I will start off by telling
you a few things about myself, in the interest of making the review mean more to you. I am a PC gamer at heart. I have an
Xbox 360, a Wii, and a Nintendo DS Lite; but I still love to game on my computer. I did, however, play both the Xbox 360
and PC version of the game. The second thing you should know is that I'm just not a big fan of third person shooters.
I loved Assassin’s Creed, and this wasn't anything close...
All that being
said, I thought the newest release in the Bond series of games, Blood Stone, was a decent game. Many things could have been
better, but many could have been worse as well. I was impressed that the game started off, in single player mode, as a fast
paced shooter and included a stint of driving an Aston Martin as well as a boat. While not huge, these things helped take
away from the normal third person shooter boredom. I loved driving the car, the boat was a little less fun, but still better
The second thing that really struck me about this game is the graphics. At times,
they were absolutely impeccable. Stunning explosions, water reflections, etc. all added to the great graphic quality in the
game. Is this a graphics knockout, no, but it is better than standard.
that is where the good ends. Blood Stone comes from the same makers as Project Gotham Racing, Bizarre Creations, and it
shows. Just as with Project Gotham Racing, Blood Stone is uninspiring, almost boring, after the initial 15 minutes of gameplay.
Everything is the same, there isn't a lot of variety in the game, and it even copies (almost
directly) "features" from Splinter Cell's Mark and Execute System. The problem is, the game is too
easy and boring without them, you don't NEED the feature.
Unlike GoldenEye, this
game is boring and definitely NOT earth shattering. You don't even get any cool gadgets from Q other than a smartphone,
which is basically useless in the game.
It only gets worse once you move from Single
Player to Multi Player. At least in Single Player you had the cool cars and boats, some excitement in an otherwise dreary
world. In Multi Player, you have only three game types (Team Deathmatch, Objective, and
Last Man Standing). It seems as though the Multi Player faucet of this game was a forgotten after thought, something
thrown in at the last second as a consolation prize or a way to make just a couple more bucks off the game.
Even though Bizarre Creations enjoyed some success with the Project Gotham Racing series, Blood Stone is not going to do
that for them this time. This game is boredom, followed by sleep, with a side of what new nail file should I buy? The shooter
experience is drab and dreary, and unfortunately a few car chases and some interesting graphics aren't enough to make
up for a poorly made game.
Disappointing, uninspiring, boring.