Goldeneye 007 finally makes its glorious return to consoles today, ever since it became a massive hit on Nintendo 64 back in 1997. The game will be on Nintendo Switch through Nintendo Switch Online, with online multiplayer; and Xbox through Xbox Game Pass and Rare Replay, with local multiplayer and 4K support, as well as Achievements.
There’s bound to be a lot of good multiplayer match-ups this weekend. But some players might just curse the existence of Oddjob, one of the unlockable character within the game. (You get him after beating the Antenna Cradle stage.) Some believe he is a burden in multiplayer, but others are wondering why.
Well, fret not, as we have the answers you’re looking for!
Who the Heck Is Oddjob?
Oddjob first got introduced way back in 1964 with the movie Goldfinger. Sean Connery portrays James Bond in the film, facing off against the title character within the film. But ol’ Goldie has Oddjob in his employ.
He’s a moderately sized dude who serves as Auric Goldfinger’s personal bodyguard. His size is already a threat in itself, but he can also throw his razor-sharp hat, capable of injuring anyone it comes into contact with. Here’s a clip of the film to give you an idea of that.
Played by actor Harold Sakata, Oddjob is considered one of the most iconic henchmen in the James Bond universe, right alongside the likes of Jaws and Xenia Onatopp. But when it comes to games, he isn’t so appreciated, as most people call their multiplayer matches in Goldeneye with “no Oddjob.” You can even hear a small reference to that in Ready Player One, along with
So why is Oddjob so hated? Well, it’s simple.
He’s Not the Same Character As In the Film
Though he’s of general height in the movie, Oddjob is actually the shortest character in Goldeneye 007. While that may mean other opponents tower over him, it gives him one major advantage. His short height enables him to be out of range of the normal auto-aim gunfire that players use as they roam through the halls. As a result, they actually have to stop and manually aim to hit him. And even though he doesn’t have his trusty hat, he can still mow you down with gunfire before you have a chance to hit him. That gives Oddjob an unexpected advantage over other players – hence why some folks aren’t crazy about him.
So, yeah, if you’re playing online with others and select Oddjob, be careful. You might just be chastised for your selection. (Maybe go with Baron Samedi instead?)
Regardless of Choice, Goldeneye Is Back
While Oddjob may be the, ahem, odd man out, there’s no question that it’s great to have Goldeneye 007 back for all to enjoy. You can download it now for Nintendo Switch Online and Xbox Game Pass, so jump in and get all shaken and stirred.
Even if it’s with Oddjob. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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