Pussy Galore (James Bond)

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent

GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is a James Bond video game developed and published by Electronic Arts. The player takes the role of an ex-MI6 agent who is recruited by Auric Goldfinger, a member of a powerful unnamed criminal organization, to assassinate his rival Dr. No. Several other characters from the Bond film series make appearances throughout the game in a non-canonical setting, including Pussy Galore, Oddjob, and Xenia Onatopp as well as Francisco Scaramanga, playing a Q type character with the voice and likeness of Christopher Lee, who played the same character in 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun. The model on the cover of the video game box is Patrick Price.

Reception

Rogue Agent is largely considered to be an attempt to recreate the success of one of the best selling video games in recent history, GoldenEye 007, which was a first-person shooter for the Nintendo 64 based on the Bond film GoldenEye. Aside from the character Xenia Onatopp, the Uplink multiplayer level, and the fact that both involve a good agent going bad, GoldenEye: Rogue Agent actually has nothing to do with either the film GoldenEye or its video game adaptation although his scarred appearance considerably resembles Sean Bean's portrayal of rogue agent Alec Trevelyan in that film.

Rogue Agent was preceded by the critically acclaimed Bond game Everything or Nothing which featured the likeness and voice talents of Pierce Brosnan and Willem Dafoe. Rogue Agent, however, was released to mediocre reviews. Reviewers criticized its lack of innovation and personality, despite its unique premise, as well as its mediocre gameplay.

Plot

Three years after the incident which claimed MI6 agent Jonathan Hunter's right eye, he is evaluated through a holographic simulation in which he is paired with 007 to stop Auric Goldfinger, a member of OCTOPUS, from detonating a suitcase nuke inside of Fort Knox. He fails the test, and is held directly responsible for the "death" of 007, although there is nothing the player can do to save 007. Charged with "reckless brutality", he is dismissed from MI6. As he leaves the headquarters, he is seen reading an offer by Goldfinger to enlist in his organization.

GoldenEye accepts Goldfinger's offer and is recruited as his enforcer, meeting with him at Auric Enterprises, where Goldfinger's scientists have developed a weapon known as the OMEN (Organic Mass Energy Neutralizer), which releases energy capable of breaking down organic matter on a nearly atomic level, resulting in disintegration. For his job of eliminating Dr. No, a fellow official of the criminal organization who has declared war on Goldfinger's branch of the organization, GoldenEye is given a gold-hued cybernetic eye created by Francisco Scaramanga, another official of Goldfinger's organization (from which he receives his codename "GoldenEye") Scaramanga provides upgrades for the eye, starting with MRI vision. At Hong Kong, GoldenEye has to get a sniper rifle to take down Dr. No with the EM hack feature. At the Midas Casino, GoldenEye has to get to the vault (which can be found in multiplayer) to protect the OMEN with the magnetic polarity shield. At the Hoover Dam, GoldenEye has to kill Xenia Onatopp. At The Octopus, GoldenEye has to download the navigation coordinates with the magnetic field. He is eventually sent to Crab Key, where he confronts Dr. No. During their duel, GoldenEye uses his mechanical eye to sabotage the island's nuclear reactor, causing it to electrocute Dr. No. Upon No's death, Goldfinger contacts GoldenEye and informs him that he believes he is too dangerous to be left alive, and that he had contacted GoldenEye earlier and told him to activate a program which would shut down the Lair's defense grid. Goldfinger reveals that he is intent on taking over the Lair, and leaves GoldenEye to die in the impending nuclear meltdown. GoldenEye, however, manages to escape in Dr. No's osprey before the reactor overloads and the island is destroyed in a big explosion.

GoldenEye returns to the Lair intent on confronting Goldfinger. Pussy Galore rendezvous with GoldenEye and informs him that Goldfinger has used the OMEN to wipe out most of the Lair's guards, and taken control of it. Scaramanga provides the mechanical eye with a computer virus which he can use to overload the OMEN.

GoldenEye fights his way through the Lair, eventually reaching the area where Goldfinger and the OMEN are. Goldfinger traps GoldenEye inside a chamber which he claims will soon be devoid of oxygen. GoldenEye now plants the virus in the OMEN, causing it to explode in a burst of energy, killing Goldfinger and his troops. GoldenEye and Galore leave the Lair aboard Galore's chopper, and Scaramanga and SPECTRE's Number One (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) later discuss what to do with GoldenEye, and decide to simply see what he does next before proceeding.

Multiplayer

The game featured a highly customizable multiplayer component as well. It features 4-player split screen play, as well as online play on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions. On November 26, 2006, the servers for both versions were shut down due to "inactivity" online. Players can unlock additional customization options, skins, maps, and gametype variations by playing through Story Mode and performing well. There are some locked skins such as Oddjob, Dr. No, and Xenia Onatopp. There are also locked maps such as the Pump Room, Carver's Press, the BathHouse, the Vault Core, the Lower Turbine, the Fissure Platform, Dr. No's Reactor, and GoldenEye's Retreat.

Weapons

  • Mk2 Detonator - A weapon which launches grenades that stick to any surface, and detonate after pushing the fire button again. Note that the when the AI fires a shot with these, those shots are set to detonate after a short period of time.
  • SPEC 9 - A Walther P99. This pistol has infinite ammunition.
  • AR4 Commando - A Barrett M468 rifle equipped with a scope.
  • Venom 200ml - A gun which fires darts that inject drugs into an adversary. It has different effects on GoldenEye and the AI.
  • Jackal .357 - A .357 Desert Eagle magnum.
  • HS90 - A FN P90. A FN F2000 can be seen in the Lair level but not used.
  • Mamba Shotgun - A very powerful shotgun, although only effective at very close range.
  • Predator MG - A minigun, apparently designed for anti- aircraft purposes.
  • Harpoon RL - A rocket launcher.
  • Longbow SR - A DSR-1 sniper rifle.
  • Omen XR - A rifle which uses organic mass energy neutralization technology to vaporize oppenents.
  • Magrail - A gun which fires high caliber bullets with high speed. It is the only gun in the game that can shoot through walls.
  • The golden gun is also available in the game as a secret in the Hong Kong level.
  • OE Patrol - Can be unlocked by Randomised Weapons but is an HS-90 and powerful.

Cast and characters

Sequel

A sequel was originally planned but scrapped due to poor sales and reviews. The game's ending suggested a sequel as well. According to various sources, the sequel would have included vehicles and a longer story mode. On the EA website for GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, a form with many questions about what fans wanted to see in the next game was available. Rogue Agent's engine for the DS was used as a concept for a version of Halo: Combat Evolved for Nintendo's handheld (informally called Halo DS), but didn't get past verification, despite a playable demo was made.

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