James Bond: Quantum of Solace Review
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James Bond: Quantum of Solace box art
System: Wii, X360, PS3, PS2, DS, PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Beenox 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Activision 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 4, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Even with the ability to change these settings, I never actually felt like the controls felt just right though. Luckily, the developers were seemingly aware of this problem and implemented a feature that further aids the process of aiming. Whenever you pull the Z trigger in either first or third-person, you will automatically lock onto the closest object or enemy that can be fired upon. When locked on, your enemy appears much larger on the screen and your crosshairs are seemingly drawn closer to your intended target. From here, all you need to do is make minor aiming adjustments to shoot your foe wherever you wish. This makes hitting specific body parts, even from a distance, relatively simple. However, one issue worth mentioning is that locking onto enemies can sometimes be hit and miss. Frequently when enemies are behind cover, even if they are still clearly visible, the game will not allow you to lock onto them.

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The mix of first and third-person action transitions pretty well into the game’s multiplayer as well. Sadly though, the options here are extremely limited, consisting of only Conflict and Rush modes. Conflict mode is basically your standard deathmatch, and Rush has you trying to complete various objectives to score points. These goals can range anywhere from hacking computers to sending radio transmissions. Both modes support up to four players locally and online, with both running very smoothly. Besides only supporting four players, other downsides include that there are only seven maps (shout out to the remade Facility map from GoldenEye), very limited weapon load out choices, no character customization, and no perk system to reward you for continued play. Playing these modes can be fun for awhile, but ultimately there is nothing to keep you coming back besides your overall score.

Graphically, this game is pretty rough around the edges. This is likely due to the fact that the developers tried to shoehorn the Call of Duty 4 engine onto the Wii without taking the time and manpower necessary to actually make it work correctly given the system’s horsepower limitations. Bond himself looks fairly decent when in the third-person perspective, but almost every other character in the game lacks serious detail. If you are standing still, the game’s environments aren’t too bad, but once you start moving, things get pretty jagged. The framerate also dips from time to time, chugging worse as the onscreen action escalates. While nobody expects the Wii version of a game to compare graphically with its current-gen counterparts, I know the system is capable of much better than what this game provides.

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All in all, Quantum of Solace feels like a real missed opportunity. With a little more time and effort, the Call of Duty 4 engine could have been optimized for the system, eliminating much of the jaggedness and slowdown you’ll experience while playing the game. The addition of a cover system and third-person combat is great, when it works properly. The multiplayer is solid, but your options are extremely limited. Even the majority of the single-player experience doesn’t actually come from the film it’s named after. While Quantum of Solace is a somewhat entertaining experience, it fails to go that extra step necessary to make it a great game. Instead, it just becomes another name on the long list of games that have failed to unseat the longstanding king of Bond video games.

By Adam Brown
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.2
Graphics
The Call of Duty 4 engine has clearly not been optimized for this game. Expect some fairly rough-looking effects, characters, and environments as well as occasional framerate issues.
3.2
Control
The ability to tweak the Wii-mote’s sensitivity and bounding box is great, but aiming still doesn’t feel as spot on as it should.
3.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
With tunes taken directly from the films as well as voice work from the actual cast, the only downside is flat sound effects and repetitive enemy phrases.
2.7

Play Value
While the single-player campaign is fairly short, it definitely has its moments. The multiplayer can also be quite fun, but limited modes and options won’t keep many around for very long.

2.7
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • You are the new Bond: Employ all of your Bond skills in high-octane combat, chaotic gunfights, and precise stealth takedowns.
  • Take cover: First-person shooting with third-person cover combat allows you to adjust your gameplay to meet each challenge. Hide behind cover, fire from protected positions, and use suppressing fire to distract enemies.
  • Fight worthy adversaries: Advanced A.I. systems allow enemies to react to you in intelligent and tactical ways. Think quickly, because they'll seek cover and outflank you.
  • The new world of Bond: Using the likenesses and voices of actors from both films including Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, the game immerses you in the story of how Bond becomes the ultimate 00 agent. Each mission will take you through the exotic locations such as Casino Royale in Madagascar, the deserts of Bolivia, and the streets of Austria.


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