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| James Bond 007: Nightfire is a first-person shooter video game based on Ian Fleming's British secret agent James Bond, of the secret British intelligence agency, MI6. This marked Pierce Brosnan's fourth appearance as James Bond before the release of his fourth and final Bond film Die Another Day, however, in the video game, his likeness was only featured and not his voice. |
The game was developed by Eurocom for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox video game consoles. Gearbox Software developed the game for Windows, which Aspyr later ported to the Mac. The computer versions are substantially different from the console versions, featuring different missions and a modified story line. It was published by Electronic Arts in 2002.
In 2003 EA released Nightfire for the Game Boy Advance this time developed by JV Games. This game was a modified version of Moonraker.
|- Developers:||Eurocom, Gearbox Software, Aspyr and JV Games.|
|- Publishers:||Electronic Arts and MGM Interactive.|
|- Platforms:||PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Windows, Macintosh (MAC) and Game Boy Advance.|
|- Genre:||First person shooter.|
|- Modes:||Single player and multiplayer.|
|- Release Dates:||November 18, 2002.|
The game is a classic first person shooter and there are many weapons and various sorts of explosives that the player can carry throughout the game. As with previous James Bond games, the weapons that appear in the game are based on actual weapons, but with the name changed. Some weapons appear in the console version, but not the PC version, and vice-versa.
The multiplayer version has many elements, characters etc. from the James Bond movies.
In the multiplayer mode the player can play in many different levels, including Fort Know (from Goldfinger), Atlantis and the sub docking pen (from The Spy Who Loved Me) and many Nightfire related levels, including Drake's castle and Drake's underwater base.
The player may choose to play against Al bots with customisable reaction time, speed and health. The amount of Al bots and human players vary in the console versions and the PC version is the only console that has on-line play.
Notable characters from previous James Bond movies is included in the game: Francisco Scaramanga and Nick Nack (from The Man With The Golden Gun), May Day and Max Zorin (from A View To A Kill), Jaws (from The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker), Oddjob and Auric Goldfinger (from Goldfinger) and Baron Samedi (from Live And Let Die).
The game's prologue mission stars in Paris, France, with James Bond helping Dominique Paradis evade enemy cars while chasing a truck with a stolen nuclear weapon. After stopping the truck from blowing up the Eiffel Tower, Dominique and Bond celebrate the new year in Paris.
M sends Bond undercover to a party in industrialist Raphael Drake's castle in Austria. M believes that the party is a cover fro the exchange of a missile guidance chip between Drake and Alexander Mayhew, who manages the Japanese branch of Drake's industry, Phoenix International, and had stolen the chip from USA. Phoenix is believed to be a front for weapon smuggling. Bond, CIA agent Zoe Nightshade and Dominique, who is posing as Drake's mistress, meet in the castle library.
While Zoe distracts the guards, Bond makes his way to the exchange and steals the chip. Bond and Zoe then escape Drake's forces in an armored snowmobile before continuing in Bond's car. They rendezvous with Q, who takes them out of Austria.
Then Drake threatens to kill Mayhew should the operation fail. Therefore decides Mayhew to contact M16 and saying that he will provide with secret information if Bond comes to his rescue. While Bond is at Mayhew's Japanese estate, Drake's men attacks them. Bond fights his way through the estate and manages to obtain a file from Mayhew's safe. During the process Mayhew is killed by a ninja.
The file leads Bond to Mayhew's office at the Phoenix Building in Tokyo. Bond is able to infiltrate the building, but is then attacked by Drake's men, before Dominique provides a distraction which allows Bond to escape via parachute off the roof of the building.
Nightfire documents lead Bond to a nuclear plant. Bond retrieves evidence of Drake's activities and escapes, but is then double crossed and captured by Kiko, Mayhew's former bodyguard, and turned over to Drake. On the top of the Phoenix building, Drake plans to kill Bond and Dominique, who has been discovered as a mole. Dominique is kicked off the rooftop and killed by Kiko. Bond escapes to the ground level and saved by Alura McCall (a Australian Intelligence agent).
M sends Bond and Alura to Drake's private island, where they infiltrates the island and eliminates Drake's men. Bond makes his way to Drake's underground silo, fighting off Kiko before entering one of three space shuttles intending to capture the Space Defense Platform. Kiko dies in the blast pit when Bond's space shuttle launches. Bond reaches the U.S. Space Defense Platform, where Drake is.
Bond successfully sends all 8 missiles off course, saving millions of lives, and causes Drake's laser weapon to malfunction, leading to a huge explosion. At the end, Bond defeats Drake and goes back down to Earth via an escape pod, where Bond celebrates the victory with Alura.
M16 and allies:
|- James Bond.||Voiced by Maxwell Caulfield (with likeness of Pierce Brosnan).|
|- Dominique Paradis*.||Voiced by Lena Reno.|
|- Zoe Nightshade.||Voiced by Jeanne Mori.|
|- Alura McCall.||Voiced by Kimberly Davies.|
|- Q.||Voiced by Gregg Berger.|
|- M.||Voiced by Samantha Eggar.|
* Dominique Paradis: "This stunning French beauty is deally suited for deep undercover operations. She's also a small arms and explosives expert. Enlisted to track down a missing nuclear warhead, Dominique has infiltrated Drake's organization. Make close contact with her, 007. You will need all of her considerable skill's to gain access too Drake's plans."
Villains: (Drake's organization)
|- Raphael Drake.||Voiced by Michael Ensign.|
|- Armitage Rook.||Voiced by Richard Whiten.|
|- Alexander Mayhew.||Voiced by Ian Abercrombie.|
|- Makiko Hayashi.||Voiced by Tamlyn Tomita.|
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The reviews of the game was generally positive and many praised the plot and the realistic gameplay. Some say it is the best Bond-game since GoldenEye 007.
- Gamespy: 4/5.
- Gamespot: 7.9/10
- IGN: 8.5/10.
- Metacritic: 72/100.
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