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Genre: Action & Shooter / Video Game for PlayStation 3 / Suitable for 12 years and over / ESRB Rating: Rating Pending / Release Date: 2008-10-31 / Published by Activision

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      15.02.2012 13:23
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      Good game, good content, good investment

      I have been a fan of the James bond games series since playing from Russia with love on PS2.

      It's with great anticipation I went to play this game and it was a lovely surprise present. I have to say it didn't dissapoint it exceeded what I was expecting. It's a great game with 4 difficulty levels starting off for the utter beginner thats never played a bond game before. I started on this difficulty as its been a while since I played a bond game and it was one of the first I had for the PS3. It was very easy to get to grips with and from the first cut scene there was a tutorial sequence that popped up reminding you what each button did. I found it very useful as they popped up in the situation you needed them so it made remembering them much easier.

      The in game detail was brilliant as were the graphics. The scenery felt real especially in HD and the attention to bricks and windows included flowers in troughs on window sills and fruit on veg stands was marvellous. The story followed that of the movie with some added sequences so you could get more involved in the action and shoot em ups. There are various rewards throughout on each difficulty level meaning there's a lot of game play to be had from quantum of solace. You might think you've completed it but when you go back to the title menu you realise there's plenty more fun to be had. WHich is great as so many expensive games are a flash in the pan and over but this you can come back to and play time and time again.

      The various rewards include practicing different skills such as stealth and stealth kills so not as to alert the guards to your presence or shoot em ups where you let all hell break loose.

      The range of weaponry is brilliant with plenty to please all the variation of gamers with the added challenge of trying certain missions with only one weapon type.

      All in all one of my favourite games on the PS3 for content and game play time.

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      23.11.2011 14:00
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      Decent but not exceptional

      I have been a fan of the James Bond series since I saw The World is Not Enough at the cinema in 1999. Although James Bond video games have tended not to follow the films in recent years (From Russia with Love (2005) being the first to use a Bond film for the basis of its plot since The World is Not Enough on Ps1 and N64 (1999), 007 Quantum Of Solace is unique in that it uses 2 films as the basis for its plot (2006 film Casino Royale and 2008 film Quantum Of Solace). As I have only played the Ps3 and Ps2 Version of Quantum Of Solace, I cannot comment on any other platforms.

      Story

      Quantum Of Solace Ps3 starts where the film version of Casino Royale leaves off (007 shooting bond bad guy Mr White in the leg), although the game then introduces us to a level unseen in either of the films. This is what I consider to be Quantum Of Solace Ps3's strength, the fact that it doesn't follow the two bond film's exactly, many levels are added to the story line and Casino Royale level's are included later on in the form of playable flashbacks.

      Unfortunately, the amount and length of levels left me feeling a little short changed. Indeed, although Bond games have tended to be quite short (2004 Ps2 Everything or Nothing being the exception), This game seemed to be phenominally quick, I completed it in under 5 hours (and I am by no means an expert gamer). Similarly, In my opinion the Ps2 version of Quantum Of Solace offers greater value for money (as a game it kept me guessing and took far longer to complete).

      Graphics

      Graphically, Quantum of Solace Ps3 is superb, characters look exactly like their real life counterparts from the films (Daniel Craig, Eva Green etc) and scenery is breathtaking, although this is something to be expected from a seventh generation console.

      Similarly, the game takes a first person view (you see the world through James Bond's eyes), although this switches to third person when you are crouched or when you are standing close to a wall and press 'X' on the gamepad. In my opinion this is a nice touch as switching to third person on these occassions gives the player greater control (see how exposed you are, and see enemies that you wouldn't otherwise see in first person).

      Gameplay

      As the game is developed by Activision, the gameplay borrows heavily from the Call Of Duty series (which are in my opinion far better games). Indeed, like Call Of Duty, levels are very formulaic (telling you exactly where to go) unlike open world games (like Grand Theft Auto Ps3 or Burnout Paradise Ps3, where you are pretty much free to take your own path through the game). Although this can be quite restricting, it is important to note that the game is essentially a movie tie in, meaning levels have to loosley follow the film (although as mentioned earlier, extra levels are added).

      Similarly, button configuration closely follows the Call Of Duty series ('triangle' for jump, 'square' for reload, 'R3' for sprint and 'R1' for shoot (a departure from the rest of the james Bond series which uses 'X' for shoot). Although there is little wrong with using such a button configuration, it does take some time to get used to and can be disconcerting for new gamers.

      Price

      At the original price of £40, I would have said to avoid this game, as I don't feel that it offers value for money. However, since prices of video games do tend to come down after a while (I was able to pick up my copy of Quantum of Solace Ps3 for under £10) it is worth buying as a nice way to spend a couple of hours. However, if you are looking at it as a long term investment, I would say avoid, as there is little replay value (multiplayer is nowhere near as good as the Call of Duty series, single player levels offer little different when played second time round).

