Excerpt: James Bond should be the perfect gaming protagonist. He’s a gun-slinging action hero, with a pre-built character who can do plenty more than just run and gun. He can visit casinos, drink Martinis, get off with women and drive bombastically fancy cars. Unfortunately, in the many iterations of Britain’s top secret agent, he never seems to be done quite right.
Conclusion: 007 Legends is rushed, short, frustrating, and wastes several interesting scenarios. It’s at best slightly above average (several bits in Moonraker ), but largely painfully average or excruciatingly below average. And then it ends with a sudden stop and a blast of late DLC. No thanks, I’ve got a new film to watch for the third time.
Excerpt: Happy birthday, James! The James Bond film franchise turns half a ton this year. With Skyfall taking in over one hundred million dollars in box office sales so far, the five decades don’t seem to have slowed the genre-defining spy movie series down at all and given the that our favourite British Spy has enjoyed over three generations of avid fans it it is absolutely fitting for Activision to want to create a game to commemorate some of James Bond’s most memorable action...
Conclusion: Making a good Bond game, you think, would be a walk in the park. But time and time again you see developers and publishers trying to force a winning formula down a set path, aping other games, and coming out the worse because of it. 007 Legends is bland, uninspiring material that even the most ardent Bond fan might struggle to enjoy. Maybe next time, Mr Bond.
Excerpt: On a dark and stormy night, 007 stalks a miscellaneous airfield, on the prowl for a man named Goldfinger. While viewing the airfield through his smartphone a handler orders Bond to go undercover. Presumably, this means set off an EMP charge that causes a nearby hovering jet to crash, then leap onto a passing semi-truck and bound off of that into the base itself. Airplanes begin exploding left and right for no apparent reason outside of spectacle.
Conclusion: Concept: Draw inspiration from the James Bond films, and then make them terrible
Graphics: Everything looks cheap, with clipping and animation glitches throughout
Sound: I honestly thought I heard grunting sound effects from Mortal Kombat on Genesis
Playability: Even when the game functions, it’s thoroughly unenjoyable
Entertainment: This game is sure to disappoint FPS fans and Bond aficionados alike