007 Legends Asks, 'You Want Variety? Take It! Take It ALL!'

Daniel Craig boards a time machine and ventures back to five classic Bond stories, plus Skyfall.

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Activision and Eurocom are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise with 007 Legends, a new first-person shooter based on not one, not two, not even five, but six Bond films. That wide-reaching collection of source material is something of a theme for this game, as there seems to be a consistent mantra of "Oh, hell, let's just do it all!" running through the whole thing. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, mind you. This is one shooter that certainly isn't lacking for variety.

As you would expect from a Bond shooter, you're given the tools to approach missions in a couple of ways. You can run in like a crazed gunman taking out anyone and everyone with your small armory of weapons, or you can use your fancy gadgetry to take a more measured, stealthy approach. Gadgets on offer include a watch radar that fills you in on the position of guards and a pen dart for firing various nonlethal rounds. The high-action stuff looks more or less like Call of Duty, right on down to the quick reloads and instant-kill knife swipes at close quarters, while the stealth-oriented gameplay seems a bit more interesting. Thief this is not, but the first-person perspective seems like it presents an interesting challenge for playing the game this way.

Outside of basic combat, it seems 007 Legends won't shy away from throwing crazy set pieces your way to mix up the action. In one scene we saw during today's Gamescom demo, Bond was engaged in fisticuffs with Gustav Graves, the lightning-spewing villain from Die Another Day. This scene basically played out like a game of Fight Night, a first-person brawl where the player has to dodge incoming attacks from both fists and lightning.

Another scene from the game's Die Another Day chapter involved Bond engaged in a chase scene--in a noticeably branded Aston Martin, naturally--out on the frozen ice. He's chasing a bad guy dropping bombs, while Bond is fighting back with missiles fired from his Aston. Watching this scene, all we could think of was Mario Kart, where the enemy's bombs were banana peels and the missiles were red shells. Bond did not, however, spin his car off the track and get dropped back into place by Lakitu. Unfortunately.

Then you've got the geographical variety, a byproduct of each Bond movie being a globetrotting story that's then amplified to an exponential degree thanks to 007 Legends' use of six of them. You'll be running all over the place, from Gustav Graves' BioDome-like ice palace from Die Another Day, to a drug lord's tropical cocaine refinery from A License to Kill.

Now the one unifying element among all this variety is that this is a Daniel Craig adventure all the way through. There's no Sean Connery, no Timothy Dalton, no Pierce Brosnan. Craig's likeness (but sadly not his actual voice) has been retrofitted into those older stories, with the tone and general level of campiness shifted to be a bit more in line with Craig's modern portrayal of Bond. How will it all play out? We'll find out when 007 Legends is released this October.

Note: For those wondering, the Bond films featured in the game will be Moonraker, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, License to Kill, Die Another Day, Skyfall, and a sixth that has yet to be announced.

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Discussion

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taker254isback
taker254isback

corny! the only good 007 game was Goldeneye for the N64

khaffu
khaffu

Fuck Daniel Craig off for one.


J-007
J-007

I'm feeling a very high score coming and I'm keen, looks good to me. I certainly need this compilation to get a high score and I can bring memories back

sanu0007
sanu0007

Where is the release date ? Man

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Yeah, it's a shame they are going the COD route, but COD sells, and that's what going to be emulated.  I think it's a bit sad they got Craig's likeness but didn't use his voice.  That never works out.  Just look at the new Expendables 2 arcade game.  It uses Sly's likeness, but replaces his voice with a HORRIBLE imitator.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Eh, action scenes play like COD.....I'll pass thanks.

Why can't anyone do what they do in the films? In the films Bond never just walks in guns blazing, he tries to blend in using cover to gain access to secret areas, a lot of the time Bond walks out without anyone knowing he was someplace he wasn't supposed to be. then by the second or third encounter is when the action picks up. what I'm saying is the games don't have any suspense to them, I mean the original Goldeneye 64 was a shooter but it had sneaking bits in it too, no other game was like that. Goldeneye Reloaded was just wrong, they took too many liberties and turned it into a wannabe COD.....

The Bond license need top be yanked from Activision and given to someone better, Hideo kojima? Eidos Montreal? Rockstar?? sh** anyone would be better at this point....

IDK, they might be able to nail some of the stealth parts but I wouldn't want to play the all action parts....COD sucks and I hate the way it plays.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

 @AvatarMan96  Also other games with stealth embrace both play styles. MGS, Deus Ex, Thief, Splinter Cell1-3 and even the Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3/NV allow you to go in Rambo style or sneak past everything and they all do it better and in fairly unique ways. 

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

 @AvatarMan96 Yes I did but I don't have a lot of faith especially if when things go south I'm stuck with another wannabe COD.