GoldenEye 007

Common Sense Media says

Modern take on older Bond flick, as first-person shooter.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence

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.

 

Sex

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.

 

 

Language

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

Consumerism

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
Not applicable

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.

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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?

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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.

 

Families can talk 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 Wii, Nintendo DS
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 2, 2010
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii)

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Written byAnonymous December 25, 2012
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12
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Great!

First off, Goldeneye is a great game, especially if you own a Wii and you want a good, mostly clean shooter. But, if you own a Xbox or PS3 and you are looking for something that has higher quality graphics and what not (and you are allowed/can handle more violent games), then consider looking elsewhere, because the other shooters out there that are (most likely) better than Goldeneye are (most likely) more violent (because thats how shooters are these days). That said, Goldeneye has only a few bad stuffies. The usual cuss words can be heard, and there is a small spurt of blood if you shoot an enemy, but really is not a problem because the gun flash covers it up. Alcoholic drinks can be seen at a nightclub, but once again, is not really a problem. Same with the woman dressed in revealing clothing (back, shoulders, some cleavage). This game has a wonderful script, good gameplay, and some true, white-knuckle excitement. Die hard Bond fans will love Goldeneye.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 11 year old Written byggbrooks1233 February 22, 2011
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11
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perfect for tweens

my son was asking for the Call of duty black ops. i said no way and he went in to a silent treatment and said that some people at his school were making fun of him. We agreed on this game and he loves it perfect game!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old January 15, 2011
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8
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Good job with the graphics and all its really fun for both genders my 4 year old brother plays it too so why would this be bad I love being Natalya and I can shoot my dad really easy I also know all the best snyping places I love it for all the family! !? ? ? ?
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written bySand.1 November 26, 2012
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9
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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 there is little to no blood, (flashes of barely visible red show when a character is hit) However players quickly learn to shoot for the head for the instant kill. This fact made me a little uneasy about allowing my 9 year-old to play.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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