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Gaming With Bond

Call me strange, but friends and I have made a game in the past, working to inject James Bond quotes into everyday conversation.

For example, it’s always nice upon termination at work or a denial of a raise to tell the boss, eyebrow raised, “We all get our jollies one way or another.”

And why serve just coffee when one’s guest might arrive at “…A propitious moment, coincident with their country’s one indisputable contribution to Western civilization, afternoon tea…”

And I certainly would never tell my date, “I set the timers for six minutes. The same six minutes that you gave me. What does that mean? We have three minutes.”

Try the following quotes if you dare in polite conversation, or contribute your own favorites (and can you name the films these hail from?):

“You can’t shoot me! I have a very low threshold of death. My doctor says I can’t have bullets enter my body at any time.”

“You wanna put that in English for those of us who don’t speak Spy?”

“Oh, don’t be an idiot, 007. I know exactly what you’re up to, and quite frankly, you’re going to need my help.”

“And that, I think, concludes our business.”

“I think you made your point. Thank you for the demonstration.”

“I just remembered. It’s against Service policy to give endorsements.”

“Both hands on the wheel, Mr. Jones, I’m a very nervous passenger.”

“Ours is the loneliest profession, Mr. Bond.”

“You seem to have this nasty habit of surviving.”

“You burned me, and now you want my help?”

“Would you settle for a tulip?”

NextGen Gets World Exclusive!

The March issue of Next Generation Magazine www.next-generation.com will feature exclusive images of The World Is Not Enough game for Playstation 2. We are showing you a few images here, but the rest you`ll just have to see for yourself when the magazine comes out.

Additionally, new details of the game have leaked out. For example, the goal of the game will still be to save the world`s oil supply, but the game will have it`s own subplots not found within the movie. Not all of the narrative of the film is being used. The BMW-Z8 will be featured as well. Creative Director Randy Breen tells the magazine: “We`re taking the action scenes mainly-they`re the natural setting for interactivity to begin with, and the thing we can most closely represent in the game world.”

Movie worlds recreated for the game will include the bunker explosion that temporarily traps Bond and Christmas, the pipeline/bomb defusion scene and the caviar warehouse sequence (pictured on this page). The images are rich and vibrant in color and finessed with loads of detail that authentically replicate the movie world James Bond inhabited in `Enough`.

**Last month Electronic Arts announced that it had licensed the Quake III Arena(TM) engine from id Software. Electronic Arts will use the engine to develop several games, including The World is Not Enough. Quake III Arena`s enhanced graphics engine displays realistic 3-D environments using features such as curved surface rendering, high detail textures, volumetric fog and specular lighting. According to EA`s January 26th press release it “will allow EA`s development teams to create compelling special effects, unsurpassed interaction between the player and his environment and a totally new standard of gameplay.”

EA previously announced it secured an exclusive long-term licensing agreement with MGM Interactive and Danjaq, LLC to bring James Bond to the interactive entertainment market. Expect more Bond games from the Electronic Arts/MGM Interactive agreement in the near future.

James Bond 007 For Game Boy/Super Game Boy

Look out! 007 is back for the Game Boy and Super Game Boy systems in James Bond 007. Similar to the Legend of Zelda, the game uses the unique bird`s-eye perspective to bring the game a powerful mix of puzzling secrets and fighting. A battery-backed memory allows you to save 3 games so you can start playing where you left off. Throughout the game you`ll travel to various locations such as the Sahara desert, the Tibetan Mountains, and even a secret military base.

Your Mission: to prevent a secret arms smuggling ring from turning the world into a tyranny ruled by terrorism and havoc. But it won`t be easy. You`ll have to fight enemies such as the infamous Odd Job and the steal toothed Jaws, not to mention a whole slew of new enemies who wish to kill you. For every situation you will have to choose from a variety of weapons including machetes, guns, grenades, missile launchers and more!

And of course you can`t forget Q-branch which will provide you with high tech gadgets such as a laser watch for cutting locks, a powerful stun key chain, and the famous exploding pen. Overall James Bond 007 is an excellent game with a mix of everything. You will really have to use your head to uncover all the secrets and challenges of the game and fully win it.

James Bond 007 also includes a casino feature. You can play 3 excellent card games from the Marrakech Casino (in the game) by just entering these codes. For example: By entering REDOG as your name in the beginning, you can play Red dog. By entering BJACK you can play a game of Black Jack. By entering BACCR as your name you can play Baccarat. In each of these games you will start with $1,000 and you can change the bet from $10 to everything you have. Don`t worry if you run out of money, you can start over.

