I was a little surprised Activision still decided to go all out with a GoldenEye 007 remake exclusively for the Wii as if it is the only reason they got the rights for the license. After its E3 showing, it is too easy to write that game off for being some desperate attempt to bring back the nostalgia and good days of the N64 classic. Plus, only being on Wii also makes the game somewhat pointless being a FPS on Wii where it would fare better on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 due to the hardcore shooter audience there. Personally, I would rather wait for a Proper Bond game to come out and I got my wish with the announcement of Blood Stone for PS3 and 360 with a release apparently slated for this holiday season too.
Blood Stone could be the Bond game we have been waiting for since Everything or Nothing being a proper third-person game with shooting and vehicular sequences throughout. It is developed by Bizarre Creations, the folks that brought you the Project Gotham Racing franchise, The Club, and recently Blur putting all the rumors about them doing a Bond game to rest. Blood Stone also seems to apparently be the next movie, but who knows how that will go and perhaps it is a good thing it is only a game in the meantime starring Daniel Craig, Joss Stone, and Judi Dench. The third person shooting elements take some parts of Gears of War in terms of a cover system, some good CQC-like moments when beating people up, and a Splinter Cell Conviction-like Mark & Execute system for quick kills. Of course, since it is developed by Bizarre, expect the vehicular elements to impress as well with the experience they had in the racing genre and add along crazy setpieces like the recent Bond movies.
So Why will Blood Stone will be better than GoldenEye 007 Wii in terms of Bond games this year? Well, in a nutshell, it is the proper Bond game we have been waiting for years (Quantum of Solace doesn't count to me), a reputable developer is making the game, and it could the next best thing for the franchise than another movie, but who knows how the new movie is stacking up these days anyway. Who needs nostalgia to bring back Bond in a big way when there is something like this for those that prefer Bond doing more things than just shoot at dudes. James Bond 007: Blood Stone will be out this holiday for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 as so far it is shaping up to be a pretty good game despite the graphics looking questionable from we have seen to some people.