James Bond 007: Blood Stone Review for PS3

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James Bond 007: Blood Stone screenshot
James Bond 007: Blood Stone screenshot

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. There's even a virtual rendition of how Dame Judi Dench would look if somebody made a scale copy of her face out of Play-Doh, and then accidentally dropped it on the floor. It's all very okay.

But then it all goes completely tits up. By the end of the second level, Blood Stone has shown its true colours: not content with being slightly - ever-so-slightly - above average, Bizarre Creations has worked hard to create a befuddled mess - one that haphazardly scrambles its way across a few locations for the course of an afternoon before closing on one of the most ridiculous, unexplainable and tedious endings I've ever encountered in a video game.

Bond spends his precious 5 hours trying to work out why the game is called Blood Stone (though nobody ever attempts to fumble up an explanation) while gunning his way across the globe, sometimes taking the time required to shoot waves of identical henchmen in the forehead - usually from behind the cover of a chest-high object. And while 007 might act like a spy he moves like a truck, with a wide turning circle and sticky, finicky controls working together to make the game's staple cover-to-cover navigation gummy and cumbersome.

While a selection of near-identical SMGs and assault rifles help perforate the villains, Bond's signature P99 shows up as the mandatory sidearm. Enemies are weak and brittle, and usually a quick squeeze of an automatic weapon will put them down - though the henchman army does adopt Kevlar and helmets later on, which requires a second tug on the trigger. The end result is always the same, however: traverse a dull corridor, kill a dozen bad guys, repeat.

Bizarre attempts to mix up the combat by adding in a flimsy stealth element and one-button melee kills; the latter recharge one of three 'focus' slots which act in much the same manner as Splinter Cell Conviction's Mark and Execute system. It's simple stuff, but Focus is an interesting idea that is almost never, ever, required at any point whatsoever.

At least you can take in the sights. Bond gets his (probably fake) passport stamped at Moscow, Tunisia, Bangkok and Burma, yet Bizarre manages to take the globetrotting superspy - with all his class, decadence and penchant for finery - and strip out any sense of luxury. He might be driving a sports car which costs more than I'll earn in a decade, but his day job is about as exciting as a weekend team-building conference in Lowestoft.

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rbevanx@ thompo555

Well I think they are gonna need more than a fiver off me :p

I think someone has bought them out now, possibly Sony or someone.
Posted 20:09 on 02 January 2011
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thompo555@ rbevanx

I think it might be at the point of MGM trying to pay you to buy it! :p
Posted 20:06 on 02 January 2011
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rbevanx

I don't suppose if anyone knows if this is cheap yet?
Posted 20:04 on 02 January 2011
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ThePhantomKnight

WOW. I really wanted this game to be atleast good.
Posted 18:32 on 02 January 2011
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Highwayman

PC version looks and plays like a Wii port.... WTF! 4/10 huge waste of time porting to PC when it's dire graphics not even worthy of a X360

Goldeneye Wii is miles better in every way
Posted 17:29 on 28 November 2010
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CristalShines

Something like hitman nah ? :D
this game is worth buying or downloading ? ...
never try to play 007 ... ;]
Posted 02:53 on 28 November 2010
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SexyJams@ thompo555

I'd agree with that, this may have been a good game with some gadgets and stuff. Looks like they went for a bit of a Sam Fisher feel, but failed.
Posted 21:44 on 14 November 2010
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thompo555@ IamBugged

Thing is, this isn't even a movie tie-in! This is just a bond game, a bit like Everything or Nothing. I might be able to understand the, seemingly, lack of effort put into this if it was in conjunction to the film. I don't think they even had a time limit for this; no more than usual.

It had quite high potential as well, in my opinion.
Posted 15:29 on 13 November 2010
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IamBugged@ RAGE_OF_THORN

?

Also: Great review Martin, not that suprised though. Game to movie/ movie to game conversions virtually always suck in my opinion. I'm beginning to wonder why people even bother anymore, honestly.
Posted 12:29 on 13 November 2010
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RAGE_OF_THORN

blaaaagh ha ha ha ha ha!
Posted 11:06 on 13 November 2010
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p0rtalthinker

:( Damn guess this is a bargain bin purchase for me.
Posted 07:19 on 13 November 2010
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CheekyLee@ squidman

Ah, cool. I stopped paying attention to Bond in recent years, and did not know he had a new favourite weapon! Also meant to say earlier that I loved that review.
Posted 23:33 on 12 November 2010
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squidman@ CheekyLee

It's Bond's current pistol of choice: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com/in...p?m=ga&g=ga005
Posted 21:26 on 12 November 2010
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CheekyLee@ mikejosh1978

Um .... Goldeneye?

Martin. What's a P99?
Posted 21:02 on 12 November 2010
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mikejosh1978

So treyarchs £6 Quantum of solace still the best of this gen .
I was going to rent this but seeing as blockbuster are charging £7 for 5 days now and its really that bad then my Fable 1&2 , Beyond Good and Evil and now Bioshock 2 playthroughs are going to be much more entertaining.
Posted 17:17 on 12 November 2010

Game Stats

5
Out of 10
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • Good voice cast.
  • The smartphone is annoying.
  • Generic shooting.
  • Generic driving.
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Release Date: 05/11/2010
Platforms: PS3 , Xbox 360 , PC , DS
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 6,061 1928
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