Excerpt: In a little over a month, athletes from around the world will gather in Athens to test their prowess against each other in the 28th Olympiad. Although everyone who attends the games is technically a winner, some competitors will taste the thrill of victory by winning medals while others will have...
Excerpt: The Olympics of 1988 in Seoul are the only ones I still remember vividly. It was Frans Peeters, an ordinary factory worker, that got the Belgians a bronze medal for his outstanding performance in the discipline of clay-pigeon shooting.
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...
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.
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.
Summary: Athens 2004 is probably as good as we could expect from an Olympics based title, and indeed Sony have captured the essence of the biggest sporting event in the world. Some interesting controls are welcome and this game is recommended.
Conclusion: Should you buy it? Well, there's little alternative out there if you're hankering after some old-fashioned twitch gaming wrapped up in beautifully presented threads, but our advice is to make sure you've got some mates to play it with first, or it's likely to end up as one of those titles that...
Conclusion: Nein, das hat dieses Spiel trotz seiner kleinen Mankos in Punkto Grafik, Sound, Präsentation und Tiefgang im Singleplayer-Modus nicht verdient. Denn wie schon erwähnt entwickelt sich Athens 2004 vor allem in einer gemütlichen Runde unter Freunden zum echten Spaßgaranten.
Pros: viele Disziplinen, gute Animationen, abwechlungsreiches Gameplay, hoher Mehrspielerspaß
Cons: mittelmäßige Grafik, mangelnde Präsentation, nicht alle Disziplinen vorhanden / keine Originalnamen, kaum Tiefgang, streckenweise unausgewogener Schwierigkeitsgrad