Excerpt: Games at the moment have become quite a static affair bar a couple (you know who you are!) and are pretty formulaic compared to some years. How many more FPS’s do we need? When is the next adventure game out? Is there anything else that the FPS genre provide? These seem to be the only genre of game I have played for a long time apart from Forza. Well infact only one – Call Of Duty 4.
Conclusion: If you’ve been a fan of previous Olympics video games you’ll probably find this game as one of the best. The combination of stellar graphics with a bunch fun and exciting events make it an excellent choice for someone who is already a fan of the genre. For the casual gamer however there are lots and lots of better games out there and this one doesn’t really justify a purchase.
Those Hoping for a Medal Winner Should Look Elsewhere
Cheat Code Central
10 April 2009
Conclusion: Beijing 2008 doesn't escape from the stereotypical Olympic Games video game mold – it's a series of some good and bad mini-games that, while somewhat fun with others, don’t amount to much entertainment.
Excerpt: My fingers still bear the scars from a competitive gaming childhood. While I tired my hardest to beat my brother at every game, it was Track and Field and its many copies that saw the most fevered competition. During my younger years I was innocent to the ways of button mashing. It wasn't until International Track and Field on the PlayStation that I discovered a technique using a penny and two shoulder buttons. My controller and fingers were never the same again.
Conclusion: When you do the Decathlon or Heptathlon you get different charcters for each of the events which is odd and would have been very easy to fix. Also you can't name your start height for the high jump and pole vault and have to accept or reject each height starting from the lowest. To be honest though these are only minor niggles.
Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Review
8 March 2009
Excerpt: Who knew qualifying for the Olympics could be so difficult? Instead of a worldwide competition crafted around ideas that fit in with the modern gaming landscape, this is just an archaic compilation of mostly old, painful gameplay techniques that wore out their welcome decades ago. Not only do many of Beijing's events focus on the sadistic control method of rapidly tapping two buttons until your fingers burn, but the unfathomable difficulty of the early rounds makes the...
Pros: Detailed athletes, Good online play
Cons: Archaic, blister-causing controls, Way too difficult, Only 32 countries, with no real participants, Level-up system goes against reality, Lousy tutorials
Excerpt: Any hardcore gamers out there still? Ya’ll remember Track & Field on the 8-bit NES? If you liked that Konami product from back in the day, then you need to check out Beijing 2008 from Sega. Maybe someday one of my home towns will get its own video game. In all seriousness Beijing 2008 on the Playstation 3 is based on the Olympic Games set to occur there in the year of our Lord 2008.
A surprisingly deep (and hard) track & field game.
Common Sense Media
4 March 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is directly tied to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and is, as a result, squeaky clean. Indeed, the only thing likely to offend anyone is the game's surprisingly high level of difficulty. Players with weak fingers and thumbs may find the events that require rapid button tapping or control stick swiveling to be all but impossible. You should also be aware that the game supports online play.