Conclusion: Those who like sports games will like Beijing 2008. The combination of old school button mashing, and intricate control manipulation means that this title is probably the best Olympic videogame so far. Unfortunately, it’s one for the fans, and those that are not really into the sports genre, or prefer more main-stream titles will probably find themselves getting bored quickly of this game. Still, a good effort, and a worthy companion to this year’s games.
Excerpt: Keep the excitement of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games alive with Sega’s Beijing 2008, a game full of 38 Olympic events starring YOU. But does Sega win a gold medal? My heart quickened a little when I opened the game. I was ready to win all the medals or at least try. But there’s a problem right off: You have to download some of the game onto your console before you can play. Expect a five-minute wait, which is kind of a buzzkill.
Pros: Play online with people the world over; realistic graphics; 38 events
Cons: Way too challenging at times; no soccer or volleyball; no Michael Phelps
Excerpt: The Beijing Olympics concluded only a few weeks ago, and we here in the U.S. haven’t stopped applauding Michael Phelps and his record-breaking Gold medal run in swimming. We had lots of fun (stuck it France in that relay, huh?), as we watched all the finest athletes in the world compete on the biggest stage that comes around only once every four years.
Excerpt: Back in the very early years of school, no one liked being picked last in P.E. Together with sitting at the front of the class, not having a Man Utd lunch box and girls with their ‘cooties’ it was something we all hoped to avoid. There was always a sense of inner failure at trudging to one side of a team because you were the last possible choice left.
Excerpt: The Olympics – competition of champions! They might have been around since the ancient world was less ancient, but this is the first time they've been around with all of 2008's accumulated knowledge to spare you the effort of tortuous training to get involved. To go with the games in Beijing, SEGA has Beijing 2008 to save you the hassle of ever having to leave your house as you prove your worth against the world's finest athletes.