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. The only game necessary for some good online fun with a load of friends until...
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: 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.
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.
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.
Excerpt: OK, I admit it. I’m confused. Put simply, I just don’t understand why people are giving this game such a hard time. Sure, it’s a multi-event athletics title which should mean that – given it isn’t published by Konami (bow down) – by law, it has to be unplayable. However, I find that this isn’t the case at all. Admittedly, my first experience of the game was with a group of friends – which instantly raises the fun level when it comes to track and field-‘em-ups.