Metascore
45

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 49
  2. Negative: 32 out of 49
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    85
    007 Legends attempts to be a big, brassy tribute to 50 years of James Bond, but it ends up a little too ambitious for its own good, with a story that is more spectacle than substance and some new ideas that don't work together as well as they should. The multiplayer, however, is better than ever, and that alone should make this a must have for any 007 fan's collection.
  2. Nov 10, 2012
    75
    007 Legends is a great slice of fun for a Bond fan, but doesn't do anything for someone wanting a decent shooter as it falls short when it stands alongside its completion. With so many shooters on the market, it is a shame to see a licence that has so much promise not get the game it deserves. I enjoyed the experience but when I think of Bond in videogames, those N64 days will still remain the most prevalent.
  3. Oct 24, 2012
    73
    It's not a dreadful game, but it's not a truly spectacular game either. It is a good game that caters well to celebrating Bond. Linking six of the Bond films into a game like 007 Legends is brilliant.
  4. Oct 24, 2012
    70
    007 Legends is a game aimed squarely at fans, it has nods to the films and aficionados will be able to pick out the locations and characters with ease. It is far from a must own title for everyone, but on the whole it holds up as a solid title that is worth putting some time in to.
  5. Oct 16, 2012
    69
    007 Legends lets us see Bond, but never actually be the suave, debonair, brash, and ultimately human British Secret Agent. Instead we are forced to watch as our generic agent shoots people in the face and then punches them in the sides for a few moments.
  6. Oct 21, 2012
    67
    007 Legends delivers some decent FPS action, giving you the chance to complete each mission using either stealth or "casual" approach. However, the single player campaign is too short and the weapons upgrade system is anything but awesome.
  7. Nov 7, 2012
    65
    007 Legends may be a good game for the celebration of Bond's 50th Birthday, but after all it is too flawed to be recommended, not even for fans of the MI6 agent.
  8. Oct 27, 2012
    60
    007 Legends has lots of problems, on the gameplay and structural side, for being one competitor in this generation.
  9. Oct 23, 2012
    60
    007 Legends isn't completely terrible; Bond fans could even enjoy it. But for every step forward it takes two steps back.
  10. Oct 22, 2012
    60
    007 Legends intends to recreate a mix between FPS and a stealth game, but it fails its aim. Multiplayer is instead really entertaining, especially with friends in a 4 players split-screen.
  11. 60
    Multiplayer is where the real action is...Here, stripped of its stealthy pretensions, 007 Legends is finally free to focus on the mindless but consistently enjoyable twitch action it does best.
  12. Oct 18, 2012
    56
    The game is certainly fun, mind, and having the Bond license in there will make it all the more pleasurable for those who are longtime fans of the character, but I can't help feeling that, in the end, the game is a mass of wasted potential.
  13. 55
    I really wanted to love 007 Legends, given the source material they had to rely on, as well as how I had enjoyed the previous Bond games; however, at the end of the day I am left underwhelmed by the whole experience having played what I view as a average game at best.
  14. Oct 23, 2012
    51
    Despite its promising source material, 007 Legends is just a forgettable action game.
  15. It's nice that there's more content coming, but until it arrives this game literally has no ending.
  16. Oct 18, 2012
    50
    007 Legends is more Call of Duty than a James Bond Game. Poor stealth gameplay and enemy AI, but some good classic stuff: four players split-screen multiplayer and health mode like Goldeneye 64.
  17. Oct 17, 2012
    50
    Bond's latest shooter is barely kept afloat throughout the five-hour-long campaign, but while it has a smattering of good ideas, they're buried beneath concepts so tired, you'll have a hard time caring. It's a game filled with occasional highs and frequent lows--and you'll be thrown between them so quickly and haphazardly that you'll be lucky to make it through 007 Legends without whiplash.
  18. Nov 26, 2012
    45
    007: Legends plays like a generic shooter and doesn't even come close to a worthy tribute to fifty years of Bond movies. The game is just way too predictable, incohesive, uninspired, cheap and bland. If 007: Legends was a martini, it would be stirred, not shaken.
  19. Nov 12, 2012
    45
    007 Legends is rushed, short, frustrating, and wastes several interesting scenarios. It's at best slightly above average (several bits in Moonraker), but largely painfully average or excruciatingly below average.
  20. Oct 30, 2012
    45
    Bland, uninspiring material that even the most ardent Bond fan might struggle to enjoy. Maybe next time, Mr Bond.
  21. Oct 26, 2012
    45
    It's not the worst Bond game, and it's not the worst take on the films that I've seen, but while 007 Legends may have some of Bond's best lined up in one place, the empty routine tarnishes this license to kill.
  22. Oct 25, 2012
    45
    007 Legends is an unfinished game that no one will likely bother to finish.
  23. Oct 23, 2012
    45
    In essence, 007 Legends falls flat on so many levels, it does a disservice to Bond instead of paying tribute to him. It's sloppy in some places, inconsistent and bland with its gameplay, and not really as well put together as it should've been.
