Developer(s) Eurocom (PS2, GC, Xbox)
Gearbox Software (Windows)
JV Games (GBA)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Engine GoldSrc (PC version)
Platform(s) PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Windows, Macintosh, Game Boy Advance,
Release date November 18, 2002
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
James Bond 007: Nightfire is a first-person shooter video game that is based on Ian Fleming's British secret agent James Bond, of the secret British intelligence agency, MI6. This marked Pierce Brosnan's fourth appearance as James Bond before the release of his fourth and final Bond film Die Another Day, however, in the video game, his likeness was featured, but not his voice, which was provided by Maxwell Caulfield. 007: Nightfire was developed by Eurocom for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, and Xbox video game consoles. Gearbox Software developed the game for Windows, which Aspyr later ported to the Mac. The computer versions are substantially different from the console versions, featuring different missions and a modified story line. It was published by Electronic Arts in 2002. In 2003 EA released Nightfire for the Game Boy Advance this time developed by JV Games.Plot summary
In 007: Nightfire, James Bond is pitted against megalomaniac Raphael Drake, the world's largest green-industrialist and the president of Phoenix International. The goal of Phoenix International is to rid the world of unnecessary nuclear weapons and power plants to cleanse the environment. However, Phoenix International is soon suspected to be connected to the theft of a ballistic weapons guidance microchip that was meant to be part of the United States Space Weapon Platform. When Bond starts to investigate the Japanese branch of Phoenix International, he learns of the true purpose of the international corporation: to carry out a decades-long, secret operation codenamed "Nightfire" that when completed will drastically redraw the lines that separate the countries of the world along with their governments, and plans to take over the world by taking control of all global corporations.
The game's prologue mission (of the console) starts with James Bond helping Dominique Paradis evade enemy cars while chasing a truck with a stolen nuclear weapon. After helping Dominique from a helicopter with a sniper rifle, James Bond saves her from her car, and they go on in his. They finally make the truck crash into the river after sending an EMP into it. Dominique and James then celebrate the new year.
The game's first actual mission starts with Bond dropping in on a party for guests who have made contributions to his company, Phoenix Industries. However the party is also a cover for the exchange of the guidance microchip between Mayhew, who manages Phoenix's Japanese branch and had stole the chip from the US, and Drake. Bond is teamed up for this and the next two missions with Agent Zoe Nightshade from the previous Bond game, Agent Under Fire. Bond, Zoe, and Dominique, who is posing as Drake's wife, meet in the library. While Zoe distracts the guards, Bond makes his way to the exchange and steals the chip.
After this mission, James and Zoe must escape Drake's security in an armed snowmobile. While Zoe drives, Bond shoots with a machine gun and a missile launcher. They finally blast through a helicopter and make it to Bond's car. Then, the two escape Drake's pursuing forces in an intense car race through the streets of Austria and on a frozen lake, including taking down enemy snowmobiles and helicopters. An airplane piloted by Q comes to their rescue.
After the breach, Drake threatens to kill Mayhew should the operation fail. Mayhew then contacts MI6 and says he will provide vital information if James Bond comes to his rescue. At his Japanese house, Mayhew is attacked by Drake's men. Bond fights his way through and manages to obtain a file from Mayhew's safe, but Mayhew is killed by a Ninja during the process. The file leads Bond to Mayhew's office at the Phoenix Building in Tokyo.
Bond is able to infiltrate the building while the guards are changing shifts and secures official Nightfire documents. He is then attacked by Drake's men, however Dominique provides a distraction which allows Bond to escape via parachute off the roof of the building.
The Nightfire documents lead Bond to a nuclear power plant that is being decontaminated by Phoenix, which is actually a front for testing new weapons and stealing nuclear devices as well as being a training site for Drake's astronauts that will board the International Space Station. Bond manages to pick off a team of snipers and uses a laser implant to escape. However, he is then double crossed and captured by Kiko, Mayhew's former bodyguard. He is turned over to Drake. On the top of the Phoenix Building, Drake plans to kill Bond and Dominique, who's distraction was discovered by security cameras in the stairwell a few nights earlier. Dominique is kicked off the rooftop by Kiko and is killed. Bond manages to escape and rides the top of an elevator down to the ground floor. Just when it seems the battle is lost, Australian agent and ally Alura McCall crashes through the front doors and saves Bond.
