Rare's much lauded first-person shooter GoldenEye on N64 was awesome, broke new ground, had a billion memorable moments, delighted with classic multiplayer moments - yep, we could discuss the game's pleasantries for hours. Believe. Which is why, like the mass of fans of the venerable master, we can't wait to dirty our hands on EA's pseudo-sequel GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
Lurking undercover for around 18 months, Rogue Agent finally had the curtain officially raised on it back in March, the unveiling followed for us by a jaunt to EA headquarters in California where Chris Plummer, senior producer on the game, filled us in. (And our chat with Chris continues tomorrow in part two, where we hit him hard with an in-depth Q&A).
To begin at the beginning
"GoldenEye: Rogue Agent is a game we've been holding in secret for about a year and a half. This is a game all about being the ultimate villain in the Bond universe - that's the concept... There's something very exciting about the proposition of being able to step into the dark side of the Bond world and tap into everything that makes that such a great place and doing without the stuffy restrictions of being Bond."
Bond-ing with the villainy
"In the very first mission in the game you're flying into Fort Knox with James Bond reliving one of the most famous sequences from the film Goldfinger - Operation Grandslam. This is your first mission in the game but your last mission as an MI6 agent.
"You're kicked out - you're too aggressive, you're too brutal, you're not MI6 material. Like Alex Trevelyan in GoldenEye you take a step over to the dark side and go to work for Goldfinger.
"Goldfinger is one of the most famous villains in the Bond universe, and one of the things that we're doing very deliberately is tapping into this rich fiction that is the Bond universe in a way that no game has done before.
"If you think about the Bond films, they're not sequels to one another. Bond is the same age in 1963 as he is in 2003, and it's a timeless universe much like superhero fiction is, and you've seen the volcano lair and the Spectre board room and all these places in multiple films where all the villains kind of work together in the same secret organisation, and that is exactly the world that you'll get to tap into in GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
"You'll definitely get to fight alongside and against some of the most famous villains from the Bond universe, including Odd Job, Xenia Onatopp from the original GoldenEye, who actually works for Dr No in the game, and Jaws who works for lots of different villains in the Bond films. You'll have some pleasant and less than pleasant experiences with Onatopp."
An eye for an eye
"Goldfinger of course is a member of Spectre. The criminal organisation of the Bond universe is at war right now, Dr No and Goldfinger are struggling for power, and in this very first mission Dr No takes out your eye. And Goldfinger's scientists replace it with a cybernetic eye that becomes your namesake and you become the villain that everybody knows and fears as GoldenEye. You'll spend much of the game chasing after Dr No and seeking revenge for taking out your eye."
Location, location, location
"We'll take you around the world as most Bond adventures would take you - places like Hoover dam. If you were a fan of the original GoldenEye you'll know that a dam is a great place to have a shootout. But as the bad guy you of course now get to blow the dam and do all sorts of cool stuff like that.