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A let down,
This review is from: James Bond: Bloodstone (PS3) (Video Game)
The storyline is a bit confusing and not that original. Mostly, you are making your way through various buildings and shooting people from behind cover.
There are some vehicle chase scenes and although they are nice to look at, they are very one dimensional. If you crash you have to go back to a checkpoint, and you can't 'catch' the enemy no matter how hard you try until the specified end of the chase. The Aston Martins handle like trucks too and you feel like you're simply guiding them in a kind of strange cutscene rather than driving. These gripes also enter into parts of the game where you're jumping across things or running away from something. It ruins the element of freedom and challenge you should get.
There is a 'takedown' mechanic where you can sneak up on enemies and take them down physically. You just get near an enemy and press a button so it's pretty easy and not satisfying. This does give you the ability to use up to three 'focus aims' which are of no particular use when it's just as easy to simply shoot enemies conventionally. I expected the whole 'takedown' element to enable you to make your way through levels in complete stealth. Frustratingly though, there are very few opportunities to do this as enemies are placed in such a way that you can't avoid alerting them and getting into gun fights. Pretty silly for a game based on a secret agent. Another thing they included that should have aided the stealth aspect was the 'smartphone' option which shows you where all enemies are and where you're supposed to be going. It's of no use other than seeing how many enemies there are in the room though as you KNOW you'll never be able to work though a room using takedowns.
The previous game, Quantum of Solace, was much better in this regard and a better game all round in my opinion. The game is pretty short but by the time I finished it I wasn't really paying attention anymore.