Excerpt: Every four years, a city calls upon all its people to host one of the world’s biggest events. This year we can expect the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next to the World Soccer Championship in South Africa.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Winter Olympics are not such a huge event here for a very good reason; we never get snow to start with! But still, for us sports fans’, getting to know what is going around all over the world is important.
Vancouver 2010 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games Review
8 May 2010
Excerpt: Everyone over a certain age loves a bit of virtual track and field. The simple button-mashing controls take us back to a time when games were a collection of poorly animated sprites with limbs moving faster than humanly possible.
Excerpt: It seems that every time they try to do a game based on the Olympics, everything falls to pieces. The last attempt – centered on the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing – failed miserably due to ridiculous mechanics, clunky and sometimes impossible control, lackluster technicals and an almost complete lack...
Excerpt: Snow is not a familiar sight in South Africa. We often hear of new snowfall in the Drakensberg and would often take a trip to see the snow. When the real cold snow hits while we are up there, we are ill prepared indeed. However, a large part of the world has very long winters with lots of snow.
Summary: There's very little to love in Vancouver 2010, Sega's half-assed attempt to make a must-own game out of the 2010 Winter Olympics. This dud features confusing controls, lackluster events and only a couple of hours of gameplay. At least the game looks good.
Summary: There's something about video games based on the Olympics that feel disingenuous to me. When it comes to the Olympic Games we're talking about athletes that have devoted their entire lives to this one thing, honing their skills for this one moment.
Excerpt: Two things attracted me to Vancouver 2010. Firstly, I’ve always liked gritty sci-fi and the concept of a winter sporting event in a near-future setting intrigued me. Secondly, I’d heard that there was actually going to be a real-life spin-off event for the launch of this game, some kind of winter...
Pros: Makes you feel wintery, Appropriate soundtrack