The Premise - Bloodstone 007
“Bloodstone 007,” sometimes called “James Bond 007: Blood Stone,” is designed around a plot to plant a bomb at a G-20 summit in Greece. James goes on a series of fights to prevent the bomb from reaching the summit, but his work isn’t finished.
Bond meets up with a contact, Nicole, voiced by the singer Joss Stone who also sings the theme song for the video game. After working with her to find out more on a kidnapped scientist who was making antidotes for Anthrax and Smallpox, Bond realizes she is the real villain.
Bond takes on a series of bad guys and thwarts more havoc before the game ends. The game primarily takes place in Greece, Istanbul, parts of Russia and in Burma.
Difficulty in Maneuvering
For those who play other games like “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and the “Uncharted” series, you’ll be disappointed to find that you must now use the red circle button to jump and the “X” button to get in and out of cover. This is backwards from some games and takes a lot of getting used to.
Bond also moves rather slowly when in public places. To get him to at least increase his speed to a jog, click down on the right toggle button and maneuver the toggle in the direction you want him to go.
You always wanted to drive Bond’s Aston Martin, right? Well, “Bloodstone 007” gives you the opportunity. But you probably won’t
enjoy it as much as you thought you would.
First off, maneuvering Bond’s car is like driving a tank. You have little control of the overall speed, and you’ll run into every building and obstacle imaginable – even after you’ve gotten the hang of it.
What speed control you do have is in the “R2” button. Press it all the way in for top speed, or just bump it for a slight burst. Let go completely to coast.
When you need to turn corners, you can’t brake completely. Use the red circle button as your handbrake and drift in the direction you want to go. This is somewhat of an awkward pairing between your index finger and thumb, which leaves room for little error.
If you do get stuck while driving in “Bloodstone 007,” your screen will begin to turn gray shortly before you’re sent back to the checkpoint to start over again.
Driving slowly won’t help, either. You must keep your enemy within range. If you lose him because you drove too slowly, you’ll be sent back to the checkpoint.
The best way to work around this is with practice. Eventually you will gauge your speed needs with the tight corners in the marketplace and be able to speed up on the straight shots while chasing the villains.
Difficulty Getting Around Cover
James Bond slides into cover when you press the “X” button. Unlike Nate in “Uncharted,” you can’t just toggle him out of cover; you must press the “X” button again.
If you come up against a barricade, you can use the red circle button to vault over it. The same goes for jumping across buildings and climbing up ladders. Bond won’t do these things automatically as other PS3 characters do. You always have to press the red circle button.