Quantum of Solace


By: Tristan Clark    On: PlayStation 3
Published: Monday 17 Nov 2008 10:00 AM
 
 
 
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Bond is back, for the 22nd time, and naturally he’s got a video game in tow. Quantum of Solace reprises the events of the latest film, but because there was no game for the last Bond film, it also features the storyline of Casino Royale – and even some events beforehand. So what you’re treated to is a pretty comprehensive look into the adventures (so far) of Daniel Craig’s secret agent.

It’s a truism that video game tie-ins to movies often stink, yet the Bond series is one of those rare franchises to feature one or more games that don’t actually suck. The biggest example, of course, is GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64, which became one of the seminal console FPS titles – and featured really fun multiplayer for its time. But that was over a decade ago, and games have progressed since then. So how does Quantum of Solace actually fare when compared to all the other latest shooters that have hit the market this year?

In general, this is a decent, solid title that does some things well, and some things badly. Let’s start with the presentation, because it’s the first thing you’ll notice. You can tell the developers had some fun setting up the Bond ‘feel’ of this game – from the opening title sequence to the level briefings, you feel firmly ensconced in James Bond’s shoes. The graphics are more of a mixed bag. Some parts look really impressive, as you’d expect from an engine that ran Call of Duty 4, but other parts look below par, particularly the explosions, of which there are many. Still, this game does a good job immersing you in Bond’s world, something that is helped along by the awesome soundtrack.

Gameplay-wise, it’s also a mixed bag. The basic shooter elements are done well – there are just a few too many additions placed over the top that don’t add much to the experience. The cover system is okay, but doesn’t really much Gears of War for ease of use – it feels a bit too sticky, and precious seconds can be spent standing in the open as you try and detach yourself and move to another piece of cover. Luckily, the AI isn’t all that smart – repetitive is probably the better word to use. After a while, you’ll start to notice all the enemies doing much the same thing – something that isn’t helped by the relatively few character models used for the baddies.

Quick Time Events, all the rage in games right now, also make an appearance. But luckily, they’re done pretty well, and are generally used smartly. A nice touch is being able to sneak up on an enemy, engage him with a button press, and perform a short QTE to neutralize them. There are also a number of unlocking mini-games and the like that help to break up the action. And of course, seeing as you’re meant to be a secret agent, some missions will have you evading security cameras and taking guards down silently – something that brings Metal Gear Solid to mind.

This is the kind of game to play as a lead up to actually seeing the movie. The single player is fairly short – about five or so hours if you’re competent – and yet is skewed pretty heavily towards the Casino Royale side of things.

Multiplayer may hold your attention a bit longer. There are a variety of modes to play through, including some – such as Man With the Golden Gun – that make a return from GoldenEye. In general, it’s fun to run around with others and blast them, it’s just hard to see how this will stand out from the pack for many people. Ironically, Call of Duty 4 is probably still more fun to play online.

This is a game with a number of mediocre elements, being released in a season already crowded with other shooters. However, the main thing it does well – capture the spirit and fun of the Bond movies – is enough to draw in a number of people. For this reason, I’d recommend renting it out to see if you enjoy it – or go ahead and buy it if you’re a crazy Bond fan.


The Score

Quantum of Solace
"Entertaining in parts, mediocre in others."
8.0
Great
Rating: M   Difficulty: Medium   Learning Curve: 15 Min

 

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Gazza22 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 11:29 AM Posted by Gazza22
Sounds like another rent to me.
 
 
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KravenMore
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 11:36 AM Posted by KravenMore
Well sounds like they did pretty well considering the state of 'movie' games. A lot like 'game' movies huh. Have low expectations and sometimes you'll actually be pleasantly surprised.
 
 
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Ron NZGamer.com VIP VIP Gold
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 11:51 AM Posted by Ron
I was really surprised by how well this game played, a must for any bond fan, or someone looking to get out of a typical FPS title.
 
 
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arnies
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 12:23 PM Posted by arnies
8.0
Awful

Ummmm, Ron?
 
 
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Srassy NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 1:01 PM Posted by Srassy
A bit disappointed because of the hype but I guess that's just the way things go.
 
 
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itachi
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 5:56 PM Posted by itachi
Bond = must have for me.
 
 
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Mach1_9pants NZGamer.com VIP VIP
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 6:01 PM Posted by Mach1_9pants
I quite like the idea it covers more than just QoS. Having it cover more than one movie means I may get this..whether on PC or PS3 I'll wait for a few more reviews
 
 
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Slide
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 6:07 PM Posted by Slide
Rent after the exams? I think so!
 
 
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Grunt of God
On Monday 17 Nov 2008 7:38 PM Posted by Grunt of God
:p I was like, a limited edition for a movie tie in? 0.o
 
 
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Insanctity
On Tuesday 18 Nov 2008 7:23 AM Posted by Insanctity
meh nothing beats golden eye
 
 
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TastyTaco
On Tuesday 18 Nov 2008 10:41 AM Posted by TastyTaco
i dont really like games based on movies they never seem to be good, i dont really like james bond either.
 
 
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littleboyl33t
On Tuesday 18 Nov 2008 6:15 PM Posted by littleboyl33t
Dude? Gazza22 are you writing the same thing over and over again as a comment? You suck!!
 
 
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Bunnny NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Tuesday 18 Nov 2008 7:07 PM Posted by Bunnny
Rent....
must play... But at a rent
 
 
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Bunnny NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Tuesday 18 Nov 2008 7:08 PM Posted by Bunnny
18 November 2008, 06:15 PM Reply to littleboyl33t
Dude? Gazza22 are you writing the same thing over and over again as a comment? You suck!!
Bro, who the toss are you? lol

Why aren't you on the forums?
 
 
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arnies
On Tuesday 18 Nov 2008 11:23 PM Posted by arnies
Graphics loook sweet
 
 
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Ruptunex
On Thursday 20 Nov 2008 4:25 PM Posted by Ruptunex
I'm not I'll even pick this up as a rent.
 
 
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cute_maori
On Thursday 20 Nov 2008 5:32 PM Posted by cute_maori
Another Bond movie calls for another Bond game.
 
 
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itachi
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 8:56 AM Posted by itachi
18 November 2008, 07:23 AM Reply to Insanctity
meh nothing beats golden eye
Perfect Dark N64 came pretty close.
 
 
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itachi
On Friday 21 Nov 2008 8:57 AM Posted by itachi
Yep, thats the way it works in the industry.
 
 
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Gazza22 NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Monday 24 Nov 2008 11:21 AM Posted by Gazza22
18 November 2008, 06:15 PM Reply to littleboyl33t
Dude? Gazza22 are you writing the same thing over and over again as a comment? You suck!!
LAWL!!!
 
 
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Bunnny NZGamer.com VIP VIP Silver
On Wednesday 26 Nov 2008 9:26 PM Posted by Bunnny
21 November 2008, 08:56 AM Reply to itachi
Perfect Dark N64 came pretty close.
Agreed. Story mode co-op...... O_o!!
 
 
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primeelfkilla
On Tuesday 3 Feb 2009 3:36 PM Posted by primeelfkilla
sorry this is a bit late but am I the only person who thinks the game was missing something and was rather short in story length
 
 
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kiwicrash
On Monday 13 Apr 2009 9:40 PM Posted by kiwicrash
Pretty Short Game But it was fun
 
 
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