Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace Review for Xbox 360

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Treyarch's movie-licensed action game.

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9Out of 10
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As a Bond experience QoS delivers the goods
As a Bond experience QoS delivers the goods

As a Bond experience QoS delivers the goods

Bond, James Bond. That phrase - those three words - are enough to send a tingle up the spine of almost any self-respecting action movie fan. It brings to mind an enduring action hero. It brings to mind advanced gadgets and beautiful, dangerous women. It triggers images of super-rich megalomaniacs with plans on world domination. It conjures up memories of over-the-top action. And, for seasoned gamers, it brings to mind one of the industry's iconic video game titles: GoldenEye, from developer Rare, for the Nintendo 64. A game that did what many thought impossible: create a decent video game from a movie franchise, and more than that - a game that set the standard for console first-person shooters to follow. A standard games developers have tried, and failed, to match with numerous other Bond-licensed titles in the more than 10 years since GoldenEye's release. With the latest Bond title, Quantum Of Solace, regardless of how it fares in terms of sales, what your hardcore gamer will really want to know is: how does it compare to GoldenEye? Well Bond fans... read on!

Quantum Of Solace the movie is the second in what was described by the advanced movie PR as a 'reimagining' of the Bond franchise. Up till that point, despite MI6's most famous secret agent having been played by a variety of different actors, and having toppled more evil geniuses than you'd think one man could tackle in a single lifetime, the general idea was that each Bond film followed on from the last. Not so for Casino Royale, a new Bond movie with a new Bond that took the story back to the beginning, with a newly-licensed 007 setting out on his very first mission. Out were the larger-than-life super-rich criminal masterminds with their underground lairs, in were down-to-earth, more believable bad-guys who were simply in it for the money. Casino Royale made Bond grittier, darker, more violent and more believable, and audiences loved it.

Quantum Of Solace picks up where Casino Royale left off, literally, with Bond on the track of the mysterious individual who turned out to be behind all the bombings and subterfuge in the first movie, and responsible - ultimately - for the death of Bond's latest squeeze, Vesper. The game initially follows the plot of the movie fairly closely, with 007 taking on the mysterious money-man Mr White outside his palatial mansion, as depicted in the closing scenes of Casino Royale. All doesn't go quite to plan however, and Mr White is spirited away by his guards leaving our favourite secret agent to give chase through the mansion and its grounds, dealing with a steady supply of hostile, heavily-armed individuals along the way.

Anyone who's read anything about this game already will know that it uses the awesome Call Of Duty 4 game engine, which means that seasoned CoD4 fans will be right at home with the control system, and this can only be a good thing, because Bond is thrust right into the action; with no real tutorial mode on offer, it's basically 'on-the-job training' from the outset. Of course, Bond's not without his resources, and this includes a controller back at MI6 who monitors the action remotely and gives Bond instructions via voice coms as the plot develops. If you're new to the CoD4 engine, or to first-person shooters in general, then pay close attention to the voice in your ear, because his advice can make the difference between life and death for 007.

The CoD4 engine makes the shooting feel great

The CoD4 engine makes the shooting feel great

The first level is pretty-much standard shoot-'em-up fare, with lots of goons to gun down and not much else to worry about. Bond starts off armed with his regulation Walther P99 with optional silencer. Later on in the game when stealth becomes more important the silencer plays more of a part, but in the first level it's more there just for the 'cool' factor. Bond also has a mobile phone, from which he can access a map of the level, and review any communications from the bad guys that he has intercepted. These come in the form of mobile phones members of the criminal organisation have apparently carelessly left lying around the levels, and while not essential for the completion of each mission, they usually offer information on your objectives, and handy hints like the location of arms caches and tips on how to bypass the different security measures you might encounter.

In addition to the P99, Bond is also well trained in hand-to-hand combat. Thankfully, Treyarch decided against trying to turn this game into a half-shooter, half beat-'em-up though, and instead Bond's close-quarters skills are put to use via a simple 'takedown' option. Basically, get close enough to a bad guy, and clicking on the right stick triggers an interactive cut scene - Bond grabs said bad guy, and then one of the face button flashes up on screen. Tap it within the time limit and Bond finishes the bad guy off - miss the button, and the bad guy pushes Bond away and you're back into the main game.

Initially, these takedown moves seem somewhat pointless, as generally if you can get close enough to a bad guy to grab him, it's easier to simply plug him in the head with your silenced P99. However, as you play through the game and the action gets more frantic, you often find bad guys take you by surprise or come at you en mass, and when this happens being able to just grab one and finish him off hand-to-hand at the touch of a button comes in very handy.

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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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the_gamermatic1

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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JediKnight

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: 1,878
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