One of the first good signs of Blood Stone 007, the new James Bond-starring action game from Activision, is the fact that it’s not based on a Bond movie. Not that the new Daniel Craig-era Bond movies haven’t been good. But the games based on them haven’t been free from the movie-to-video game curse. That is, that they suck.
The other promising sign for Blood Stone is its developer; Bizarre Creations. They are best known for doing high-end racing games like Project Gotham andBlur, but they have done shooters like the unique rack-'em-up shooter, The Club. In Blood Stone, they get to use their experience in creating both shooting and driving games to make one kick-ass looking James Bond adventure.
This go-around for Bond is a completely new one and not tied to any of the previous Bond movies. Nor is it a preview of any film might go into production any time soon. But it does star Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, as well as other recurring characters voiced by their respective real life actors. But the story, written by seasoned Bond writer Bruce Feirstein, should take gamers on an adventure worthy of the 007 title. They’ve even got their own original Bond song, performed by Joss Stone.
The on-foot action in the game focuses around guns and martial arts, two of the things Bond is best at. The other two are drinking martinis and making the ladies go wild. I’m sure those will be in there somewhere as well. Using up-close melee attacks based on savate or tae kwon do or some other equally awesome butt-kicking discipline builds up a focus meter that allows you to get easy one shot kills when wielding some ballistic weaponry. You can shoot your way through if you want, but kicking ass now has a purpose behind it.
Driving gets a dose of the action too, but this is hardly a realistic racer like Project Gotham. Rather, certain levels will have you controlling a vehicle in some urgent escape situations. It’s more about avoiding the exploding tanker truck, and no, you don’t earn kudos.
Blood Stone is looking promising enough already, and we havent even tried the multiplayer which promises to have some innovative game types. Blood Stone will be available for all major platforms this November.