Average Olympics game has nice graphics but not many events.
Common Sense Media
29 June 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Vancouver 2010 is a standard Olympics game branded to help promote the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Its modest selection of events will likely prove educational for players unacquainted with the rules of sports such as bobsledding and snowboard cross, and the brief bits of trivia regarding past medalists that pop up during loading screens are informative.
Vancouver 2010 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games Review
29 May 2010
Excerpt: Everyone over a certain age loves a bit of virtual track and field. The simple button-mashing controls take us back to a time when games were a collection of poorly animated sprites with limbs moving faster than humanly possible. There was a sense of achievement when your fingers started to hurt and blister due to the excessive button mashing.
Excerpt: It’s funny how history sometimes repeats itself.. Back in 2006, I reviewed the PS2 version of 2K Games’ enjoyable Torino 2006 Winter Olympics game, although sadly it was let down by a lack of events and those present sometimes felt as if they were too similar to some of the others that were included. Now in 2010, with the next Winter Olympics just around the corner, SEGA have released the Eurocom developed Vancouver 2010.
Excerpt: When I was young, I used to go over to my friend’s house and we’d play Epyx Winter Games on his Apple II. I suppose it’s for that nostalgic reason I’ve always held a soft spot in my heart for Olympics-based video games, even though they’ve been woefully inadequate in recent years. Salt Lake 2002, Athens 2004, Torino 2006, Beijing 2008; not a bronze medallist in the bunch, let alone gold. Now it’s Vancouver 2010’s turn on the world stage.
Conclusion: There is only 14 events to choose from and you get the feeling that they could have included alot more instead of having almost 50% of them as skiing/snowboarding, prehaps they could of had curling, biathalon or figure skating. However for those of you that arn't into button bashing sorts games this is great as there is pretty much non!
Vancouver 2010: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games
21 March 2010
Excerpt: The Winter Olympic Games have represented the height of athletic competition for 84 years. Athletes devote their entire lives towards, what will be for most of them, a single shot at victory on a global scale. In these games the slightest mistake – raising one’s ski five degrees too high during a jump, taking a turn a foot too wide during a race, exerting that extra burst of power half a second too early during a run – can make all the difference between, to quote The...
Conclusion: enjoyable. Trying to squeeze out a bit more speed on the turns on the bobsleigh run, just staying on the slope during the Super G events, and grabbing just a little more distance on the Ski Jump takes concentration and some practice, especially if you want the Gold Medal (and the Achievement). Short-track Speed Skating though... It's hard to describe without peppering the remainder of the review with razor blades of profanity.
Conclusion: This game is fun for a short while but has a real dearth of long term appeal. The events are too few and far between, and are over all too soon, not to mention that once you have mastered them there is zero impetus to go back and play them again. This is ideal rental fodder to play with some friends, but it is hardly likely to grab your attention for long.