The long-awaited remake of Rare’s classic shooter 1997 James Bond golden eyes 007 Available on Nintendo Switch and Xbox consoles today – and you might want to think carefully about which version you’re playing.
As announced earlier this weekJust golden eye On Switch it has online multiplayer. But it turns out that the Xbox version of the game also has an exclusive feature that may have a bigger impact on your enjoyment: modern first-person shooter controls.
Nintendo took a timeless approach with the Switch version of the game golden eye. The game does not support any inputs that were not present on the original Nintendo 64 console, which means there is no suitable trigger to shoot from. The various control options available in the game – all carried over from the original with their Bond-inspired names such as “Honey”, “Solitaire” and “Goodnight” – only allow fire to be set to the left trigger or the A button.
The N64 console also only has one analog stick. Nintendo maps four yellow C buttons, which formed a sort of secondary D-pad, to the right switch stick, but none of the available control maps match the modern standard for two-stick first-person controls, with movement and attack on the left stick, and aim and turn right . There is also no dedicated control option.
Undoubtedly, the game will feel good if you have one of the Nintendo’s classic N64 consoles — or even better, two, so you could use one of the dual-use options — but as it is, on a standard Switch or Pro controller, the options all feel uncomfortable and will take some getting used to. (There is a workaround It includes the Switch’s Joy-Cons, but it’s kind of messy and not as convenient, plus it’s not an option for Switch Lite owners or handheld players.)
By contrast, the Xbox version adds two new control options from the original eight (although these fires are remapped from the left trigger to the right). “Diamond” is a modern classic FPS setup, where the action and feel work as usual on sticks, right trigger shooting. The game plays this way effortlessly. The other option is a fully customizable control map, which is a win for accessibility.
What about other differences between the two versions? The Switch’s exclusive online multiplayer mode works via the interface of the Switch Online lobby: create a room with some friends there, then hop in and play together as if it were playing locally. Yes – this means that you will still be able to see each other’s screens in split screen. There is no match with the available slums. It’s not exactly elegant, but if it’s the only way to play with friends, that’s a huge bonus.
In addition, the Switch version of golden eye It allows game cheats (additional modes, characters, weapons, and levels) to be unlocked by entering cheat codes, as the original version did. The Xbox version doesn’t seem to support this, and cheats have to be unlocked the hard way through gameplay. For its part, the Xbox version contains 55 new achievements.
golden eye Available in the Nintendo 64 collection that is part of Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack Subscribe to Switch. On Xbox, it’s included in Xbox game arcade Subscription, or as a free software update Rare re a group. It cannot be purchased separately on either platform.
So: modern controls and achievements, or online multiplayer and cheat codes? In an ideal world we would have them all in one copy, but we don’t. it’s your choice.