Like a common spy movie cliché, GoldenEye 007 comes out of retirement for one last run.
For any gamer who was alive during the 90's, they will remember getting together with their friends and blowing each other apart in GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo 64. It was considered the pioneer in console First Person Shooters.
Now publisher Activision is releasing a new version of the game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and it is adding a little incentive to pre-order the game from different venues.
If gamers pre-order the game from GameStop the will receive a code to unlock Paintball Mode (bullet holes will be more colorful). And players will gain early access to Classic Conflict Mode, which gives each unique Bond characters their own special abilities.
An Amazon pre-order will score players a Black Moonraker Laser Rifle Skin.
And Best Buy pre-orders will grant players Tag Mode and Invisibility Mode. In Tag Mode the player who is it cannot eliminate any other character until they tag another player. In Invisibility Mode players can go momentarily invisible.
It's not clear whether the incentives will entice gamers to pre-order the game. It comes out Nov. 1 and the bonuses are a little on the late side. The GameStop pre-order bonus might be compelling, since it seems that Activision will charge for the content later on.
GoldenEye: Reloaded was already released for the Wii last year as an almost completely new remake. Meaning the game sports a different campaign and more modern gaming norms. However, the Wii fell out of favor with hardcore gamers with a lack of compelling content as Nintendo strove to appeal to more casual gamers.
The new game is a port to the Xbox 360 and PS3 with much improved graphics from the Wii. Also included is the Mi6 Ops Missions. It offers new levels with challenge objectives like Assault, Elimination, Stealth and Defense.
One of the most compelling features will probably be the inclusion of 4-player split screen. The split screen competitive gaming mode has recently fallen out of favor with most FPS. Developers will claim they are concerned about players' experience, but it also has the added bonus of generating more money for companies, since each individual player will have to invest more in hardware and software. But now old-school shooter fans will get to relive the days of gathering around the TV and screaming at their friends for looking at each others' screens.