As the ongoing Rare/Nintendo/Microsoft saga surrounding Rare's classic shooter, GoldenEye: 007
, drags on, Xbox 360 owners have a consolation prize to make up for the fact that the game probably won't make it onto Xbox Live. The prize? GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
The game has made it onto the list of original Xbox games compatible with the 360.
As consolation prizes go, it must be said, it stinks. It stinks of bad eggs and cabbage water. SPOnG's Andy Wilson took the time to review it back in 2004 (its year of release, back when SPOnG used to score games with letters) and gave it a D-. It was similarly received elsewhere, getting a Metacritic score of 61, with scores going as low as 20/100.
Fortunately, James Bond 007: NightFire
, which was better received, is already on Microsoft's list of 360-compatible Xbox titles
The game is from Electronic Arts' punt at the James Bond
license following the success of Rare's GoldenEye
title on the N64. It looks increasingly unlikely that Rare's game will appear on Xbox Live
, despite Microsoft now owning developer, as Nintendo owns the copyright to the game and, understandably, doesn't want to see it on Microsoft's platform.