Reviews and Problems with London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games
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Average Olympics sim might get kids off the couch.
Common Sense Media
10 September 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that London 2012 is a sports simulation of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. It encourages players to take pride in their country's athletes by competing under a national flag of their choice, and promotes physical exercise not just through the depiction of dozens of events but also the option of motion control, which gets players up off the couch. Some players could be frustrated by the need to learn new controls for each event.
London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Review
7 September 2012
Excerpt: London 2012 is pretty good for an Olympics brand extension video game . As unfair as it sounds to qualify any compliment I may be about to bestow on SEGA's officially licensed tie-in for the London Olympics, the game's subgenre is a yardstick all prospective punters should bear in mind before they take the plunge.
Conclusion: As with previous Olympic titles, London 2012 is more enjoyable with a group of friends huddled around a console. There is definitely more fun to be had when you can laugh at someone as they trip over the hurdles or as they fall like a lead weight from the diving board. Indeed, some of the events such as the beach volleyball promote co-operative play. Playing alone though has a limited appeal.
London 2012: The Official Videogame of the Olympic Games
20 July 2012
Excerpt: Few games let you do the triple jump for your country, then nail a perfect dive minutes later. Add another 40-or-so Summer Olympics events, including skeet shooting (unwieldy fun!) and the 100-meter Backstroke (just unwieldy!), and you have the highs and lows of London 2012 . In single-player, you’ll vie for medals in a mish-mash of events strung together over a series of in-game days.
Pros: + Loads of different, varied events and control types to try., + Plenty of modes (including challenges and tournaments) for competing with friends online and off.
Cons: ? Can we throttle the dismissive commentators through the screen?
Excerpt: ' The stadia have been built, the athletes are prepared, and London's public transport system has been put into disarray, which can mean only mean one thing: it's time for the Olympic Games. Of course, unless you're at the peak of your physical ability, you won't be competing for your very own gold medal this year. Enter London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games, which attempts to recreate the Olympic experience for mere mortals.
Pros: Some fun, well-thought-out minigames, Encapsulates the excitement of the Games
Cons: No lasting appeal, Dull solo campaign, No practice mode
Summary: Wherever you look, there’s some mention of the Olympics coming to London. Whether it’s the Olympic torch relay or endless television coverage, there is no escaping the Olympics. If that wasn’t enough, accompanying the event is the video game counterpart, London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games, as it hop, skips and jumps onto consoles.
Pros: Great range of mini-games, Multiplayer is enjoyable, Graphics and audio are to a very good standard
Cons: Quicktime events aren't particularly innovative, Feels repetitive at times, Disappointing Kinect support
London 2012: The Official Video Game Xbox 360 Review
29 July 2012
Excerpt: Most people know what to expect from a game based on the Olympics. The sport has been covered throughout the console generations, with high points like Konami’s Track and Field series and low points that often include budget games ( Summer Athletics …) that don’t even try to give a good representation of the sport. Sega has owned the official Olympic license for a few years now, using it to bring the fun 2008’s Beijing Olympics game to Xbox 360 and PS3.
Excerpt: Though unlikely to enjoy similar sustained levels of success, a total of 46 events spanning more than a dozen disciplines - not to mention motion controls for the Xbox 360 and PS3 - means that there's plenty to admire about Sega's latest effort. Unfortunately, a surprising lack of variety and personality means that while the game earns a medal, it's not Gold.
Excerpt: Olympialaisista on julkaistu enemmän tai vähemmän virallisia videopelejä tasan kaksikymmentä vuotta. Aivan ensimmäinen olympialaislajeja sisältänyt videopeli taisi olla klassinen Track & Field, mutta se ei sisältänyt mitään virallista, eikä pelissä muutoinkaan ollut kuin muutamia lajeja pelattavaksi.
Pros: + Runsaasti eri lajeja, + Nappuloiden rämpytys vain sivuosassa, + Lajissa kuin lajissa kutakuinkin toimiva ohjausmekanismi, + Urheilijoiden nimiä saa muokata, + Kaverin tai useamman kanssa erittäin hauskaa, + Kinect-tuki partypelaamista varten
Cons: - 3D-efekti ei vakuuta, - Kinect-tuki ei täysin viimeistelty valikkojen osalta, - Livessä on vähän väkeä, - Yksinpelailu ei kauaa innosta