I think it just has to do with what you played first. For me, halo was that game.
For me Goldeneye is THE king of shooters period. For the simple reason I can't think of another shooter that has given me as much fun. Not just for the all night 4 player splitscreen sessions with a lounge full of friends, but also the first few play throughs on the single player campaign were just pure joy for me. A joy I've never been able to capture again playing shooters (excluding sandboxes like GTA).
Same here. I adored perfect dark so much, (due to rare making it as well) but goldeneye was king. I spent countless nights playing with friends. On both games. But goldeneye was THE king of the shooters on n64.
Did you play goldeneye? Mario kart? Mario 64? LoZ Oot? Majoras? Pokemon stadium? Pokemon snap? Resident evil 2? Perfect dark? Such a quality console.I played Goldeneye before Perfect Dark. Goldeneye was basically perfect. Perfect Dark never had a chance against Goldeneye, it always felt second rate. Not necessarily because it was a bad game, but simply because Goldeneye was so good, it couldn't be matched.
You're probably right to some degree.
I played Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake before Goldeneye. I still remember the first time I played Wolfenstein a few days after it was released. I was in heaven, it was the holy grail we'd all been waiting for, the first time we could really play a 3D FPS in real-time. And it was good and I loved playing it, same with Doom.
I still remember the first time I played Goldeneye. It was different. I was transfixed. It wasn't just good, it was sublime, it was perfection.
The only other game that gave me a similar feeling was the first 3D GTA, GTA 3 Vice City on the PS2. Although San Andreas was a far better game, so in that case Vice City being first was definately a big factor.