Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. At the end of the day, it has quite a compelling story and where else are you going to hear Sean Connery in a videogame.
  2. From Russia With Love isn't the most challenging or in-depth game in the world, however what it lacks in both of these categories it more than makes up for by simply being a highly entertaining and authentically cinematic shoot'em-up game.
  3. In an effort to appeal to a wide range of gamers the gameplay is less than difficult. It's a lot less than difficult but it's not so much challenging as it is meant to be entertaining. Do I have to bring up the phrase "interactive movie" again?
  4. There's not much here that's more challenging than slicking your hair into a Pierce Brosnan pompadour. [Feb 2006, p.93]
  5. It all makes for an action game kinda like your typical Bond girl: fun to look at but shallow. With simple mission objectives, cinch puzzles, and autoaim (that you can tweak for more skillful shots if you like), this game practically plays itself.
  6. 75
    A great game if all you want is a man with a gun shooting some bad guys. But if you want a Bond game, stick with "Everything or Nothing."
  7. Even with the man who created the 007 persona back in the starring role, this sequel just can't measure up to the standards of excellence set by the Bond films or by the action game genre in general. [Dec 2005, p.160]
  8. From Russia With Love is a great film. From Russia With Love is not a great adaptation of that film, as it seems to believe that what the source material really needed was a few more rocket launchers and gatling guns.
  9. 80
    There are predictable missteps--the driving sequences are awkward and twitchy, and the camera doesn't always behave itself--but on the whole, From Russia With Love is a convincing and enjoyable ride on the sixties Bond rollercoaster.
  10. Despite the missteps, the whole of FRWL satisfies with a combination of excellent graphics, (literally) jazzy tunes, and varied gameplay.
  11. It's harmless mass-market entertainment; the kind that any discerning gamer should already know to leave well alone. [Christmas 2005, p.116]
  12. A game of enjoyable moments that are, unfortunately, far too easy to breeze through.
  13. 79
    When we look back on it the levels in "Everything or Nothing" bordered on great. In comparison, some of Russia's missions are longer, but generally they're average in design and effect.
  14. 78
    EA made a daring attempt at trying to portray the 1963 film, which for the most part, reached its goal despite the small lack of fluidity in level selection and plot transitions. However, gamers who enjoyed "Everything or Nothing" will be extremely disappointed to find out that From Russia With Love doesn't even come close to its previous predecessor's gameplay innovation and fast-moving action build-up.
  15. Though challenging, it's also sometimes pedestrian, with a host of uninspired levels and dim bad guys ruining what could have been the triumphant return of 007.
  16. Lacks the appeal of picking up and playing all the way through and sticks too close to the safety of the established third person shooter concept that has been in place for way too long now.
  17. It might be OK for a movie to show the same location over and over, but as a video game, the repetition gets old. [Jan 2006, p.116]
  18. Drive the Goldfinger DB5, fly the Thunderball jetpack and fight some classic baddies in challenging environments. It's enough to make you toss your trilby on to a hat-rack in delight.
  19. Everything that was in "EoN" is back albeit with a contemporary 1960s setting including the gadgets, yet there's something distinctly lacking that fails to bring the game close to living.
  20. Even the novelty of playing as Sean Connery's classic Bond can't overcome the feeling of been there, done that.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 1, 2011
    From Russia With Love is the third-best Bond game ever! The first being James Bond 007: Nightfire for the Nintendo GameCube, and the second being James Bond 007: Nightfire for the PC. Finally there's a Bond game with Sean Connery, instead of Daniel Craig all the time. This game has everything required for the perfect game. It has jet packs, the Aston Martin DB5, Q Copters, a flawless aiming system, a remarkable replayability rate, a wide range of weapons, an amazing multiplayer play, and the best thing, of course, is Sean Connery as Bond. I don't have any idea how this game could get any better; besides if Sean Connery, himself, played it with you. Full Review »
  2. AlanH.
    Mar 26, 2006
    The game was absolutely one of the best James Bond game EA has ever made. This game was addicting, and just plain fun. There are so many weapon and gadget upgrades that the replay value for this is tremendous. Full Review »
  3. JeffA.
    Nov 18, 2005
    This game captures Bond at his best. Although Connery's voice isn't quite as young as it used to be, using him as voice talent for the game was a great move on EA's part. Connery adds authenticity to this game which also features excellent gameplay, controls, sound effects, and storyline. Capures the aura of 1960's Russia perfectly. There are many weapons and gadgets that can be upgraded as well. Superb game. Full Review »