007: Blood Stone is an action-adventure video game, developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Microsoft Windows. It is the twenty-third game in the 007 franchise although it is not a direct sequel to any game. The game was confirmed by Activision on July 16, 2010. The game released on November 2, 2010. It features the voices and likenesses of Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, and British artist Joss Stone. .
The game is a third-person shooter with hand-to-hand combat and driving sequences. 007: Blood Stone features a unique Focus Aim system which allows players to lock-on to a target after a melee takedown. There is also a multi-player mode consisting of up to 16 players that will pit spies versus mercenaries.
The player assumes the role of the protagonist James Bond (voiced by Daniel Craig) who teams up with wealthy socialite Nicole Hunter (voiced by Joss Stone) to find researcher Dr. Malcolm Tedworth, who is feared dead. Journeying across locations in Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, Siberia and Bangkok, James Bond fights the antagonists, a group of terrorists led by a man named Greco.
The story's background revolves around an international conspiracy that's placed a British secret biochemical weapon into the hands of an unknown enemy. From examination of the official website, it is speculated that genetics, globalism, and diamonds are pivotal themes to the story.
The game was first hinted on April 21, 2010 when British store chain HMV listed 007: Blood Stone as coming soon. Then on April 23, Activision reserved a web domain name called bloodstonegame.com. The game was officially announced in an Activision press release on July 16, 2010.
Famed James Bond film writer Bruce Feirstein was chosen to pen the story for the game.
Ben Cooke, who is Daniel Craig's stunt double in the films, has provided the motion capture choreography for Bond's digital animation. He is credited as the game's stunt co-ordinator.
The game's soundtrack is composed by British composer Richard Jacques. Joss Stone provides an original musical track to the game titled, “I’ll Take It All” written and performed by her and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics. The song will be featured exclusively in the game.
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