These Well-Reviewed Games Are Actually Terrible

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It's not 1997 anymore, so it's safe to say that Rare's GoldenEye 007 isn't that great. There, we said it. The graphics certainly don't hold up to current standards, but even in its heyday, the level design was subpar, the campaign monotonous at best, and don't even get us started on the glitches. And yet IGN called the game "a gem to look at and watch" and "the best single-player first-person game on any system." It was great. Note the past tense. GoldenEye 007 was so good at the time that it more than made up for the bad bits, but today, all we can see are the bad bits. Those who continue to laud it might just have their nostalgia goggles strapped on too tight.

An editor at Kotaku was incredulous and angry upon finding out that the game would be featured in an exhibition entitled Bad Is Beautiful: An Exhibition Exploring Fascinatingly Bad Games at the NYU Game Center. Replying to a terse email, curator Owen McLean admitted that he still loved the game, but it's wrong to say that it is still a "good game" in modern times. It's okay to have an emotional attachment to old titles, but we can't defend clunky controls when we have intuitive ones in modern games. GoldenEye 007 aged poorly, and anyone saying otherwise is feeling the pull of nostalgia.

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