Cert: 16+
Platform: PS3, Xbox 360, NDS, PC
Genre: Action

It should bode well for Blood Stone that Ian Fleming's iconic character's latest adventure is not based on a film from the never-ending series, but an original story featuring the voices of Daniel Craig, Judy Dench and Joss Stone. Goldeneye aside, Bond's past on the consoles has been a chequered one at best. But with Blood Stone, Bizarre Creations had a chance to create a brand new experience for 007's massive fan base; a chance to continue a legacy that appears to have taken a sabbatical from the multiplexes.

Unfortunately, it quickly becomes apparent that Blood Stone, had it been made for the big screen, would be more straight to DVD-release than box-office smash, and what we have here is a standard third-person shooter that rarely excites and often aggravates. It's just not that challenging, and for a game that lasts not much longer than a few hours from beginning to end, you would have expected Bond's latest mission to have been a bit more testing.

There are moments were you ride the famous Aston Martin, command a speedboat though lush locales, but really these can't distract from a game that knows what it wants to achieve, only settles for taking a shortcut to achieve success.

Very un-Bond like.

Rent or Buy: Rent
Graphics: 3/5
Gamplay: 3/5
Replay Value: 1/5
Overall: 2/5

Reviewed By: Simon Rubbathan