We all love new videogames but recent years have shown that gamers do love a remake/remaster of the classics. This week has taken a surprising turn in that respect. We’ve known that Electronic Arts’ remake of sci-fi horror Dead Space has been due this Friday for a while, and we are excitedly awaiting all those Ishimura scares once again. But lo and behold, Nintendo just revealed that 90s classic GoldenEye 007 is set to arrive the same day! So, the question is what to play between these two epic remakes. It’s time for GoldenEye 007 vs Dead Space.
GoldenEye 007 Legacy
First off it really depends on your history with each franchise as they are wildly different. Yes, they both involve shooting plenty of enemies but that’s where the comparisons end. If you’re of a certain age, then nostalgia for GoldenEye 007, one of the best – and most iconic – first-person shooters (FPS) of the 1990s might be strong.
An N64 exclusive, Rare’s creation set a new benchmark for FPS games, even if the controls were a little janky and the framerate subpar. Everyone loved it, especially the 4-player split-screen multiplayer, running around as Odd Job being a menace with the Golden Gun. However, this is a light remake, after all, rather than a full remaster. Meaning we’ll have to wait to see how this 20+-year-old game holds up under modern scrutiny. Let us also forget about GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, shall we?
Hitting both Nintendo’s Switch Online Expansion Pack and Xbox Game Pass on Friday, 27th January 2023, GoldenEye 007 will boast new additions depending on the platform. Over on Switch, there’s an online multiplayer and widescreen mode. The Xbox edition, on the other hand, won’t feature online multiplayer but will get 4K resolution, dual analogue stick support, and “a consistent refresh rate,” notes Rare.
Ishimura outta here!
Dead Space, in stark contrast, will have you hiding behind the sofa if these developer comments ring true. The original game isn’t as old as its remaster competitor, having arrived on the scene in 2008. Scary in its original form, by all accounts this remake has had quite the overhaul. From the visuals to the sound effects, everything has not only been tweaked to make use of modern hardware but the tuning has also been designed to scare the life out of players.
Then there are the new gameplay mechanics like the new melee combat system. Or the ability to use the environment to kill foes. Additionally, for Dead Space veterans a new Survival Mode will really test their skills.
The same story remains, stepping into the shoes of Isaac Clarke, an engineer looking for his girlfriend after she sent him a distressing message. Boarding a desolate spacecraft called the USG Ishimura – gives me chills just writing the name – Clarke finds the ship seemingly empty of life. Until he doesn’t, screaming from out the shadows come the Necromorphs, horrific monstrosities that were once the crew. To survive you must utilise a varied selection of weapons that can dismember the Necromorphs.
This isn’t a game for the easily scared. It’s also not coming to Game Pass or any other service currently. You can still pre-order or just buy it on the 27th January for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.
Tomorrow is GoldenEye 007 vs Dead Space. Which will you be playing?