Metascore
41

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 22
  2. Negative: 15 out of 22
  1. Dec 19, 2012
    40
    The only thing legendary about this game is the mess it makes of the Bond franchise.
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    20
    The worst possible anniversary tribute to a character that deserves so much better. A turgid, tragic piece of sh.t. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  3. The biggest problem is the god awful graphics. Even the Bond logo on the background of the menu looks like it was imported directly from a PlayStation 1 game. And that's just the menu screen, the actual game doesn't look much better. [December 2012, p.88]
  4. Nov 30, 2012
    44
    A mediocre shooter tainted by the dullest of shootouts. [Issue#225, p.78]
  5. Nov 29, 2012
    35
    It's not an appropriate tribute to one of the greatest icons of popular culture. It's a little abomination conceived out of love for money. [CD-Action 13/2012, p.68]
  6. In the movie Skyfall, James Bond is accidentally shot off the top of a train as he pursues a bad guy and falls into a river below. All the stages in 007 Legends are the spy's sort-of memories of previous missions as he plummets into the river, all based on previous films. Honestly, he'd be better off being totally knocked out. 007 Legends is awful. [Christmas 2012, p.82]
  7. Nov 26, 2012
    40
    Firing an Uzi is like squeezing off a spongy Nerf gun round. [Christmas 2012, p.96]
  8. While Legends has all the gadgets, driving, fisticuffs, and sneaking fans would expect from a Bond game, it's mostly a rote first-person shooter. [Holiday 2012, p.83]
  9. Nov 12, 2012
    35
    A clear attempt to cash in on 49 years of Bond goodwill and the gaming ignorance of many of the Christmas-present-buying public, 007 Legends is a game that belongs in the previous generation, but even then it would have been tough to recommend.
  10. 30
    Technically it is the most horrible game that you can find and does not look like a game of this generation.
  11. Oct 31, 2012
    40
    This mediocre Bond game brings nothing new. Almost saved by solid multiplayer fun and some cool gadgets, but sadly the monotonic gameplay and almost identical boss fights sink what could have been a proper salute to the 50 year old movie franchise.
  12. Oct 29, 2012
    30
    It's a disjointed and senseless game that has about as much to do with James Bond as an ill fitting suit. To add insult to injury it shows no care towards the classic stories it is ripping off and even less care towards the character of Bond. It then takes this lack of care and combines it with lazy game making and rushed development.
  13. Oct 29, 2012
    60
    A fun shooter, collecting the best moments out of five classic James Bond movies on one disc. Then again, the gameplay has aged, the graphics are terrible and both loading times and enemy AI are major disappointments. There are better alternatives on the shooter market, that's for sure.
  14. 65
    Ultimately, the different modes are a shallow vehicle for allowing players to control memorable characters from the franchise's history. There's unfortunately no tangible benefit to playing as favorites like Oddjob, or anyone else, for that matter.
  15. Oct 24, 2012
    35
    A cast of five famous Bond villains conspire against you in 007 Legends, but the uninspired gameplay is your true nemesis.
  16. Not just another fumbled tie-in but a painfully wasted opportunity.
  17. Oct 22, 2012
    50
    007 Legends' greatest failing is that it cherry picks moments from Bond's illustrious history but fails to show why the character has engaged and fascinated for so long, all the while lacking self-generated value as its own game. Die-hard Bond fans will leave underwhelmed - if not peeved - by its treatment of these films, and the lowest-common-denominator approach to gameplay is downright bland. Thunderbore.
  18. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    You know what they say about movie games... seriously though, 007 Legends, while a neat idea, doesn't capitalize on the potential. Instead, it's an unpolished shooter that most gamers can safely look over this holiday.
  19. Oct 19, 2012
    30
    From this point it's clear that in terms of being a shooter, 007 Legends is dismal - but in terms of being an actual James Bond game, it's a genuine insult.
  20. Oct 18, 2012
    50
    007 Legends has its moments but they're too often lost beneath a continual onslaught of repetitive, often tedious, and definitely mindless action. The worst part is that this isn't faithful to the revered franchise; it's faithless.
  21. Oct 16, 2012
    40
    It's a bad game when it's working, but there are plenty of moments that make you wonder how it even got cleared for release. Enemy AI frequently freaks out, causing soldiers to endlessly sprint against walls (often firing their guns at the ground). At one point, the framerate dropped to unplayable levels, except it wasn't during a firefight – I was just walking around.
  22. Oct 16, 2012
    45
    An abhorrent 'tribute' to the history of the British super spy that doesn't just take liberties - it takes the piss.
User Score
4.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 7 out of 11
  1. Dec 25, 2012
    6
    Voice acting, boss fights and graphics are largely terrible but there's enough fun in it to justify a play through. Multiplayer is pretty good too (though mainly because its the same as COD) Full Review »
  2. Nov 12, 2012
    3
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of Ian Flemming's James Bond big screen adaptations. What a way to celebrate, by having a game which grabs hold of some of the most memorable moments of the franchise and squashes them in to an entire game that barely lasts six hours. The problem is the game is as convoluted and nondescript as the rank and file of those Bond dispatches. The biggest ding in 007 Legends is to do with the sheer repetition and aggravation derived from the gameplay. The fact that it mimics COD isn't the problem, but the way it does nothing original, whilst packing in waves upon waves of mindless AI drones is a sickening letdown. The game also shares very clear similarities with its predecessor Goldeneye Reloaded. That is to say, the same animations for kills are repeated over and over and the bullet soaking AI are infuriatingly persistent. Stealth could've been Legends' savior, were it not for the fact that you can be caught by simply shooting a silent pen dart at a scientist, even when other AI's aren't aware. They simply have superhuman perception. The game forces you to play in a specific way too, whilst also ensuring that it tares off COD setpiece ideas and calls them their own. Eurocom should know better from their work on the franchise in the past. Most of all this game wants us to thaw Bizarre Creations out of cremation and produce original Bond games like Blood Stone- which is a very underrated third person shooter. Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2012
    7
    42 overall? Let's just get this out of the way, yes 007 Legends is familiar to Call of Duty! This is a obvious seeing as Activision helped with the developing alongside Eurocom. Another thing, nearly every first person shooter on the market these days has an eerily similar control scheme to COD so why is it that this game is getting so hit on this basis? Hypocritical comments are abound nearly everywhere I look, but with that said here is what I though overall of this game..