  24. Oct 16, 2012
    45
    The fact that it so shamelessly copies from the CoD playbook would be almost forgivable if it actually did a good job of it, but 007 Legends is just so painfully dull.
  25. Nov 13, 2012
    42
    007 Legends absolutely reeks of a rush job. It may have the look (loosely) but carries with it none of the heart, soul or charm of the world's greatest secret agent.
  26. Nov 25, 2012
    41
    One of the weakest, most boring Bond games of all time. The brand deserves much better. [Christmas 2012, p.83]
  27. Nov 15, 2012
    40
    But if anything is going to distract you from the mangling of classic Bond movies it will be the awful gameplay.
  28. Nov 11, 2012
    40
    It's time to stop making James Bond games in such a short time. 007 Legends isn't legendary at all. It completely fails in different ways. Too bad.
  29. Nov 10, 2012
    40
    As you can probably tell, I am very disappointed that such an iconic character has been given a below-par game to represent his 50th anniversary. The idea is great, but the execution and lack of respect – or maybe it is effort – to represent all the Bonds with the correct actors and context, is poor.
  30. Oct 30, 2012
    40
    The stealth mechanics are truly awful.
  31. Oct 29, 2012
    40
    While having many movies of the Bond franchise to get inspiration from, 007 Legends wastes every possible chance to translate them in an entertaining gameplay and ultimately falls short.
  32. Oct 28, 2012
    40
    There's nothing in 007 Legends that would drive us to advise it. With a lackluster plot, many gameplay problems, short story and shoddy graphics it won't fly off stores shelves despite the name it brings.
  33. Oct 25, 2012
    40
    Sadly, the pitch for this shoddy, ugly and conceptually uneven game probably amounted to "we need to get out a game quickly, if we're gonna keep the license". At least this uninspired actioner is playable from start to finish. I'd like to think James Bond deserves better than this.
  34. Oct 25, 2012
    40
    Even a hint of care, a few fleeting moments of inspiration or a base level of craftsmanship would be an improvement on this cynical, dismal little game.
  35. 40
    At times, the experience of play manages to feel even more dated than the camp innuendo of the movies...It becomes a begrudging joke, particularly in the stealth sections.
  36. Oct 22, 2012
    40
    Whether you're fighting Gustav Graves, Blofeld, Oddjob or Sanchez, it's all done via these poorly disguised Quick Time Events. Every time a boss would step forward and assume the position, I cringed.
  37. Oct 19, 2012
    40
    Simply put, 007 Legends is a trap: a poor, uninspired game touting the 007 license hoping nostalgic fans will shell out $60 expecting to relive some of their favorite franchise moments. Bond-lovers will be offended by story inaccuracies and barely recognizable action sequences, while shooter fans will grow bored of the lame level design, lack of variety, and out-of-context story lines.
  38. Oct 18, 2012
    40
    The idea of an anthology-like tribute to Bond films of the past isn't a bad one, but 007 Legends wastes whatever potential for fun there might have been. Instead, all Bond fans are left with is a heavily rewritten, Cliff's Notes version of some great (and not-so-great) films with a bunch of forgettable shooting and stealth sequences shoved into the mix. Ultimately, nothing 007 Legends offers is worth the effort of trudging through it.
  39. Oct 16, 2012
    40
    A mess of a title that's uninspired at best and nearly broken at worst.
  40. Oct 19, 2012
    39
    Will there ever be a good Bond game again? With Legends, new lows will be reached. A lot of potential shines through, but in the end the poor visuals, the useless stealth mechanics and the sluggish controls gain the upper hand.
  41. Oct 26, 2012
    38
    007 Legends was clearly rushed to market, and the publisher has such a spotty track record with the franchise, that it's high time for the Bond license to be revoked. Uglier than Jaws and shorter than Nick Nack, 007 Legends doesn't expect you to gawk. Oh no Mr. Bond fans, it expects you to cry. Mission succeeded.
  42. Oct 24, 2012
    35
    Missed opportunities cower in every corner, ranging from an irreverence toward the subject matter in the disjointed story to the absence of familiar voices, and the gameplay feels like it started life as an amateur Bond-themed Call of Duty mod.
  43. Nov 6, 2012
    30
    A half-baked, incomplete, predictable, buggy, broken mess of a game that punished players for purchasing it. It pulls together to be one of the most improperly executed titles in recent memory. There's no getting around the fact, 007 Legends is a bad game.
  44. Oct 31, 2012
    30
    If the awful premise wasn't bad enough, the gameplay you're presented with really makes the whole experience feel like an enormous waste of time.
  45. Oct 23, 2012
    30
    For something that was supposed to celebrate 50 years of the world's favorite super spy, it sure seemed more like a slap in the face. Poor visuals, bland game play, and a generic multiplayer seem to have become the gaming standard for 007 with Legends just being the latest example.
