Although rumors have lately been unavoidable that a remaster of Rare’s acclaimed N64 shooter, GoldenEye 007, is coming soon, for now there has been no official announcement. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for a remaster of golden eye play this kind of game again. A new Steam shooter, Agent 64: Spies Never Dieis basically the answer to the question: What if the team that created golden eye on N64 received modern tools and technologies? The result is a fun retro shooter that feels different from most other “boomer shooters” today.
For those who were waiting for news of one golden eye remaster, this year’s non-E3 festivities were supposed to be where we finally got some official news on the long-awaited port. However, this did not happen. And while leaked versions of a remaster are out thereit looks like an official port isn’t coming anytime soon, although some speculate that we might hear something during an upcoming Nintendo Direct which itself it’s still just a rumor. Anyway, the absence of a GE 007 the reissue is a shame. I know many people who grew up playing and loving this game and Rare’s other classic N64 shooter, perfect darkand generally missing level-based shooters with various objectives and fast-paced gunplay.
So for those who like this type of console shooter, I would recommend loading up Steam and downloading the new demo for Agent 64: Spies Never Die, an upcoming indie shooter that makes no secret of what it tries to be. This is a game built from the ground up in Unity to recreate the feeling of playing an N64 era shooter.
Technically, this is not the first demo for Agent 64 to be freed. However, the latest – released in 2021 – was a bit too rough around the edges to enjoy. This new demo is impressive, showing how far the developers have come since this last release. Although the narrative is a little light in the demo, the real reason to play Agent 64 is here. You feel it in the way the game perfectly captures that distinctive auto-aim feel of those N64 classics. It’s the kind of shooter you can play with a mouse and keyboard, but after replaying the demo a few times, I much prefer a controller as the thumbsticks and triggers feel better suited to this style of gameplay. stock.
Just like in the original rare shooter, you select a difficulty level in Agent 64. Depending on what you choose, you have different amounts and types of goals. On harder difficulties, the game also spawns more enemies and also changes the layout of the level. It adds a huge amount of replayability to this demo level alone. I ended up re-running this demo level at least six times, trying to get a faster time.
Something I’ve always loved golden eye and similar N64 shooters are how they used auto-aim. For those unfamiliar with it, it might seem like it makes the game easier. And I guess in some ways it lowers the skill ceiling, allowing more people to play without frustration – at least at lower difficulty levels. But it also allows you to focus more on movement, exploration and your goals. It feels good when it’s done well, and in Agent 64 auto aim works perfectly. This leads to situations where you bump into an area and quickly drop three enemies as you move. It’s all very satisfying and badass.
Visually the game is much better than a real N64 game, but not too better. In place, Agent 64 it looks like it fell from some weird alternate timeline where the N64 was the last game console ever released and people just found other ways to get power from it. The game also has visual settings that can make it less pretty and even a nice CRT filter, with screen distortion, so you can relive those classic nights of getting up too late while playing hours of golden eye on some crappy old TV with your siblings or your friends.
Although there are a lot of retro shooters these days, most of them are inspired by fast and nervous PC shooters of yesteryear as earthquake Where Loss not the console shooters that were once popular on PS1 and N64. Sure, I love a good “boomer shooter”, but it’s cool to also see this era and style of FPS getting some modern day love.
Although the new demo only has one level, what’s here has me excited to play the full game, which is slated to launch later this year. Even better, the developers behind the game have promised mod support and plan to add more levels after release. So while the rumor golden eye remaster may not be released anytime soon, at least we will eventually Agent 64 and possibly a ton of levels to enjoy while we wait.
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