Fans of the best-selling James Bond videogame "GoldenEye:
007" will be able to relive some classic multiplayer
action with the Xbox LIVE release of "Perfect Dark"...
Perfect Dark To Include GoldenEye Elements
19th February 2010
Classic multiplayer maps and weapons from the
all-time best selling James Bond videogame "GoldenEye:
be available to play again next month. Now owned by Microsoft,
original developer Rare will be releasing a remastered version
of their Bond
title "Perfect Dark" on Xbox Live Arcade on March
17th 2010. The new updated version of "Perfect Dark",
which runs at 1080p HD at 60fps, will give players the
ability to use some of the classic weapons and multiplayer
deathmatch maps from "GoldenEye 007".
As with the original game, maps from "GoldenEye:
appear (Facility - AKA Felicity, Complex, and Temple) and
weapons from the Bond shooter will also be present as unlocks.
Ken Lobb from Microsoft Game Studios told Kotaku at
DICE 2010 that the port will allow players to select the
Bond weapons and will feature more "GoldenEye" levels
in multiplayer. Bond maps that were not included in the
original "Perfect Dark" release, and could be
added now, are: Archive, Bunker, Caverns, Caves and Library/Stack.
multiplayer action on the original Nintendo 64 release
Although a port
of "GoldenEye: 007" to
Xbox LIVE by Microsoft was scuppered by politics at Nintendo,
this move by Rare will allow 007 gamers to get back to some
classic split-screen action
after all. During hands-on tests for the press, Lobb admitted
that they had an Xbox LIVE port of "GoldenEye" running to the
same level as the new version of Perfect Dark,
that kept it from coming out.
As well as supporting the fondly-remembeedr
four player split-screen multiplayer mode, the new Xbox LIVE
port of "Perfect
Dark" also supports online play - up to 8 players can compete.
Above: The new "Perfect Dark"
Xbox LIVE version of Facility (AKA 'Felicity')
When Nintendo relinquished the James Bond videogame
licence to Electronic Arts in 1999, developer Rare created an
franchise - "Perfect
Dark" - to effectively deliver a spiritual successor based
on the mega-selling "GoldenEye: 007" for the Nintendo
64. Perfect Dark is a first person game similar to "Goldeneye:
007" though with more of an emphasis on stealth. Joanna
Dark can pick up and use a variety of firearms. In addition she
carries quite a few spy gadgets such as IR scanners, night vision,
probes, and a deadly laptop.
"Perfect Dark" Xbox LIVE is
only available to Xbox 360 owners with an Xbox LIVE Silver or
Gold membership, through
download from the Xbox
LIVE Marketplace. The game will be available from March 17th
2010 and will retail for 800 Microsoft points ($10 USD).