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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: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  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. Nov 5, 2010
    7
    Its an adventure game. An interactive Bond game. It follows the movie theme, bad guys, car chases, gun play, and a Bond girl. The problem is that everyone wants to compare it to a FPS. A James Bond game needs to be more than a FPS to keep the James Bond feel to it. The formula that Bizarre Creations used is ok, it just needed a more polished look and feel to it. Although I have to admit, the melee take-downs never got old. As far as the multi-player portion, rather anemic, feels like it was added at the last moment. Was it a great game, no, but it could have been with a little more coordinated effort. Overall it was was a good experience, I just wish it could have been better. Expand
  5. Nov 6, 2013
    7
    007 Bloodstone sends the world's most famous agent, James Bond into a mission not based on any previously released film tie-in, a storyline created by the designers.

    The game features stunning world environments, vehicles exploding, collapsing freeways, though the character models are lacking in texture, but not enough to distract you from the action.

    The single player campaign sends you to Athens, Istanbul, and many more, beginning with a speedboat chase around the Greek harbour, leading onto a car chase around Athens, then you get the opening credits. But after the credits the pacing of the action slows down and there are not so many exciting scenes until later in the story, with some levels dragging on too long, making the game feel dull in some areas.

    The gameplay of the game requires the use of stealth tactics to eliminate guards to reach the objectives within the missions. The player can look around corners and wait for a passing guard to come you, where the player is able to use a takedown to eliminate him without alerting surrounding guards. Each time a takedown is used the player is awarded a focus kill, which is a one-hit kill, the player can accumulate up to 3 focus kills to eliminate 3 guards in quick succession, making game feel awarding to the player who uses stealth tactics instead of going in guns blazing. The player is always equipped with a standard PP09, but is able to pick up SMG's, assault rifles, shotguns and sniper rifles, but can only carry 1 of these weapons at a time.

    The takedown animations are exciting to watch, and uses the environment to enhance the animation.
    Some missions involve car chases, chasing enemy targets through cities, driving over a frozen lake and avoiding obstacles thrown into your path. The controls can take a while to get used to as using the brake too much will make you stop and you may lose your target.

    When not using your weapons, you have use of a smartphone which you can use to deactivate security cameras, locate and download intel, and decrypting codes.

    The AI can be smart, especially on the higher difficulties, they will use cover, change positions, flank your position, communicate with each other, and they will focus on your last known position.

    The multiplayer modes include the standard team deathmatch, objective which involves completing a series of objectives (unlocking doors, activating terminals) while the enemy try to stop you, and then you have last man standing, eliminating all of the other team before they kill yours. The multiplayer only features two environments from the single player, split into six separate levels.

    Though lacking in levels and modes, the multiplayer rewards the player with numerous medals for weapon kills, matches played, and you gain expericence unlocking better weapons, silver and gold variants.

    Overall, the game features an enjoyable campaign when the story progresses further in the game, memorable action sequences, smart AI, though lacking in character model details, and lack of multiplayer modes, this is a good addition to the James Bond franchise.
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  6. May 4, 2011
    6
    The game starts of with good graphics, but it gets worse the more the game goes on. It is fun enough to play through, but I won't play it again. Will trade this one in tomorrow, rather rent it, much better option as the game's single player mode is very short as well. 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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