007 Legends (X-Box 360)

November 20, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

James Bond is back and in 007 Legends, you’re charged to revisit some of the franchise’s most iconic moments. You find yourself in such Bond adventures as Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker, Die Another Day, and License to Kill. But instead of the original Bonds, you step into the shoes of current Bond Daniel Craig, which is sure to disappoint some. The films each have their own levels, which task you to survive gun battles, engage in stealth, use cutting edge gadgets, and of course, track down collectibles. The journey allows you to cross paths with countless Bond icons, from Pussy Galore to Jaws to Oddjob. Combined with being in the hot seat for some of the most memorable Bond moments, this approach really allows 007 Legends to give you a VIP tour of the popular movie franchise.

The core mechanics of 007 Legends are fairly standard shooter elements, so if you’ve played Call of Duty or other Bond games, you should know what to expect. The controls feel sharp and responsive, so movement and gun battles are a breeze. The guns are plentiful and thanks to an XP system, you can improve your weapons and pick up some nice perks as well. This upgrade systems adds some welcome depth and encourages replay value, since you’ll want to earn those upgrades and complete challenges. The stealth side of combat leaves a lot to be desired, but once you open fire, 007 Legends offers rock solid combat. Nothing ground breaking, but well crafted mechanics that are tried and true. In addition to the campaign, you can tackle special challenge modes, which push your gun skills even further. These are a fun inclusion and while they are rather brisk, they provide a nice diversion from the other game elements.

The game also offers a competitive multi-player mode, which boasts a robust assortment of game types. So no matter what kind of competition you’re after, you’ll find a mode to sample here. The same crisp mechanics are present in the multi-player, so the game plays smooth and is a lot of fun. I was able to find matches quickly and experience minimal issues in the games, so the entire on-line process was effective. 007 Legends might not be able to compete with the genre elite, but it has a lot of content to offer fans. The Bond license is always fun to experience and here you’re placed in some of the most memorable scenes, so that is quite cool. So if you’re a fan of James Bond or the shooter genre in general, you’ll want to give 007 Legends a spin.

Video: How does it look?

The visuals here come off as a touch dated, without the kind of refinement you’d expect. The game doesn’t look bad however, it just doesn’t have the depth of detail I’d like. This results in a kind of clinical, artificial look and that isn’t good news in this case. But the guns look terrific and most of the character models are impressive, so the environments are the main point of contention. In the end, I wasn’t bowled over by the visual design of 007 Legends, but it isn’t bad either.

Audio: How does it sound?

The sound design here is rock solid, though not that memorable. The signature Bond music is present and that adds to the atmosphere, to be sure. The voice work is good and also lends that sense of Bond “realism,” which again ups the ante for the texture of the game. The guns have nice kick, but don’t always have enough oomph and some have a rather flat sound. Even so, 007 Legends sports a solid sound design that hits all the basics and leave no real glaring concerns.

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