      Conclusion
      In conclusion Quantum Of Solace Ps3 is a decent Ps3 game. Graphically the game is superb, the game is fun to play and it will keep you entertained. However, in my opinion the game is far too short (with a life span of about 5 hours) when compared to other titles on the market (even Quantum Of Solace for Ps2 was longer) and offers little in the way of playback value (multiplayer is awful and singleplayer levels offer little second time round). Similarly, the controls can be difficult for a first time user to learn.
      In conclusion therefore, I would recommend this game as a decent game for the price (as it is now under £10) for a regular user of the Ps3. However, in my opinion this is definately a short term investment, and should be avoided if this is not what the purchaser is after.

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        05.07.2010 12:49
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        For Only £5 Well Worth A Play Through

        Quantum of Solace ties together the two latest Bond movies in one game. Although there is more of a focus on Quantum of Solace, you still get to play some scenes from Casino Royale.

        Goldeneye is held up as the best bond game ever, to some the best shooter ever. This game is just as good. It takes the ground breaking Call of Duty 4 game engine but greatly improves it. In fact after playing this game you come to wonder why this additions haven't been included in the more recent iterations of Call of Duty.

        This additions most noticeable include a very good cover system. This allows you to use cover, something which I feel has always been lacking from the Call of Duty series. This changes the game from a simple run and gun to a more tactical affair.

        Another addition is the hand to hand combat. Although it is quite simple, it does add another element to the game - another option in stealth gameplay.

        The levels are very good, obvious they have taken the movie scenes but added enemies and, in some cases, they have filled in the gaps. The graphics are pretty impressive although some of the scenery textures are left lacking.

        This game is getting cheaper and cheaper as it gets older and older, but it is well worth a play through.

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        20.05.2010 21:44
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        It can be found for £10 which is a must-buy at that price.

        Quantum of Solace was released at the end of 2008 to a series of mediocre reviews from both game critics and players. Being the first Bond game in three years, it's understandable that many were left underwhelmed. However, surprisingly enough, I thoroughly enjoyed its eventful, albeit short, campaign.

        Using the same engine as Call of Duty 4 was obviously an immediate route to solid gameplay and this is very evident. QoS certainly has smooth and familiar shooting mechanics. In an attempt to differentiate itself from COD4, a third person perspective has been added to enable a better cover system. This is a useful feature, similar to Rainbow Six Vegas and Gears of War, that also helps play a part in the stealth aspect of missions, i.e. peeking round corners.

        The graphics are... inconsistent. Whilst at times they are very pleasing and fit perfectly in the Bond world; at other times they lack anything eye-catching. Few too many scenes seem drab with little detail, even rushed at times. It is not the background or setting that was really a disappointment though, it was the enemies. They are almost identical in both appearance and movement making them predictable and dull after just an hour.

        I will always choose gameplay over graphics so an average-at-best presentation is no deal-breaker. What Activision succeeded in was providing an extremely varied and action-packed story. You're rapidly taken to new settings with new weapons and further methods of playing as Bond. You'll be Sam Fisher one moment; sneaking through hallways and hotel rooms and next, running through underground caves dodging lethal, raining rocks.

        It's true that the campaign is brief but it is exciting and eventful. I have finished it twice now, the second time on 007 difficulty which probably added two hours to the length.

        Quantum of Solace is not a market-changing, revolutionary video game. It's a quick and highly fun insight into being Bond for a few hours with smooth gameplay and an array of weaponry at your disposal.

        7/10.

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        11.08.2009 21:21
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        A very solid film tie-in

        First off, I'm not a fan of first-person shooters, but being a fan of Bond and cheap Internet prices I decided to take a chance on this one, and am pleasantly surprised with what I've got for just a tenner.

        It may be called Quantum of Solace - suggesting you're in for an average movie tie-in - but you are getting two movie tie-ins, with a huge chunk of the relatively short single player mode following events (or rather snippets of and bits added for game's sake) of Casino Royale.

        While short though, single player is excellently varied and paced, in both level design, length and how to beat them. Taking control of Bond with full Daniel Craig likeness and voice, both first and third person (when taking cover) gameplay integrate seamlessly when either in gunfights or taking the stealthy approach.

        While infrequent, QoS unfortunately incorporates the dreaded quick-time-event into (of all places) 'boss' battles, where instead of taking on an end of level boss, you sit through a scripted battle where you are required to press certain buttons at certain times. Not fun; not wanted thank you.