    Campaign = 6.5 - To start, 007 Legends had an ambitious goal at hand here, which basically was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our beloved James Bond by tying in some memorable films to coincide with the release of Skyfall on November 8th. Being a huge Bond fan all my life, I liked the sound of what Eurocom was trying to do here, unfortunately though the campaign soon crumbles under it's own weight after about the third mission as each level consists of Bond running from point A to B gunning down baddies. Still, there are some interesting ideas abound such as the new emphasis on gadgets and detective work. It's just too bad these elements weren't put to better use and fleshed out a bit more. The campaign runs roughly from 5-6 hours depending on the difficulty you choose and has a good variety of missions drawing from some classic bond films (Goldfinger, OHMSS) and some not so classic bond films (Moonraker, Die Another Day). Overall the mission structure is usually fairly predictable and consists of a few objectives that differentiate from others. Another odd, yet interesting aspect is the fight mechanic which wears thin after it's opening intro which basically has you using the analog sticks to fight against any number of bosses in each section of a mission. The element seemed fresh at first, but after doing this nearly 20 times total, it got old real fast and came off as more of a quick throw on from the developers. With all this said, the campaign is quite mediocre with some flashes of greatness and some fun vehicle sections, it's just too sad that it's so short and uninspired for the most part. Still, for Bond fans its almost irresistible to not smile at some of the moments throughout with a good variety of locations to help kick away boredom.

    Gameplay = 7.5
    - The gameplay for 007 legends is fairly by the numbers, but it's finely tuned as you'll notice the gunplay is tighter than that of Goldeneye Reloaded. I found some of the weapons in Goldeneye Reloaded to be unresponsive and somewhat lacking, 007 Legends thankfully adds more weapons, a decent perk system to upgrade during the campaign, and a greater variety of action than that of Reloaded. Some standouts though come from the AI as it's still about as dumb as can be, with enemies lingering out in the open and hiding behind little to no cover. It will suffice though, especially once reinforcements come. The stealth mechanic in the gameplay is delved into somewhat with sections in missions that basically require you to sneak from one section to the next. Given, you can use stealth at any point in the campaign, it still feels like a tinkered down aspect as it's nearly impossible not to alert guards thus sending an army of foes in which you will most likely spend another five unwanted minutes trying to subdue. Overall, it's finely tuned with some good ideas, but the AI still is frequently unaware or just plain suicidal at some of the more intense moments.

    Controls = 7.0
    - Like said before, it's eerily similar to COD with few glances of any real difference. But also like said before, it feels a little more responsive this time around and who's going to complain over a game you can pick up and play off the bat?

    Graphics = 7.0
    - 007 Legends holds some decently fleshed out graphics with locations in License to Kill and OHMSS showing an upgrade from the previous Eurocom game. Still though, the frame rate drops at times and most enemies look fairly bland. The bosses though, spot on! Overall the graphics will suffice, just don't expect Battlefield 3 beautiful.

    Multiplayer = 8.0
    - For the online component of 007 Legends, I will say that I was fairly entertained with the few matches I found online. The maps seems fairly basic, but they do cover the various game modes in a great way, showcasing all the necessary requirements for a great time online. The perk system is basic with weapon upgrades and attachments being helmed, but in what other game can I go online as a Bond villain/character? None as refined as this online! Overall, the strongest element of this game is the multiplayer, with 4 player split-screen returning for those fun old days reminiscing on the N64 and a great online component that will surely entertain. Still wish the challenges were multiplayer though!

    END CONSENSUS = 7.0
    007 Legends is an ambitious feat that succeeds in some areas and falls flat in others, still an entertaining game that will pass the time...
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