gamers (98%) found this review helpful
This is why there's Gamefly. So that OK-ish, not-quite-AAA titles that still have some fun and value to be appreciated can get played without having to plunk down sixty hard-earned bucks.
Bloodstone has all the third-person-shooter elements you'd expect to find along with all of the lack-of-polish you'd expect to find in a movie-licensed game.
Particularly atrocious are the car chase scenes tacked on to about every other level. Each and every one of them is painfully frustrating to play with poor controls and cheap tricks on the course to slip you up.
Worse yet is the shocking brevity of the game. There's about five total hours of game play here, and that's being generous. You even get the sense that the developer knew how bad the car chase bits were and kept them in to prevent the game from dropping into the embarrassing range on length.
Most of the rest of the game, which is comprised of generic cover-shooting, is actually OK. Again, there's nothing new here, but if you enjoy third-person cover shooters there's some fun to be had.
If you're interested in this as a narrative installment in the Bond franchise, then you'll find some additional value here... maybe.
It don't know if its the decline of Bond storylines into character-less, cookie-cutter action sequences or the ignorance of the current Bond audience of what "good" spy narratives are, but my expectation is that if you love the recent Bond movies, you'll like this too, for whatever that's worth.
Altogether an OK game that's not worth more than a weekend rental.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game arrived on Saturday afternoon from Gamefly. I didn't get started on it until Sunday and now I'm finished. I have the option of now playing it in 007 mode which is harder than the Agent mode, but I'm pretty much done with the game and am looking forward to the next item in my queue. I personally find it irritating that game developers think they can add extra value by limiting your access to more challenging play until you've done a run-through on less challenging play. If the game is truly amazing, I'd be willing to take it for a ride again, but if it's so-so, I'm much more likely to be over and done.
"James Bond: Bloodstone" was fun, but not truly amazing. I was particularly annoyed at how the phone sensor would turn off as soon as the game decided something had occurred which could be anything from you killing someone to jumping down from a one foot ledge or reloading your gun, thus forcing you to reactivate the sensor repeatedly and sometimes at inopportune moments.
Some of the car chases were fun, but some were quite aggravating and I couldn't wait to finish them, such as the race across the ice. Also, the helicopters have a shooting point that doesn't work because the storyline would be interrupted. I wasted a good deal of time trying to take out that shooting point with multiple weapons before I realized that it was nonsense and that the story wanted you to take the helicopters out in the way that contributed to their cut scene story lines.
All in all, worth the rental, but definitely not worth buying. I like having a unique Bond story, but I think it's really funny that James Bond wasn't interested in the leading female of this story. I never heard him say "No" so much in my life. She was practically begging.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
An entertaining if somewhat run of the mill game. The controls are a bit clunky, but the game is so ridiculous easy it doesn't matter how clunky the controls are. The voice acting is a bit weak too. And the story line is entirely too predictable, even more so than one of the movies. I'm a huge Bond fan, but this game was nothing more than a mind numbing afternoon with a mediocre game. I'm going to put money that the folks rating this game high have yet to reach puberty, much less an age to legally enjoy a vodka martini.