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A quick look at the upcoming game Quantum of Solace.

My name is Face, $carface... Lame openers aside, let’s get down to business. Since Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64, game companies have been trying to replicate the sheer fun that people had with that game. None have really come close to the same experience, and thus most Bond games of this age have been disappointments. Treyarch (PS3 and Xbox 360) and Beenox (PC) try to break that pattern with the latest bond game, Quantum of Solace. [thumb left 1][/thumb]QOS follows the story of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s first go at the James Bond Character, as well as the upcoming movie of the same name, due out on the 14th. If the game is anything like the movies, the story is bound to be pretty good. The game runs off the successful Call of Duty 4 engine, which makes for a good mix of graphics and performance. The game comes out on November 4th, so I’m here to whet your appetite with a little preview of the game. Let’s start out with the gameplay. [thumb right 2][/thumb]Quantum of Solace is a First Person Shooter by nature, but it features some unique third person elements. You switch into third person when behind cover, and also in some unique other events. If you have seen Casino Royale, you should be familiar with the construction site chase scene in the beginning of the film. That scene is replicated in the game, and will be played in third person using a “Quick Time Events” type of style. Basically, it’s the kind of cutscene where you are required to quickly press buttons that show up in the game in order to trigger certain actions. This type of gameplay has been used in the God of War Series, Resident Evil 4, and The Force Unleashed. [thumb left 3][/thumb]The legendary multiplayer is also back as well. The Goldeneye multiplayer has been renowned for its innovative and fun gameplay. Quantum of Solace hopes to steal its crown as the best Bond multiplayer available. 12 players can get in a game at once with several unique “bond game mods” such as the famous Golden Gun game mode. Domination and Conflict are two other confirmed game modes. Surely, the multiplayer will be a highlight for QOS and will give it some lasting appeal. [thumb right 4][/thumb] Let’s talk about aesthetics for a minute, shall we? Ok, so we know it’s going to look good, but the real question is how good? From what I’ve seen, amazing. The elements such as smoke and rain really look lifelike. When something blows up it looks like it is actually happening right outside. Who am I kidding; you guys don’t leave the house! Well, believe me, it looks lifelike. People’s faces really look brilliant. The game uses the likeness of all of the starts in the movie, such as Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric. It also uses their voices for their respective characters. Here's the trailer courtesy of Gametrailers:
Feel free to lift your jaw off the floor at any time. Now a new question has arisen, can I run it? The system requirements are pretty forgiving, as a Pentium 4 with 512MB memory can play the game. Here are the full system requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP/Vista
  • Processor: Pentium 4 @ 2.4 GHz/AMD Athlon XP 64 2800+/Any Dual Core Processor @ 1.8 GHz
  • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB for Vista)
  • Video Memory: 128 MB (nVidia GeForce 6600/ATI Radeon 9800 Pro)
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • DirectX: 9.0c or 10
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • DVD Rom Drive
[thumb left 5][/thumb] Good news for all I’d say. I for one am incredibly excited to play the game. However, can Quantum of Solace really take the crown for best James Bond game from Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64? I hope so. Goldeneye is getting up there in age and starting to sag in a few places that should stay in place. Needless to say, I hope this game satiates our thirst for a good Bond game. I guess we’ll find out on November 4th, the game’s scheduled release date. Time to go shine up the Golden Gun in anticipation.

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