GoldenEye 007 reportedly was so good that Valve changed Half-Life over it

GoldenEye 007 Rare inspired Half-Life and Valve

Back in 1997, Rare released a game for Nintendo 64 called (*checks notes*) GGoldenEye 007? Have you heard of that? Anyway, people say it was kind of good. It revolutionized first-person shooters, sold over 8 million units, and basically gave kids and adults across the world a good way to waste several hundred hours. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that GoldenEye 007 influenced a lot of FPS games that came after. But a story is now making the rounds about how the game directly influenced the development of another FPS masterpiece: Half-Life by Valve.

AI and Games recently made a video talking about GoldenEye 007 and why its AI was, for the time, just so darn good. In the midst of that, they highlighted a quote from David Doak, a former Rare developer involved in the creation of GoldenEye and pseudo-sequel Perfect Dark and later TimeSplitters. Doak said in 2018 to GamesRadar, “My favorite moment was meeting the original Valve guys at ECTS, a UK trade show, in 1998 and them joking that GoldenEye had forced them to redo a bunch of stuff on Half-Life. They went on to do all right.” Considering the games share some AI systems in common, the quotation was likely in reference to that.

In any case, if you have the time, check out the full video on the subject of the game’s AI. Doak himself assisted with the video.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!