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I'm a mug! The power of a bond license to sell a lazy FPS.,
This review is from: James Bond: 007 Legends (PS3) (Video Game)
I have to confess I was very excited about this release. I felt that Goldeneye Reloaded was rather unfairly panned, largely as it could never live up to the expectation that comes with the name (particularly to we older gamers). It was fairly enjoyable so I assumed that Activision would, in this release, improve the formula, bringing the Bond experience in line their higher-end FPS games, such as the sublime Modern Warfare series. I was very wrong.
This game is a lazy re-skinning of Goldeneye Reloaded, so-much-so that I could imagine each of the missions being released as DLC for the aforementioned title. On one early level it is blatant to the point of mockery, with parts of the factory levels obviously ripped from Goldeneye's Facility level.
No effort appears to have been made to improve the FPS engine, with the only additions being in-game "hacking" & "investigation" puzzles that alternate between the kind of rubbish that makes WII owners feel included and trace-and-track elements that make for a poor man's Arkham City.
One of the worst things has to be the loading times. It's 2012! There is no excuse for any game to make you stare at a loading screen for 20 to 30 seconds while waiting to replay the same level you just failed. This is particularly punishing on the terrible snowmobile level, which itself plays like a Tesco Value version of the early mission in Modern Warfare 2. If Activsion's better shooters have (for some years now) managed to negate this, allowing you to jump straight back into the action, why does any game developer think this is still acceptable?
When there is so much potential for film tie-ins to add to the experience of some great films, especially in this case where so many talented people, from Naomie Harris & Judy Dench to David Arnold (whose musical score is probably the high-point of the game) have gotten involved, this feels like a tragic waste.
Don't waste your money. Even a die-hard Bond fan should probably leave this alone, at least until they can pick it up second-hand for under £10. Which probably won't be long.