“Bond... James Bond.”
Gamers wishing to hear the introductory phrase of the iconic super spy on the computer may find themselves out of luck now that Activision has pulled all of its 007 games from both its digital store and Steam. Gone are “007 Legends,” Blood Stone,” and “Quantum of Solace.” Though if you already purchased them before, you can still re-download them should you ever have to.
Back in 2006, Activision purchased the license to produce video games about the suave agent who is licensed to kill and intended to hold onto the license until 2014. The sudden removal of these games could be due to a falling out between James Bond rights holders Sony and MGM.
Or it could possibly be due to Activision simply giving up on the franchise. The only good James Bond video game of late was “GoldenEye 007,” which was a revision of the original “GoldenEye” on the N64. The games after that felt like attempts to make successful video game lightning strike twice but to no avail as they received mediocre reviews and lacked the charm of the Bond franchise.
Perhaps the next publisher to take a crack at James Bond game will try to just create a unique Bond experience instead of blindly imitating “GoldenEye.”