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: 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: It's odd to sit here in a year where developers are crafting games that look damn near photo-realistic and have my wrists and forearms ache like they haven't in some 20 or so years. The fact that there's sweat beading on my brow too might lead you to think I was furiously mast--errrr, nevermind.
Conclusion: The trouble is, most of the games use the mash formula. Aquatics is an example of how terribly boring this approach can be in single player mode especially. It’s one thing when you have 3 mates pounding the bejeezus out of their controllers beside you, but trying to keep up with the machine-like AI swimmers is a very hard ask. It’s a lazy approach with the swimming events.