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: Recently, sports gamers have fretted over the word "accessible" and what it means to video gaming in general. When a company strives to make a sports game "accessible," the common connotation is that it will be "watered down," made too "kid-friendly," or simply less authentic.
Pros: Outstanding visuals., Large number of events., Sometimes a fun multiplayer experience.
Cons: Shallow and unrealistic single player mode., Various events control very poorly., Gameplay can be overly repetitive.
Excerpt: I sit before you a broken man. My right hand is bandaged, my left is covered in blisters, the skin on my thumbs is raw, and as much lactic acid is now coursing through my veins as those of Mrs Radcliffe’s after a laborious marathon.
Conclusion: The Olympics begin at 8:08:08pm on the 08/08/2008. What a shame we can’t continue the theme. It’s not a bad game to entertain guests with, but we’d much rather play Mario & Sonic instead.
Excerpt: It's the official game of the event, but unlike the real thing there's nothing particularly ground-breaking about Beijing 2008. What you see is what you get, and with nearly 40 events it's a lot to cover. Unfortunately they're mostly similar to play and the awful controls ruin what could have been a solid title.
Pros: Motion-capture isn't half bad. Some events are fun, and you can genuinely get enthused.
Cons: Wrist-snappingly, RSI-inducingly bad controls. Some events are just awful in every respect. Repetitive character animation. Competitors sob-story cinematics can take a hike.
Old-skool button-bashing for the new generation of armchair athletes
7 August 2008
Summary: Some videogame traditions never die. While the rest of the industry has seen the rise of new standards such as the advantage of cover systems, the cinematic quality of bullet time and the ever-expanding frontier of sandbox gaming, the good old button-basher hangs determinedly on.
Pros: Control setups surprisingly good, Graphically sound
Cons: Loading times are off-putting, Some events are poor, Not enjoyable in single player
Excerpt: For years now we've gotten a 'new' Olympics game designed to cash in on the quad-annual event. The last Olympics Game Athens 2004 was a solid title, that ultimately lacked innovation. In fact, Athens 2004 was much like any other Olympics Game before it. Well, now we've entered the next generation and Eurocom and Sega have teamed up to release Beijing 2008 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.