007 Quantum of Solace (PS2)

 
 

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Plot: 

The game closely follows the plot of both Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, enabling you to reenact many scenes from both films. The story is held together with the framework of Mr. White and another man having apparently hacked into MI6's database and the events of the game being what is seen in those files.


Title Sequence:

Curiously, the game doesn't feature the Alicia Keys/Jack White Another Way To Die from the movie. Instead, it features a new song, When Nobody Loves You, written by Richard Fortus (Guns 'N Roses) and Kerli. It's very in line visually with QoS and CS. Musically...it's a Bond song. Catchy enough. I think the all three songs in the other Daniel Craig movies are better, but knowing that Fortus is a huge Bond fan, I'm sure he loved getting to write a title song. Just for fun, here are the actual titles for both Quantum and Casino:

 

 

Silence is golden.
You will see.
You will see.

Your diamond shield is broken.
You are free.
You are free.

Burn it down to the ground.
Be descrete, create no sound.
Elements all around.
I need to rise again.

If no one can hurt you,
Then nobody loves you.
If no one can break you,
Then nobody loves you.
If no one can change you,
And no one can save you,
If nobody loves you,
Then I do.

Honey cuts like razor blades.
Sets you free.
Sets you free.

There’s no constants.
Things have changed.
You will see.
You will see.

Burn it down to the ground.
Be descrete, create no sound.
Elements all around.
I need to rise again.

If no one can hurt you,
Then nobody loves you.
If no one can break you,
Then nobody loves you.
If no one can change you,
And no one can save you,
If nobody loves you,
Then I do.

Gadets: 

There aren't any, really. Just guns and a hacking device you use throughout the game.


Bond Girls:

Being that this is based on Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale, your two dames are Camille and Vesper. They don't really do much during the game, especially Vesper, as the events of CR take up very little game time, and she's limited to a couple of cut scenes. 


Gameplay: 

007: Quantum of Solace is a 3rd person shooter with light puzzle, stealth, and platform elements. Very light. For 90% of the game, you will be shooting your guns. It has a pretty standard duck and cover system, which you'll need to use frequently if you're as garbage at shooting games as I am. It took me FOREVER to get through stages, not because they were hard or the gameplay is bad, but because I am genuinely terrible at shooting games. The camera never fucks you, everything is clear, controls are responsive. It's nothing that will blow you away. It is a standard 3rd person shooter from the late stages of PS2. You have a map on the right side of the screen, with your health and ammo to the left. Your health regenerates automatically when you aren't moving. There is a hacking mini-game you'll have to use a few times, and a handful of QTEs. Every other stage or so has a brief section of having to use ladders, or beams to get across the screen. You can also use environmental triggers to help you, such as shooting fire extinguishers, chandeliers, and explosives. But most of the time, you're shooting dudes. A lot of dudes.


Final Verdict: 

I enjoyed this game a lot. It's a fun playthrough of both movies. The gameplay is nothing special or mind blowing, but it is competent and works for the game. It pretty faithfully follows the movies, so I guess if you haven't seen them, you probably shouldn't play the game. Although the game does tone some things down, especially the torture scene from Casino Royale, which is skipped, with just the ending (and Bond in a suit) shown. It plays very much like Everything or Nothing, so if you've played that, you know what you're getting. It's a very solid licensed game. One big con for the PS2 version is that it apparently has a game breaking glitch. Towards the end of the game, you can only stop Medrano with an AK. If you have no ammo for it at the start of the stage, you can't finish the game. This seems like a PS2 only issue. So, I never got to actually finish the game, although I believe it is the last level. 


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