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007 Legends Review

Rather than a straight movie adaptation of the newest Bond movie Skyfall, Eurocom have opted for the other big Bond event this year, his 50 year anniversary on the silver screen. Ready to coincide with the huge wallet busting Blu-Ray package we have a kind of best of Bond, in 007 Legends.

Do you remember the bit in Goldfinger where Daniel Craig nearly gets his bits sizzled off, or how about Daniel Craig skiing down a mountain in the middle of a fire fight against some of Blofelds henchmen on skimobiles. Nope?, though they sound a little familiar it is just not quite right, a feeling that is prominent throughout this newest Bond release. With the game starting off from that little snippet we keep on seeing in the adverts for Skyfall, Bond is shot off the top of a train and plummets towards a river to his perceived doom. Hitting the water Bond then starts to have his life flash before his eyes.

Played as a series of flash backs to some of James Bonds greatest moments, we have Daniel Craig revisiting some well recreated and thoughtfully modernised set pieces, offering enough action that you will soon forgive Bond pulling out a Sony Experia mobile phone to hack security gates in Goldfinger. Casual Bond fans may be a little jarred by the expectations of this game, with many of the stories taking place mid action, offering no real explanation of what is going on; if you are playing for plot then watch the movies. Of course the same can be said for the main cast as even with the title of 007 Legends there are no other Bonds here other than Daniel Craig, rewriting history and shoehorning his face into fights (though this has not been filtered onto other characters, I am pretty sure Felix was black in Casino Royale) against classic baddies like Jaws and Odd Job.

Each of the flashbacks will take Bond through five of his biggest missions, Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Moonraker, Licence to Kill and Die Another Day. Presented as a first person shooter (FPS) the general task for each mission is to run from one point to another, shooting plenty of bad guys along the way, triggering cut scenes until a final boss fight. For a FPS, 007 Legends does its job well enough with the game offering plenty of weapons to try out from sniper rifles, an assortment of machine guns and pistols and rocket launchers, with the majority able to be upgraded via MI6 caches littered around the levels, adding new sights, under barrel grenade launchers or extended ammunition magazines. Of course this would not be a Bond game without some gadgets and there are a few to utilise with a laser watch that also acts as a radar; a pen with sleep darts; a mobile phone that acts as a camera and there's the hazardous material tracker and hacking tool.

Each mission really tries to push the element of stealth onto you, constantly reminding you with supporting characters to try and keep quiet and sneak into all of these elaborate enemy bases, but unfortunately this is where the game falls flat. Enemies will have a small indicator showing their current state of alarm; white if they can't see you, red if they can, resulting in an alarm being thrown and baddies charging at you all lemming-like, all desperate to eat lead. Sadly even with all of his tools and weapon upgrades it's still very hard for Bond to pull this off, with enemies spotting you with ease and pretty much every level ending up as an all-out fire fight. 

Thanks to the half cooked stealth system you then start to notice other more pressing issues. The game for most of the time will be overly signposted, constantly telling you where to go next, then all of a sudden nothing, leaving you wandering around. Most of the time this is down to you trying to locate a switch with your camera but with death constantly surrounding you as the enemies will continuously respawn, it can get very frustrating. The biggest disappointment comes with the boss fights, lovingly recreated and showcased at the games intro screen you do go into 007 Legends expecting something grand will happen; what you get is an extremely poor first person fist fight, pressing up or down on the control sticks to punch away at these iconic movie baddies until another cut scene triggers.

Graphically the game is great to watch, with no slowdown as you fight around some impressive looking hideouts and cave systems against a decent amount of baddies. This is made even better with a great looking supporting cast; it's a shame about their voices though, coming across as poor version of the originals that also lack any real commitment; basically they sound like an amateur dramatics production of Bonds best movies, resulting in most of the movies climatic scenes losing most of their suspense and falling a bit flat.

