007 Legends Preview – Six Classic Bond Films, One High-Octane Game
While I myself am a big Daniel Craig-as-Bond fan, even I can’t deny the fact that 007 has a myriad of storied and epic missions from his various movies. Can you imagine being able to play through the iconic space battle in Moonraker or how about the snowy firefights found in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Oh and how about playing through a mission based on 007’s upcoming SKYFALL? And what if each of these seemingly random missions actually fit into a bigger picture, an overarching plot?
I think that’s why I’m so excited for Activision’s 007 Legends for PS3, PC, and Xbox 360. This new first-person shooter Bond game lets players blast through five of Bond’s classic missions (plus SKYFALL) to uncover a heinous plot so massive that it had to include many of Bond’s nemeses.
Find out more about 007 Legends after the break.
One thing to note about 007 Legends is that the classic Bond actors (Roger Moore, Sean Connery, etc) will not be featured in the game. Instead, Daniel Craig’s voice and likeness will be used to help tie all of the bond missions together. Though, it wouldn’t be a Bond game without his classic spy gadgets, high-powered weapons, futuristic weapons, and vehicles (that all men wish they could drive) as he battles terrorists of all kinds in far away places. So expect lots of that and more in single-player and multiplayer.
And since the game features iconic missions and battles throughout the history of 007, expect large and detailed environments, impressive lighting and graphics, epic and cinematic gunfights as only the super-spy can experience.
Ah but there are those who are probably thinking, “Bond usually sneaks in undetected. He doesn’t charge in guns blazing.” And you’re right there. 007 Legends allows players to go through missions as they see fit. Players looking for intense firefights can barge in, shooting at everything that moves, or they can be the sneaky spy; using Bond’s investigative and surveillance skills, players can sneak through undetected by taking out opponents silently using free-form melee takedowns.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a 007 adventure if the game didn’t feature high-octane vehicle-based missions. But haven’t we all done that before in Quantum of Solace and Goldeneye 007: Reloaded? Well it looks like developer Eurocom thought of that and added a new, unique twist to the driving gameplay. Players get a choice between driving the vehicle with traditional racing/driving mechanics, or let the AI take control of the wheel while the player takes control of the on-board weapons and gadgets in order to take down pursuers or targets.
Finally, if you’ve played Goldeneye 007: Reloaded, then you’ll remember the Mi6 Ops Missions where (single) players went on a variety of missions for a high-score and a place on the global leaderboards. Activision has said that the popular mode will return in 007 Legends with new missions, weapons, and gadgets. Those who are more inclined to play with others can take part in the 007 Legends multiplayer mode that features:
- Local, four-player split-screen firefights
- 12-player competitive online on PSN and XBL
- new maps, weapons, characters, modes
- ability to play as Bond, his iconic allies, or his most hated foes.
007 Legends is starting to look like one of the most exciting James Bond games in a long time. Sure, Goldeneye 007: Reloaded was great, but 007 Legends‘ modes and FPS gameplay potential definitely puts it a notch above older 007 games. The game is coming to PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on Octover 16, 2012
NOTE: 007 Legends comes with the five classic Bond missions on-disc. Activision has said that the final mission based on the upcoming Daniel Craig film SKYFALL will be available post-launch as free DLC.
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