Mixed or average reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 69
  2. Negative: 3 out of 69
  1. This is "GoldenEye" for a new generation. And praise doesn't come much higher than that.
  2. With Quantum of Solace, Treyarch absolutely nailed the James Bond experience.
  3. While the game may not completely capture our wildest dreams about playing Commander Bond, it does do a great job of capturing the atmosphere.
  4. There’s a very solid game here and with the impressive AI and the basis of a good game here, means that any future Bond games can improve on what’s already been established. This is well worth playing – for an afternoon or two.
  5. If you enjoyed the movies Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace then I would definitely recommend giving this game a try.
  6. The cover-feature provides a tactical touch to the shoot-outs. Thanks to many different locations and surprises, the variety is sufficient. Considering the fact that there are a lot of good shooters on the market, we long for a little more Bond-feeling.
  7. Quantum of Solace is a fun and exciting Bond title that has some truly engaging situations and pretty production values. However, there are some ugly issues, like poor AI and a buggy cover system, that keep it from truly being a truly great shooter.
  8. 80
    This is a game with a number of mediocre elements, being released in a season already crowded with other shooters. However, the main thing it does well – capture the spirit and fun of the Bond movies – is enough to draw in a number of people.
  9. Quantum of Solace proves that licensed games are not always badly made games.
  10. A decent enough game, if not a little predictable. Certainly worth considering if you are a fan of all things Bond.
  11. James Bond: Quantum of Solace is like a Bond girl. You’ll either love or hate her. The game's story mode is short yet thrilling and the online capabilities are to a high standard though unfortunately, the title will get overlooked under all the bigger titles releasing in the run-up to Christmas and therefore not getting the recognition the game deserves.
  12. Quantum of Solace won't be up for any "game of the year" awards, but it is a solid title that offers a satisfying, though elementary, single-player campaign and a strong, but perhaps niche, multiplayer experience. It's not a total return to form for the Bond franchise, but it seems to be headed in the right direction.
  13. While I doubt that Quantum of Solace is going to become a beloved classic the way GoldenEye did, it's a skilled first person shooter that easily takes the title of the best James Bond-themed FPS in a decade.
  14. No matter which side you choose, though, Quantum of Solace is mostly fun, but it suffers from some annoying AI and "by the numbers" gameplay, and it's far too short to recommend as anything but a rental.
  15. As a top-tier shooter, QoS doesn’t make the cut, especially in light of the many better games raising the bar this season.
  16. I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy Quantum of Solace because I did, but this is coming from a huge Bond fan. The single player campaign was entertaining and boasted intuitive and responsive controls; our only grumble is its length.
  17. 74
    The length of the game is probably its biggest weakness, but the robust multi-player makes up for the short campaign.
  18. Quantum of Solace is a passable Bond game and an above-average action game, but it's seriously held back by a lack of style and originality.
  19. If you love the James Bond franchise this is a great game to play single player wise. But it is a rental in the end as the only real replay value is if you want to get the achievements.
  20. There are certainly moments where you’ll feel as if you actually are Bond but for the majority of time, you’ll be wondering where all the fun is.
  21. Quantum of Solace is a solid, above-average game that does the two new films justice without really pushing the envelope.
  22. Unfortunate for Quantum of Solace, had it not been for a slightly confusing “story” and a slightly annoying cover system it could have been a great competitor.
  23. 70
    Quantum of Solace is definitely of interest to more than just Bond fans – anyone looking for a varied, somewhat light-hearted shooter will derive a good degree of enjoyment from it.
  24. Quantum of Solace really feels like a Bond game, combining elements from both of the recent movies and using tried and tested gameplay mechanics to create a fun (if flawed) shooter experience. It's not going to win any awards and it isn't likely to attract new fans to either 007 or the FPS genre, but it's very likeable, entirely inoffensive and highly playable.
  25. Multiplayer isn't bad, but it lacks depth, so while Quantum provides some exciting moments, its developers failed to catapult it to greatness.
  26. Relentlessly packed full of gunfire as well as requiring duck-and-cover defensive play Quantum of Solace blends a balls-out shooter with modern sensibilities to create a game that’s refreshingly fast paced and therefore swift to complete. If played on its highest settings you’d be better served by Rainbow Six and if played on lower you’re paying for just a few hours of entertainment. Thankfully multiplayer promises much, and we’ll tell you how it delivers once we’re all online and you’ve seen Mr Bond die several times.
  27. Quantum of Solace is an FPS that could be just another one among many but it distinguishes itself with its third person action elements and in the way that it captures the essence of the secret agent. It should appeal to 007 fans and for them it becomes a source of entertainment that joins two passions, the taste of the films and videogames. If you are a James Bond fan and if you would like to relive the films then this game is for you.
  28. 70
    If you’re looking for a game to reveal the plot of Quantum of Solace before the movie’s release, this is not it. If you’re looking for the answer to GoldenEye, this is not it. Instead Quantum of Solace is a respectable shooter with little that sets it apart from the rest of the field.
  29. Quantum of Solace will leave you shaken and stirred, but not entirely satisfied.
  30. As a whole package, Quantum of Solace doesn’t quite cut it. It’s a decent game held back by the constraints of its license, which should be the thing that elevates the product. Treyarch did their best with what they had, but it’s not enough to elevate this game to superspy status.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. esp
    Sep 6, 2010
    This is one of my favorite FPSes of all time. Granted, I never played Goldeneye, and this game is all shooting with only a tiny bit of required stealth and turret action, but the game mechanics are superb, and the fun factor is very high.

