007: Quantum of Solace
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|007: Quantum of Solace|
|Developer(s)||Treyarch (PS3, 360)
Beenox (Wii, PC)
Vicarious Visions (DS)
|Release date(s)||EU October 31, 2008
Third-person shooter (PS2/DS),
Action-adventure game (DS)
|Distribution||Optical disc, memory card, download|
007: Quantum of Solace is a first-person shooter (third-person shooter for PlayStation 2 and DS) video game based on the films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. The game was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360. The game was released on October 31, 2008 in Europe, November 4, 2008 in North America, November 19, 2008 in Australia and March 26, 2009 in Japan. The game's release coincided with the release of Quantum of Solace. The game is the first James Bond title published by Activision; the company acquired the video game licence to the James Bond franchise in 2006. The game was released on multiple platforms and was developed by four different companies: Treyarch, Beenox, Vicarious Visions and Eurocom. It is powered by the Call of Duty 4 game engine. It is also the first James Bond video game to be released on a seventh generation console as well as the first to feature Daniel Craig's voice and likeness, as well as those of Eva Green, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric.
The game begins with James Bond kidnapping Mr. White, a member of the previously unknown criminal/terrorist organization Quantum. While he and M interrogate White, they are attacked by the traitorous MI6 agent Henry Mitchell, who is killed by Bond while White escapes. Later, Bond spies on a meeting of Quantum members and photographs them; among them is Dominic Greene, a well known environmentalist.
The game jumps forward to Bond crash landing in Bolivia, where Greene is trying to buy land. By this time, Bond has met Camille Montes, who is seeking vengeance against General Medrano, who is trying to overthrow the Bolivian government. Bond learns that Medrano killed Camille's family, and this is why she wants revenge. Bond opens up to Camille about the death of his former love, recounting the events of Casino Royale. The player follows through the plot of Casino Royale, from Bond chasing Mollaka through Madagascar, and Bond infiltrating the Science Center to kill Dimitrios, saving Skyfleet from Carlos, killing Bliss en route to Montenegro, meeting Vesper, saving Le Chiffre from Steven Obanno and his men, saving Vesper from Le Chiffre, and finally confronting Vesper and Gettler in Venice where Vesper dies, at which point it flashes back to the present.
Bond and Camille soon arrive at a hotel in the middle of the Bolivian desert. There, Greene and Medrano are discussing the land that Greene wants to buy; Greene will fund Medrano's attempt to overthrow the government in exchange for the land that he wants. Bond and Camille break up the meeting; Camille then kills Medrano while Bond kills Greene. During the fight, the hotel's fuel cells are ignited; Bond and Camille manage to escape from the hotel before it explodes. They leave the area in an MI6 helicopter. In the closing scene it is revealed that Mr. White and Guy Haines are looking at MI6 debriefings and updates on 007's missions. The game ends with a short scene of Bond outside the house telling M that he's going in.
- White's Estate: Collect the stolen MI6 winnings and bring White in for questioning.
- Siena: Capture the traitor, Mitchell.
- Opera House: Spy on Dominic Greene and the Quantum members.
- Sink Hole: Hold off General Medrano's men in the sink hole with Camille.
- Shanty Town: Chase Mollaka to the Construction Site.
- Construction Site: Engage in a parkour chase with Mollaka.
- Science Center Exterior: Infiltrate the Science Center.
- Science Center Kill Dimitrios and his team.
- Miami Airport: Save the Skyfleet prototype and kill Carlos.
- Montenegro Train: Meet Vesper Lynd and kill Bliss and his team.
- Casino Royale: Kill Obanno's men and follow Le Chiffre and Obanno.
- Case: Save Vesper from Le Chiffre.
- Venice: Follow Vesper to her contact, Gettler, and kill him.
- Eco Hotel: Kill Greene while Camille kills Medrano, and kill Greene's security.
Most weapons in the game are named after James Bond films and are based on real weapons such as the FRWL, which is an assault rifle which is based on the AKS-74U and named after the film, From Russia with Love and the A3 Raker, which is an assault rifle as well which is based on the Steyr AUG and is named after the film, Moonraker. Weapons in the games which are made by Walther Arms are given their real name and feature the Walther logo on them, such as the P99 and the WA2000. All weapons in multiplayer can be equipped with attachments such as a silencer or scope, and are purchased using points acquired for playing online. Almost all weapons, gadgets, grenades and attachments must be purchased using these points.
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Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Bond Versus: A lone Bond plays against six other members of the 'Organization'. Bond will win if he defuses two of the three bombs, or else eliminates every member of the Organization. To make the game fairer Bond has two lives, can see all enemies, and can use any weapon set (whereas the members of the Organization have only 3 basic options). The Organization wins if Bond dies twice or if he cannot defuse two bombs in the time limit.
- Team Conflict: Basic Team Deathmatch of MI6 versus the 'Organization'.
