007 Racing

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007 Racing
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Developer(s) Eutechnyx
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Distributor(s) MGM Interactive
Series James Bond video games
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s)
  • NA 20 November 2000
  • EU 15 December 2000
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

007 Racing is a racing video game based on the James Bond license. It was developed by Eutechnyx, published by Electronic Arts, and released in 2000 exclusively for the PlayStation console system. This game marks the seventh appearance of Pierce Brosnan's James Bond; the game included his likeness but not his voice. Including many revived characters from previous entries, the game is considered to be a spin-off out of the original chronicles.

Gameplay[edit]

In 007 Racing the player takes on the role of British secret agent Commander James Bond behind the wheel of some of his most famous vehicles from the then-current 19 official films. Cars include the Aston Martin DB5 made famous in its initial appearance in Goldfinger, the Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only, and the BMW Z8 that briefly appeared in The World is not Enough as well as 7 other automobiles. Each car is equipped with all the usual gadgetry and weapons issued by Q, the Quartermaster of a special branch of MI6 referred to as Q-Branch. 007 Racing is often compared to the 1983 video game Spy Hunter because of the weapons, gadgets, and the goal of destroying your enemies on the road.

Gadgets and weapons[edit]

Most of the gadgets and weapons in 007 Racing are inspired by the James Bond films, specifically Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, and The Living Daylights.

Storyline[edit]

In 007 Racing, a high ranking European diplomat and businessman plans to hijack a shipment of NATO weapons and smuggle them to international terrorists inside cars that roll off the assembly line of his automotive plants. As Bond, it is up to the player to stop him. Fortunately, the gamer is supplied with some of the most famous gadget-filled cars from the Bond universe to thwart the evil villain.

The story opens with Bond rescuing Cherise Litte from an Eastern European country (presumably Estonia) and getting her over the border in his Aston Martin DB5. Upon his return to London he is informed by M that a freighter carrying top secret NATO weapons including laser-guided surface-to-air missiles, long range missiles, missile shields, latest GPS technology and Q equipped BMW 750iL bound for Halifax was intercepted in the Labrador Sea, south of Greenland. Bond is tasked with finding the cargo. Mission takes him to New York City where he is met by his friend from CIA Jack Wade. Upon arriving in New York he is informed by villain that a bomb has been planted on his car and that any attempt to defuse it or slow down the vehicle will cause it to explode. Bond jettisons the car in Hudson river.

Bond continues on with finding EMP device that was stolen and destroying ten computers in distribution center from which a car transporter carrying the smuggling cars. He intercepts the transporter with his Aston Martin. Bond then goes to Mexico with his BMW Z3, to where he was pointed by questioning transporter driver. He is trying to track Zukovsky and once he manages, he finds out that behind everything is Dr Hammond Litte, Cherise's father, and that her rescue was just a decoy mission aiming to distract him from freighter. Bond then engages in race with Xenia Onatopp and her Ferrari F355 after which he gets captured and taken to Louisiana. He manages to escape and finds the stolen BMW after which he pursues and destroys the boat driven by Jaws.

Back in New York, Bond downloads the files from four limousines with his BMW Z8 and discovers that Litte's real plan is to release a deadly virus that will kill millions. Bond then goes to the Baltic Sea with his Lotus Esprit and after infiltrating opponent's underwater base he destroys the plane transporting the virus.

Cast[edit]

Character Likeness Voiced by
James Bond Pierce Brosnan Adam Blackwood
Dr. Melody Chase Caron Pascoe Caron Pascoe
Cherise Litte unknown Rebecca Reichert
Hammond Litte unknown Tim Bentinck
Xenia Onatopp Famke Janssen Elizabeth Carol Savenkoff
Valentin Zukovsky Robbie Coltrane Adam Blackwood
"R" John Cleese John Cleese
"M" Judi Dench Kim Restell
Jaws Richard Kiel N/A
Jack Wade Joe Don Baker Bill Mondy
Georgi Koskov Jeroen Krabbe Alistair Abell

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 55.91%[1]
Metacritic 51/100[2]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2/5 stars[3]
Electronic Gaming Monthly 2.66/10[4]
GameFan 42%[5]
Game Informer 7/10[6]
GamePro 3.5/5 stars[7]
Game Revolution C−[8]
GameSpot 5.3/10[9]
GameZone 8/10[10]
IGN 5/10[11]
Official PlayStation Magazine (US) 3/5 stars[12]
Maxim 4/10[13]

007 Racing was met with mixed reviews. It received a score of 55.91% on GameRankings[1] and 51/100 on Metacritic.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "007 Racing for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "007 Racing for PlayStation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Jon. "007 Racing - Review". Allgame. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "007 Racing". Electronic Gaming Monthly. 2001. 
  5. ^ "REVIEW for 007 Racing". GameFan. 21 November 2000. 
  6. ^ Anderson, Paul (January 2001). "007 Racing". Game Informer (93): 102. Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ JAKETHESNAKE (11 December 2000). "Review: 007 Racing". GamePro. Archived from the original on 2006-12-25. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Sparks, Shawn (November 2000). "007 Racing Review". Game Revolution. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (22 November 2000). "007 Racing Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Lafferty, Michael (15 January 2001). "007 Racing Review - PlayStation". GameZone. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Perry, Doug (21 November 2000). "007 Racing". IGN. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Zuniga, Todd (February 2001). "007 Racing". Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine. Archived from the original on 20 February 2001. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Boyce, Ryan (25 November 2000). "007 Racing". Maxim. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 

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