Review by: Jake Haisley

007`s Collectible Card Game

Nefarious schemes, wily henchmen, thrilling locations, incredible gadgets, dashing men, beautiful women. These are elements of a James Bond film. Now you can relieve this excitement again and again with the JAMES BOND COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME. Do you have what it takes to send James Bond to dangerous locales and into the jaws of death? Now`s your chance to find out.

Each starter deck contains approximately 60 cards. You can get more cards to add to your collection by purchasing additional Starter Decks like the one shown above, or by purchasing Booster Packs. Booster Packs are packaged like traditional baseball packs. They contain fewer cards than the Starter Deck, but they contain rarer cards. The rarer the card, the more powerful they are in the game. There are over 200 different cards in the JAMES BOND COLLECTIBLE CARD GAME and your opponent should have access to a Starter Deck.

Changing James Bond’s World of Espionage

Recently, the smartphone game James Bond: World of Espionage was taken down. The servers closed and players, including the author, lost their game progress. I played the game often and would like to put down some thoughts for future Bond gaming.

  1. James Bond WOE did receive careful thought. The game was better than most pundits wrote. The graphics and music were top notch and looked and felt splendid on phones. The game dropped with the then-new Bond movie, Spectre, and game characters included not only the flight of Spectre folks but characters from the original Ian Fleming novels!
  2. A slightly different game engine would have worked wonders. If JBWOE used the engine from Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, a similar card matching fighting game, people would still be playing it now. SWGOH uses more complex thinking about character building and promotion, strategy and tactics. JBWOE fell into routines more often.
  3. Better daily rewards would have encouraged more gameplay. I toughed it out some with JBWOE and the free play rewards were stinting.
  4. More 007, 007! It was costly and difficult to acquire James Bond as a character. Multiple Bonds, Ms and Qs in their different iterations would have been fun.
  5. The critics didn’t dig deep. Critics have the game helped kill it. The reviews came so quickly I knew the critics didn’t play the game for any length of time. A few days of avid play brought players into guilds where there was great conversation and group strategy and tactics. I’m not an avid smartphone gamer but I liked JBWOE and it gave a fix of 007’s world after Spectre left theatres.

Real Strategies & Hints For Bond: World Of Espionage

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Ready To Bond, Mister Bond?

Are you ready for Bond: World Of Espionage, a free, fun mobile game?

Why should you play Bond: WOE? It’s enjoyable without having to spend money on gold or extras. Collect and assemble weapons and vehicles, fight  legendary book and movie villains, build your team of agents, and battle with individual agents and alliances.

Daniel Craig (left) and Berenice Marlohe star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL. stars as James Bond in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure SKYFALL.

“Mother Has Been Bad, Or Is It Good?”

Take a mentor to show you the ropes. Mentors and mentees earn rewards inside BWOE. I’ll be happy to serve as your mentor. Just shoot me a note.

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The graphics of BWOE are as good as that of any mobile game online. And the villains you’ll encounter are taken from the EON film franchise and from Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories.

Wint and Kidd from Diamonds Are Forever are truer to the books than the films, but Moneypenny, Q and others are taken straight from Spectre and Skyfall. The dozens and dozens of agents like Honey Ryder, Silva and James Bond himself are sharp looking and carry deadly weapons and gadgets.

Agents you know and new creations, all each have a glossy dossier describing their strengths and bonus abilities for matching to conflicts, missions and alliance wars.

And the gorgeous mission scenes are beautiful. It’s worth the effort to get all the way up to Spectre, to see the beautiful Day of the Dead and other artwork in-game.

Hint: Just shoot me a note if you want free mentoring in the game, to get better, fast. There are rewards in it for us both!

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Players earn attribute points for completing special missions and going up in level, which happens fast in the early stages of the game. Hint: Don’t add points to your Offense, Defense or HP stats, ever. You may not even need to add them to your Stamina rating.

Hint: You should add them to your Stamina rating, at least up front, as Stamina for conflicts and villain battles and Energy for missions auto-reset on timers. And Stamina hits on a villain count for double leveling-up points, and for certain hits one-on-one, triple, even quadruple points! Regardless, come away from the BWOE for some hours and you will have 2x as many points to “spend” to level up, faster, if you build both Stamina and Energy points. But as you grow stronger, you will want lots of points for missions! You can even buy facilities for millions of cash dollars in the game to upgrade your energy levels, permanently.

Completing missions gives you cred, money to spend and advances you in level. Developing the level of your agency and your individual agents gives you bonus Stamina, Energy, Offense and Defense, so you need not earmark points for those categories. Hint: Save the big push for the end. If you have 100 points left in both energy and stamina, and are on the edge of a new level, (where both refresh to full) instead of doing a mission, for say, 17 points, or a villain hit for 20 points, play one of the “spin to win missions” for 100 points–you’ll be 98 points closer to the next level plus you might win a cool prize or even a new agent.

