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007 Legends

Release Date: 
Game Platform: 
PS3 / Xbox 360 / PC, Wii
MGM Interactive/Activision
Star Rating: 
7 out of 10

An explosive way to celebrate turning 50.

The Pitch: Going back through decades-worth of Bond moments, 007 Legends strings together highlights of the secret agent’s career with a reimagined plot to get you from oh to double oh.

What It Really Is: For Bond fans, it’s a rewarding retrospective of a half-century of impossible missions, colorful characters, and elaborate torture techniques. 007 Legends hits all the high watermarks of Bond’s career, and does it with the flare of an international secret agent and the authenticity of voice acting provided by the bulk of the original cast. All these things should combine for a great game, but, ironically, where 007 falters is in the execution—an unforgivable misstep for a man with a license to kill. Strange creative decisions abound and leave us wondering why easy access to seldom-used gadgets seems to trump easy access to your weapons. And the weapons definitely matter; where Bond is a smooth operator in every non-interactive form, he’s an all-out run-and-gunner, lacking his signature finesse the moment you take control. The end result is a game that will undoubtedly appease those who’ve watched and loved every Bond flick, but which wouldn’t be able to hold its own against the best FPSers out there today. Ready-Made Press Blurb:007 Legends is such an intimate Bond experience, you couldn’t get closer without hiding in the trunk of his Aston.” –

Fun Fact: 007 Legends actually contains levels that are from this year’s upcoming Skyfall so, if waiting for the movie to hit theaters on November 9th isn’t an option, you can grab yourself some spoilers here.

Who It’s For:  If you’re looking for a game that’s going to continue the Goldeneye mantle of a great Bond story in a video game, 007 Legends comes through in a big way. If you’re looking for a game that’s going to continue the Goldeneye mantle as a great shooter, it seems like Q branch will have to go back to the drawing board.

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