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New Blood Stone 007 screens and trailer, and why you should care

As a general rule, you can bet that there are always at least two James Bond games in development. We've talked up the upcoming Wii GoldenEye remake, but also announced at this year's E3 (and leaked prior, of course) was the new PC, 360, PS3 entry: Blood Stone.

But who cares, right? Just another 7/10 Bond game, yeah? No! Wait! Keep reading. You might be more interested than you expect...

The 23rd James Bond game holds no ties to previous games or films, though it does feature the voice and likeness of Daniel Craig, and it's being written by Bruce Feirstein, who wrote or co-wrote the scripts of GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough. What's really interesting, however, is the game's developer: Bizarre Creations. The veteran studio is best-known for its racing games, the most recent of which is Blur, which it produced after being acquired by Activision. It might not have been an instant hit, but we couldn't stop talking about the fantastic combat racer after playing against our readers during our recent 24 Hour Marathon. The point: Bizarre can do driving games. Gee, I wonder if there will be any driving in Blood Stone?


Above: It seems likely

So we know that Bizarre has combat driving down, but what about non-vehicular combat? The dev isn't known for its shooters, but if you've heard of The Club, you know its got that aspect covered too. The game didn't sell as well as it should have, and it did have some notable flaws, but regardless, The Club was a creative, unusual, and madly fun shooter. If you missed it, you can get it pretty cheap.

So, to recap, we've got likenesses and voices of the current Bond cast, a three-time Bond film writer, and a first-time Bond game developer which is known for fantastic racing games and at least one great shooter. This might be worth paying attention to.

Unfortunately, not a lot of the praise we just heaped on is apparent in the new trailer, which looks a little generic. Still, we're willing to wait until we get a deeper look at Bizarre's gameplay before we declare this "just another Bond game." Ya dig?

Also check out the rest of the new screens in our viewer.

Aug 25, 2010

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18 comments

  • bball42242442 - August 28, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    oh and The World is Not Enough on N64 wasn't half bad either
  • bball42242442 - August 26, 2010 6:56 p.m.

    Goldeneye and Nightfire are the only Bond games that were worth the purchase... i loved the crap out of them both but all others i've rented have just been mediocre... (i unfortunately bought Goldeneye Rouge Agent mainly for the name and died laughing when Bond died in the first 5 minutes... turrible)
  • Genericpenisjoketista - August 26, 2010 5:12 a.m.

    Looks bland. Sad, because some of my best childhood gaming memories came from Goldeneye, Agent Under Fire, Nightfire and Everything or Nothing. I really like Daniel Craig in the films, but his games don't seem to be doing too well. A shame, because he's a gamer.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 26, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    I want it to be awesome- but it won't. db1331 said it best..
  • mrmorozov987 - August 26, 2010 1:03 a.m.

    Hmmm... Bond games have always had tons of potential, but this looks awfully similar to the Quantum of Solace game. Still, I'll definitely rent it. Honestly though, I'd rather have the Goldeneye remake, even if the graphics weren't updated at all. Even if neither of them are good, at least we have Everything or Nothing and the original.
  • Woodsey - August 26, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    My main problem (so far) is that they've got a Brosnan writer writing for Craig's Bond. Then in the first gameplay video he managed to blow up a bloody lighthouse just by looking at it. Craig's Bond should be brutal (to be fair they seem to have gotten that with the hand-to-hand combat); just blowing shit up is not brutal.
  • miasma - August 25, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    This game looks exciting. I love Bond games.
  • n00b - August 25, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    who says Bizarre cant make shooter? doesn't any one remember galaxy wars?
  • samgardner94 - August 25, 2010 9:58 p.m.

    The all new fashion aware 007 with fashionable cardigan
  • Grif - August 25, 2010 9:49 p.m.

    The last James Bond game I really enjoyed was Nightfire. I hope that this can be just as good.
  • batman5273 - August 25, 2010 8:47 p.m.

    I enjoyed Quantum of Solace. I will definately be playing this game.
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - August 25, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    I'm skeptical as well, but based on Blur and The Club, I've got to be just a little optimistic. Bizarre takes chances and makes some pretty cool stuff... I hope they have the freedom to do that here.
  • Cropes - August 25, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    Did anybody catch the wonky gun physics when he was disarming the enemies at :27 to :32?
  • batmanboy11 - August 25, 2010 8:19 p.m.

    I'm cautiously looking foward to this. It looks a bit too much like the Quantum of Solace game, but maybe it will be good.
  • oufour - August 25, 2010 8:13 p.m.

    that...that looks really fun. that looks genuinely fun! i won't buy it but I'll definitely rent it.
  • Redeater - August 25, 2010 8:08 p.m.

    I'm just sick of hearing how every Bond game is going to trump goldeneye.....hell we now even have a goldeneye that is supposed to trump goldeneye. Point is that I have played almost every other Bond game up to quantum and they have all been easy to forget. 6 or 7 out of ten is my guess. Though I'm thinking it will land a 7.
  • db1331 - August 25, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    I'm a huge Bond fan, so nobody wants this game to turn out great more than I do. That being said, history has taught me that for whatever reason, it's just next to impossible to make a good Bond game. I don't understand it. It's probably THE coolest license you could use to make a game. And yet, I look at James the same way I look at Sonic. I know the potential is there, but I expect to be let down every time. I'm going to predict a GR score of 7 on this one.
  • Redeater - August 25, 2010 7:53 p.m.

    meh.....

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