James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Common Sense Media says

Typical 007 uses violence to save us from bio-terrorists.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with any James Bond title, there are the good people (generally anyone associated with the secret service organization, MI6) and the bad guys that are out to realize certain goals, which often mean blowing things up or killing a lot of people. Even the good guys, though, will kill without remorse, and because the game allows players the opportunity to sneak past some situations, playing on the harder difficulty settings usually means killing anyone that stands in the way.

Positive role models

James Bond is the focus of the game and he is tasked with getting the job done is as quick and efficient a manner as possible -- but that usually means leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. When not shooting bad guys or blowing up the environment, he may be drinking or womanizing -- all of which is part of the Bond mystique.

Ease of play

There are several difficulty settings to choose from, each providing more challenges as players progress through the game. The controls, though, will not create a problem and the game is, overall, easy to pick up and play. The first levels provide some tutorials for the newer player so they will get a sense of the action and control schemes available well before the overall story arc starts to ramp up the difficulty.

Violence

The action involves a variety of combat techniques from stealth takedowns that involve choke holds, using items in the environment to kill enemies, causing crashes while in the game's driving mode, or using weapons (pistols, machine guns, rocket launchers, etc) to shoot foes. There can be a spray of blood when shooting enemies. Some of these can be seen better if using a scope to snipe opponents from distance. Aside from the blood sprays and the choke-outs, the vehicle elements are implied.

Sex

There are close-up shots of women's cleavage, and different settings in the game can feature women in scanty outfits. Some of the settings include a gentlemen's club with pole dancers. While not a strong gameplay element, these backdrops provide a sense of geographic realism and drive home the elements that epitomize a James Bond title.

Language

The gameplayer will overhear conversations containing "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

Some product placement, but they are not intended to promote but rather to give the game an overall cinematic sense of reality.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Settings include clubs where alcohol is ordered and served and non-playable characters can be heard discussing cigarettes.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$44.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 2, 2010
Genre:Third-person shooter
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byunstoppablekem November 21, 2010
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10
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Awesome, I am 13 and I love this game!

i love it! the best 007 video game ever! this is the perfect game. except it takes longer to kill someone online in blood stone than in call of duty. if you can't play call of duty, get this. even if you can play call of duty get this! i have mw2 and black ops and i play this even more! the best T game of 2010!
Kid, 12 years old January 30, 2011
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okay for your mature kid

This game is very fun yet very short but if you enjoy the James Bond movies this puts you in his place. My problem is is that blood covers your screen once you get shot which might be disturbing to some gamers. But overall fun game to play online too.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bybdd458 February 4, 2011
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Great game!

He has a liscence to kill, for the good of the world. Do you know anything about him CSM? He's Bond, James Bond.

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