During the N64 era, I picked up Goldeneye, completed the game on Agent then pretty much never went back it.
A couple of years ago I decided to go back and try to play the game on Special Agent. Unfortunately, my limited skills only permitted me to play up to the Silo level, and only one or two of the later ones.
With the release of the new Goldeneye game, I decided that the time had come for me to complete a 00 Agent playthrough. No matter how hard it got, I was going to make sure that this was done.
So for the past 3 weeks or so I've been playing through my original game, all on 00 Agent. The first quarter of the game (Dam to Bunker) were surprisingly manageable. Not to say I didn't find them difficult, but considering that this was the hardest difficulty, I was making decent progress. When playing through the game on Agent, I tended to just rush though the levels, but I found that by taking my time and being stealthy I was able to make it through.
But then I reached Silo. Silo caused problems for me on my Secret Agent walkthrough, you're given a time limit to complete the entire level - which resulted in me abandoning my more careful approach, in favour of speeding through. I died many times before deciding that if I wanted to get anywhere near the end of the level, I had to be more cautious. Thus I chose to take my time, with my eye on the clock, and after many attempts I finally completed the level.
Bunker 2 aside (which relies heavily on enemy/camera placement memorisation), I was able to finish off the second quarter of the game (Silo to Statue). I started the third quarter last week, and I found it to be pretty tricky, particularly Depot. But once again I was so determined to complete this game, that I managed to make my way to the final quarter.
This last section of the game was an utter nightmare. These levels are generally quite lengthy, and like the rest of the game, there are no savepoints. So even if you die at the end of the level - its back to start all over again. This really caused me pain in Control, Caverns and Aztec. Especially because at the end of those levels, the game starts throwing in respawning enemies, resulting in the player to make a mad dash for the finish, in the hope they don't get caught by stray bullets.
Control and Aztec in particular caused me grief because I also found them to be extremely hard, certainly the hardest of the entire game. In Control, as I'm sure others who have played the game will know, you start the level in a room full of turrets. You then have to clear out practically the entire level (including another room with turrets) to make way for some lady. Then, you have to protect said lady who just stands there, while waves of guards pump bullets into your face. If either of you dies then you must return to the start of the level. Once this part is done, you must reach the exit of the level, avoiding the endless supply of respawning soldiers chasing after you. Although by this point you'll have barely any health left and will be approaching certain death.
One time I actually managed to reach the exit door and got it to open. But as I was about to push forward on the analogue stick - I was shot in the back and died. I was literally centimetres
from the finish, but nope, back to start all over again.
When I finally completed the level I found that my happiness was somewhat shortlived, because Aztec was at least as bad. Every enemy has some variation of machine gun or a laser gun, and all have pinpoint accuracy, easily shooting you from across the room. Worst of all is this giant area where all these men and turrets are all facing you when you enter, so you have to take ages popping in and out and hoping that the odd shot makes contact with someone. You also have to take on Jaws and escape another mob of respawning men at the end. Oh yeah, also no body armor, so good luck with that.
All this brings me up to yesterday, which was the day I completed Aztec on 00 Agent. This left the final level in the game: Egyptian, which was...
Surprisingly easy actually! Probably the easiest 00 Agent level, and it was quite fun aswell. Once this was done I had finally done it, and achieved my goal in completing the game on 00 Agent!
What are your experiences of the game? Did anyone else manage to complete it on 00 Agent? tl;dr:
I completed Goldeneye on 00 Agent, and I'm happy.