fans will delight when they play From Russia With
Love, while hardcore gamers will claim it's too light.
I can sympathize with both groups since I love all
things Bond and have played more games than I care
to remember. To be able to combine my passion for
Bond and my love for gaming is a dream come true.
Or is it in reality, a nightmare? Read on my pretties
and find out for yourselves.
Russia With Love is a revisiting of the original 60s
classic Bond movie of the same name. It follows the
plot almost exactly although some new missions and
features have been added to make it longer than an
hour-and-a-half. Like the original movie, this game
also features the talents of Sean Connery who provides
his voice exclusively for this game; the voiceovers
are not taken from the movie.
an effort to appeal to a wide range of gamers the
gameplay is less than difficult. It's a lot less than
difficult but it's not so much challenging as it is
meant to be entertaining. Do I have to bring up the
phrase "interactive movie" again?
by events of the Cold War, the gameplay features various
cloak and dagger activities such as stealth, spying,
puzzle solving, gadgets, vehicle racing and shooting.
There are also some RPG elements that allow you to
level-up weapons and gadgets. You can make them more
powerful and more accurate by purchasing upgrades
with points that you acquire from locating secret
documents and other goodies. The gadgets are as fun
to use in the game as they are to watch being used
in the movies.
guns presents a bit of a problem. They don't feel
comfortable in fact they are a little awkward to aim
in some situations. You have to use a dual button
system to shoot. One button to aim and the other to
fire. It takes a lot of getting used to especially
if you're a dyed-in-the-wool first-person-shooter.
Once you're in the middle of a huge shoot out it's
not a problem but when you get caught by surprise
the two button system just doesn't come naturally.
such as cars and boats are used primarily for racing.
They are cumbersome to control and subsequently not
a lot of fun. The jetpacks are another story. These
should be used in more games. They really add much-needed
dimension to the gameplay. They are relatively easy
to control and move about with great fluidity. You
can reach different levels and continue to shoot at
enemies while flying around.
you just want to get through the game you can probably
finish it in a day. If you want to uncover all the
unlockables it will take about twice as long. There
are lots of bonus features to find such as the making
of the game, Bond girls and extra challenge missions.
to four players can take part in the multi-player
modes which feature variations of Deathmatch and Capture
the Flag. These modes use the split-screen since there
is no online play. The graphics take a nose dive and
the framerate is cut in half. Even in the single-player
mode the animation is a little stiff and jerky although
the facial renderings and expressions are top shelf.
When words come out of Bond's mouth you listen, even
though some of the lines would embarrass Sylvester
Stallone. It's always a treat to hear the James Bond
theme so make sure you crank up the power amp.
I'm wrong, but I'm usually not, we are witnessing
the death of the movie industry as we know it. The
future generations will be amazed to learn that we
used to watch movies and didn't play them. From Russia
With Love may not be unique in many gameplay respects
but its accessibility is certain to help shape the
future of entertainment.
have seen the movie, perhaps many times over, but you
have never gotten to relive the movie in a totally interactive
way. Now is your chance to do so. In EA's new Bond game,
you take the role of Sean Connery (truly, the Bond in
this game is a 3-d rendering of Sir. Connery himself)
and become the greatest Bond of all time.
In this installment, the game will run on only one
game engine, unlike the Bond Game "Everything
or Nothing" which ran on two engines, one for
shooting, and one for driving. This should make the
transition between driving missions and other missions
easier and perhaps make the game more enjoyable overall.
With one engine running the whole game, you wont have
to get used to little tweaks for multiple stages,
allowing the creators to up the difficulty, adding
to the overall experience in From Russia With Love.
In screens I have seen, Bond can be seen fighting
on the Oriental Express, a gypsy fight, and be involved
in a high-speed boat chase. Whether these will be
playable or a movie sequence is unknown, but it is
comforting to know that our favorite parts of the
movie will be in there.
Keeping with the era the movie is set, the vehicles
and guns in From Russia With Love will all be from
the 50's and 60's. This means the cars wont be quite
as fast, and the guns wont be as powerful as the ones
found in the other Bond games. This also means the
gadgets wont be as sexy as we have become accustomed
to, as they will be bulkier and less smooth. Even
though the small gadgets will be missed, these ones
will have the potential to be even cooler than those,
because they will make you use you ingenuity more
than you would have previously.
guards in this installment will be much smarter than
any other Bond game you are playing right now. Instead
of having five guards come at you head on, they might
split up and flank you, or they may call for backup
and try to overwhelm you. Another notable improvement
is the fact that there are now more than just one
set of goons to fight. Now you may face up to 10 different
looking bad guys at any given moment.
Keeping with Bond tradition, you can decide o sneak
your way through every single level or you can gun
your way out into the open and look for a challenge
from every guard. How you take the level will not
affect the story, but it will affect how cool you
look to your friends. You can be the suave Bond who
walks into a room and kills every guard with 4 shots,
the Solid Snake and sneak past them all, or you can
walk in all Rambo-like and blast them all away with
everything you have.
The final fight in the movie between James Bond and
the villain, Klebb was all centered around Bond defeating
an enemy with a switchblade boot. This wouldn't make
a very good final fight in a Bond game, so we can
expect more to go along with it. Perhaps Klebb will
pull out a golden gun and then launch a spacecraft
to fight Bond on mars with, but I highly doubt it,
it will probably be more along the lines of Klebb
will "get a gun".
the movie is so old, many of the actors are either
retired or have passed away. This creates a problem
for EA, because voice actors are one element that
makes fans think, "This is just like the movie".
EA is going to use the voice actors that are available,
but for the holes they will hire new talent for the
job. Hopefully they wont make a major mistake in picking
this "new talent" You can certainly expect
Sir. Sean along for the ride though; he has went on
record saying this is his last acting job.
While Bond is always the smooth walker, and the smooth
talker, we can only speculate how smooth this game
will be. Being the greatest Bond of all-time is a
safe bet for EA, but unless they do it right, this
game could flop. We can only hope that Bond will come
out of the fog of war just as smooth as he ever has
been. On November 1, we will find out how this Bond
has aged over the years.
your own Bond, based on Sean Connery, in a retro,
1960s Cold War era setting.
breathing, vibrant, living 1960's-styled world including
classic cars, architecture, fashion, and exotic
edge Hollywood production.
Innovative gameplay, wider variety, non-linear missions,
introduction of new focus/zoom function.
and social multiplayer experience
elements: Invest in your character by equipping,
action, driving, jetpack and stealth missions.
features movie-based missions as well as original,
integrated vehicles, over a dozen weapons, and classic
gadgetry with modern mechanics.
Arts today announced the latest installment in the
widely successful James Bond videogame franchise,
From Russia With Love, starring Academy Award-winner,
Sir Sean Connery. The highly anticipated game is scheduled
to ship this fall on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment
system, the Xbox video game system from Microsoft,
and the Nintendo GameCube under the EA GAMES brand.
Russia With Love, the game, will be based on the classic
Bond film but will also feature some new plot twists,
gadgets and characters. Sir Sean Connery, appearing
in his first-ever videogame, lent his voice and likeness
to the project.
an artist, I see this as another way to explore the
creative process, said Connery. Video
games are an extremely popular form of entertainment
today, and I am looking to seeing how it all fits
licensed by MGM Interactive, From Russia With Love
is being developed by EAs Redwood Shores, Calif.
studio. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.