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Games On Review: Quantum of Solace

Games On: "Developers of games based on James Bond movies face two major problems; the first is extending a two hour movie into a full length video game, while the second is dealing with filling the rather imposing shoes left by Rare's GoldenEye 007. At first glance, it seems like Treyarch has all the answers, adapting both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace to pad out the game based on the latter, and utilising the game engine from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, one of the best shooters of recent memory. Quantum of Solace provides a really fun, action packed experience, but it's a bit too simplistic and short-lived to make a lasting impression.

As previously stated, the Quantum of Solace game encompasses both its motion picture namesake and its predecessor, Casino Royale, effectively repenting for the lack of a game of the former, and cementing itself as the official "new Bond" experience. Rather than push players through the Casino and Quantum stories linearly, Treyarch has instead decided to scatter the narrative all over the place. The game starts out in Quantum of Solace's story, then jumps to the early events of Casino Royale, throws in a few filler missions, finishes the Casino Royale story, then wraps up Quantum of Solace. It feels like they have unnecessarily complicated something that's really quite simple."

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