Gaming Post 16: 007 From Russia with Love

The random number generator has determined that the next game I should write about is James Bond’s 007 From Russia with Love. I played it on the GameCube, and it probably was the first James Bond game that I beat.

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Not that I was unfamiliar with 007 games; I always looked to James Bond games for multiplayer, starting with Goldeneye on N64. I fought AI Bots for the first time in 007 The World is Not Enough, and in my opinion, the best multiplayer experience in the series came from the game NightFire for GameCube.

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From Russia with Love had a pretty interesting multiplayer mode too, but I don’t remember playing it all that much. I think that was because I like first person shooters better than third person shooters. The game modes had interesting premises. Most notably, I remember a stage in which there was a huge rocket in the center of the level. If someone found the launch key, they could ignite the rocket from behind protective glass and cook anyone who happened to be in the main room of the level.

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From Russia with Love’s single player mode is pretty good too. It was interesting to me because it was a depiction of the second James Bond film staring Sean Connery, and I had only played 007 games that featured Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal of Bond.

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The story brought me to a city called Istanbul. At the time, I didn’t realize just how important Istanbul was as a city of the world, but now I do. In fact, I had no idea that I would years later travel to another virtual version of the city via Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

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I would recommend this game to fans of the 007 movies, although I’m pretty sure that it has aged a bit since its original launch. This game made me want to see all of the James Bond movies. In college, I watched most of them. I think I got to the end of Pierce Brosnan’s run and stopped there. I’ll see Daniel Craig’s Bond movies eventually, but I’ll wait to watch them until some random day in the future.

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Thanks for Reading! =)

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