007 Legends

Common Sense Media says

Mashup of classic Bond movies in game form falls flat.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game glamorizes secret service agents and contains themes of violence and sexuality. It aims to make the life of a spy seem exciting, sexy, and alluring.

Positive role models

James Bond is a good guy who fights for his friends. However, he often seems as driven by ego, revenge, and self-preservation as his determination to do what's right. He's easy to like and even admire, but he makes a poor role model for kids.

Ease of play

Standard first-person shooter controls and a fairly low level of difficulty make this game pretty easy to pick up. Note, though, that some of the side activities have awkward controls, and that mission objectives on harder difficulty levels aren't exactly straightforward.

Violence

As James Bond, players use a large arsenal of ballistic weapons -- pistols, rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers -- to kill hundreds of human minions. Small puffs of red blood appear with each hit. In stealthier moments and during some boss battles, players will beat and choke enemies, or smash their heads into a desk or wall. Some scenes are presented in slow motion, though this is more to let the player aim than to enhance any violent imagery.

Sex

Bond flirts with curvaceous women with names like Pussy Galore, and even marries one. Players don't see any hanky panky onscreen, but they will encounter ice sculptures of seemingly nude angels in loving embrace, as well as a bikini-clad woman painted gold.

Language

Occasional instances of words including "ass" and "damn."

Consumerism

This game is based on several classic Bond films, and may well lead its players to search them out. It also features multiple instances of product placement from brands including Omega and Sony.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the game's bosses is a drug dealer. Players don't see his product (cocaine), but he does mention it a couple of times.

Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety issues. This game supports open voice communication, which means players may encounter bad language and inappropriate discussions among players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 007 Legends is a first-person shooter based on several James Bond films. Like the movies, it shows a bit of blood (red puffs appear with each bullet hit), includes the occasional word of light profanity, features some sexy women with provocative names, and touches on mature subjects like drugs. It's worth adding that this is a clear exercise in cross-promotion marketing, timed to arrive at roughly the same time as Skyfall and a new Blu-ray collection marking 50 years of Bond. There's a good chance people who consume one of these products will be drawn to the others. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

007 Legends wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Collaboration

  • cooperation
  • teamwork

007 Legends wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

007 LEGENDS puts players in the shoes of Daniel Craig's James Bond. He gets shot at the very start, falling from a train and plunging into a raging river. Half conscious and underwater, he relives several past missions, specifically those from the films Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, License to Kill, Die Another Day, and Moonraker (Bond is portrayed by Craig in all of these memories rather than the original actors.)

Players dive into the action headfirst, engaging primarily in first-person shooter missions that cover the films' more spectacular moments. Punctuating the shooting are mini-games and one-off activities, including fighting, driving, and skiing segments. Kids also get to engage in stealthy sequences in which Bond must investigate rooms for evidence using his high-tech phone. Outside the story players can tackle challenge missions, shooting to top their friends' performance on leaderboards, or engage in multiplayer combat online or on the same screen.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

007 Legends isn't a good game. While tackling five classic Bond films in a single game might seem like a good idea on paper, it makes for a wildly incoherent and unsatisfying narrative. It's even harder to get excited by the gameplay. Enemies act seemingly without regard for their own safety, weapons are terribly unbalanced (shotguns rule all), secondary objectives are trying, and cinematic sequences are thoroughly uninspired. And everything takes place within a bland world that looks like it was created for previous generation consoles.

The only real reason one might want to pick up this game is for its online multiplayer, which is thankfully free of both stilted storytelling and predictable computer-controlled enemies. It lightly recalls that of better Bond adventures, including the classic GoldenEye 007 (especially when playing split-screen). Even then, there are plenty of better games in the crowded genre of online shooters.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what a career as a secret agent might really be like. Do you think spies ever become engaged in wild firefights? That they travel from one exotic location to another dismantling nuclear weapons and meeting beautiful people?

  • Families can also discuss violence in media. Can you think of anything else you might do in an action game other than fighting?

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 16, 2012
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Drug Reference, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old February 5, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

The truth about 007 Legends

This is a good game for kids if you don't mind mild first person shooter games. The graphics aren't the best, there is a bit of blood but nothing to shock the average 10 year old. There are challenges but they are quite hard. There is a mission called 'A Licence to Kill' which is mostly about shooting down as many people as you can before you die and it is based in a drugs factory which lets the game down and is disappointing and pointless. If you like Bond you might like this but there are better things out there to buy.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 10 year old Written bykid medea worker December 14, 2012
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10
QUALITY
 

Kids over 10 should be able to play this

I think kids over 10 should be able to play this game it does not change your thoughts of violance

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old April 1, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

Good, but not for children under 13

When in gun fights small sprays of blood appear with every shot. When attempting a silent takedown one of the moves is breaking the enemy's neck, a snapping noise is heard while doing this. Also some of the women's names and clothing are quite sexual. Such as a girl named P***y Galore. Also, women in Moonraker are showing A LOT of cleavage with their dresses.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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