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EA Games
EA Games
GENRE: Action
PLAYERS:   1-4
February 17, 2004
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 Written by Ryan Genno  on May 20, 2004

Review: This game better give me everything or I'm going to rate it nothing!

Who doesn't dream about becoming a secret agent like the ones seen in those famous James Bond 007 flicks? The whole edge of your seat life-style and seeing the advanced gadgetry is always interesting, plus who could forget about all those gorgeous token females that James seems to meet? These 007 spy movies may be on the cheesy side, but they've been going strong for decades now, so they must be doing something right. What could be better than watching James Bond in the movies? How about playing out the action yourself in the video games? EA Games is giving us another exclusive James Bond game in Everything or Nothing. Unlike most of the past Bond games however, Everything or Nothing will be done in the third person view like in other titles such as Splinter Cell and Ninja Gaiden. Although that alone doesn't sound so bad, I remember when EA did a third person Bond game called Tomorrow Never Dies for the Playstation. To be perfectly honest: "that game sucked!" Maybe EA can pull it off this time however, and to prove how serious they are; there is going to be a lot of star power backing up this game.

If you know the James Bond movies then you know the drill: an evil mastermind wants to destroy or conquer the world and Bond has to stop him --- Blah Blah Blah! Although the plot is pretty much the same for the game, EA really wanted to make this feel like a real movie. Not only do you have Pierce Brosnan reprising the role of Bond, but you also get big Hollywood stars like Heidi Klum, William Dafoe, John Cleese (agent Q) and lots more doing the voices for the other characters. The game even has its own theme song performed by popular singer Mya (although I never heard of her personally). Mya is quite the looker here, but she said the line "Give me everything or nothing" way too much.

Everything or Nothing is definitely packed with some high production values and that brings me to the game's graphics. All the characters have very life-like faces and expressions, plus the thrilling backgrounds never get too repetitive either. The new third person view takes some getting used to if you've played the other Bond titles, but it works great for the high-octane vehicle scenes. The stealth action also works well in third person, as you can see Bond sneak behind walls for cover. There are some things I don't like about it though. In the Multi-player games, it's hard to see all the action when there is this huge character blocking a lot of screen, plus the gun action isn't too fun now either so it's hard to keep my friends interested for very long.

Bottom Line
EA Games usually knows how to make a licensed product work as a game, and they did it again here. The game has all the glitz and glamour of the movies, and the added voice talent is surely welcome too. If there was ever a game that feels like a feature film, you're looking at it right here. You want to know the most amazing part about Everything or Nothing though? Although EA was able spend all this money on the huge celebrity talent and the game's amazing presentation, this James Bond game still doesn't play nearly as well as Goldeneye 007, an ancient Nintendo 64 game from 1997. Everything or Nothing is still a solid action title, but when a game can be this difficult, it's annoying. The Lock on system isn't effective half the time, and the limited Multi-player pales in comparison to a lot of popular First Person Shooters. You don't get everything you want, but it is still way better then nothing (sorry for the stupid pun).

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