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James Bond 007: Blood Stone Member Review for the PC

Ivory_Soul By:
Ivory_Soul
01/01/11
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
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GENRE Action 
PLAYERS  
PUBLISHER Activision 
DEVELOPER Bizarre Creations 
RELEASE DATE  
T Contains Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence

What do these ratings mean?

The Good: Fun stealth, great set pieces, takedowns are brutal, interesting locales

The Bad: Shooting feels weightless, driving sections are underdeveloped, story is iffy, voice acting is stiff

Most movie based games are disasters, but when you take a movie license and do something original with it it can turn out for the better. Bizarre Creations (Blur, Project Gotham Racing) has taken the helm of the Bond license to create the third entry into the series, but this is completely original with no movie tied to it. You play as Daniel Craig's Bond and you're, once again, trying to stop some evil thugs from doing evil things. While the story borderlines paper thin it's the action that we want.

Since Craig took the spotlight as Bond his style is more brutal, raw, and realistic instead of the campy, funny, and smooth talking past Bonds. He's all about melee, guns, and less on gadgets and whether you like this better is up to you. While Everything or Nothing is the best Bond game in recent memory Blood Stone is pretty decent. There are car chases, gun battles, and stealth sections that balance out nicely.

The stealth areas consist of sneaking around cover and meleeing guys, and shooting them in the head without getting caught or it's going to be a firefight. This can be very satisfying when you learn patrols, and execute accordingly. You can earn Focus Aim by doing a takedown, and this is just a one shot kill, but you only get three. This comes in handy during stealth sections when you have multiple guys to take down in one area, or are in a bind with your health.

Shooting is solid enough with blind fire from cover, and the aiming is solid, but all the guns don't really pack a punch. They feel light and sissy like and completely not Bondlike at all. There's a good variety of them, but you won't care because you can't tell the difference between any of them! There are some fun set pieces such as slo-mo sections, some cinematic camera angles when jumping around, and a lot of explosions so it's packed full of action.

The racing sequences are something to be desired because it's just drive from A to B and chase this guy. There's no attached weapons or anything, and the cars drive like crap half the time. The cars either have severe understeer, oversteer, or feel really floaty. Coming from a developer who specializes in racing games this is a huge surprise.

The game looks decent, but not up to par with current games. The racing sections look nice, but the characters feel last gen, and everything just looks meh and sterile. The sound is pretty generic with pew-pew gun fire, and the voice acting feels stiff despite being from real actors. Blood Stone is a great weekend rental, and don't even expect multiplayer to keep you interested for much longer.


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