Reviews and Problems with James Bond 007: Blood Stone
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Blood Stone: 007 review (PS3)
26 October 2011
Excerpt: Bond has landed in a cover-based shooter and he's smart about it. If you put him behind a crate and an enemy is approaching his location, it's easy to creep to the edge, then duck around the side of the crate without standing up and exposing himself. Or if there's cover nearby, it's easy to roll to that cover and keep moving from there. The difference is in how long you hold down the appropriate button once you press it.
Excerpt: James Bond has been around for years now and has spawned quite a few videogames in that time. The new Blood Stone 007 is very similar to some of the first Bond games in that it is an action shooter but they've added some new features, such as driving, just to increase the excitement. Blood Stone 007 opens up with the MGM lion roaring, as if you're starting a movie.
Excerpt: Blood Stone starts alright, I suppose. There's a chase, some explosions and a bit of shooting right after a cutscene where Bond parachutes out of a plane and kicks somebody to death. You've got some jazzy opening credits - just like in the movies - where Bond punches people so hard they pop into diamonds, and Joss Stone also does a bit of singing.
Conclusion: In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better. We don’t see any good side to Daniel Craig, whose low-quality avatar barely resembles the famed actor. His voice work is also shoddy, mumbling lines and speaking quickly. It feels like he just wanted to get the whole thing over with so he could move on to real work.
Excerpt: Think fast! When you think 'James Bond video game', what genre comes to mind? Probably first-person shooter, right? Well, Activision recently served that market quite well with their remake of the classic GoldenEye . However, some of us sometimes like to actually see our favourite suave, sophisticated secret agent as he mows down bad guys and makes time with the ladies.
Excerpt: A top secret project fallen into the hands of a menacing enemy, a mission so delicate that public exposure would be considered an astronomical catastrophe, a myriad of death-defying feats and obstacles, a daring trip around the globe, one of the baddest secret agents the world has ever known, and of course the girl. One way or another he always gets the girl.
Summary: James Bond 007: Blood Stone lures players into an explosive third-person action adventure where they unravel an international conspiracy across exotic locales. Players experience full-throttle, behind-the-wheel action on land and sea while using the most high tech gadgetry known to James Bond 007, the world's most skilled secret agent.
Conclusion: driving elements. Blood Stone plays quite differently from Quantum of Solace. Developer Bizarre Creations, a studio that made a name for itself in the racing genre with the Project Gotham Series and more recently Blur, takes the helm and offers a game that with solid shooting and top notch driving sequences, but ultimately lacks any real lasting appeal.