Daniel Craig’s take on James Bond is a different one to those that have gone before him. He’s much rougher round the edges, and the latest Bond movies – Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace – are far grittier than anything Bond fans have ever seen before.
This new approach to Bond has been implemented by developer Treyarch, the team behind the mighty Call Of Duty: World At War, delivering one of the best Bond games in years.
A new perspective
Quantum Of Solace is a first person shooter with elements of third person thrown in to the pot to spice the gameplay up. The third person play comes into action when, as Bond, you break for cover and the camera switches perspective, revealing a fully rendered digital Daniel Craig. Once behind cover, you can shimmy along, jump to opposite cover and peek out for one shot kills.
The camera also switches to a third a person perspective when you execute the takedowns, whereby tapping the prompted button triggers a slick hand-to-hand duel with an enemy. And in true James Bond style each level is loaded to the top with jaw-dropping Hollywood styled blockbuster moments.
Enemies are smart too; they will run and duck behind cover the moment you open fire so you will need to approach carefully those areas where you know there are a large number of enemies lying in wait. You’ll also have to do some swift, silent takedowns by creeping around each level to neutralize a number of enemies before you engage the rest head on.
Although the game is called Quantum Of Solace, it includes a lot of missions based around the Casino Royale movie including a breathtaking chase scene that sees you pursing Mollaka - the bomb builder seen at the outset of Casino Royale – through the construction site. Aside from Daniel Craig’s presence in the game there are also a number of other appearances from actors who have reprised their roles from the movies in the game. Eva Green, Mad Mikkelsen, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric and Judi Dench all make an appearance.
Once you’ve displayed maximum Bond skill in the single player campaign you can take the game on PlayStation Network with up to 12 other players where you can show off you skill and earn points that can be used to unlock and purchase brand new weapons, explosives and gadgets that you can use against your opponents.
Unique online modes to this new Bond world are the Bond Versus match that pits one Bond, equipped with two lives and an arsenal of weapons, against six members of The Organisation. The task is simple, defuse two of the three bombs littered throughout the map or eliminate every member of the organization before they get to you first.
Next up is Golden Gun mode, a free-for-all match with the sole aim to reach 100 points before your opponents do. One point is awarded for kills with a standard weapon and for picking up the Golden Gun, whilst six points are offered if you manage to take anyone out with it.
Another great mode is Bond Evasion, where there are two teams: MI6 and The Organization. Here the objective is to get to the escape point or eliminate all of the Organization members if you play as Bond. To win as the Organization, you need to assassinate Bond or prevent him from reaching his escape point before the time limit runs out. It’s fast and frenetic fun that will have you coming back for more as either Bond or the sinister and secretive Organization enforcers.
Quantum Of Solace brilliantly mixes third person cover mechanics and takedowns with all the thrills of a first-person shooter to deliver what is arguably the best Bond game in a long time and a smashing debut for the super styled spy on PlayStation 3. So suit up and get ready to be shaken and stirred by this generation’s best Bond.