Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 49
  2. Negative: 3 out of 49
  1. Nov 5, 2010
    90
    It's not tied to a film, but think of this as more of a Bond adventure when he's on vacation; a fun, action-packed ride, but not necessarily cool or clever enough to warrant a cinematic adventure.
  2. Nov 3, 2010
    85
    Arguably, there isn't that much of a Bond feel to the game other than Craig's accent and a few familiar bars of the Bond theme music, but as action-shooters that mix stealth and melee, and a few car chases tossed in to spice things up, you won't find much better this holiday season.
  3. 80
    Sometimes it is really refreshing when developers concentrate on the basics and do not try out some "revolutionary" things. The action in James Bond Blood Stone is solid and will entertain you nearly six hours in single player. The story mode is always motivating but won't be nominated for the award of innovation.
  4. Nov 22, 2010
    76
    The gameplay of this game is a bit repetitive in the shootouts and the developer could have done a lot more with the many environments. The game is also too easy, except for the missions where you have to drive. That part is by far the best of the game and shows the real roots of Bizarre Creations.
  5. Jan 12, 2011
    75
    James Bond 007 Blood Stone certainly doesn't do any damage to the Bond brand, and can actually be thrilling and exciting to play throughout its short campaign. It just sucks that there's so little content here that can be easily blown through in day.
  6. Nov 29, 2010
    75
    In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better.
  7. Nov 15, 2010
    75
    Bizarre clearly set out to make Blood Stone feel like a part of Bond's movie canon, and it's certainly successful on that front. The weapons are anemic, and the driving sections can be dodgy, but it delivers a dose of spectacle and intrigue worthy of the character.[Dec 2010, p.114]
  8. Nov 9, 2010
    75
    Blood Stone is a solid game that without the license most people would write off as just another humdrum shooters. Still being such a huge fan of the property I couldn't help but really enjoy taking down enemies and feeling like a complete badass at times.
  9. Nov 8, 2010
    75
    It's almost too accessible, even on the regular difficulty setting.
  10. Nov 7, 2010
    75
    But, in the end it is too easy and far too short.
  11. Nov 2, 2010
    75
    Stylish combat and white-knuckle driving make this an enjoyable James Bond adventure, despite some pacing issues.
  12. 74
    If there's one area where Blood Stone is a bit disappointing, it's that everything that it does, while well-made and thoroughly polished, is fairly basic.
  13. Nov 28, 2010
    73
    James Bond 007: Bood Stone is a cool action game, especially for 007 fans. Unfortunate, the game is too linear as you haven't the possibility to explore alternative ways.
  14. Nov 9, 2010
    73
    James Bond followers will find an adventure which respects carefully the franchise canon, but the rest will just see an above average action game with no innovative features but great competitors.
  15. It would be nice, however, if Bond's weapons packed a bigger punch. [Jan 2011, p.87]
  16. It's never demanding. [Christmas 2010]
  17. Dec 11, 2010
    70
    Blood Stone is not a bad game, but it lacks so much personality to look just shallow. Although Blood Stone offers different styles of gameplay and situations, it doesn't excel at any of them: you will forget it as fast as it takes to clear the game, which is actually quite short. 007 fans will be pleased by Bond-ish plot and direction but to anyone else Blood Stone is just your usual third person shooter.
  18. Nov 29, 2010
    70
    James Bond 007: Blood Stone is a good shooter that has a lot of variety to offer. This game will keep you entertained until the end. It would have been an instant classic if it wasn't for the numerous mistakes and glitches.
  19. Nov 10, 2010
    70
    Bloodstone isn't going to rival any of Bizarre Creations driving games, but it's a lot better than their last shooting effort, The Club. So if you want a fun "Bond" game were you can eat popcorn and snag a few achievements, this is it.
  20. Nov 8, 2010
    70
    James Bond 007: Blood Stone is a good, workmanlike title with modest pleasures to be derived from the trappings of its license. Unfortunately, stiff combat, inconsistent visuals and a weak narrative ensure that the definitive 007 videogame adaptation is yet to come.
  21. Nov 18, 2010
    69
    James Bond 007: Blood Stone is a good third person shooter, rather classic but overall enjoyable. Unfortunately, it's very short (nearly six hours, including cut-scenes), so it's recommended only to the fans of 007.
  22. Nov 30, 2010
    68
    Bond fans will get something out of it but this could, and should, have been so much more. [Issue#199, p.80]
  23. Nov 15, 2010
    68
    For those of us that are hardcore 007 fanatics, James Bond 007: Blood Stone is good enough to hold us over until the eventual resurrection of the film series (or perhaps another game), but most players will rightfully pass on this one in favor of other gaming options.
