PS2 PREVIEW: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
You 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.

The 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".

Since 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.

Features:

  • Build your own Bond, based on Sean Connery, in a retro, 1960s Cold War era setting.
  • A breathing, vibrant, living 1960's-styled world including classic cars, architecture, fashion, and exotic locations
  • Bleeding edge Hollywood production.
    Innovative gameplay, wider variety, non-linear missions, introduction of new focus/zoom function.
  • Addictive and social multiplayer experience
  • RPG elements: Invest in your character by equipping, upgrading, scoring/rewards
  • Intense action, driving, jetpack and stealth missions.
  • Game features movie-based missions as well as original, action-intensive sequences
  • Fully integrated vehicles, over a dozen weapons, and classic gadgetry with modern mechanics.
Preview by Staff

Electronic 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.

From 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.

“As 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 together.”

Officially licensed by MGM Interactive, From Russia With Love is being developed by EA’s Redwood Shores, Calif. studio. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

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System: PS2, GC, X
Dev: EA
Pub: EA
Release: Nov 2005
Players: 1
Preview by Aaron
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