25 years later, GoldenEye 007’s impact on gaming can’t be overstated

GoldenEye N64 cartridge

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Opinion post by
Dhruv Bhutani

Games based on movies and licensed properties in general have rarely been good. And yet, somehow, a game based on Ian Fleming’s titular character, James Bond, starring in a good, not great movie, became the genre-defining title of 90s gaming.

It’s been 25 years since GoldenEye 007 — commonly just called GoldenEye — hit the Nintendo 64, and there’s no denying that the game left an indelible mark on the legacy of Nintendo’s console and the industry at large. Here are a few ways in which the game played a pivotal role in shaping modern first-person shooters.