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  • Summary: Bizarre Creations is crafting a James Bond-branded game that will feature racing and vehicular combat elements.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 66
  2. Negative: 3 out of 66
  1. Nov 3, 2010
    86
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Nov 9, 2010
    60
    It had everything to become one of the greatest games for the end of 2010, but Blood Stone is short, derivative and not very inspired. Honestly, we expected much more from a talented team like Bizarre.
  5. 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.
  6. Dec 20, 2010
    55
    Not content to deliver a substandard singleplayer, however, Bizarre crafted an equally ho-hum multiplayer.
  7. Nov 4, 2010
    40
    And it's all over in about five or six hours. Worse, for all its authenticity in terms of voicework, the cut scenes and animation are all too often hilariously awful.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 19, 2012
    10
    James Bond 007: Blood Stone is a very underrated game and perhaps the most thrilling Bond experience I have had; close to watching them in the theatre. I am a huge fan of the fact that this game is a third person shooter, I have been turned off of the recent Bond games because it reminds me of playing "Call of Duty" or some type of war scenario game. The campaign for an experienced gamer may seem short, but for me who is someone who has a family and career I enjoyed an entire week of Bond. The story-line is strong, reminded me of old films, yet could have been expanded on for longer game play. The fact that Commander Bond is a spy and not necessarily a military character the third person perspective paints a wonderful picture for the viewer, the cinematics transition so well with the "3PS" a fun adventure from start to finish. This is the closest I have seen a game to fulfilling my virtual Bond fix, I will not be trading this one in! Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    9
    This game reminded me of why I wanted and still want to be a spy, epic gunfights, cool fight scenes, fast car chases, and awesome and unbelievable moments that could only happen on the big screen, this game packs all of those things plus a really enjoyable plot, that will have you dying to see every cutscene, add in some decent multiplayer, and you've got yourself a fantastic rental, and maybe it's the fact that I rented this instead of buying that it gets such a high score, but I honestly loved this game, it does have flaws like bad graphics, and when your doing a car chase usually the car controls fine, other times it feels like the surfaces are covered in slippery oil or something, and it lacks polish in some areas, but the great plot, intense moments, and tight gameplay both online and off make this a game for Bond fans, and definitely helps the wait for the next movie, an experience I wont soon forget. Expand
  3. Aug 23, 2013
    8
    I feel that Blood Stone is a very underrated James Bond game. 007 games tend to vary from the excellent (GoldenEye) to the awful (007 Legends). Blood Stone certainly does not hit the heights of GoldenEye, but it does have a very atmospheric James Bond experience. This is helped by the game design I like it when 007 games look to emulate the feel of the movies by incorporating items such as a credits sequence, a theme song, Bond "moments" and real actors to do the voiceover. Daniel Craig and Dame Judi Dench really elevate the game with their voiceover work. Joss Stone is a welcome addition to the Bond universe being both sexy and talented. The title sequence closely emulates the new design direction of the Daniel Craig era and is a very good standard for a videogame.

    The 3rd-person shooting is fairly formulaic. However, Bond can action some awesome takedowns (which reminded me closely of The Bourne Conspiracy) and these give you "Focus Aims" which allow you to dispatch enemies quickly with a single headshot. The game is fairly easy to complete anyway so these are not massively useful, but do help to make you feel like James Bond in that you can wade through enemies quickly as he might do in the movies. You can make use of scenery to help dispatch enemies for example, shooting a lift so that it falls and kills the occupants. The usual explosive barrels make their 974th appearance in a videogame since Doom!

    The story interested me. I enjoyed the ride. Of course, don't expect a story as complex as those in recent movies. But it's enough to keep you playing until the end. Bond visits some very interesting locations around the world in this mission.

    The driving sections of the game were excellent. You will drive a car and a boat at different points in the story and the handling felt good. The speed of these sections was also good. They felt exciting and probably the best realised driving sections in any James Bond game, including 007 Racing!

    The multiplayer is the game's weakest offering. Like many modern games, publishers and developers seem to believe that a multiplayer option is a desirable section to the majority of gamers. I don't believe this is the case. I would much rather that developers spent the time enhancing and extending the single-player experience. Let GoldenEye do the multiplayer experience, Blood Stone is strongest in the single-player experience.

    The game is not long, and it does have its limitations. However, if you are looking for a game to perhaps play between longer AAA titles and you are just looking to have some fun for a few hours then Blood Stone is a game I would certainly recommend. I enjoyed the ride with James Bond. Roger Moore would certainly raise an eyebrow at that!
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  4. Aug 31, 2014
    7
    The best Bond game out there, Blood Stone is a good third-person-shooter that is reasonably fun. The graphics are quite polished, and the story is interesting, but is nothing we haven't heard before. Stealth is fun, but it feels like they could've developed it more. (It's one of the most fun parts of the game.) The takedowns don't offer much, but they're fun to watch. The car segments are fun, and needs a lot of practice. The shooting is repetitive, but is one of the best examples of third person shooting. A must buy for any Bond fan. Expand
  5. May 23, 2011
    7
    Underrated at most. This game, no doubt is not the best James Bond experience ever, however it is far from the worst. I think this is the most fun I've had with a 007 game since Goldeneye and many like to argue that Quantum of Solace was better, but I say 'no', due to the short, however action packed James Bond feeling I get from the game was splendid. There were many cliche rip offs from other popular games, as in the "focus aiming" and the combat resembed Uncharted very closely, but despite all that, it isn't a bad thing, infact I loved the gameplay far better than Splinter Cell's and the Uncharted style gameplay was pitch perfect for the game. My only major complaint is that there wasn't enough from the singleplayer experience and the multiplayer needed touch up, but despite all that, a not so bad game. On one more final note, the up coming James Bond game based on the up coming 2012 movie had leaked animations and gameplay footage (being developed by Raven Software, who are also working on MW3), and everything from the animations and gameplay footage looked completely identical to Blood Stone, so my biggest hopes is getting a better, polished Blood Stone experience, and with a few touch ups and more indulging experience, the game will be an instant success. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2010
    6
    This game would be great if it were an fps. but its a tps and it just doesnt fit that category. the story is great and it is good to have a James Bond game that is not based on a movie but this game just isn't fun enough. Expand
  7. Nov 6, 2010
    4
    Lukewarm mechanics all around, linear and mostly uninspiring level design, last-gen graphics, broken AI, painful-to-watch cutscenes, and a limp plot make a promising-sounding game come out feeling half-baked. Getting through the game felt like a chore, and there was no payoff, in the end. Expand

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