once you manage to kill her. Unfortunately, ammo for the two weapons is virtually non-existent in the level, so you're not going to be able to have a whole lot of fun with them.
Dude, Where's My Reward?: The cheat unlocked for beating the Train level on 00 Agent is the Silver PP7, a decent gun which is in no way worth the difficulty of getting it. The much better Gold PP7 can be unlocked in the Cradle on Agent, which is also much, much easier.
Dummied Out: This game contains some of the most well-known examples of this trope, such as All Bonds mode, the Citadel map, and the castle in the Dam level.
Easter Egg: One of the programmers hid a ZX Spectrum emulator in the game's code just to see if it was possible.
Gadget Watches: Your watch is a little computer containing the game's menu, a laser, a magnet and a detonator. Oh, and it tells time.
Game-Breaking Bug: Or game breaking cheat in this case. The Invisible Bond cheat makes you become just that. Sure, enemies can't see you and won't fire at something they can't see, but mission critical NPCs also can't see you, so they won't talk or give you what you need, making the mission Unwinnable. Then again, you're probably not playing the game with cheats to actually complete the missions, so this isn't a problem for most.
There's also a button-code that allows you to toggle invisibility on and off, so it's not as debilitating as that. but it does result in Guide Dang It when the code is never mentioned in-game.
The Guards Must Be Crazy: Enemies will walk right past dead bodies and ignore bullets whizzing by their heads, since they only attack if they see you (or if you make a ton of noise). On the other hand, they also appear to be rather deaf and nearsighted.
Averted with the jailer in the Bunker, whose reaction to Bond trying to pull the "sick prisoner" gig is simply to state "You must think I was born yesterday".
Guns Do Not Work That Way: Rare didn't seem to understand the layout of the P90; the magazine becomes a huge white block that's wider than the gun frame, and the weapon ejects right instead of down. Additionally, certain guns have an incorrect magazine size. In the RC-P90's case, it has 80 bullets instead of 50. This is probably because Rare entered the amount of ammo as 50 in hexadecimal, which is 80 in decimal.
Instant Death Bullet: The famous Golden Gun, as well as the Golden PP7. In "License to Kill" mode, every bullet is this.
Instant-Win Condition: While you can riddle Trevelyan with bullets as you pursue him throughout the Cradle (assuming you catch up with him), the final battle is only fought at the base of the dish - a very small platform, where you can either keep riddling him with bullets, or... just push him off. However, you are not immune to being pushed off either...
It Will Never Catch On: Nintendo funded Rare to develop the game, but they eventually eventually dropped support because they thought the game would never sell well enough and the game simply had too many bugs to iron out. Despite Nintendo cutting funds for the game, Rare picked up the slack and paid for the rest of the project themselves so the game could be finished.
Long Song, Short Scene: Nearly every single stage had two sound themes but the second and more urgent themes are almost never heard in full.
Luck-Based Mission: Unlocking Invincibility in "Facility" depends on the random location of Dr. Doak.
"Control" is partially a Luck-Based Mission as well, since a lot depends on which side the guards come from, whether they breach the bulletproof glass and if they shoot at you or Natalya.
"Aztec" depends entirely on whether the guards at the beginning throw grenades at you or not; if they do, you will die.
Made of Explodium: A legendary example of the trope. Everything that isn't level geometry, glass or an enemy can be made to explode. Yes, including doors, under certain conditions.
This was partly due to the fact that the game creators couldn't implement a satisfactory physics system into the game, and thus the only way to make objects destructible in-game was to make them explode.
Made of Iron: Bond himself, but also Janus, Xenia, Jaws and any other "boss" characters can shrug off multiple gunshots and even explosions.
When you set Enemy Health at 1000%. Hilarity ensues when you empty a full clip into someone's head and they're STILL ALIVE.
The Mafiya: Zukovsky's criminal gang and the Janus syndicate seem to have a Mob War of sorts going on between them.
Master Of All: The RC-P90 was incredibly powerful (its power was only matched by cheat weapons and explosives), had one of (if not the) highest firing rate in the game, and had the largest ammo capacity to boot. To top it off, it used the single most common ammo in the game.
