Saturday, July 24, 2010

Muliplayer GoldenEye Goodness at Comic Con

Activision was on hand to show off GoldenEye Wii's multiplayer action at Comic Con yesterday.  As I've written before, this game will live or die on its four-player mode.  It's the reason the Nintendo 64 GoldenEye was so beloved by teenagers and college students all those years ago, and they'll want to see if the remake captures that same magic.

I'm actually quite impressed with the footage seen here.  Eurocom, the UK developers, are making all the right moves, to bring back the old fans.  Visually, the game looks quite excellent, and the action is very fast.  This is very important; arcade-style games have always been very fast paced, with an easy pick-up-and-play quality that encourages the kids to drop in another quarter.  It's a value that has been lost over the years, as Playstation and Xbox came to define home video games.

GoldenEye is perfectly positioned to become a great hit on the Wii.  It fits into a perfect niche, without any real competition.  Wii Party and Just Dance 2 for the Expanded Audience, NBA Jam, Kirby and Donkey Kong Country 4 for the traditional gamer.  Maybe Epic Mickey could become a hardcore-gamer crossover hit.  Maybe that new Batman & Robin game will bring in all the old Streets of Rage and Final Fight fans.

Anyway, nothing is guaranteed in the video game business, but that's why it's such an interesting business to cover.  Everything now lies within the developers' hands.  If they create solid, well-constructed games with strong content, the public will reward them.

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