Julian Widdows, an executive producer at Activision, said Wednesday in a conference call that pointer controls are his preferred method of playing GoldenEye 007 on Wii. In fact, he believes the game ups the ante for Wii Remote controls on Nintendo’s home console.
Widdows said that Activision and developer Eurocom worked “really closely with Nintendo” to make the controls as good as possible. And this partnership included “working really close with the Mario Club in Europe” to optimize Wii Remote and Nunchuk controls, he said.
GoldenEye 007 also offers players a plethora of customization options, according to Activision. In the game, you can adjust:
- Dead Zone
- Max Turn Speed
- Horizontal Turn Speed
- Vertical Turn Speed
- Cursor Sensitivity
- Auto Re-center
- Turn While Off-screen
- Aim Assist
But what about players who choose the Classic Controller Pro, especially online, to play GoldenEye? When questioned about multiplayer balance issues with various control schemes, Widdows said, “We [Activision and Eurocom] did not find it a problem with people playing with the Classic Controller Pro [in online testing].”
Activision Explains Lack of Co-op in GoldenEye 007
Activision and Eurocom hope GoldenEye 007 becomes the ultimate Wii multiplayer game. The title features a robust 4-player split-screen mode, as well as 8-player matches online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. But missing from the gamut of options is a co-op mode for friends to play together.
Widdows addressed the exclusion of co-op from GoldenEye 007. He said, “The fiction would be stretched for the single-player campaign.” He wondered aloud whom the second player would control and believed co-op just did not make sense.
When asked about a co-op mode similar to Horde (from Gears of War fame) or Firefight (from Halo fame), Widdows said those two features still did not fit into the Bond mold. Basically, Widdows felt that co-op was not a “problem that needed to be solved [for GoldenEye 007].”
GoldenEye 007 hits store shelves Nov. 2 as a standard package at a MSRP of $49.99 or as a Gold Controller Bundle at a MSRP of $69.99.
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