Let’s Play GoldenEye 007 on Xbox Series X: Surface Level Gameplay and Tips

For the first time ever, GoldenEye 007 is on a console other than the Nintendo 64. The port just launched on Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X|S. Best of all, you can play for free with Xbox Game Pass. Now watch as we play the GoldenEye 007 Xbox Series X Surface Level!

In addition to introducing a generation of gamers to a 3D first-person perspective on consoles, it also popularized stealth elements and split-screen multiplayer in video games. As we have previously mentioned, the Xbox Series X version features 4K resolution, achievements, and more.

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Watch our playthrough of the original Surface Level running on the native Nintendo 64 hardware!

To celebrate the launch of GoldenEye 007 on Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch, I am going to play the entire game over the next month. At the moment, I am playing on 00 Agent difficulty, although I may switch to a different difficulty setting in later levels. The videos will not feature any commentary so that you can enjoy the game as if you were playing it yourself. If you haven’t seen our previous videos, we recommend that you watch the beginning of the game.

Let's Play GoldenEye 007 Xbox Series X Runway

Let’s Play GoldenEye on Xbox Surface Level

Today, we are focused on the Surface level. This level draws inspiration from the scene in the film set in Severnaya, Russia. In the game, the Surface level sees James Bond travel to Siberia to access the bunker where the goldeneye satellite is controlled.

Playing on 00 Agent, the mission objectives are:

  • Power Down the Communication Dish
  • Obtain the Safe Key
  • Steal the Building Plans
  • Enter the Base via the Ventilation Shaft

In the Xbox version of the game, you can unlock the achievement Dual-Wielding for 20 Gamerscore. All you have to do is complete the Surface level on any difficulty setting.

Tips for the Runway Level

This is the first level in Severnaya, Russia. We will return to this area later in the game, but let’s focus on this stage for now. The first thing that you will want to do is equip your sniper rifle. This will allow you to snipe enemies from a distance. Note that there are a lot of other snipers scattered about the map.

First, you need to get the safe key. It’s located in the first hut on the left. There are guards outside of the hut that is opposite this hut (so to your right as you walk up the snowy path). Take them out before you go to the hut with the key. Once you get the key, you can follow the tree line until you reach another set of huts that have a fence surrounding them. This is where the safe is with the building plans.

Let's Play GoldenEye 007 on Xbox Series X: Surface Level Gameplay and Tips
This is the building where you will find the safe with the building plans.

After you do this, head back to where you came from and look for the large communications dish. You can’t miss it. Be on the lookout for guards the whole time as they will sneak up on you if you are not careful. Head inside the communications tower and look for the room with the computer terminal. If you’re playing on Xbox, press the A button to power down the dish. It is critical that you do not shoot and destroy the terminal or allow enemy fire to destroy it. Doing so will automatically fail the mission and you will need to restart.

Once the dish is powered down, you can head to the ventilation shaft. It’s a cylindrical-looking building with a ladder that you need to climb. The top of the vent shaft has four locks that you need to shoot off with one of your guns in order to gain access to the bunker. Once you remove the locks, just drop down and wait for the short movie sequence to play.

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