    I've played it through four times already, and I expect I will play it through many more times to come. The multiplayer is still good after two years (though of course there aren't too many people playing these days), and overall it's just loads of fun.
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  2. Dec 23, 2013
    This game is an incredibly wasted potential. It tries to copy CoD, but does so badly and it has a ridiculously short story. It really seems more like a movie when it comes to length but it fails at capturing the movie's greatness. A short game that could have been so much better Full Review »
  3. Oct 10, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. I wrote this review on gamespot and posted it on March 18th 2009 I have simply moved it here and edited it so I hope people take that into account when reading this review. Hope its a good read to anyone who takes the time.

    In the past their have been many games based on films some of them have been rather awful and some have been rather good and Quantum of solace is no different from this. We all know that movie tie-in games are going to be awful, short and complete rip-off's 90% of the time but its great to see that this game has dodged that stigma quite well.

    I originally picked this up hoping for cheap gamerscore which I did get but that wasn't what made me enjoy this game in the end because it turned out to be a lot more fun than I had ever expected especially for a movie game. They have got Daniel Craig to voice bond for the game which is a credit to the voice acting (which is good for anyone who likes good vocal work) its good to see him being willing to perform bond in almost all of the Bond games with his likeness.

    The experience of single player and multi-player gameplay is just brilliant in terms of how the game is designed to be played. The game is based on the call of duty 4 engine and you can tell this very easily. You could easily accuse the game of being call of duty Bond Edition this isn't really something bad at least not for this game. But it plays a lot more like it has been mixed with Rainbow Six Vegas when it comes to the cover system that they have implemented (a good move by Treyarch). This cover system is very useful online and offline because it can give you a view of the combat situation even if you are hidden, this may be seen as too much of an advantage but it really isn't, even online the more intelligent player's can just take you out with a grenade if your camping behind a wall becomes a nuisance to them.

    The story itself is mixed with both of the new Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and they are both displayed within the game to great extent even though most of it seems to be Casino Royale related in terms of missions that is. But both games have been represented very well many of the iconic moments from the latest films. For example the parkour chase scene in Casino Royale where you must catch a bomb maker by chasing him through a building site or another awesome chase in Quantum where you race over the rooftops of an Italian city before engaged in a great fight with your opponent....just a shame its the equivalent of quick time event heaven when you catch up to him.

    While on the subject of quicktime events and comparing this game to Call of Duty again when you go to melee an enemy in this game rather than simply knifing them you engage in a slow-motion quicktime melee move where you must press a button to take down your opponent its not exactly creative but it does show how physically strong Bond is against those inept guards he fights on a daily basis.

    The weapons involved in the game are very standard pistols, SMG's, M16's, the Golden Gun that fires explosive rounds........with the odd gadget mixed in but this isn't really the games fault as so many modern shooters have weapons that we are all too familiar with. And with Treyarch a well known shooter developer being behind the game you can't really complain that the guns they have given us are all too familiar.

    The game has four difficulty settings each of them progressing in challenge but even the hardest mode 007 isn't too much of a task I personally completed the game in a day on this mode with only a few tricky levels to deal with. And missions don't feel too repetitive since on some levels you don't even have to engage the enemy to continue the story you can just avoid them by staying down using stealth and avoiding camera's etc.

    So overall the Single Player portion of the game is very well done and there is rarely a dull moment. One of the things I personally enjoyed were the sections when I didn't have to kill the enemies in the area, it gave off a sense of professionalism which bond lacks in the new films. So I personally wasn't the best bond around but that's one of the best points of gaming to PLAY the way you want to PLAY it out, not the way the character would do it if he/she was in control of themselves at the time.

    The multi-player I personally thought would be terrible but to my surprise it actually works well indeed it has the basic modes team death match etc. But there are also modes that implement bond as a playable character online for example bond evasion, a simple mode one team must get bond out (who is controlled by a random player) and the other team must eliminate him. But bond has an advantage he can see all enemy locations so the other team must compromise by watching their own backs at all times and staying in groups. This is one of several modes that I believed made this game fun a fresh along with the random designs
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