The best and worst James Bond video games

You’ll struggle to find a more influential franchise than the James Bond movies, building up a cult following in the process. With Bond fans looking forward to the release of No Time to Die, the series of movies continues to excite the masses. Essentially, 007 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, that’s for sure.

James Bond has had such an influence on the world that we’ve seen various game developers keen to capitalize on its success with a gaming creation. In fact, there has been plenty of impressive Bond-themed games over the years, although they’ve been accompanied by the odd shocker along the way also.

It’s fairly common to see various games based on celebrities, tv shows or movies like James Bond. For example, the best casino site for online gamers has a CSI game, alongside a release based on the iconic film, Gladiator. There’s been huge success with other games based on movies also, such as Mad Max, Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil. If done right, games based on popular films can be a success, but all too often we have seen average releases clearly created to cash-in on the hype around the movie in question. Thankfully, that doesn’t apply to most James Bond games.

When assessing the sheer amount of James Bond games made over the years, it’s impressive. Most of them are worthy of our time too, although like with any series of games we’ve had better releases than others. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the best James Bond games ever made.

 

Goldeneye 007

We had to kick things off with Goldeneye 007, surely? When most people think of a classic James Bond game, this creation immediately springs to mind. Released in 1997 on the Nintendo 64, Goldeneye 007 kept warring brothers and groups of friends entertained for hours on end as you could take each other on using your favourite Bond characters. Goldeneye certainly helped shape a lot of the first-person shooters we see today. The game offered a more realistic style, and it was ahead of its time, with impressive graphics, special effects and an unforgettable multiplayer functionality to boot.

007 Bloodstone

 Available in 2010 on PC, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, 007 Bloodstone was a popular third-person shooter at the time of its release, with Daniel Craig portrayed as Bond trying to save the world and prevent a suicide attack on a G-20 summit. The game itself wasn’t based on any of the movies, but it certainly provided elements of the Bond movies, with endless action and chaos which helped contribute towards what was a brilliant Bond game.

 

007: The World is Not Enough

The World is Not Enough isn’t the greatest Bond movie in the series, but the game based on it is definitely up there with being one of the best Bond games ever released. Available on the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation in 2000, the game was action-heavy and offered the type of adventure you’d expect from a creation based on Bond.

 

License To Kill

Released in 1989, License To Kill is one of the biggest games ever released for DOS, before being made available at a later date on Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MSX and ZX Spectrum. With a more arcade feel to it and with limited graphics compared to other Bond games, License To Kill isn’t the best game you’ll ever play, but it will always be remembered.

Other notable James Bond games include From Russia With Love, Nightfire and James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.


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