James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing Xbox Review Potsdam NY

As you might have guessed in Everything or Nothing you play as MI6 spy James Bond on the trail of yet another super villain trying to take over the world. He comes in the form of a man named Diavolo (played by Willem Dafoe), who is in cohorts with a famous scientist developing Nano technology which can tear through metal faster then a speeding bullet.

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As you might have guessed in Everything or Nothing you play as MI6 spy James Bond on the trail of yet another super villain trying to take over the world. He comes in the form of a man named Diavolo (played by Willem Dafoe), who is in cohorts with a famous scientist developing Nano technology which can tear through metal faster then a speeding bullet. As the story progresses you are introduced to numerous characters and there are a few twists and turns before the thrilling climax arrives. Expect a wide variety of missions and tasks to complete as Bond, and don't expect it to be easy. Tasks can include jumping over a cliff to save a life, infiltrating a nightclub, and of course taking down enemies. The game is also really easy to get to grips with and features some very user friendly mechanics. For instance, jumping off a building will automatically deploy the rapel, eliminating the possibility of a mistake.

For this game the franchise has changed from a first person shooter to a third person action game. A new sense of freedom is unveiled when during the training mission you are taught how to crouch below walls for cover, or pin yourself up against a wall and shoot around the corner to take down unsuspecting enemies. Doing this isn't just a gimmick either, sometimes during the missions you will be heavily outnumbered and using cover will be the key to victory. With this change comes a 3D camera and using the right thumbstick, you can move it around, to get a better view from around corners or behind Bond. There is also Bond sense, when using the DPAD left or right, the game will move into super slow motion much like bullet time with Max Payne. The difference is Bond can't move or shoot during this and it's really only useful for changing weapons.

EA have really captured the atmosphere of the Bond universe incredibly well in this game. They have left no stone unturned in the development and signed some big names to come on board, many of which Bond fans will be familiar with. These real world actors play out the action on screen, and when we say play out we don't just mean character models with their voices. EA actually digitised all the characters from their real life persona and created an incredible likeness to actors such as John Cleese (Q), Dame Judi Dench (M) and the Bond girls who are played by Heidi Klum (Dr Katya Nadanova), Shannon Elizabeth (Serena St. Germaine) and Mya (Mya Starling). There is no doubt in our minds that using real world actors has added to the authenticity of this title and makes the game more enjoyable to play.

Not only this but the actual way the game is played out and the cinematic effects used also bring across an exciting, enjoyable game experience. As you speed along on a motorcycle, or fly through the air in a helicopter, the enemy will be shooting down rocks and pillars to try and make you crash. Perhaps the most cinematic event of the game is actually the beginning. Pierce comes on screen, shoots towards you and then the first mission begins. Once completed the actual introduction to the game is played out just like in the real bond films, nothing short of stunning.


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