Excerpt: Every four years, we’re treated to the sporting spectacle that is the Olympic Games. Coincidentally, every four years, we’re also treated to an “official” track and field game that fails to live up to the fun provided by Konami’s International Track and Field , Sega’s Olympic Gold or Epyx’s wonderful Summer Games . Heck, Daley Thompson’s Decathlon , complete with joystick (and wrist) snapping events was a darned sight better than Eidos’ terrible take on Sydney 2000 .
Excerpt: We're certainly awash with sporting fever lately, what with Euro 2004 in Portugal and the annual drizzly racket romp that is Wimbledon. Well, no sooner has England sensationally failed miserably in those two events, another international sporting celebration is upon us, refuelling the nation's somewhat diminished reserves of false hope and national pride.
Excerpt: Athens 2004 is similar to the Olympic Games on which it is based in that it is a mix of the old and the new. As in many Olympic video games that have come before it, Athens 2004 relies on tried and true rapid button mashing to control many of its games. With 24 events included in the game from such diverse sports as gymnastics and equestrian events, Athens 2004 deserves credit for devising a slew of control schemes to add variety to the game.
Excerpt: Pathetic is the only word that comes to mind when I think of the graphics in Athens 2004 . It is mind boggling how Olympic-style video games always end up being sub-par compared to other sports games, but this is ridiculous. Player models look absolutely horrible, especially the women in the game (who all look "butch" instead of the normal petite body frame). In fact, the only thing that looks gorgeous in the game is the horse model in the Equestrian event.
Summary: Bringing the Olympic games home for the
PS2, Athens 2004 is the official game for this year's event. Developed by 989
Sports, Athens 2004 features more than 20 events ranging from standard track
events to more obscure sports like archery, skeet shooting and horseback riding.
The developers have tried to bring some variety to the controls as well, but
many of the events in Athens 2004 rely too heavily on repetitive button mashing.
Excerpt: Ahhh, the eighties, the decade in which I grew up and first came into contact with videogames. The first ones must have been Pacman and space invaders on my uncle's Atari 2600, and as the decade passed the halfway mark all my friends and I got some sort of videogame system at home.
Conclusion: THE VERDICT: Athens 2004 is the perfect multiplayer game, especially in the current climate for all things sporting. But as you might expect from a game that's an awful lot of fun with your mates around, it does absolutely nothing to sustain the interest of the poor sod that bought it, sans friends. If you can pick it up cheap and have a social circle consisting of at least 3 of people, this comes recommended.
Excerpt: The Summer Olympics are now upon us, and all of a sudden sports fans start caring about athletic events that they only see every four years. As such, Olympic-styled games have a long and storied history in video gaming. The historically crazed, button-mashing titles have provided gamers with sore hands, smashed controllers, and oftentimes, a great deal of fun with friends.
Excerpt: Ever since the venerable Track & Field arcade game, developers have tried to capture the excitement and majesty of athletes pushing themselves to the limit to prove they're the best. It almost always ends up as a button-mashing fest, but even those can be all right if you're in the right mood and you have enough socked away for replacement controllers.