The Pierce Brosnan James Bond video games will always be the greatest tenure of the secret agent’s video game tenure. Nightfire serves as a direct sequel to Agent Under Fire, and precedes Everything or Nothing. This trilogy is arguably my favorite trilogy in video games, competing with the likes of Mass Effect and Halo (I stopped after Halo 3).
Nightfire hits the ground running with a prologue mission taking place on New Year’s Eve in Paris as Bond is sniping cars from a helicopter to protect a damsel in distress. Then, just when the excitement appears to have reached its peak, you are given access to Bond’s Aston Martin to wrap up the mission in a high speed trace. In role playing games (RPG), one usually doesn’t get access to a vehicle until mission 3 or 4. Yet to give players the coolest spy car in the business in the prologue? That’s just too cool. And this is only the first of 12 missions in the game!
Nightfire takes you through every aspect of being James Bond. Stealth, lethality, suave, high octane action, cool cars, cunning, strategy, and much much more. The story is also worth being invested in. Bond is taken first to Austria where he uncovers the Nightfire files that lead to a nuclear missile launch that will destroy the world. Stereotypical for a Bond plot, yes, but nonetheless entertaining as hell. There’s even a mission where you take the Aston Martin underwater and it transforms into a submarine. Very reflective of the Roger Moore films from the 80s.
While the campaign is nothing short of perfect, it is also the multiplayer that gives Nightfire its replay-ability. You and three other friends could play with or against one another in team death matches, capture the flag, and other games in a series of maps that always keep you on your toes. Even the fact that you can choose which character to play as is thrilling enough. Not to mention the characters you can unlock. Not only can you unlock characters from the game, but you can also unlock acclaimed characters from past Bond films like Jaws, Oddjob, Goldfinger, Dr. No, and more. There is no doubt in my mind that games like Call of Duty, Halo, and other online multiplayer franchises that are popular today have taken influence from Nightfire.
Anybody who has played this game knows that I’m not lying. It’s a perfect game with endless fun. Even the missions offer chances for replay with the different hidden items and rewards you can win for getting X amount of points on the mission. My ONLY gripe with this game is that actors like Pierce Brosnan and Judi Dench did not come in to do the voices of the characters, and instead it is voice actors impersonating them. Even then, it’s not enough to NOT give this game a…
10/10 – Perfect
Story: Awesome. Gameplay: flawless. Multiplayer: fun as hell. Replay factor: On point. By far one of the most definitive games of Playstation 2, and a true gem to this day.
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