We never hate James Bond games
While there are good examples of Bond games, and bad examples of Bond games, we usually end up enjoying them regardless of their quality. Perhaps it's because we love the franchise in general, but we've had love affairs with both Quantum Of Solace and Blood Stone already this generation — both of which were panned by critics. So, are we ready for more James Bond?..
Enslaved was one of the most under-rated games of last year
Anything it lacked in gameplay polish was more than made up by the game's beautiful art direction and fantastic characterisation. While the game might not have been recognised as widely as it should have been amongst the gaming community, it can at least add a feather to its bow in the form of an Ivor Novello award nomination for its..
Despite releasing the brilliant Blur last year, Develop's reporting that British studio, Bizarre Creations, will close their doors on Friday
The Merseyside team has been behind some of our favourite games over the years, including Metropolis Street Racer and Project Gotham Racing. Despite releasing two good games last year — James Bond 007: Blood Stone and the aforementioned Blur — Activision..
Activision's released a statement claiming they are "exploring options" over the future of Bizarre Creations after the Internet exploded this afternoon with claims of the studio's closure
The rumours kicked off on GiantBomb when they cited sources claiming that Bizarre Creations will be going through a 90-day consultation period, statutory redundancy. The story was subsequently picked up by..
The UK charts paint a bizarre picture this week
Apparently Britain still loves football (both Football Manager 2011 and FIFA 11 occupy the chart's top two spots), but it seems there's not quite the same love for 007 at the moment. Activision's Wii-exclusive Goldeneye reboot only managed to reach the thirteen in the charts, while Blood Stone debuted way down in the 18th spot. PlayStation Move..
We suppose we have a weakness to anything with James Bond on the cover
The last PlayStation 3 Bond game, Quantum Of Solace, was pretty rubbish. But we still found ourselves ploughing in the 30 hours or so needed to get the Platinum trophy. It's because it's got Bond on the box. Even though Activision appears dead-set on burying James Bond 007: Blood Stone, we can't help but feel a little excited..
That's soon, right? We knew James Bond 007: Blood Stone was slated for this year, but it always felt like it was some way off
Mainly because the game only got announced a couple of months ago and, despite countless developer videos, not a lot's been said about the game. Still, it's out in two weeks according to VG247. The site also claims that there's no demo planned, so you're going to have to go..
.. It'll be the car sequences. With a studio like Bizarre Creations at the helm, there's absolutely no way the racing segments fail. This is their bread and butter. James Bond 007: Blood Stone continues to look really interesting to us. We're big Bond fans and we even enjoyed the last 007 game, Quantum Of Solace. Bizarre's a great studio, hopefully this exceeds expectations.
Say what you will about Bizarre Creations upcoming Bond product, James Bond 007: Blood Stone, they seem to have all the right elements in place to make a really faithful product
There's shooting, stealth, driving and, as detailed in this trailer, hand-to-hand combat. If they can get all the gameplay elements to mesh well, they could have a really satisfying Bond experience to their name. We..
James Bond 007: Blood Stone is going to be out later in the year, and it sounds like quite an exciting package
It's a brand new story; with shooting, stealth and driving and there's multiplayer. According to Bizarre, the multiplayer's designed for 16-players, and is based around team objectives. Hopefully this makes use of Blood Stone's various mechanics (vehicles, stealth, combat). If so, it could..
Activision's released an extended version of the James Bond 007: Blood Stone trailer from last week
The new trailer shows Bond driving through the streets of Istanbul and shooting-up some bad guys. The visuals look a bit rough, but truth be told, we have high hopes for this game. Hopefully Bizarre Creations can deliver the goods. They've yet to really disappoint me this generation.
There's no Bond movie this year
It feels like there should be. Quantum Of Solace was ages ago, and we're now being told that there won't even be a Bond movie in 2012 due to financial difficulties. Frankly, it makes us sick. We need Bond. So it's with lofty expectation that we wish, pray, demand and hope Bizarre Creations can deliver with their upcoming video game James Bond 007: Blood Stone. This..
Fancy smoke? Check
Swish silhouettes of men pointing guns? Check. Swish silhouettes of ladies touching themselves? Check. Big, orchestral driven audio backing? Check. Diva reminding us how well she can sing? Check. Jewellery and expensive champagne? Check. Fancy cars power sliding in slow motion? Check. Helicopters blowing up huge diamonds? Check. Yep, this is definitely the start to Bizarre..
If ever we had a weakness, file it under James Bond games
We were probably the only publication who genuinely loved (and played to death) the last James Bond game, Quantum Of Solace. So good. Perhaps then, our excitement for James Bond 007: Blood Stone should be tempered a little. GoldenEye aside, Bond games aren't traditionally good. But they are Bond games, y'know. There's something to be said..