Hint: Save a big burst of points for the end of an agency level. Say you have 200 points in Stamina and Energy but are approaching an experience rating to take your energy next level, where both Stamina and Energy will fully recharge, meaning you cannot use all of those 400 points. Use points precisely until you are 1 or 2 shy of the next level, then spin for a free agent, say, in Russia, for 145 points. You will start the next level with 143 or 144 experience!

Conflict is a fun way to earn dollars in the game, but you can also earn dollars from redoing missions you’ve completed, plus after completing secret missions you earn spins for free new agents. Don’t waste your points. Put most of them for Energy toward missions. Hint: Conflict gets fast cash, especially against high-level agencies. $25,000 to $100,000 or more per punch or kick! Good times.

Hint: Speaking of conflict, watch out for battles with members of strong alliances. It’s better to fight some dude or chick with a Level 210 Agency, allied with 21 other playing pals, than it is to take on a Level 150 Agency, allied with 35 other bad-mamma-jammas.

Hint: Know thy enemies. If a level 200 cannot take out a level 100 in a straight-up duel, it’s because of the level 100’s alliance. If you’re in a alliance, use espionage instead of dueling.

Hint: Be judicious in fighting villains and henchmen. “Choose your next enemy carefully, Mister Bond, he may be your last.” Don’t just plunge into a villain confrontation but 1) see if this battle was begun by an alliance teammate and 2) see which villains are close to 100% defeated already, so you can put the killing moves on and get the swag.

Super mean and nasty hint: We all need friends. Add players you can beat easily to your friends list, then make “friendly visits” whenever you need some quick conflict points or cash. You did not read that here!

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You’ll want plenty of gold in BWOE to advance your agenda. There’s plenty of free gold, with more to spare, from completing in-game achievements at early agency levels. Once you are strong enough, you make your own agents by spinning for new ones, without gold. Don’t buy anything–just enjoy the free ride.

Be patient, as free-play timers take a while to load. If you play a bit in the morning, then again in the afternoon, and one more time near bedtime, you will gain a level or two a day, and have fun exploring Bond’s world.

There are free offers you can complete for gold in the game–but take screenshots to document your progress, in case the offers don’t hit your account properly. There is also plenty of enjoyable gaming without the free offers and without making any in-game purchases.

Hint: Get to detonate faster, free. You need not acquire all six conflict powers to have the power of detonating (exploding) your enemies. Just run the three along the top of the powers (Shoot, Strangle, Defenestrate) then straight to Detonate! And now you know.

Damien-Lewis-as-James-Bond-main“Spend The Money Quickly, Mr Bond”

Enhancers are used to combine agents to make super-agents. Go to the right location to get the bang for your game bucks, where you get not only enhancers but gamble for new agents:

  • Skyfall: Gold
  • Thunderball: Purple
  • From Russia With Love: Two Greens and a Blue, for 145 points
  • Slow Down Faster: Gold and Green
  • Diamonds Are Forever: White
  • Dr. No: White and Green

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Join an alliance as soon as you are able. Alliances protect you from losing too much money during in-game conflicts. But choose your next alliance carefully, Mr. Bond–it may be your last.

A weak alliance is just kind of there to protect one another from losing too many dollars in conflicts.

A strong BWOE alliance enjoys fellowship during in-game chat. They also band together to fight alliance wars effectively, sending teams of  spies, commandos and other agents to time attacks and defense. You’ll know the better alliances immediately by their leaderboard status.

Hint: See if you can get accepted to an alliance above your level rating. If you send a message letting them know you are active in alliance wars and serious about play, they’ll sign you on in most cases. Top alliances receive free gold and status badges to wear in-game, every few months.

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Much game fun ensues when you not only collect Bondian swag, but build it, using components in Q’s Lab. Hint: When you get an e-mail, “Hey, you can build a PPK!” wait on your pleasure, saving up for bigger and better things. (I held wheels, an antenna, leather, etc. and that lovely ejection seat, so that when my self-destruct timer comes in, I get an Aston Martin DB5!)

Hint: You can also collect cool stats. Example, if you never retreat from a conflict battle by hitting the “Leave” button, but rather back out of the screen using the back button or another button, you will have a 0 in your “You Have Been Finished” battle statistic. And that’s something only Bond himself can say otherwise.

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Just shoot me a note if you need any assistance in the game, a mentor to lean on, or have questions. See you online inside Bond: World Of Espionage!