Following the relatively disappointing 'Quantum of Solace' game, I held back from buying 'Bloodstone' on release, choosing to pick it up later when the price had dropped. On reflection, had I bought this at the time of release (at a release kind of price level), I wouldn't have been disappointed. 'Bloodstone' is one of the very best Bond games there's ever been. Story and tone-wise, it takes its lead from Daniel Craig's Bond films, offering a grittier take on 007, as he follows a trail of stolen bioweapons and an international network of villains. This is bolstered by the presence of Daniel Craig and Judi Dench as Bond and M, plus Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner. The array of locations portrayed within the game is very impressive - including Athens, Istanbul and Bangkok - and there's a good balance between third-person action and some pretty challenging sequences in which you get to control a variety of vehicles, including the famous Aston Martin. How you take down your enemies makes a difference, which is nice - if you're able to use stealth and deal with isolated guards without raising the alarm, you can earn enhanced aiming abilities which will come in extremely handy when you find yourself in a major firefight with a large number of villains later on.
How satisfied you'll be with the single player storyline will depend very much on how much of a hardcore gamer, and a Bond fan, you are. Chances are the former will find the game a little short, although I certainly didn't. Your view of the Multiplayer mode will no doubt also be a factor - I found it a little lacking, although as a relative novice, I'm quite sure it could be much more exciting if you got used to it. Overall, though, I can see 'Bloodstone' appealing to the Bond audience a great deal, moreso than veteran gamers - and that's no bad thing. It's a very well constructed game which emulates the feel of a modern-day 007 film, and one that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.