The REACT YouTube channel releases a fresh video featuring teens who weren’t alive when GoldenEye 007 came out to give their take on the Nintendo 64 classic.
Today, the purveyor of reactions to almost all things related to pop culture media, REACT, has released a new segment featuring teenagers playing a mini-tournament in GoldenEye 007‘s multiplayer mode. After three rounds of one-on-one competition with settings on You Only Live Twice—that is, after two deaths, players lose the match—the combat culminates to a three-person battle royale to determine who is indeed the most adept at handling the Nintendo 64’s archaic controller.
Interestingly enough, some of the teens actually recognize GoldenEye 007 when they’re handed a copy of the first-person shooter, and admit to having played it in the past. As is expected, the group remarks on the Bond title’s dated graphics, and are even confused when they walk over ammo and have it immediately added to their inventory. Nevertheless, it seems like they all had a good time with the game, as the kids laugh while spraying bullets everywhere and trying to take out their opponents using Judo chop melees.
The REACT portion of YouTube has loads of gaming goodness, with some of its most favored bits of footage incorporating seniors’ responses to video games—particularly the more violent releases. Earlier this year, the Fine Brothers’ channel put out video of elders reacting to Mortal Kombat X‘s fatalities, which garnered millions of views.
With GoldenEye 007 being one of the most significant releases for the N64 console, it makes sense for the REACT channel to see how it holds up years later with the current generation of young gamers. As many would argue, the title is always good for a trip down Nostalgia Lane, and that it’s still plenty of fun to play. Pierce Brosnan taking on Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in the game is certainly one piece of evidence regarding its enjoyability.
Of course, a game as old as GoldenEye 007 is bound to have its flaws, especially when compared to newer, more polished releases, but there’s no denying that some titles’ imperfections can oftentimes produce amusing, if not completely gleeful results. One would be hard-pressed to find a gamer that hasn’t popped in GoldenEye in the last year and played multiplayer with their friends for a few laughs and to remind themselves why it was so well-liked in the first place.
The popularity of GoldenEye 007 persists to this day, as there are tons of fans that would insist it’s one of the best video games based on movies. In fact, the game is so ingrained in the culture that it continues to make headlines, as it was recently revealed by GoldenEye‘s co-designer that Nintendo and Rare had different visions for the title, which led to toning down the violence at Shigeru Miyamoto’s request. Without a doubt, there’s a soft spot in a great deal of gamers’ hearts when it comes to GoldenEye.
Nearly twenty years later, GoldenEye 007 remains one of the Nintendo 64’s best games and one of the medium’s most memorable titles.