  24. Nov 5, 2010
    68
    Blood Stone isn't a bad game, but it has numerous imperfections.
  25. Nov 4, 2010
    67
    Even with its numerous imperfections, Blood Stone easily ranks as 007's strongest showing in a videogame since the original GoldenEye. Just try to keep some aspirin handy for the inevitable cellphone-induced headaches.
  26. Nov 29, 2010
    66
    Blood Stone is a straightforward and plain 3rd person experience and is hard to recommend beyond a weekend rental. But this weekend rental should be an enjoyable one, although shortly lived.
  27. Nov 16, 2010
    65
    If Blood Stone was a legitimate Bond film, it would be Die Another Day: formulaic and forgettable yet still sexy and entertaining with some standout driving sections to boot.
  28. Nov 16, 2010
    65
    Blood Stone is a solid Bond title and an improvement over Quantum of Solace, but at the same time, it lacks any real substance. The short campaign and lackluster multiplayer make this title more worthy of a possible rental than a purchase.
  29. Nov 3, 2010
    65
    Blood Stone is an able shooter.
  30. Multiplayer is pretty limited in variety, all team-based, and with a fistful of maps. Couple this annoyance with the fact that the rest of the game doesn't attempt to raise the bar in any way – and only lasts a paltry five hours – and Blood Stone starts to feel like a very pedestrian shooter. Honestly, we doubt even Xenia Onatopp on herbal Viagra could squeeze thrills out of this short ride. [January 2011 p79]
  31. Jan 6, 2011
    60
    Blood Stone feels like a Bond-movie directed by Michael Bay. The game opens impressively, with variety in surroundings and the perfect Bond-vibe. But after an hour the lack of deep gameplay becomes grating and the shooting parts don't offer anything you haven't seen anywhere else before. Furthermore, the racelevels are downright disappointing and the only gadget in your possession is useless.
  32. Jan 1, 2011
    60
    While the plotline is moronic, there's still a little fun to be had from James Bond 007: Blood Stone. I wouldn't recommend buying it, but shooter fans may find a little fun in a weekend rental.
  33. Dec 15, 2010
    60
    Ultimately, James 007: Blood Stone feels like a licensed movie game without the corresponding movie.
  34. Nov 12, 2010
    60
    007 Bloodstone is a solid entry in the world of James Bond assisted by strong production standards and acting talent. The actual gaming aspect lets the overall piece down somewhat. As a stopgap to the next Bond film it'll do as a pit stop but the only aspect you'll return to for a while is the multiplayer mode.
  35. Nov 12, 2010
    60
    It's tough to recommend Blood Stone 007 to anyone but the most loyal of Bond fans, and even they should consider passing on this at best very average 007 title.
  36. 60
    Blood Stone puts the world's favorite spy in a series of action and chase sequences that are exhilarating, but sadly they aren't enough to save this otherwise flat title.
  37. Nov 8, 2010
    60
    Blood Stone has been a weird experience for me. Its playability is dynamic but wonky, its production values are really inconsistent, its linearity fades a little when playing in difficult mode, its solo durability isn't so great but its multiplayer remains nice (though not great), and the non-stop action would be charming if there wasn't that repetitiveness. Pros and cons, to sum it up. Blood Stone will not be a future reference, that's for sure, but Bond fans may still enjoy it.
  38. 60
    Blood Stone is an enjoyable game if you can see through the bland driving action, forgettable story and the shoehorned multiplayer mode, but at the end of the day this ambitious game has a lot of unfulfilled potential that could further add onto the promise that this series has going for itself.
  39. Nov 7, 2010
    60
    Unfortunately, there's just not enough here to keep you coming back. Once you've finished the campaign once, you can play through online modes or take a shot at an even more difficult campaign, but more than likely you'll follow the Bond-film route and call it quits.
  40. Nov 3, 2010
    60
    Blood Stone isn't bad, but literally every single thing you can find here has been done better elsewhere.
  41. Jan 11, 2011
    50
    The license really deserves a little more care and attention than this. [Christmas 2010, p.108]
  42. Dec 11, 2010
    50
    What really makes this game interesting and minimally satisfying is the whole Bond environment.
  43. Nov 12, 2010
    50
    While a crippling lack of ambition serves to dampen any fledgling hopes of entertainment, even the cutthroat aspirations of Katie Waissel couldn't hide the fact Blood Stone is a product built on shaky foundations.
