I was excited for 007 Legends when it was initially announced back in mid-April. The idea of taking several of the films and bringing them into one video game isn’t a bad idea by any stretch of the imagination. Unfortunately, Eurocom didn’t have any idea how to do it.
The game was advertised as having six missions based on the five chosen films of yesterday (Moonraker, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Licence To Kill, Die Another Day, and Goldfinger) and the 2012 movie, Skyfall. To an extent this is false because the Skyfall mission was kept back as DLC. Granted it’s going to be released at no extra cost, but it’s still ridiculous. One would argue it’s to avoid spoiling the film itself. Well, you all should know how I feel about this. It’s a lame ass excuse. Exercise some self-control and don’t buy the game until you see the movie. Case closed. If I don’t mind playing said mission before hand then that should be my decision to make not the developers. This is all well and good if the game is at least decent. Sadly it’s not.
After reading the reviews listed at the bottom of this blog post and viewing Giant Bomb’s Quick Look for the game, I can safely say 007 Legends deserves the bashing it’s getting. It’s very disappointing how this game ended up. I’ll be talking about the first mission based on Goldfinger since that’s what the quick look showed.
A criticism of the previous Goldeneye remake was that Pierce Brosnan was replaced by the current actor playing Bond, Daniel Craig. The same happens here in all the missions. The reasons for this decision be damned since I never saw it as a problem. However, lines aren’t always delivered correctly. In fact the most iconic line in the franchise’s history (Bond, James Bond) is delivered half-heartedly as just “James Bond.”
Another odd choice, which is a glaring one, is the technology featured in past decades where the movies took place. Goldfinger is of the 1960s and the fashion, characters, and architect is correct, but the technology is of present day. This clashes greatly as Bond uses a slim smartphone and a 2012 automobile in 1964. A time travel story this isn’t.
Goldfinger himself is portrayed incorrectly. He talks about the same things as in the film about how he’s all about making his stash of gold worth more. But for whatever reason he has a fighter jet assembly plant and it consists of tech you’d see today. Wrong, Eurocom, just wrong. Goldfinger’s rumpus room is also much smaller here and doesn’t actually resemble the original in anyway. There’s many more differences which I won’t get into and are likely multiplied by five considering how many more there are with the other missions.
When I was watching the quick look, I was actually getting bored. It’s clearly a sign that even the gameplay itself isn’t all that fun. I guess this game isn’t for shooter fans and, as I already covered it, obviously isn’t for Bond fans. So who is this game for? I assume it’s for the non-Bond fans that somehow enjoy a poorly done Call of Duty style experience.