        Its online multiplayer brings about an entirely different gaming experience, and again it is pleasantly varied with several game modes. As I mentioned earlier, I'm not a fan of the fps and so can't compare its online to the likes of Call of Duty 4 (whose engine is used for this game incidentally).

        Modes include Bond Vs, where players take it in turns to be 007 trying to disarm bombs without being shot by everyone else; Bond Evasion, similar to above except whoever is Bond must escape the stage escorted by players as MI6 agents against players as the enemy trying to shoot him; and Golden Gun mode, where its every man for himself in a fight to nab the golden gun from each other to get as many kills with it as you can.

        Gameplay: 7/10
        Story: 7/10
        Visuals: 7/10
        Music: 10/10
        Controls: 9/10
        Replayability: 7/10

        Overall: 8/10

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        27.06.2009 22:02

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        This is a good game for the fans but could of been a lot better.

        I got this game for christmas and played it over my christmas holiday. When you first look at the game it doesnt look very good. The graphics could of been a lot better and with treyarch making the game you would of thought it would of been. For me though the graphics dont mean everything and its more about the gameplay. This is one thing i would about this James Bond game its so much fun. The story is quite long and its like playing the films which if your a fan is great. The weapons and gadgets you get to use are great and a joy to use. One problem i did found is that you didnt get to drive the aston martian which for a fan was a bit of a let down. Most of my time on this game was playing the great online. Sometimes i found it hard to get into a game because of the servers playing up but when i did it was a lot of fun and the ranking up to unlock more things was enjoyable. This is a good game for a fan of James Bond but otherwise i wouldnt get it because it doesnt offer much for the average person.

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        26.06.2009 01:06
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        Inferior to many FPS games on the market, but well worth a play.

        Released among the pre-Christmas rush, it was readily expected that this James Bond tie-in would quickly evaporate into the wilderness, while other marketed first-person shooter games such as Resistance 2 and Call Of Duty: World At War gained all the hype and sales. Funnily enough, this is what exactly happened. Quantum Of Solace was too easily dismissed by the public, shunned aside for a 'meatier' game.
        Created by Activision, and powered by the acclaimed Call of Duty 4 engine, Quantum Of Solace's story covers both of Daniel Craig's James Bond outings so far. The storyline of Casino Royale is intertwined appropriately using flashbacks, but by the time of the Venice conclusion, you completely forget there was another story in progression. The missions are roughly cut 60/40% in Casino Royale's favour, and it clearly seems more time has been spent in polishing that area, while the Quantum Of Solace missions appear rushed.
        The character likenesses and graphics are neat if not spectacular, and the voicework by all actors is solid. A major bonus for all James Bond fans alike is the soundtrack, including a variation on the Monty Norman original. Oddly the 'Another Way To Die' theme song does not feature, but an unknown track titled 'When Nobody Loves You' does, which stays true to the James Bond corny ballad style.
        A single playthrough is likely to rack up less than 10 hours on any difficulty, without much replayability or unlockables. A large array of weapons are available, not the least the trusty PPK complete with attachable silencer. Stealth is advised throughout, but not essential.
        The real saving grace of the game is online multiplayer. A variety of game modes and maps are playable, a personal favourite being 'Bond Evasion' where one player assumes the control of Bond and his MI6 allies need to escort him to the other side of the map without dying. Think of it as a secret agent Frogger. All weapons are customisable and perks are purchaseable using in-game credits earned. On the downside, it may be difficult to find a game on some modes, such is the lack of purchases the title gained.
        By no means essential, this is, however, the best James Bond release since GoldenEye on the Nintendo 64.

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        20.06.2009 18:25
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        If Bond is your thing it's worth a play but not to keep. My advice is rent it.

        I think I should mention the single player is not only the 'Quantum of Solace' film story but also the story from the 'Casino Royale'. This is because the game would have been pitifully short if it had just been based on 'Quantum of Solace', so there is a bit more to single player than you may think.

        If you've seen the films you'll have noticed that there are a few boat chases, car chases and even a plane fight. Well don't expect to see any of that in this game, you're on foot all the way. The only time you'll see bond in a car is in a cut scene. I found this very disappointing when some of my favourite moments in the films involve bond madly driving some vehicle which is inevitably going to blow up at some stage.

        I did very much enjoy the hand-to-hand combat system they use (which many games have picked up on) where you must tap a certain button, or bash at it as quickly as possible, in order to defeat the enemy.

        Multiplayer is the same as usual. Battle people online, defuse bombs, blow up objectives etc... Same as Goldeneye: Rogue Agent in my view; fun but nothing special.
        I'm particularly satisfied that they managed to get the voices of the actors and that enemies take bullets far more realistically then in previous bond games however There's very little else to do other then pick up the odd mobile phone or shoot hundreds of rounds into an enemy (satisfying though it is).