The last nail in the games coffin is the exclusion of a final level, this game has no conclusion, we see Bond at the beginning, plummeting off a train, but then what? That's not entirely true though as the real final level is in fact a piece of downloadable content that will be released soon free of cost, but what about those that don't connect online? you are getting just part of a game; this idea was really not thought through properly. Just to make this clear, the retail release is not a complete game, whoever thought this was a good idea needs to be strapped to Goldfinger's smelting laser.

Away from the main campaign there are also MI6 Ops, a range of challenges that take you back to the main campaign missions but get you to carry out extra side missions to try and earn star rankings. A good idea but due to the short fallings already mentioned it just is a lot of hard work for little reward, especially in the stealth missions.

Aside from single player, Eurocom have catered well enough for the multiplayer aspect with a huge amount of modes available for local four player split screen and online matches. There are loads of different modes to try out, like the Legends (deathmatch) mode that gives you the opportunity to play as a classic Bond villains, Golden Gun matches and basic team deathmatches; all using a familiar XP system you are able to extend the lifetime of the online experience, killing time for the release of the final Skyfall chapter no doubt.

You have got to hand it to Eurocom, they really tried something different with 007 Legends and already had the bar set high what with this being an important year for Bond; in the end though this is just a standard FPS that has more than a few nods to the Activision's Call of Duty games, but not a lot of the quality which goes with them.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

Review Policy (Version tested: Xbox 360)

Edited On 23 Oct, 2012

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Dead 4 years ago
I think you've been generous with the rating, the review puts across the game as below average, and it gets a good score. I was interested in this, but the more I hear about it the less I want to know. Kind of glad I didn't win it now, although i could always have just sold it on Ebay.
Joe Anderson (Editor)'s avatar
I'm sure Ash will give you a reason why he thinks it's good. Though it sounds like it does have some redeeming qualities.
Joe Anderson (Editor) 4 years ago
Ash Buchanan's avatar
Maybe generous but I did actually enjoy it, bad points (stealth) aside. Though no chance of this getting a decent score, an average score would of been too harsh. It managed to be a good enough FPS with some fun if a little confusing Bond elements in it. The graphics are really good but in the end its in the shadows of the Call of Duty series which will prob get an outstanding for all the right reasons.
Ash Buchanan 4 years ago
0000000000's avatar
i was kinda gutted not to win this the review has put me of but as a massive bond fan i would still be willing to give it a go.. maybe a rental thing for me
0000000000 4 years ago
Wey1's avatar
Despite a lot of bad reviews elsewhere, ill have to buy it as i love bond.
Wey1 4 years ago
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Beazi 4 years ago
Graphically it does look very good. I like FPS's which are a little different so I'm excited for it turning up on my doorstep. :)
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
Mine turned up today, enjoying it quite a bit, i see what you mean about the stealth and the fistycuffs boss fights. Haven't tried the multiplayer yet but will give it a go after i have finished all of the missions.
Beazi's avatar
Mine hasn't arrived today but am sure it's in Royal Mail's system somewhere out there. It was sent at 4:30ish yesterday so I'm sure it'll be here tommorrow. Likewise I plan to tackle the missions first before taking on the multiplayer :) (otherwise I will just get shot to prices probably). Looking forward to Die Another Day sections as to date that is my favourite Bond... Until the vanishing car. I thought that bit was a bit silly.
Beazi 4 years ago
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I have completed this game and was quite disapointed, i'm surprised that the frame rate issues were not brought up in the review as it was a constant issue for me.The gameplay was ok but the boss fights/sections became rather repetitive. Beazi i wouldn't worry because the car does not go invisible in this game :P
Rachael 4 years ago
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angelus3889 4 years ago
Im going to wait for it to drop in price a bit but from what ive seen he graphics do look great and im a massive fan, oh there are far to many really games comming out just now.
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IAIN 4 years ago
slightly disappointed :( i really liked goldeneye hd last year . i had high hopes for this. I think ill still pick this up when it drops in price though
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shiny miller 4 years ago
A bit uninspiring, bit still sounds better than a lot of film tie-ins.

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