  46. Oct 22, 2012
    30
    I assume that double-Os 1 through 6 died horribly painful deaths and that Eurocom is trying to give me some sense of that misery in 007 Legends. While a tie-in to this November's new Bond movie was too good to resist, I'm disappointed that the franchise has to follow up a moderately successful remake like Reloaded with a shoddy patchwork of first-person shooter set pieces and broken stealth gameplay.
  47. Oct 22, 2012
    30
    Offensively awful as both a tribute to Bond and as a first person shooter, with every ounce of personality and imagination stripped from an already malformed skeleton.
  48. Oct 22, 2012
    20
    Lacking a single inspired trait, 007 Legends is the kind of game released simply to bilk $60 out of uninformed gamers before a swift trip to the bargain bin.
  49. Oct 18, 2012
    20
    Reliving some of the most popular missions of 007 definitely has something appealing. But the end result, is, alas, an abomination. It's a terrible, dull, and sometimes plainly unplayable FPS which, when it tries to diversify its experience (stealth, espionage, chase sequences), just adds more frustration and annoyance.
User Score
4.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. Oct 16, 2012
    2
    Don't believe the fake reviews - this is a really terrible game. The game mechanics are tired, the graphics suck, and it's extremelyDon't believe the fake reviews - this is a really terrible game. The game mechanics are tired, the graphics suck, and it's extremely disconcerting to "relive" Jame Bond legendary experiences.. that not only never even happened, but take place in the present and star Daniel Craig. 007 Legends is more aptly-titled "Alternate Universe James Bond in a cheap CoD/Punch-Out Clone". Skip it. Full Review »
  2. Oct 19, 2012
    2
    I was really looking forward to 007 Legends since I'm a huge fan of 007 both the films and the games. But unfortunately, 007 Legends wins theI was really looking forward to 007 Legends since I'm a huge fan of 007 both the films and the games. But unfortunately, 007 Legends wins the title of the greatest disappointment of 2012. First, Daniel Craig isn't even in the game (they only used his likeness, not his voice). Speaking of the voice acting, it's as dull and uninspired as the one they did back in the late nineties when voice acting was still something new in games. Like the actors couldn't care. I'm not the kind of guy who compares every single shooter with Call of Duty. But it's hard not to compare 007 Legends with COD since every single aspect of its gameplay is identical. The stealth is awkward and you won't care if the guards spot you since it's much easier to go Rambo on them. The boss battles are the most scripted moments I've ever seen in a game. They don't have any challenge or sense of threat. By the end of them, you can simply put down your controller and see how the AI does everything for you. Supposedly, 007 Legends is a tribute to 007 in film, but it's more like a messed mash-up. When there's an iconic moment from a movie you feel the developers said "Hey! here's an iconic moment, moving on to the next" so they won't let you enjoy it. Every mission is a very synthesized version of a movie. Because of that, they missed some key scenes in them (Bond's infiltration of Sanchez's boat in Licence to Kill) or they last too short (Goldfinger's Aston Martin chase lasts less than 20 seconds). The guy who played Bond didn't even bother in saying "Bond, James Bond" when he was supposed to. The game doesn't even finish. You're supposed to wait for the Skyfall DLC to see its ending, so if you don't have an online connection you missed it. It's very obvious 007 Legends had an extremely rushed development, lacked the passion the creators spoke about in the interviews and why did EON approved this piece of trash with 007 name on it is beyond me. Not even worth for the Torrent. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2012
    3
    I am personally a fan of the 007-games. Spanning from Golden-eye on the N64, Golden-eye Reloaded for the Xbox 360, and my biggest dirty secretI am personally a fan of the 007-games. Spanning from Golden-eye on the N64, Golden-eye Reloaded for the Xbox 360, and my biggest dirty secret is 007: Blood Stone is probably my most favorite 007 game ever made. This time around for the 50th anniversary, this game falls short hard. It's over ambitious, there's no depth, flow to the games storyline, or even the way the games mechanics work out. Things are often "vague" when trying to solve puzzles for key-cracking, safe-cracking. The storyline is very lackluster at best. What makes 007: Legends seem like an utter failure is that it's feels pieced together with Scotch tape instead of Duct Tape. The storyline is, well, there isn't really one to follow. The mechanics of the game are buggy, and frustrating. And then the gameplay aspect is just downright frustrating. The enemies just keep coming at you, with what seems unlimited health, while you the player are made to suffer through this abomination. It's a failure on both the developers part, and the publishers part. This game isn't fun, but torture. I say that because, simply, you are driven through the most linear fps shooter with a swarm of frustrating enemies that keep coming over and over. The only satisfaction that you can take away from this game might possibly be that some of the "level" designs are cool. That, and maybe the split screen multi-player. But even, the $60 for just split-screen isn't worth it.

    If you want a good Bond game, this one won't do you justice. Skip it, and just wait for it to drop to bargain bin price in a few months. But, be warned, it's one frustrating game that tries to copy COD, and other successful FPS elements by slapping on arbitrary things that just make you wonder what was going on over at the publishing offices.
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