The World Is Not Enough (video game)
|The World Is Not Enough|
North American Nintendo 64 cover art
Black Ops Entertainment (PS1)
2n Productions (GBC)
|Release date(s)||Nintendo 64
|Genre(s)||First-person shooter, stealth|
|Distribution||1 × CD-ROM, Cartridge|
The World Is Not Enough is a first-person shooter video game based on the James Bond film of the same name. The game was published by Electronic Arts and released for the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation console systems in 2000. The Nintendo 64 version was developed by Eurocom and the PlayStation version was developed by Black Ops Entertainment, who had previously developed the James Bond game Tomorrow Never Dies. Eurocom would later go on to develop the Bond games 007: Nightfire and the 2010 remake of GoldenEye. Versions of The World Is Not Enough for the PC and the PlayStation 2 were planned for release in 2000, but were later cancelled. This game marks the fifth appearance of Pierce Brosnan's James Bond, the game included his likeness but not his voice.
Coming off the lukewarm reception of the previous Bond game, Tomorrow Never Dies, it was decided that The World Is Not Enough would go back to its roots as a first-person shooter, popularized by the success of the Bond game GoldenEye 007. In the Nintendo 64 version, it would also see the reintroduction of the multiplayer portion of the game.
British agent James Bond 007, (Voiced by Adam Blackwood with the likeness of Pierce Brosnan) must protect Elektra King (Sophie Marceau) from the evil terrorist Renard (Robert Carlyle). However, it turns out that King is working with Renard to blown up Istanbul with a nuclear submarine in order to take over the world's oil market. Bond must team up with Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) to stop their plan.
The Nintendo 64 version supports the Rumble Pak controller accessory, as well as the Expansion Pak, with which the resolution of the game's graphics is enhanced to 640x480. It features 14 single-player levels, as well as multiplayer mode with 4-player support and AI bots. Like GoldenEye 007, there are three difficulty levels: Agent, Secret Agent, and 00 Agent, with 00 Agent being the hardest.
Both the PlayStation version and Nintendo 64 version featured voice acting, with most main characters reprising their roles from the film, with the notable exception of Pierce Brosnan.
The PlayStation version only features 11 single-player levels with two levels of difficulty and does not have a multiplayer mode.
The PlayStation version contains cutscenes from the film before a mission starts and when a mission is passed, which the Nintendo 64 version lacks since the console does not usually support FMV cut-scenes.
The Nintendo 64 version of the game has a multiplayer mode. Multiplayer arenas can be unlocked by completing single player levels within a time limit. Several characters are available to choose from, including an MI6 agent, M, Robinson, and even Moneypenny. Some characters' health are based on their popularity, or how they are portrayed in the movie. For example, Oddjob's health is 250, while Max Zorin's is at 200. Jaws has the most health, with 300.
As the game is a direct adaptation of the film of the same name, the characters' likenesses are derived from the archive footage of the motion picture, with all the appearances of the characters are based on the actors and actresses portrayed them in the theatrical film.
- James Bond: A British secret agent, also known by his codename '007', sent to discover the threat sent by unknown resources of terrorism. He's the protagonist of the game, voiced by Adam Blackwood in the PlayStation version and Tim Bentinck in the Nintendo 64 version.
- Elektra King: She is the daughter of a fallen oil-baron, Sir Robert King, from whom she inherited all the torch and mantle, now owning the beholds of King Industries, she goes under threat by an anarchist called Renard. Throughout the game, it clears out she is not who she seemed to be. She is voiced by Sumalee Montano.
- Renard: Born as Viktor Zokas, better known as Renard The Anarchist, is the main antagonist of the game, who was once shot in the head by 009 after Elektra escaped his clutches. Along with planning to drag the world into a massive chaos, he additionally plots to kill the head of MI6, in revenge for the bullet her agent lodged in his brain, subsequently, feeling nothing at all. He is voiced by David Robb.
- Dr. Christmas Jones: An American scientist, specialized with defusing nuclear bombs or arming them, she was stationed in Kazakhstan at ICBM base, who reluctantly teams up with Bond to follow the trails of stolen nuclear bombs stolen by Renard and his men. She is voiced by Caron Pascoe.
- Valentin Zukovsky: Previously a KGB operative and former foe of Bond's during the times of Soviet Union, now Zukovsky is a Russian arms dealer and runs a caviar factory resulted by his rich. Zukovsky is not only knows about Renard's operation, but somehow is involved in it. He is voiced by Adam Blackwood, who also voices Bond in the PlayStation version of the game.
- "R": While "Q" himself is busy with his retirement research, his personal assistant, "R" takes over control on the Q-Branch. He often contacts Bond through earpiece and informs him of the gadgetry he is carrying in his inventory, and where to use them. He is voiced by none other than John Cleese.
- "M": She is the head of MI6, therefore Bond's superior, who opened investigation on Sir Robert King and his daughter's case. Due to her past actions, she is marked for death and has to be protected by Bond while he pursues other objectives to accomplish.
- Miss Moneypenny: M's personal secretary who resides by the office next to hers, she is often seen concerned about Bond and expresses large interest into him. She is voiced by Henrietta Bass.
The World is Not Enough had very different review scores depending on console, with the N64 being considered to be the best of the adaptation. Many praised the graphics and controls of the game. Aggregating review website GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Nintendo 64 version 81.03% and 81/100, the PlayStation version 68.25% and 61/100 and the Game Boy Color version 40.00%.
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