mr_bigmouth_502 wrote:All I want is to be able to run the Perfect Dark/Goldeneye-optimized build of 1964 at a consistent speed.
Well, gee, if that's all you want, just get the XBLA version of Perfect Dark, and maybe Goldeneye Reloaded. Problem solved.
Goldeneye on the 360/PS3/Wii has almost nothing in common with the N64 classic. The modern "re-imagining" is nothing but Call of Duty with a James Bond re-skin - it's only similarities to the N64 game are it's story, it's name, it's characters and some of the locations, though in all these cases there are enough differences so that Rare can't sue them. The areas they didn't apparently even try to copy the N64 game are; fun, imagination, replayability, and atmosphere. Though the modern games do have some great weather effects.
Jorpho wrote:For Perfect Dark, It already has the graphical effects and overall gameplay feel down-pat, but it annoys me just how inconsistant the speed is. Sometimes it runs with a 30fps limit like the real system, which works well for the pace of the gameplay. Other times, it forgets the limit and runs at 60fps which while fun, is inaccurate in terms of replicating the gameplay feel. Then there are the motion blur and cloaking/decloaking effects, which tend to momentarily hang the emulation and sometimes even make it go down to an absolute crawl for several seconds, usually when more than one of these effects happens at once. This is especially annoying in the Combat Simulator, as the Farsight and the tranquilizer gun are some of my favorite weapons to use.
At the moment, the best thing you can do is to use a real N64. You will have to get used to the blurriness and low frame-rate, but when you do you don't notice the problems any more, at least not if you're playing games that really grab you.
If you do decide to use a real N64, then you might want to get a backup cartridge, so you can play all commercial games (some play all regions of games - check before you buy) and all of the game hacks (aside from the ones that don't work, such as the Super Mario 64 hacks
As for Goldeneye, I haven't really tested it yet because while it's a decent enough game, there's almost no point in playing it other than for the story mode, since Perfect Dark does pretty much everything Goldeneye does, but better.
Goldeneye's single player is still excellent, and *well* worth playing. Some people think it's better than PD's, though I don't - but I do think GE's levels are more atmospheric than PD's.