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.
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.
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?
Summary: For the love of whatever deity you worship, do not pick up this game. It is an unresponsive piece of crap that should have never been released. Good job Sega. You have one finally chance with me and that’s the Sonic RPG coming out later this year. If you manage to screw that up.
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.
Excerpt: Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympics SEGA's latest sports game in conjunction with Eurocom is based on the upcoming 2008 Olympics games which allows the gamer to compete in a variety of different events as they attempt to get gold for their country.
Conclusion: All in all this is a more than competent effort at an Olympic Games err... game, for the most part it looks great, and the replays really show off the well-animated and modelled athletes and the packed stadium well, although here and there the frame rate seems a bit jerky for no apparent reason.
Pros: Loads of events for up to 4 players, The Archery, Out in time for the real games
Cons: Some awkward and unnatural feeling controls, Frame rate problems, The Judo
Excerpt: It's the official game of the event, but unlike the real thing there's nothing particularly ground-breaking about Beijing 2008. What you see is what you get, and with nearly 40 events it's a lot to cover.
Pros: Motion-capture isn't half bad. Some events are fun, and you can genuinely get enthused.
Cons: Wrist-snappingly, RSI-inducingly bad controls. Some events are just awful in every respect. Repetitive character animation. Competitors sob-story cinematics can take a hike.