A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that JAMES BOND 007: BLOOD STONE is a "Teen-rated" violent third-person shooter that attempts to present a plausible real-world situation that involves massive killing by people with evil motives. The game features references to alcohol and tobacco, requires the character played by gamers (James Bond) to stop the threat through whatever means available -- which is the precursor for violence. Enemies can be taken down through stealth, through sniping from range, with machine guns or pistols, or through collateral damage when nearby explosives are detonated. There are some rag-doll physics involved, which means the enemies killed will flop in a manner that is a slightly exaggerated version of real life. The game also features driving levels in which players must reach checkpoints or keep fleeing enemies in range with a set time frame.
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What's it about?
In James Bond 007: Blood Stone, a biochemist working for the United Kingdom has disappeared, along with top-secret plans that could threaten the world. With a bio-terrorist threat looming, MI6 has called in James Bond to get to the heart of the threat and end it -- which usually means that a lot of bad guys die. The game takes players to a variety of real-world locations such as Bangkok, Istanbul, Athens, and Monaco as Bond tracks down and nuetralizes the bad guys using a variety of real-world weaponry, cars, and even motorboats to close in on his target.
Is it any good?
Blood Stone has a cinematic feel that could have been culled from a movie, though this game does not have a movie release attached to it. The game features a fair amount of cut scenes to drive the story and these go a long way toward creating a viable story arc. The use of the SmartPhone, though, is a bit much and redundant at times. The graphics can be very good, but there can also be frame stutters that spoil the overall mood. The game does have a lively pace and for Bond fans, the inclusion of the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig and Dame Judith Dench are certainly pluses. There are a few stumbles in the single-player game and the multiplayer is really too standard to be a true plus. Still, for 007 fans, this has some elements that are a treat.
Online interaction: There are three modes available in multiplayer - Team Deathmatch, Objective, and Last Man Standing. Unmoderated voice chat is enabled in these modes so kids may hear rough language. The action is fast-paced and players can either jump into a match via quick play or invite friends for a private game. Up to 16 players can participate in the multiplayer online mayhem.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about separating violence seen in games and what is acceptable in the real world.
They can also discuss why driving cars at high rates of speed (or boats) is dangerous in real life.
Families can also talk about how to use strategy in games instead of simply running through and trying to shoot everything.
Since this game has online multiplayer modes, families can discuss how to stay safe when playing multiplayer games.