Quantum Of Solace – Review (PS3)

Quantum Of Solace

Quantum Of Solace actually covers both of the ‘new’ Bond films starring Daniel Craig – Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace.

Using the Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare game engine makes for a fairly smooth experience and Craig’s likeness, while looking slightly ‘waxworky’, is pretty good.

The plot is as you’d expect if you’ve seen the films and they certainly lend some explosive situations to the game. The game even fills in a few plot parts so you get to see exactly what happened between some of the scenes in the films.

Quantum Of Solace sees Bond garner an array of weapons but sadly not so many cool gadgets 😦 and no driving any of his fancy cars either. But I suspect that’s because it’s sticking to it’s strengths – shooting and cover.

The cover system works really well and is similar to Wanted, in that you press X to take cover behind an object and then at the edge of that object another press of X will see Bond dart to the next bit of cover.

Quantum Of Solace - Train

Also there is a fairly cool takedown system that involves a one button QTE to activate. Not quite Bourne but certainly not terrible.

The game really does hold your hand though, giving you on screen prompts all the time for almost everything.

The online wasn’t packed (no surprise as I’m late to the multi-player party on this one! πŸ˜† ) and after playing the fairly odd Bond Vs mode (one person is Bond, everyone else tries to kill him – it lasts about a minute) I came across Golden Gun mode which was much better.

Essentially an 8 minute death match but the difference being the one hit kill Golden Gun that is picked up by killing whoever has it. It gave the game a fun, if slightly wonky, logic in that it was a real challenge to get the gun off someone if they had a good vantage point.

Quantum Of Solace - Gun

Overall I’d say Quantum Of Solace is the perfect game for someone looking to try out a first person shooter to see what they think of the genre. It’s not too punishing and has all the usual features.

The story mode took a little over 5 hours on Medium so that gives you an idea of the difficulty and time you’ll need to playthrough.

For FPS veterans I’m not sure there’s enough here to satisfy, however as it’s fairly low priced now might be the time to give it a whirl – especially as there are still folks playing it online.

Rating: 7/10

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