While perusing a website dedicated to providing the latest and greatest in video game downloads, I had a twinge of excitement when I noticed the GoldenEye: Source Beta 3 announcement and download.



The highly anticipated GoldenEye: Source BETA 3 has officially gone Gold! After extensive development, and hard work by our testers, we've finally got a stable build, ready for release. The BETA 3 has been a long development process, and probably even a longer wait for our community. The process all started with the switch to the new Source Orange Box Engine, and completely started our code from scratch, in light of the new Engine. We are very excited to have finally gotten to this point, and we know that you, the fans, will be even happier once you get your hands on it. The mod is based on the original Nintendo64 game GoldenEye made by RARE Software.


I heard about this PC mod that uses the Half Life game engine and based on the original GoldenEye for Nintendo 64 a few months ago, but honestly, I kind of lost track of it over time. Apparently, it’s nearly done. Of course I downloaded the file in eager anticipation.


I remember the first time I ever saw GoldenEye 007 was at Wal-Mart (1997, crikey). No, not Gamestop, Wal-Mart. Back then, I don’t even think there was Gamestop. The closest thing we had to Gamestop was Electronics Botique or Babbages, but they were at the mall which was pretty far away…so we got our new games at Wal-Mart.



So, the first time I saw GoldenEye was at Wal-Mart. They had a Nintendo 64 unit setup and running it…and this kid was playing the Facility level. He was up in the air conditioning duct and apparently didn’t know what to do so he just kept wandering back and forth. I watched for a few moments and then came to the conclusion it was the dumbest game ever.


Well, about a week later I was back at Wal-Mart (hey, who doesn’t love Wal-Mart) and saw a different level. I forget the name of the map, but the person playing had the sniper rifle and dispatched an enemy soldier in a guard tower by shooting through the glass. (No, it wasn’t the same person I saw playing the game before.)  I was blown away. It was then I knew I had to have the game. It took a few weeks, because the game was sold out, but finally, we were able to purchase it.


…GoldenEye will always be one of my all time favorite games (but not “the favorite” mind you).


It certainly wasn’t a perfect game…it had flaws…(like shooting a soldier's hat off and him not even noticing or some of the clipping issues) but it also introduced so many innovative concepts that it really set the bar high and set the standard for games that tried to emulate its excellence.



Features like split screen, dual wielding, a solid story, wicked cool multiplayer, the one hit kill Golden Gun, a sniper rifle that zooms…GoldenEye changed everything.



It really was a great game.  I don’t know how many times I played through the single player story…and I know the kids and I played countless multiplayer matches. Rockets Only. Pistols Only. It was a ton of fun.



Back to the GoldenEye PC mod…



The mod is nicely done. It installed smoothly and has some slick splash and interface screens. The weapons, maps and players are modeled very much in line with the classic version. The developers even included Steam achievements (80, I think). It's neat to see the collaborative effort and amount of work the developers put forth to turn out such a polished product. Definitely worth a look...