Summary: Up until 2012, I considered this the best Olympic button bashing game ever!! Only topped by London 2012 which has blown it out of the water. Still fun to play but it is a tad too easy, doesn't take long to break world records and put in the fastest possible time or longest throw, jump etc until you can't possibly go any faster or further.
Summary: Come on-this game is only a penny on Amazon! I took a punt and it was well worth it. I got a varied game with great (if not a little creepy) graphics and superb gameplay, which really comes into its own when playing against friends and family. The controls are simple button bashers, which haven't changed much since the days of Hyper sports on the old ZX spectrum. Classic sport gaming at its finest! The athletes do look like the walking dead though!
Excerpt: The Athens 2004 Olympic Games may seem a long time ago now, and with the introduction of Beijing 2008. The playstation game may now seem like an unecessary and old product. However, I disagree. The Beijing 2008 game is not available on the playstation 2 yet and the Athens 2004 game is just as challenging and fun as the new, just without the more superior graphics. The game itself covers a variety of sports from athletics to swimming and archery to gymnastics.
Excerpt: The first Olympic style, button bashing game was released over 20 years ago and was the famous Track and Field made by Konami. It is great to still see these kind of games still being made in which you have to have 'super human' abilities in order to beat all your friends at this type of game. Athens 2004 of course was the accompanying game for the Athens Olympics which was taking place four years ago now, and it certainly lived up to its potential.
Excerpt: Athens 2004 was the game released to accompany the arrival of the olympic games in Athens '04. It's been four years since then but I still have this game tucked away in my closet. As a very basic overview it has the vast majority of olympic events, like running, swimming, various throwing, shooting etc etc. So was it going for gold or a shameful last place? My personal opinion is that it's closest to silver or bronze to be honest.
A great effort with plenty hours of gaming involved.
21 May 2008
Excerpt: From the year 2004 , We are brought the Olympic games from Athens, only this time it's in Video game form. The Playstation 2 is the format and the game itself promises to be a button bashing extravaganza. Previous to this one the last Olympic game I had played was Track and Field on the old PSX and that was over 10 years ago now. Surely this would have no trouble living up to that.
Summary: Athens offers an array of sports to try - athletics, swimming, equine sports, weight lifting, shooting and archery. As one reviewer writes, the downside of the game is that so many of the events require hard core button tapping and for me the swimming is a no go as I feel like my hand will fall off after a single lap. It's the only game I've played on the PS2 where you can pick up an injury in reality.
Summary: athens is aticttive but for only the first 2 weeks because there are no unlockibles or hidden secrets so it really is a game with a missing objective but it is a thing which you really shoudn't regret on because there is nearly every event and you will find yourself one event which you are good at, the event revolve around different methods of playing from button bashing (100m, 200m, 400m, long jump, and 105KG Mens clean and jerk) to sheer luck (shot put and archery)...
Summary: I was late getting this game, waiting for the Platinum version at a cheaper price. On the whole this is a very good game, great graphics and variety of sports to play, from swimming and all the athletics disciplines to gymnastics and archery. Particular good graphics are playing the 800m or 1500m track, feels like you're really running in the race. The equestrian show jumping is good fun also, and is not as easy as it looks.
Excerpt: I've always been a fan of athletics games, hailing from the good old days of Track and Field for the N64. It took me a while to get my hands on this game because all the shops I tried were sold out, but I guess that's why they sold it around the time of the actual Olympics huh? But eventually I prevailled and got it a good few quid cheaper on ebay, brand new for £27.99 (+P&P). When it landed on my welcome mat It was straight out the packet and straight onto the PS2!