Hands-On Preview of Upcoming Steam Clone GoldenEye, Agent 64

A screenshot from Agent 64 showing a single enemy in a suit standing in front of the player.

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Although recently there were rumors that the remaster of the legendary shooter Rare N64, goldeneye 007Coming soon, no official announcement yet. Luckily, you don’t have to wait for a remaster golden eye play such a game again. new steam shooter, Agent 64 Spies Don’t Dieis essentially the answer to the question: what happens if the team that made golden eye on N64 given modern tools and technologies? The result is a fun retro shooter that is different from most other modern “boomer shooters”.

For those who were waiting for news from golden eye remastering, this year’s non-e3 festivities were supposed to take place, where we finally got official news about the long-awaited port. However, this did not happen. And while there are leaked versions of the remasterlike the official port will not be released in the near future, although some suggest that we might hear something at the upcoming Nintendo Direct, which in itself so far just a rumor. Despite this, the absence GE 007 reissue is a disgrace. I know many people who have grown up playing and loving this game and another Rare classic N64 shooter. Perfect darknessand who usually miss level-based shooting games with different objectives and fast-paced gunplay.

So, for those who love these kind of console shooters, I would recommend downloading Steam and downloading the new demo for Agent 64 Spies Don’t Die, the upcoming indie shooter that makes no bones about what it’s even trying to be. It’s a game built from the ground up in Unity to recreate the feeling of playing an N64-era shooter.

Agent 64: Spies Never Die Official Trailer | Summer of Games 2022

Technically, this is not the first demo for Agent 64 will be released. However, the latest one, released in 2021, was too raw to be enjoyed. This new demo is impressive, showing just how far the developers have come since the last demo. While the demo’s storytelling is a little light, the real reason to play Agent 64 it’s here. You can feel it in the way the game perfectly recreates the signature feel of the classic N64 auto-aim. It’s the kind of shooter that can be played with a mouse and keyboard, but after a few replays of the demo, I prefer a controller as the sticks and triggers are better for this style of action.

Like the original Rare shooter, you choose the difficulty level in Agent 64. Depending on what you choose, you will have a different number and types of targets. On higher difficulties, the game also spawns more enemies and changes the level layout. This adds a huge amount of replay value to just this one demo level. In the end, I replayed this demo level at least six times, trying to speed up the passage.

Something I’ve always liked golden eye and similar N64 shooters is how they used auto-aim. For those who are not familiar with this, it may seem that this simplifies the game. And I think in a way it lowers the skill ceiling, allowing more people to play without frustration – at least on lower difficulty levels. But it also allows you to focus more on movement, exploration, and your goals. It’s good when done right and Agent 64 auto aim works great. This leads to situations where you run into an area and quickly drop three enemies as you pass by. It all seems very satisfying and snooty.

A screenshot showing a first-person shootout between distant enemies in the red room.

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Visually, the game looks much better than the actual N64 game, but too much better. Instead of, Agent 64 it feels like it fell out of a weird alternate timeline where the N64 was the last game console ever released and people just came up with more ways to squeeze the power out of it. The game also has some visual tweaks that can make it less appealing, and even a nice CRT filter, complete with screen warping, so you can relive those classic nights when you stay up too late playing for hours. golden eye on some crappy old TV with siblings or friends.

While a lot of retro shooters there these days most of them are inspired by fast and daring computer shooters. from the past like Earthquake or Rock not the console shooters that were once popular on the PS1 and N64. Sure, I love a good “boomer shooter” but it’s also great to see this era and FPS style getting some modern day love.

While the new demo is only one level, what’s here got me excited to play the full game, which is scheduled to launch later this year. Moreover, the developers of the game have promised mod support and plan to add more levels after the release. So while there are rumors golden eye the remaster may not come out any time soon, at least we will eventually Agent 64 and possibly a ton of levels to enjoy while we wait.

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