GoldenEye 007

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Modern take on older Bond flick, as first-person shooter.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 40 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

While you're a secret agent "good guy" working for the British government, you are shooting and killing enemies in this game. The overall message is that violence is the solution for problems you face. Plus, there are many multiplayer modes where gamers are shooting other human opponents and not A.I. characters from the film.

Positive Role Models & Representations

James Bond isn't a bad guy -- he's taking down enemies who want to unleash a powerful weapon on innocent people -- so in this respect he's a good role model. But because he's killing hundreds of enemies with all kinds of weapons, some might argue he's not a good role model. The James Bond character is also a womanizer and known for drinking alcohol.

Ease of Play

The game offers four different ways to play, so you can choose one that suits your skill level, plus there are varying difficulty levels to choose from, too.


This "Teen"-rated video game is a first-person shooter, so much of the gameplay has you aiming a gun and firing at enemies, tossing grenades, or using your hands as weapons (such as pushing an enemy's head against a wall). Small amounts of blood can be seen from shot enemies and in some cases, such as larger bosses, dramatic slow-motion effects kick in during final blows.



There is one brief scene in which a man and woman are kissing and stroking each other. Dialogue such as "watch your hands" can be heard.




There is some mild profanity in the game, such as "ass," "hell" and "damn."


The game features the likeness of actor Daniel Craig, the current James Bond actor, and this game is tied to the 1995 flick GoldenEye.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GoldenEye 007 one of the few "Teen"-rated shooters because while there is quite a bit of violence, there isn't much blood or gore. Yes, some red blood can be seen while shooting at enemies -- and they're bad guys -- but it's considerably less graphic than other first-person shooters. There are also some suggestive scenes and words in the game, but both are minimal.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 11-year-old Written bySand.1 November 26, 2012

The best FPS of its day.

This was the best FPS when it was released for the N64 and it still holds up today. I let my 9 year old play it, but it may not be for all 9 year-olds. The th... Continue reading
Adult Written byjunkmail7997 July 17, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written byInsert_user_nam... January 26, 2021
If your kid has seen the Bond films they can play this.
Teen, 14 years old Written byThomas Platt July 16, 2019

Not For Under 13.

I think this is fine for 13 or 14. It’s not really graphic at all, and there is only a little bit of blood, but the game telling the player to shoot in the head... Continue reading

What's it about?

It would be an understatement to say GoldenEye 007 was an influential shooter when it debuted in 1997: not only did it cleverly combine intense first-person action with stealth gameplay and fuse a memorable single-player campaign with multiplayer modes, but it also singlehandedly shifted the focus on shooters away from the PC and onto the TV-connected consoles. Fast-forward to today, and Activision has launched GOLDENEYE 007 for the Nintendo Wii, a spiritual successor to the 1997 hit. While it's not a remake, this new offering delivers a modern take on the classic Bond flick, GoldenEye, now starring Daniel Craig, and more importantly, reigniting the shooter genre for the Nintendo platform. The story involves stopping the hijacking of a deadly weapon by a fellow agent believed to be dead.

Is it any good?

GoldenEye 007 is great fun on the Wii for those who like first person shooters. Take on the role of the famous secret agent, who must run and gun or stealthily use cover to remain unseen (it's up to you). The 8-to-10-hour solo campaign features many memorable missions and introduces familiar Bond characters, weapons, gadgets, and locations from the film (and previous game). Vehicle-based missions and challenging boss fights add to the fun. Graphics are good, though certainly inferior to other recent shooters, such as Halo: Reach and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, likely because of the hardware limitations of the Nintendo Wii. Also, be aware that you can't skip through the cut-scene sequences in the story mode. But the game really shines in the many multiplayer modes, both split-screen on the same television or online with up to eight friends. Whether you've played the original game or not, this new reimagining of the spy thriller is a blast -- and one you'll likely play well into the future.

Online interaction: GoldenEye 007 offers many different online modes -- nine, in fact -- all of which pits you (or your team) against other human players. Some are team-based, too. You can't talk with friends (or strangers) or hear inappropriate comments from others because the game doesn't support this feature. But all involve killing each other.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how movie-based games seem to be much better when they're not tied to the launch of a new film. Whether it's Batman, Ghostbusters, or James Bond, the best video games weren't rushed out the door to be released with a new theatrical release. Agree or disagree?

  • Families can also talk about the impact of violence in children's media. Why is it that so many games feature violence? Does violence sell?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Activision
  • Release date: November 2, 2010
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
  • Last updated: November 27, 2019

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