MI6 previews the forthcoming Sony PSP version of
the latest James Bond videogame "From Russia
With Love" - due out March 14th 2006...
FRWL Sony PSP Preview
18th January 2006
MI6 exclusively revealed back in May
2005 that a version of From
Russia With Love by EA
Games was being developed for the Sony
PSP handheld, and EA officially
announced the title back in November. Now with only a couple
of months to go before its release, MI6 can lift the lid on the
forthcoming Sony PSP version of the latest James Bond videogame
"From Russia With Love".
Due out on March 14th, the Sony PSP incarnation of "From
Russia With Love" (released on PlayStation
2, Xbox and GameCube
consoles in November 2005), will be adapted to fit the small handheld
platform. All driving and boat missions have been cut from the
PSP port, but the good news is that the iconic jetpack missions
remain. The PSP version will have 8 missions in total, each including
Above: Bond prepares to do battle
at the Houses of Parliament, London
The aiming system, which was criticised on the console version
for being too easy, will be made more challenging on the PSP with
a blend of the console auto-aim and a more traditional cross-hair.
As with the console version, players will be able to upgrade
their weapons and gadgets by purchasing upgrades. In the PSP edition,
you gain credits through skilful use of the focus and zoom aiming
system, and upgrades to your arsenal can be made on the fly without
having to wait for separate Q-Branch menu screens in between missions.
A new gadget will be introduced too - the "Q Dart" -
which is a kind of fragmentation grenade that spits out darts
at goons within close proximity. However, the deadly attache case
turret gun and sonic cufflinks will not be making the transition
to the PSP.
Above: The jetpack will also feature
on the PSP version.
On the multiplayer front, the PSP's wi-fi capability will be
fully featured to allow gamers to launch into deathmatches. Despite
their glaring omission on the console version, multiplayer "bots"
will feature on the PSP, allowing players to either practice deathmatches
or beef up games with extra opponents. There will be four multiplayer
maps, three of which are new to the PSP version: sniper, factory
and train. The multiplayer modes will also be boosted with the
addition of a "last man standing" concept, and the number
of available skins will be increased with more classic Bond villains
- including Jaws!
"From Russia With Love" Sony PSP Features
- Single Player Mode: The single player mode
consists of 8 exciting missions, split into 32 stages for extended
gameplay. Players begin in London, using jet packs and helicopters
to land their first mission. Following missions include Bond
style rescues in the Gypsy Camp or a stealth venture through
- Multiplayer Mode with Ad-hoc Wireless: The
unique multiplayer mode allows players to go head to head in
3 different game modes, including death match, team death match,
and last man standing. Each mode can be trekked on foot or zooming
around in the classic Bond jet pack. New maps, new villains
and Bots have all been added to make multiplayer on the PSP
system even more compelling.
- Classic Bond Gadgets and Weapons: Classic
Bond gadgets and weapons give players the ability to play in
the shoes of 007. Classic secret weapons include Jet Pack, Leopard
Piercing Rifle, Laser Watch, Serum Gun, Q-Dart, Grenade and
Bazooka and the all-new Q-Dart.
- Bond Challenges: Players can delve into eight
Bond challenges, each with unique strategies and rules. Locations
range from London or a Gypsy Camp to a classic train or retro
- New Unlockable Features: Unlockables add
to the extensive PSP gameplay and further Bond challenges.
- Sean Connery: Provided his likeness and conducted
voiceover for Bond