You know his name. You know his number. If you’re like most kids who grew up in the 90’s and early 00’s, GoldenEye 007 was the game you lived and died on. You knew every level, every weapon, and every possible way to avoid losing Natalya during that epic showdown in Control. (For those millennials out there who don’t understand that reference, that would be like having to catch the very rarest Pokemon 1,000 times while hiking Mount Everest). Those good times don’t have to remain distant memories anymore. The creators of the GoldenEye: Source mod for Valve’s Source engine (originally released in 2005 and largely forgotten over the last several years) have given their nod to Rareware’s N64 classic a complete refresh. Feast your eyes and ears on this trailer. You may want to sit down for this one.
GoldenEye: Source is a multiplayer only game (so no having to worry about Natalya this time around), but instead of only the default few multi-player levels found in the N64 version, it features 25 fully recreated maps based on both the original single and multi-player levels. It also boasts 10 different gameplay modes and all (yes, even the KLOBB) of the original game’s weapons. As you can see in the trailer above, the graphics are significantly better than it’s older brother’s from the N64 days.
The game can be downloaded for free at GoldenEyeSource.net, the game’s official website. It’s important to keep in mind that this is not a full standalone game, but rather a mod. It does require Valve’s Source engine, so you’ll need an up-to-date copy of one of Valve’s Source-based games (i.e. Half-Life 2, Portal, Counterstrike-Source, etc).
Just want to listen to the updated musical arrangements based on the N64 originals? You can download the GoldenEye Source soundtrack on their downloads page. I’m not going to lie, I’m a big fan of the original soundtrack and was actually listening to the music earlier today and thinking how retro it sounded. These new compositions, while not replacements for the nostalgic sounds of the classic tracks, are still quite refreshing (especially if you always liked the GoldenEye soundtrack but wished it sounded more like a nightclub playlist).
While GoldenEye: Source is the only playable GoldenEye remake out there, there have been some other impressive efforts worthy of noting in your dossier. There’s this one, a currently unreleased version of the single-player level Facility. There’s also this one, which is basically eye candy only, but looks by far the best out of all the ones I’ve seen or heard of. Yes, there was also that GoldenEye 007: Reloaded game by EA, but even The Matrix Reloaded deserves more mention in this article than that.
Did you grow up on GoldenEye? Have you played previous versions of GoldenEye: Source? Let us know in the comments section below. If you end up downloading this latest version, be sure to share your thoughts as well.