If GoldenEye 007 had been the only James Bond game ever produced, it would’ve been enough to cement Bond’s legacy as a classic video game character. Over the past sixty years, Ian Fleming’s super-spy has conquered both the printed page and the silver screen, but for gamers of a certain age (including some famous ones) the Nintendo 64 shooter remains the definitive Bond experience. During the late 90s, it didn’t matter if players were Bond fans, or even any good at first-person shooters. When friends got together, it was GoldenEye all the time, every time.
Unfortunately, most other Bond games don’t deserve their license to kill. Some, like the PlayStation 2’s 007: Everything or Nothing, hold up fairly well. Others, like 2012’s ill-fated 007 Legends, waste good ideas on games with low production values and shoddy gameplay. Then there are games like 007 Racing and GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, which would’ve been better off self-destructing after playing. The less said about those, the better.
In fact, it’s been a while since 007 starred in a truly great gameplay experience. Maybe – just maybe – players aren’t looking for their spy-based action in the right place. While Grand Theft Auto 5‘s crass humor and high-octane shenanigans don’t really seem like a good fit for Bond’s suave brand of espionage, YouTuber Joris Prudhon did a pretty good job recreating the trailer for Spectre, the upcoming James Bond film, in Grand Theft Auto 5’s San Andreas.
Most of the trailer’s major beats made their way into Prudhon’s remake, although some of the moments – mainly, hiding the-man-who-must-be-Ernst-Blofeld’s face during the climactic conference scene – require a little bit of creative license. Still, Prudhon’s done this kind of thing before: last fall, his Grand Theft Auto 5 remake of the Star Wars: The Forced Unleashed trailer became a minor viral sensation, racking up almost 750,000 hits.
Bond appeared in Grand Theft Auto 5 previously, when a different group of video makers remade Skyfall’s opening train scene in Rockstar’s open-world criminal simulator. In fact, Grand Theft Auto has become oddly synonymous with recreations of popular trailers. And in at least one instance, enterprising players flipped the script entirely, remaking Grand Theft Auto 5’s iconic reveal trailer in Cities: Skylines.
So far, nobody’s announced plans for an official Spectre tie-in. Activision was the most recent company to hold the James Bond license. However, Activision’s 007 titles quietly disappeared from digital distribution platforms in early 2013, leading many to assume that the license has veeb revoked. More recently, Telltale Games co-founder Kevin Bruner told an interviewer that he would “love” to make a James Bond video game.
Source: Joris Prudhon