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Bond 007: Nightfire
A breezy mix of racing, first-person action, and track shooter gameplay set in an alternate Bond universe
The face models are impressive, and the environments exhibit a lot of detail
A nice score, witty Bond-isms, and a hilarious NightFire theme make for winning audio
The auto-targeting isn’t the greatest, but all three facets of the gameplay package are well done
Don’t think too hard and you’ll have a great, if brief time, with NightFire
Moderately High
thoroughly enjoyed Agent Under Fire. However, there were a lot of people that didn’t, most of whom felt the game was too easy, too short, and not as conceptually complex as many top console FPS titles. I expect that gamers will be equally split over NightFire, a sequel that follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor. Whether or not you like this game is going to depend on what kind of a person you are. If you’re a hardcore FPS fanatic, the kind that spends sleepless night fragging with your clan on Unreal Tournament or Counter-Strike, I doubt that you’ll find the first-person segments of NightFire to be demanding or innovative enough to be worth the time. But, if you love the silly, far-fetched vibe of the films, and want a game that tries to encompass many different aspects of the Bond mojo into one attractive package, this should do the job nicely. The single-player mode is a blast, weaving in racing, vehicular combat, rail-based shooting, first-person action, and some gorgeous cinematics into an over-the-top storyline. Unfortunately, it’s also very short, which means that you’ll have to get your money’s worth in the excellent multiplayer modes.-matt

I like this game’s inclusion of driving and rail shooting in theory, but it’s this sort of bite-sized Bond action that makes this title, in practice, less of the first-person shooter that I wanted it to be. Between that and the sometimes iffy targeting, this is glitz that won’t garner some of the FPS glamour. Of course, it’s still entertaining – which isn’t a bad thing to have going for you.

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