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Friday, 16 July 2010

Preview- James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Released: Holiday 2010
Format: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Bizarre Creations
Publisher: Activision

It might have a ridiculous and over-long title, but James Bond 007: Blood Stone is an entirely intriguing IP. Announced today, the press release surmounts that the new title will be “an original Bond experience, [capturing] the cinematic intensity of a Bond film. Strangely, this 007 espionage adventure is being developed by Bizarre Creations- the studio behind the PGR and Blur racing series.

Joss Stone is touted as stepping in as an all-new Bond girl, whilst she also contributes original music for the game. The polygonal Joss can be seen in the picture to the right, although the likenesses of Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench also imbue the videogame with characters from its filmic counterpart and ought to raise its profile within the mainstream. What's being promised at this stage is an adrenaline filled, explosive action game that spans the globe, similar to the Bond films and every other spy game you wish to mention. The third-person cover mechanics, hand-to-hand combat and driving sequences may have all been seen before, but the original story (being written by acclaimed screenwriter Bruce Feirstein) ought to bring this game over others of its ilk.

I particularly enjoyed the Quantum of Solace game that used the engine at the heart of Modern Warfare for its extremely polished and refined shooting mechanics. For all its generic trappings however, the experience was little to set itself apart from the crowd. Maybe, just maybe, Bizarre can do the 007 license justice in interactive form. 

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