M then sent Bond to Drake's private island, where Drake has set up a jamming signal. On the way into the island proper, they disable nuclear missiles and submarines. They then infiltrate the island by hijacking an SUV, an airplane, and finally use an anti-aircraft battery to finish Drake's forces. Next, Bond uses the ventilation system to make his way to the underground silo. Once he reached a missile silo, Bond has to fight off Kiko, and gets onto one of three space shuttles intending to capture the Space Defense Platform. Kiko then dies in the blast pit when Bond's space shuttle launches. Bond then reaches the International Space Station, where Drake is. In a climactic battle, Bond successfully sends all eight missiles off course, saving millions of lives, and causes Drake's laser weapon to malfunction, leading to a huge explosion. Finally, Bond uses a Phoenix prototype laser gun called the Phoenix Samurai to defeat Drake. As the station goes up in flames, Bond blasts from an escape pod and goes back down to Earth, where he celebrates the victory with Alura as the credits begin to roll.Characters
Main article: List of James Bond characters in Nightfire
* James Bond
* Raphael Drake
* Dominique Paradis
* Makiko Hayashi
* Alura McCall
* Armitage Rook
* Zoe Nightshade
* Alexander MayhewGameplay
Overall there are many weapons that the player can carry including grenades of various sorts and other types of explosives. In addition, there are numerous amounts of mounted weapons found throughout the game. As with previous James Bond games, the weapons that appear are based on actual weapons, but with the names changed. Some weapons appear in the console version but not the PC version, and vice-versa.
The following is a list of some of the console version's weapons and their respective real-life counterparts. Pistols -Wolfram PP7 : Walther PPK -Wolfram P2K : Walther P99 -Kowloon Type 40 : Glock 18 -Kowloon Type 80 : Glock 18 (Auto) -Raptor Magnum .357 : Desert Eagle .357 Magnum w/ laser sight -Raptor .50 : Desert Eagle .50 AE
Sniper Rifles -Tactical Sniper : Arctic Warfare -Covert Sniper : Arctic Warfare Suppressed (AWS)
Shotguns -Frinesi Auto 12 Shotgun : Franchi SPAS-12
Automatic Weapons -SG5 Commando (both versions) : Sig 552 Commando -Storm M32 : Ruger MP9 -Deutsche M9K : HK MP5K -AIMS-20 : XM29 OICW (Objective Individual Combat Weapon)
Rocket Launchers -Sentinel Guided Missile Launcher : AT-4 Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher -Scorpion : AT-4 Heat-SeekingMultiplayer
In the multiplayer mode of Nightfire, players can play in many different levels, including Fort Knox, from Goldfinger, Atlantis and the sub docking pen from The Spy Who Loved Me, and many Nightfire related levels, including Drake's castle, Drake's underwater base, and Drake's secret missile silo. Other levels include Skyrail and Ravine. The player may choose to play against AI bots with customisable reaction time, speed, and health. The amount of usable bots vary in the console version. In the Gamecube and Xbox version, up to 6 bots may be used. In the PS2 version, up to 4 bots may be used. In the PC version, up to 12 bots may be used. Some medals obtained will unlock new characters.Playable Characters
* James Bond
* Dominique Paradis
* Alura McCall
* Raphael Drake
* Armitage Rook
* Snow Guard
* Black Ops
* Phoenix Commando
* Phoenix SoldiersUnlockable Characters
* Renard - Get a Platinum Medal on Paris Prelude.
* Jaws - Get a Silver Medal on Paris Prelude.
* Baron Samedi - Get a Platinum Medal on The Exchange.
* Oddjob - Get a Silver Medal on The Exchange.
* Max Zorin - Get a Platinum Medal on Alpine Escape.
* May Day - Get a Platinum Medal on Enemies Vanquished.
* Francisco Scaramanga - Get a Silver Medal on Enemies Vanquished.
* Xenia Onatopp - Get a Platinum Medal on Double Cross.
* Christmas Jones - Get a Platinum Medal on Night Shift.
* Auric Goldfinger - Get a Platinum Medal on Chain Reaction.
* Wai Lin - Get a Silver Medal on Chain Reaction.
* Raphael Drake's Suit Look - Get a Platinum Medal on Phoenix Fire.
* Electra King - Get a Platinum Medal on Deep Descent.
* Nick Nack - Get a Silver Medal on Deep Descent.
* James Bond's Tuxedo Look - Get a Platinum Medal on Island Infiltration.
* Pussy Galore - Get a Platinum Medal on Countdown.
* James Bond's Spacesuit Look - Get a Platinum Medal on Equinox.
* Fort Knox
* Snow Blind
* Phoenix Base
* Missile Silo
* Sub Pen