Meaningful Name: Janus (Roman god with two faces) and Xenia (Greek for "foreign" or "strange", even though she's Georgian, as we know from the film).
Mega Manning: Further to the Guns Akimbo entry above: picked up a grenade launcher and an RC-P90? Want to dual-wield those particular weapons? Well not until you've killed that one enemy who can actually do that.
Mercy Invincibility: Uniquely for an FPS, this is played completely straight, and one of the quirks maintained in GoldenEye Source.
Only Six Faces: The generic Mooks are pretty much identical, leading to Deja Vu after you mow down the same set of machine-gun toting minions three times in a row. The strange thing is that the game has over 40 random faces, but only a handful are used per load.
Optional Stealth: The game had stealth elements, namely in silenced weapons and alarms that mooks could trigger. Some levels were impossible to complete in total stealth (think Control) while others were very difficult if you blew your cover (think Frigate). Most levels were easy enough to barrel through guns blazing even on the most advanced difficulty, though.
Outrun the Fireball: The ending of the Train; except, instead of the same six minutes Bond had given Alec, you have only one minute to cut through the floor and get away with Natalya (unless you're quick enough to graze Xenia before she and Janus get away after you've killed Ourumov).
Pistol-Whipping: If you have the Sniper Rifle, your "unarmed" weapon is the butt of the rifle instead of your fists.
Respawning Enemies: Usually caused by noise or alarms being set off; stealth is the best way to avoid them.
Bunker 2 on Secret Agent or higher makes you wade through droves of mooks with automatic weapons to complete two of your objectives. The only decent weapon you can get in this level is very, very noisy. Combine that with never-ending guards and a lack of body armor in the level for a prime example of Nintendo Hard.
Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: It's difficult, but not impossible, to get enemies to run into each other's line of fire. This is made easier when they use Rocket Launchers or pull out the occasional Grenade.
The Paintball Mode cheat, which replaces all bullet holes with colorful paintballs.
DK Mode changes all characters' heads and arms to huge and bizarre proportions, mimicking the body structure of Donkey Kong.
Fast Animations make all enemies and NPCs move at hyper speed, including Bond himself, in cut scenes. Slow Animations has everyone running in a speed that almost mimics the Slow Motion used in Baywatch.
Slow Doors: The brownish metal doors from the Facility and other levels.
Songs in the Key of Panic: Whenever a critical moment happens in a level, the music will often change into a faster version of the level's theme.
The music in the Silo has a high BPM, which is fitting since it's a timed mission.
Spared by the Adaptation: Defense Minister Mishkin is murdered by Gen. Ourumov to frame Bond in the film, whereas here he uncovers Ourumov's treachery ahead of time and quietly leaves the archives, very much alive.
Boris is killed after the Cradle is destroyed by Bond in the film. In the game, he is allowed to escape after you confront him in the Control Room, and you not shooting him is required to complete the level.
Speed Run: Time attacking was encouraged by the developers, since not only does the game keep track of one's best time on each level on each difficulty, but completing particular levels within specific target times (some lenient, some strict) unlocks bonus cheat options.
Unwinnable by Design: Goldeneye was one of the first games ever to include objectives you could actually mess up, to the point where the manual has an entire page warning the player that just destroying everything won't get them far. As early as the second level it was possible to get yourself unavoidably killed (damaging the tanks in the bottling room locked the doors until the gas killed you) or just plain stuck (destroying the computer that operated the remote door left the player completely stuck until they figured out for themselves they had to restart).
On higher difficulty levels, scientist may sometimes throw a (extremely deadly) hand grenade. Who knows why a scientist would have one.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Bond tries this on the guard watching his and Natalya's cell in the second Bunker mission. However, he's too Genre Savvy to fall for that. Of course, Bond's plan isn't to make him open the cell - but to use his magnetic watch to get the keys from the guard without him noticing. Well, this latter part is actually a weird case of Gameplay and Story Segregation (it happens in a playable section, no cutscenes, and you can skip this entirely by just using the watch, getting the keys, and knocking the guard out before any dialogue pops up).
The key is actually on the wall, not the guard. So Bond really was trying to get the guard to let him out.