James Bond 007: Blood Stone

James Bond 007: Blood Stone Review for Xbox 360

On: Xbox 360PS3PCDS

Players will experience full-throttle, behind-the-wheel action on land and sea while using the most high tech gadgetry known to James Bond 007.

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5Out of 10
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The action is brisk and punchy but painfully generic, and all of the game's major set-pieces and confrontations are delivered via cutscenes. All the player can do is run from one tedious passageway to the next, blasting away at the goons.

It's as if Blood Stone was pitched on the idea that being plainly pedestrian was somehow acceptable, or that a game which sort of ticks some of the boxes will be enough to satisfy. Whether its many failures stem from a developer out of their depth, or a team placed under unrealistic time constraints, the finished product is so overwhelming bland it's actually tiring to play. It's like eating an entire plate of rice served completely on its own.

I would say it tries hard but falls flat, but with Blood Stone you get the distinct impression Bizarre isn't even trying. Every now and then you'll do a bit of driving, for instance, which is an area you'd think the respected racing developer would be able to comfortably handle. Sadly, these bits are just as grim as the rest of the game: dull, lengthy sections designed solely to pad out the third-person shooting sequences. They might look suitably daring, with plenty of fancy bits of scenery collapsing, smashing and exploding, but these vehicular chase sequences are obnoxiously scripted - preventing you from catching your adversary until you cross that all-important invisible barrier.

Attempting to keep you from the Checkpoint Reached notification are various pitfalls: one level has you driving over ice, for instance, with bits of the frosty flooring predictably giving away every now and then, usually throwing a spanner in the works. The most frequent danger is other vehicles, and scripted traffic will often bunch up in certain formations, causing you to drive head-first into the Mission Failed screen until you memorise the layouts.

The combination makes for a particularly easy equation: average shooting and average driving make for your average licensed video game. But Blood Stone goes one step further and even sullies the license it's basing itself around, especially surprising considering the top-tier talent - and Joss Stone, inexplicably - Bizarre drafted in to work on the game. The game forgets the charm of the character, using Daniel Craig's decent performance as a springboard for banal blasting. Oh, and there's also some late-game philosophising: after gunning through virtually inexhaustible human cannon fodder for the past five hours, the game concludes with an elevator ride and some needless prattle from Mr Nemesis (over a PA system, no less) about the nature of Bond's life and profession. Seriously, Bizarre?

Occasional glimmers of hope with Blood Stone are killed by an unwavering torrent of mediocrity - I haven't even mentioned the throwaway multiplayer mode, for instance, and I think that's for the best. While a crippling lack of ambition serves to dampen any fledgling hopes of entertainment, even the cutthroat aspirations of Katie Waissel couldn't hide the fact Blood Stone is a product built on shaky foundations.

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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

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James Bond 007: Blood Stone
5
Out of 10
James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • Good voice cast.
  • The smartphone is annoying.
  • Generic driving.
  • Generic shooting.
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Release Date: 05/11/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , DS
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 16+
Site Rank: 9,208 6340
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