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4. The World Is Not Enough: After the cool reception to Tomorrow Never Dies, Eurocom developed The World is Not Enough as a first-person shooter that mimicked GoldenEye. Unfortunately, like Tomorrow Never Dies, it lived in the shadow of a game much greater than it, though it's a really enjoyable shooter. The multiplayer component is particularly fun. There are PS1 and Gameboy versions of the game as well, but the N64 version is really the only one worth playing.
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3. James Bond 007: Blood Stone: Blood Stone is one of the more unique 007 games, in that it chooses to shamelessly imitate Splinter Cell and allow the player to be more stealthy instead of just shooting their way through every level. It's a fun game that's more inherently tactical than the others, though calling it complex would be a stretch, and probably more faithful to the Bond persona. Unfortunately the studio that created the game, Bizarre Creations, closed down shortly after its release, meaning we likely won't see a sequel.
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2. James Bond 007: Nightfire: Nightfire is easily the best of the 007 shooters that don't begin with the letter G. It's fun from beginning to end and still a surprisingly good looking game for something that's almost 15 years old. The campaign's length also feels just right, knowing when it's time to bow out.
Note: We're talking about the Gamecube, PS2 and Xbox versions of the game here. The PC version, developed by Gearbox Software instead of Eurocom, is largely considered to be an unmitigated disaster. Don't bother with it.
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1. GoldenEye: Like anything else was going to be in this spot. GoldenEye is not just one of those great, way too rare tie-in games that actually make the most of their license. It's one of the few games you can apply the word "revolutionary" to and not seem like you're talking out of your ass. It proved that shooters could work on consoles—even if those consoles had weird banana-shaped controllers!—and that they could work well. The campaign, mimicking the entirety of the movie, is well thought-out and filled with tons of weapons and gadgets for you to play around with. The multiplayer component of the game is legendary for ending friendships and influencing first-person shooter multiplayer from that point forward. It's to the game's credit that when most people talk about GoldenEye, there's a pretty solid chance they're talking about the game instead of the movie.