The FN P90 is a personal defense weapon (PDW) featuring a compact bullpup design with an integrated reflex sight, a unique top-mounted magazine and fully ambidextrous controls. The weapon was designed and manufactured by FN Herstal in Belgium since 1990 (hence the "90" in its name).
The P90 made it's debut in the Bond series beginning with the 1997 video game GoldenEye 007; the weapon then made it's first film appearance in The World Is Not Enough (1999), prominently used by the film's villain, Renard and his henchmen. Renamed for copyright reasons, the FN P90 has been subsequently featured as a weapon in numerous James Bond video games as the "RC-P90", "MB PDW 90", "Bequique PS100", "PS100", "Munitions Belga PDW90", "HS-90" and the "Vargen".
The FN P90 appears in the popular Nintendo 64 GoldenEye game as the "RC-P90" featuring orange grips and a silver magazine which holds 80 rounds, which is the largest magazine capacity in the entire game, speculated to be a programming error. It can be dual wielded, and was often considered 'overpowered' in Multi-Player. It is one of two weapons used by Xenia Onatopp in the 'Jungle' level, and also appears on the levels 'Caverns', and inside a crate on 'Train' when it is played on 'Agent' difficulty.
The FN P90 appears in the game as the "MB PDW 90" in the Nintendo 64 version and as the "Bequique PS100" in the PlayStation version. In an unusual variation on a common mistake video games make with reloading the P90, the MB PDW 90 has Bond flip up the section of the receiver behind the magazine well in order to remove and replace the magazine.
The FN P90 appears in various levels throughout the 2001 game Agent Under Fire, referred to as the "Munitions Belgique PS100". The instruction manual notes that it was built for the Belgian military and features a dorsal magazine that holds more rounds than the Ingalls Type 20 or the Koffler & Stock KS7. Its superior rate of fire makes the PS100 the most lethal submachine gun in the world.
The FN P90 appears in the PC version of the game as the "Munitions Belga PDW90". It features a green finish on the stock and frame.
Appearing under the name "HS-90", the P90 is a common weapon carried by enemies in GoldenEye:Rogue Agent. It is described by the manual as a compact and reliable submachine gun, popular among guard and patrol units throughout the underworld. This translates into there being plentiful ammunition to maintain the HS-90. Its high rate of fire compensates for its light damage capabilities and poor accuracy at long ranges. The weapon has a clip size of 100 rounds and the player can carry up to a maximum of 100 rounds in addition to the active clip (200 in multiplayer). As with many weapons in the game, it can be dual-wielded by the player or by enemies.
The FN P90 appears as the "Vargen". It bears the real weapon's 50 bullet clip, though this can be expanded to 63 bullets with the gadget "high cap magazine". It is a mid-level SMG with a fast rate of fire and medium power. However, it is lacking in accuracy. The Vargen also has a long reload time. It appears in the single player, sometimes bearing a reflex sight, laser sight, or silencer. These same attachments can be equipped to it in the online mode, with the addition of n ACOG scope as well. The Vargen is unlocked at rank 30 in the online mode of GoldenEye 007: Reloaded, and at rank 29 of GoldenEye 007 (2010).
- ↑ Miller, David (2001). The Illustrated Directory of 20th Century Guns. London: Salamander Books Ltd.. ISBN 9781840652451.
- ↑ http://goldeneye.wikia.com/wiki/RC-P90
- ↑ (2001) Agent Under Fire: Instruction Booklet. Electronic Arts, p.16.
- ↑ (2004) GoldenEye: Rogue Agent Instruction Booklet. Electronic Arts, p.9.
- ↑ Goldeneye: Rogue Agent: Official Strategy Guide (Prima's Official Strategy Guides), Prima Games, 26 November 2004, p.157