  44. 50
    Bloodstone feels rushed in every way, and the multiplayer has a cheap and forced overall feeling. Even though this isn't a movie tie-in, it still feels like it. In a bad way.
  45. Nov 8, 2010
    50
    Quotation forthcoming.
  46. Nov 2, 2010
    50
    Blood Stone is not a bad game: it's just a painfully average one.
  47. Jan 13, 2011
    45
    It's 2010's most uninspired shooter. Only with Bond in it. [Jan 2011, p.86]
  48. Dec 1, 2010
    44
    And the issues with Bloodstone reach further than just a hard to grasp plot. Both the driving and the shooting suffer from a distinct lack of polish.
  49. Jan 21, 2011
    40
    Blood Stone is definitely not one of 007's best missions.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mar 4, 2011
    7
    I. Liked playing this game. I am not sure if its because it was a good game, or because it was James Bond. The opening scenes get your bloodI. Liked playing this game. I am not sure if its because it was a good game, or because it was James Bond. The opening scenes get your blood boiling as most James Bond games and Movies do. For me this was enough to keep me hooked the entire game. The game allows you to decide the way you want to approach the enemy. You can use stealth attacks (my favorite), or you can use the duck and shoot type of firefight method (also fun). Even the normally boring part of walking around using gadgets to break codes was exciting to me. The story was very predictable. Joss stone would have never been my choice for a bond girl. Although the cars you get to drive were awesome, I would have liked to drive a motorcycle (just me). That said it was still a good game. In reality though the simple fact that its a James Bond game automatically gives it 5 points in my review. The good graphics and the modest length of the game add to its quality. That's why I give it a 7 out of 10 Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2010
    9
    Thanks to "74656a" and "Whoseanegamer" for their reviews that made me buy this game. I was amazed by the amount of bad reviews out there andThanks to "74656a" and "Whoseanegamer" for their reviews that made me buy this game. I was amazed by the amount of bad reviews out there and as they said, this game is far from bad! I have nothing to add to their comments but to say that I have as much enjoyment in playing this game than in Uncharted 2, Batman Arkham Asylum and Splinter Cell Conviction. The cover system is very well managed and if you're afraid by the length of this game and like challenges, start it in "Agent" mode. You won't be deceived : Bond can only endure 3 bullets max. Have a nice day! Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    7
    Short review - Fun and satisfying action oriented game!
    Long review - Blood Stone is far from bad! It does many things right, a few things
    Short review - Fun and satisfying action oriented game!
    Long review - Blood Stone is far from bad! It does many things right, a few things wrong, and a few things are not done at all. I'll elaborate.
    Firstly, the game has a good mix of all out guns blazing action to stealthy and sneakier approach to a few missions and it has amazing driving sections which are actually sometimes more fun than the rest of the shooting sequences. The shooting is fun and the guns feel right! Getting headshots is pretty easy and well, satisfying! There is no melee in this game, but there definitely are plenty of takedowns, hand-to-hand that is.
    But the thing here with the shooting is that its just not PERFECT as the rest of the games that have come out! The feel that you get is good, but not as satisfying as say in, Uncharted 2 or even Bourne Conspiracy for that matter! Moving onto the driving. Its the best part about the game according to me. And I'm not surprised since its by Bizzare Creations! It has amazing and intense moments and is fun till the end!
    Now here is the complaint. James bond is about the gadgets, this game has ONLY the cell phone as the gadgets! I miss those Everything or Nothing days. That game had the perfect balance of shooting and driving and usage of gadgets! I was expecting the same from this game but was dissapointed over there!
    Keeping that complaint aside, the gameplay is fun and pretty good.
    The story is classic worldwide conspiracy Bond style. Nothing new here and nothing old. Its hard to care about the characters though. Its just all about Bond. The graphics are not revolutionary, but they aren't bad as well. The cutscenes look kind of stiff, but the gameplay is pretty smooth ad the framerate is constant and there are no other complaints regarding the graphics The game manages to pull of nice lighting and facial details. The animation can be clunky but that can be forgiven. The vistas in the game are pretty good. The variety of locations is a bonus to the graphics, although sometimes it can be bland and dull. But the other effects, such as snow falling or explosions, etc. look pretty good. There is a lack of destructible environments in the shooting sections though. The car sequences have a total opposite of that. Not one moment is peaceful and destruction free in the car segments!
    So all in all, in short this game is no Everything Or Nothing of the Next-gen consoles, but its the best Bond game for this gen of consoles none the less!
    Forgive the flaws and you have a nice fun rent. For James Bond fans, a purchase is a must. Its pretty fun when the action kicks in.
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