1. Blood Stone released!

    By Kevin Wells on 2010-11-02

    James Bond is back in an original story by James Bond veteran Bruce Feirstein. Blood Stone was developed by Bizarre Creations for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, by n-Space for the Nintendo DS, and by High Moon Studios for Microsoft Windows. The game stars Daniel Craig as James Bond 007, Judi Dench as M, and features an original theme performed by Joss Stone who doubles as the Bond girl of the story.

    Publisher’s pitch

    James Bond 007: Blood Stone features the likeness and voice talent of Daniel Craig, Joss Stone and Judi Dench and features an epic, original story developed by legendary screenwriter Bruce Feirstein. Players can engage in cover-based firefights, lethal hand-to-hand combat and speed their way through explosive adrenaline-fueled driving sequences as they embark on a global chase leading to action on land and sea through Athens, Istanbul, Monaco and Bangkok. Gamers can also feel what it is like to be a 00 agent, as they take the battle online in several robust 16-person multiplayer modes that require skill, teamwork and strategy as players compete in matches that will have spies battling mercenaries.

    The single player

    The game’s script was written by James Bond veteran Bruce Feirstein who is best known to Bond fans for his work on three Bond films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. He also wrote the scripts for the 007 games Everything or Nothing, From Russia with Love and GoldenEye 007 (2010). James Bond (voiced by Daniel Craig) and wealthy socialite Nicole Hunter (voiced by Joss Stone) must stop a plot involving weaponised biological agents against terrorists led by a man named Pomerov. The game takes place across five locations: Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, Siberia and Bangkok. The game’s music is composed by Richard Jacques while the theme, “I’ll Take It All,” was written by Joss Stone along with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and performed by Stone.

    While James Bond is most notable in video games for his first-person shooters, Blood Stone takes another attempt at a third-person shooter in the same vein as Everything or Nothing and From Russia with Love. Blood Stone uses Bizarre Creations’ bespoke engine which was created for their previous game The Club. It features cover-based gunplay, hand-to-hand combat, and tactical firefights where Bond can use the environment to finish off his enemies. The game also features explosive adrenaline-fueled driving sequences which Bizarre Creations as the developer of the Project Gotham Racing series is best known for.

    The multiplayer

    Unlike two other recent Activision releases, GoldenEye 007 and Call of Duty: Black Ops, Blood Stone‘s multiplayer mode has not been mentioned much by either its publisher or developer. It features a 16 player or eight-on-eight spies (MI6) vs mercenaries multiplayer with a few known standard gametypes such as team deathmatch. Objective-based matches are also included that force players to work together to accomplish certain goals and tasks.

    Bond Silhouette

    Nintendo DS

    In addition to being released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows, Blood Stone also has a port for Nintendo’s DS handheld system. This port is developed by n-Space who also developed a port of GoldenEye 007 for the DS as well.

    A helicopter chases Bond in James Bond 007: Blood Stone

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