Quantum of Solace Review for Xbox 360

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Bond is well modelled and animated in the game
Bond is well modelled and animated in the game

Bond is well modelled and animated in the game

In addition to the hand-to-hand skills and the P99, Bond can of course pick up weapons as he goes along. You can carry three in total, and can switch between them and swap them for new weapons as you find them. The only one you can't swap is the P99 - it is Bond's signature weapon, after all - but this still leaves you two other slots for the wide variety of pistols, machineguns, grenade launchers and sniper rifles that you will come across throughout the game.

A useful addition to the CoD4 engine is a Gears Of War-style 'cover' system that lets you use various features of the landscape. And you'll find yourself using it, a lot. Move towards any surface and tap A and Bond will press himself against it. You can then pop out of cover using the aim button and blast any bad guys, before dropping back in. Point in the direction of a different piece of cover and tap A again, and Bond will dash over to it - if you've played Gears of War, you'll know how this works, and it works equally well in this game. Those of you out there who might be thinking you won't need to use cover, because you're a sh*t-hot FPS expert, think again, because the bad guys in this game are smart, and they get smarter and deadlier the further you get into the game.

Often one of the biggest moans about a FPS, or indeed, any game which presents you with AI opponents, is that the bad guys either all seem to be totally stupid - running blindly into the open one after another to let you gun them down - or they always appear in the same place and run through the same patterns. Not in this game, oh no. The AI is absolutely top-notch, with the bad guys behaving for all the world like human players. They use cover, they provide covering fire for each other, they employ flanking tactics, and they think on their feet too. Shoot one who's hiding behind inadequate cover, and don't be surprised if his mate doesn't leg it away from you out of sight, and then reappear 10 seconds later behind you, having climbed the stairs, raced across a balcony and come at you from your blind side. These guys are Clever, with a capital 'C', and I was only playing on the second difficulty setting - I shudder to think what the opponents are like on the hardest one!

So... you've got lots of guns, challenging opponents, great environments... all in all, the elements of a great FPS. Except of course, that this is more than just an FPS, this is a Bond FPS. So as you play through, various other challenges come your way. There are door codes to crack, computers to hack, and stealth sections to tackle. These parts of the game could, if implemented badly, have harmed the gameplay, but thankfully they don't. The door cracking/computer hacking is all done by way of simple push-button puzzles. Press the right buttons at the right time, and you succeed. Fail, and you don't. Failure could mean you simply have to try the code over again, or it could mean that you get pounced on by a bunch of security guards and have a fight on your hands - either way it doesn't spoil the fun one iota.

It doesn't quite have the graphical polish of CoD4 but it's still a good looking game.

It doesn't quite have the graphical polish of CoD4 but it's still a good looking game.

Even the stealth sections - often the downfall in a game that isn't based solely around stealth - blend seamlessly in with the rest of the gameplay. Sometimes the stealth comes as part of the standard FPS fare, with your handler back at MI6 advising you to 'keep things quiet'. In this situation, it basically means you're better off creeping rather than running, avoiding/disabling cameras, and using takedowns or silenced weapons on the guards. In these sections however, if you do get heard, and guards get alerted, it's not the end of the level, back to the start, try it over; instead you have the chance to shoot your way out, as you'd expect of MI6's finest.

The only sections where you do fail if you get caught out are specific ones where you're required to get between two particular points without being seen. You might need to edge along a window ledge for example, without drawing the attention of guards inside the building. For this, the camera switches to a third person view, with Bond moving right to left (or left to right) and all you need to do is time your movement between windows or roaming searchlights to ensure that 007 doesn't get spotted. Sometimes this is accompanied by a 24-style split-screen to show the bad guys' movements, all of which enhances the cinematic feel. Even these though, don't penalise you too badly if you mess it up - you simply get a quick death animation and end up being put back at the point you were prior to starting out on the ledge.

The death animations themselves are worthy of a mention, as they're particularly Bond-esque, consisting of the familiar 'down the gun barrel' view followed by blood running down the screen. In a nice touch, as your energy gets low, the screen greys out, and the gun barrel begins to close in from the sides of the screen. This animation is a great visual cue to the fact that your energy is running low, as in the heat of the action, not everyone will be keeping an eye on their health. Your energy, as in CoD4, rebuilds after a few seconds if you can get into cover, and it's shown in the early stages of depletion by the Bond silhouette at the bottom left of the screen - as the colour drains out of it, so your energy level drops.

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should i get it or what?
Posted 06:44 on 16 September 2009
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I'm buying it anyways.
Posted 21:25 on 20 February 2009
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PLEASE don't buy this. It's sh*t. what this guy fails to mention is the way that the cutscenes are incredibly boring, none of the car chases that really defined the film are playable, and the enemies are just drones following set paths that lead near high explosives. THIS GAME IS A CROCK OF sh*t. DO NOT BUY IT!
Posted 00:52 on 12 January 2009
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Btw i have played EVERY Bond game and they have all lived up 2 their expectations. Bond haters can get lost! Behind Roy 100%!
Posted 16:18 on 24 December 2008
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Reckon people who dissed this were rubbish at it.
Posted 16:14 on 24 December 2008
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Picked this up for £20 in HMV using free vouchers. It's not bad. You can tell it uses the COD4 engine and the addition of cover is good. The enemy AI leaves much to be desired though and some of the level design is A to B stuff.

7/10 from me.
Posted 12:42 on 24 December 2008
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will buy for christmas thankyou :D
Posted 12:35 on 24 December 2008
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I think the review had to have been paid off.
Posted 22:20 on 12 December 2008
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This is a completely inaccurate review, this game is a 6 at best!!!
Posted 22:19 on 12 December 2008
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This gae if great. if anyone is undecided, i hope this changes your mind. GREAT multiplayer. FUN Campaign. and overall this is rainbow six vegas better graphics and in james bonds body! must have for any fan of FPS.
Posted 02:13 on 04 December 2008
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it sux
Posted 19:25 on 03 December 2008
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Beleive the hype!!!!
Posted 12:37 on 27 November 2008
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I bought the game. Jeez Roy. You really were paid to write that review. I've wasted two weeks of hard labour breaking stones in prison to buy that.

Plus, 'the boys' keep dropping the soap in the shower. It's starting to hurt now.
Posted 09:41 on 18 November 2008
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I agree with you Roy - when you did you review, you sounded like a gamer that really cares about the enjoyability of the game and content itself. I have been waiting for a new "Golden Eye" to come out for a while.

As a result of your review, I will definitely be purchasing this game. Thanks for the clarity...something that I normally do not see on other game review websites.
Posted 05:36 on 12 November 2008
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i got the game. but it has issues loading after u chase mitchell down the tunnels. it just says loading and doesnt change. anything.? xbox is not frozen. anyone know the problem
Posted 07:48 on 11 November 2008

Game Stats

Quantum of Solace
9
Out of 10
Quantum of Solace
  • Awesome FPS action with the CoD4 engine
  • Bond touches blended nicely into gameplay
  • Play through 2 Bond movies!
  • Occasional glitch here and there
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Release Date: 31/10/2008
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC , Wii , PS2
Developer: Treyarch
Publisher: Activision
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-12
Rating: BBFC 12
Site Rank: 2,210 195
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