James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire
James Bond 007: Agent Under Fire
by Electronic Arts
ESRB Rating: Teen
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• Be Bond in an original first-person adventure
• Woo beautiful Bond girls, duel devious villains, and infiltrate exotic locales
• Play with a full arsenal of Q-lab weapons, gadgets, and automobiles
• All-new single player storyline
• Support for up to 4 players in split-screen mode
Amazon.co.uk: Who'd have thought that the exploits of a secret agent could be so underwhelming? 007: Agent Under Fire isn't exactly boring--in fact, the first time you play you're sure to be impressed by the suave looks and immaculate presentation. But it soon becomes clear that this is no sophisticated vintage Bond homage. It's merely a fleetingly entertaining blast that just happens to feature some British spy dude. That isn't to say that there aren't enjoyable elements here. There are a couple of Crazy Taxi - influenced levels that work well, as well as some mildly diverting "on-rails" shooter stages. At heart, though, like the N64 masterpiece GoldenEye, this is a first-person shooter, and one that suffers badly in comparison.
The game features some clever gadgets, as well as frequent set pieces in the form of "Bond moves" that will delight the casual fan. But more experienced players will find the lack of depth here distressing. The real problem is the "intelligence" of the enemies. These are the dumbest bad guys you'll ever encounter in a video game. Coupled with the unerring accuracy of your auto aim, you could complete much of the game blindfolded. Consequently, it's difficult to feel much satisfaction, even upon saving the world. The developers have at least made an effort by providing different styles of play and a decent multiplayer mode, but 007: Agent Under Fire is (at best) an adequate game in a genre full of great alternatives. Be careful with your next Bond license, Mr. EA--it may be your last. --Steve Colton
Note: This review refers to the PS2 version of this game
Awesome Multiplayer, Not Bad Game, October 27, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Michigan
This is a good game, i really liked it, But this game doesnt even come close to goldeneye. Goldeneye was the best FPS i ever played, and this game was only ok. I enjoyed the story mode, it had a good plot, even if it wasnt based on any of the movies. But the most fun is in the multiplayer section, if you can get 2 or 3 more friends to play with you this game is great. The multiplayer is so much fun, where you can make the speed up to 250 and watch guys speed around the level, or you can change the gravity and watch guys float and do matrix-like stuff all around. Thats the most fun i had with the game, so i would recommend this game for anyone who owns an xbox and has never played any of the other bond games, but for those of you who still have an n64, dust it off and go up to your local gamestop or funcoland and see if you can find a used goldeneye, its awesome.
Please buy this James Bond fan, October 18, 2002
Reviewer: ajcar1992 from Baltimore
All those James Bond fans, this is a MUST BUY. It has amazing gameplay and graphics. Please buy it.
Decent, October 14, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from Burlingame, CA USA
One of the main reasons I bought 007 was because the last Bond game I played was Goldeneye on the N64 - which is a great game as far as the N64 was concerned. With the vast improvements in game systems since the N64's development I figured Agent Under Fire would be pretty amazing. Not exactly true.
The graphics are pretty damn good. Sound is fine, nothing spectacular. The weapons are decent, you have a good amount of gadgets and there are even a few levels in which you get to drive some tricked out Bond cars.
The big let down is the length of the levels and the overall length of the game. The missions are pretty short and everything is spelled out for you. One of the great things about the latest generation of 1st person shooters is the ability to explore your environment - not so with Agent Under Fire. These two elements combine to make the missions not only short but fairly boring as well.
If you enjoy first person shooters and have an itch to kill a lot of digital-bad-guys, buy Halo or wait till November and buy Medal of Honor.
bond is back and is worst than ever., October 5, 2002
Reviewer: Steven mack from Salt lake City, UT USA
This game [is bad]. I think that Goldeneye, The world is not Enough, and Tommorow Never Dies are by far the best of the Bond games. I think that this was not a good idea. The graphics [are bad], the gameplay [is bad], and the multiplayer is even worst. Hopefully the next Bond game will kick this ones fat ... back to the industry to teach the makers a lesson!!!
a disgrace., September 24, 2002
Reviewer: lewisvanamerongen from new york, ny United States
this is the worst bond game ever. period.
This Game is Good but Nothing Like Goldeneye, August 20, 2002
Reviewer: Christopher from Fort Rucker, Alabama United States
I enjoyed playing this game. The graphics were pretty good and the missions where not to hard but not to easy. They could have added a little more realism in the combat. (exp.Blood, boddies not dissapearing, bullets not highlighted...) I think that they also could have come up with some better weapons. There is something about N64's Goldeneye that is just not in this game. I think the missions are to laid out. Other than that it is pretty good and plenty of fun.
Recomendation, August 14, 2002
Reviewer: airviper127 from Illinois,USA
I know how you could make all the James Bond games better it's quite simple really, make it so you can play cooperative mode with friends.This could be the best game ever if it had cooperative mode.I hope that the creators see this review and take my idea into consideration.
Pay the money to buy an N64 and Goldeneye..., August 4, 2002
Reviewer: Pete Gilligan from Edina, MN United States
I can't stand what EA has done to the Bond license, they spit all over it, threw it down, stompted on it, then tried to sell it. This is crap. The gameplay is horrible, no sense of realism, and not as fluid as Halo, Max Payne, or my personal favorite, Goldeneye. I became a huge Bond fan just from playing Goldeneye - MGM made good on the franchise, so why did they suddenly give EA the rights? All the Bond games from EA have been stunningly horrible, and this one is no different.
*No Blood - Think about it.
*Flawed Controls - The Xbox controller is great for first-player shooters - what happened?
*Bad Plot - Alright, not all Bond flicks have the best plot, but this is embarassing.
*Confusing - I loved Goldeneye. You get a list of your "files", each for a seperate character, with a list of all the missions and check points next to the ones you've completed. That seems easy enough...I can' even describe what they tried to do here.
Alright, I know this review is poor, but this game doesn't deserve the time. Final ruling: Get an N64 and Goldeneye, if you look hard enough it will cost as much as this game alone, and you'll have alot more fun. The graphics aren't as good, but the game is a hell of a lot more fun.
What a shame..., August 2, 2002
Reviewer: A gamer from colorado
...Cool gadgets, good weapons, but it was all ruined by [bad] gameplay. I bought this and didn't even finish the game before I sold it. ...Please do yourself a favor and dont' buy this game - If you're a huge bond fan, then wait for the new one that is coming out later this year. The enemy AI is great in this game though, they sure do know how to run into walls for minutes on end. Oh and another funny thing, bullets seem to travel about as fast as a whiffle ball in this game. Someone could be 12 "video game" feet in front of you, but the bullets are soooo slow that they actually have plenty of time to avoid your shots (although it gets alot easier to hit them when they are continuously running face first into walls)...