- Golden Gun: This is a standard free-for-all conflict, which the main aim is to score 100 points. One point is scored for a kill with normal weapons, or for picking up the Golden Gun, while kills while holding the Golden Gun (or killing the person with it) scores 6. The winner is the first to score 100 points, or the highest amount of points in the allotted time limit.
- Bond Evasion: There are two teams, MI6 and The Organization. One player from the MI6 team is randomly designated as Bond, and therefore as the VIP. MI6 wins the round if Bond can get to the escape point, or if all of the Organization are eliminated. The Organization wins if Bond is prevented from escaping within the time limit, or if he dies.
- Territory Control: Basic match of one team having to control a point to gain points for their team.
- Classic: You start with a GF 18 A (Glock 18). Weapons and explosives are spawned around the level for you to pick up.
When playing in Multiplayer, credits are earned based on the number of points acquired. These are used, in a currency format, to purchase further enhancements and upgrades. These can be spent on unlocking new weapons, explosives, gadgets (such as increased health or better accuracy) and attachments for weapons. The upgrades can be accumulated in any order, instead of in a set order, and are able to stack.
- Conflict: This is a death-match. Up to four players compete versus each other to score as many kills as possible in a selectable number of minutes.
- Rush: This is a mission death-match. All players (up to four) are against each other, and are assigned certain missions to complete in a selectable number of minutes.
- Team Conflict: The goal is to get the most kills for your team (Organization versus MI-6). The teams can be constructed in any way (3 vs 1, 2 vs 2, 4 vs 0, in a four player match). There is a time limit of 15 minutes.
- Team Rush: This is a team play game. The goal is to do specific missions before the other team does, all while staying alive. 15 minutes is the time limit.
The Wii's ranking system is the same as Mario Kart Wii's online. Players start at 5000 points, and can gain or lose points depending how well they played. The 5000 points are separate for each game mode, for example: A player can have 5350 points in Conflict, and have 5000 points in Rush or Team Rush.
The music for the game was written by composer Christopher Lennertz, who recorded the strings for his score overseas, but then recorded brass, percussion and guitar with members of the Hollywood Studio Symphony in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records Studios. The game features a different theme song from that of the film, "When Nobody Loves You" (written by Richard Fortus and Kerli; performed by Fortus, Kerli, and David Maurice; produced and arranged by David Maurice). The song plays over an opening title sequence in the Bond tradition that is proprietary to the game, but is based on the (pre-credits) car chase sequence from the film.
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The DS version of the game is designed differently from its console counterparts. The game is played with the DS held sideways and is in the third person. Bond's movements are controlled by dragging the stylus around the touchscreen. Actions (such as firing a weapon) are performed by pressing icons on the touchscreen, while the DS's buttons are relegated to primarily initiating hand-to-hand combat. There are 6 weapons in this version. The storyline followed by the DS version is also different. The character of Camille is cut altogether, the opening mission at White's Estate is replaced by a training simulation at MI6 Headquarters and, after fighting street gangs in Bolivia, the final mission and boss fights against Greene and Mr. White take place at Guy Haines' Mansion (a deleted scene from the original ending of the film).
The Wii version of the game features up to 4 players in a split screen offline multiplayer. Online mode allows for a maximum of 4 players in a choice of 4 modes: Conflict, Rush, Team Conflict and Team Rush. These have different ratings for each individual mode. The Wii version also uses Friend Codes which allow players to create games just for themselves and friends. The online mode uses Miis.
The PlayStation 2 version of the game is an over-the-shoulder third-person shooter, much like 007: Everything or Nothing. This version excludes missions such as "Miami Airport" and "Train", but it adds missions such as "Docks", the Port-au-Prince part of the movie.
007: Quantum of Solace received mixed reviews. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 2 version 76.50% and 73/100, the Xbox 360 version 68.73% and 65/100, the PC version 68.50% and 70/100, the PlayStation 3 version 67.17% and 65/100, the Nintendo DS version 63.00% and 65/100 and the Wii version 54.55% and 54/100.
Several users have reported that the PC version of the game will not run on Windows XP if Internet Explorer 8 or an updated version of Internet Explorer 7 is installed on the system. This essentially makes the game unplayable for users who keep their Windows systems up to date. The issue seems to be fixed if the user reverts the system to Internet Explorer 7 prior to the June 2009 Security Update by uninstalling all IE7 Security Updates issued since then, but this has the obvious repercussion of leaving the system unsecure. As of September 2011, Activision has not released a patch addressing this issue, and there is no page on Activision's customer support database acknowledging it.
On January 4, 2013, Activision and Steam's online stores quietly removed online copies and pages for 007: Quantum of Solace, 007: Blood Stone, and 007 Legends without explanation or warning. This prompted the video game community to ask whether or not Activision would be abandoning the James Bond video game license.
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