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Get ready for James Bond, Guitar Hero

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July 20, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Activision Inc. announced that its first game based on the James Bond license, a franchise that once belonged to rival game publisher Electronic Arts Inc., will hit stores Nov. 7, the same date as the release of the new Bond movie "Quantum of Solace." The movie features the return of actor Daniel Craig, who played Bond in "Casino Royale."

At the annual E3 video game convention, Santa Monica-based Activision also showed off a new version of its Guitar Hero franchise. Scheduled for release in the fall, Guitar Hero World Tour adds a drum kit and microphone as well as a new guitar that has an accelerometer and a touch-sensitive slider bar.

Activision's newest entry in the music game genre also adds a recording mode that lets players create songs from scratch, using a library of beats, sounds and samples.

Some analysts question whether some of the added features will make the game too complex for mainstream players who bought Guitar Hero because it was easy to learn.

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