Reviews and Problems with James Bond 007: Blood Stone
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Blood Stone: 007 review (PS3)
26 October 2011
Excerpt: It's difficult to think of a single thing that Blood Stone , the latest 007 game in a long line of 007 games, does wrong. It remains technically polished throughout. It has a reasonable number of stages that span a variety of interesting locations. There are the expected explosions, the required moment where Bond wakes up with a beautiful woman in his bed, and there are the usual car chases and fistfights.
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: 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: Like a great Bond movie, James Bond 007: Blood Stone jumps headfirst into a spectacular action scene before the opening credits even roll. Going from silently dropping enemies on a ritzy yacht right into a pair of harrowing chase scenes--first by boat on the Mediterranean and then by car on the streets of Athens--this third-person action game from Bizarre Creations makes a thoroughly memorable first impression.
Pros: Solid shooting mechanics and slick melee combat, Driving sections are a blast, Great production values, Globe-trotting story allows for lots of environmental variety
Cons: Gets off to a very slow start after the prologue, Throwaway multiplayer, Gadget sections are simply filler
Excerpt: I This mismatch of identities begins with the game’s graphics. Developer Bizarre Creations is probably best known for their driving games, having created such driving classics as the Project Gotham Racing series and most recently the excellent Blur. This is the chief reason that all the driving sections in Blood Stone are outstanding in their look and control.
Conclusion: Blood Stone is an enjoyable romp and one that Bond fans in particular should enjoy. A solid game even without the famous franchise behind it, Blood Stone has enough set pieces, twists and exciting car chases to keep any player happy. You just have to get over the slow pacing after the prologue, before being whisked away on a 007 adventure right through to the games shocking, if predictable climax.
Pros: Excellent car sequences. Great story. Superb authentic voice overs by Craig and Dench.
Cons: Slow pacing. Gadget sequences are filler. Likenesses are ok, but not great.