        All in all this game is lacking the real bond spirit especially without the ability to drive vehicles and did I mention no split screen, well I'm sure someone else has written something fascinating about that..

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        02.06.2009 00:13

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        Superb game 5 Stars

        This superb action packed James Bond game is great for all Call of Duty and Bond fans as this game holds the action and suspense of both games. Not one level on this game leaves you wanting to put the game away, as the tenseness of the game keeps you hooked. This fantastic first person shooting game, is a great mix of Casino Royale and of course Quantum of Solace. I would recommend this great game to anyone who loved the film, and/or loves the bond films altogether, even if bond isn't your cup of tea, I still think that you will love this game.
        Quantum of Solace shows you a new insight into the films, and gives you a new and better understanding of them. This game is far better than all the previous Bond games. This game should be given top ratings by any reviewer. Fall Marks go Bond.

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        18.05.2009 19:11
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        I would recommend renting it or buying it if you can find it cheap

        Quantum of Solace is the newest James Bond video game, released on all platforms.

        When I heard that the engine being used for this game was the same as Call of Duty 4, it definitely made it sound more promising and the game did deliver on the gameplay aspect because of this. It feels like COD4 at times but there is also the addition of the third person cover system which isn't 100% reliable but is certainly useful, like in the Rainbow Six Vegas series. Aiming is smooth and accurate and there are a variety of common weapons that you'll recognise.

        In terms of graphics, Quantum of Solace is very average. There isn't enough detail to really impress you and sometimes comes accross a little bland and simple. When you compare it to games like BioShock and Killzone 2, it almost seems lazy. They are still decent though and won't put you off the game.

        The biggest let down of this game is the length of the campaign. It's literally 4-5 hours long and that's not really acceptable. It was very disappointing to come to the end when I thought it was only about half way done.

        If you're a Bond fan then the storyline will disappoint you because even though it's called Quantum of Solace, it's mainly based on the Casino Royale plot. I'm guessing this was mainly due to the fact that it was a more exciting, action-based movie.

        There is also a multiplyer with standard playlists but it really won't hold your attention for long. The single player is much better than the multiplayer in my opinion.

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        08.05.2009 21:20

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        buy it for the fantastic campaign but not for online games

        This is a fantastic one player game just like all the other james bond games, if you like the old games your just love this one.
        Basically its just a new and improved bond game that has new missions from the film, quantom of solace, and better graphics and gameplay.

        The gameplay and graphics are fantastic, this is partly down to what i love the most about this game, it has the same game engine as the brillant game of the year call of duty 4. This means that it has the same controlls, guns and graphics which considering how good call of duty 4 was is just fantastic.

        So the single player campaign mode is excellent but the online and multiplayer functions are in my opinion rubbish. The graphics are poor and really the whole feel of the online games just seem to be quite poor. Its hard to kill people, the movement of the players is dodgey, its just not that great.

        Overall this is a great single player game but the part that brings down the game are the multiplayer functions. So get it if you want to play a fantastic campaign mode but not for the online matches.

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        18.03.2009 16:30
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        A good game, not one of my favorites and certainly is not 'Goldeneye'.

        Quantum of Solace - Playstation 3

        Quantum of Solace is a movie to video game crossover which was tied into the launch of the movie, any game featuring James Bond will always be compared to 'Goldeneye' which is said to be one of the most famous video games ever; this means there is a lot for this game to live up too but seeing how its on the brilliant PS3 console this shouldn't be a problem. This game is made by Treyarch a well known reputable game company.

        Great effort was put into the game, one of the first things I noticed was that they tried very hard to make the James Bond character look like Daniel Craig, not only does he do voice-overs for the game but the character detail is brilliant.

        The rest of the game is not so great, the cars, environmental effects and the gunfire all look really average and the cover system despite being a great addition is not that great either as sometimes he makes it into cover and other times he just ends up standing in the middle of gunfire leaving you wondering what's going on and why you are dying so quickly. The control system is not that great either, from what I have seen this game comes no way near competing with 'Goldeneye' at all.

        Quantum of Solace has pretty good multiplayer functions, the COD 4 engine provides the game with a solid multiplayer foundation. There is normal deathmatch, Golden Gun mode, and a Bond 'versus the world' mode. One player is Bond and everyone else is a guard if you're Bond you want to avoid other people at all costs while you find bombs around the map, and if you're a guard you need to find Bond and kill him.

        If you're a diehard Bond fan you'll enjoy the game, but personally it just doesn't do it for me, another thing you need to make sure you do is see the movie first if you want to have any real idea of what's going on.

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