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Beijing 2008

by Sega
 Ages 3 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: Xbox 360
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  • ASIN: B0014W8QRM
  • Item Weight: 23 g
  • Release Date: 27 Jun 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,327 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Amazon.co.uk Review

Embrace the competitive spirit of the world’s most prestigious sporting event and represent your country and bring home the gold

Appearing on next gen consoles for the first time, Beijing 2008 delivers an entertaining and immersive Olympic experience. The superior graphics capture the fine emotional detail of each event where a fraction of a second means the difference between winning and losing. The Innovative game mechanics challenge a player’s time, speed and co-ordination. Compete for glory with up to seven friends online; strive to break records as you lead your country to victory. This summer show your patriotism and bring home the gold!

38 Official Events: Across ten Olympic disciplines, represent the country of your choice and compete for honour in Track and Field, Aquatics, Gymnastics, Cycling, Judo, Table tennis, Kayaking and many more.

In depth Career and Competition modes: Organise your daily schedule and customize your chosen team with agility, power, stamina and speed for competition in over 38 events. Or in competition mode participate with up to three friends in either a single or multi-event challenge.

Innovative Gameplay Mechanics: Use a variety of controls across all the events including a time based system where timing, power and angle are essential, rhythm based play that requires skill of increasing and maintaining speed, and a targeting system to assist in aiming.

Global Online Competition: Choose your country and become a member of the Olympic team and face challenges from across all nations. A multitude of online features such as exhibition events, ghost times and leader boards will allow players to prove themselves before the world.

Capturing the Olympic Spirit: The official video game of the Beijing Olympics 2008 offers full branding, realistic recreations of the official Olympic stadiums. The game offers you a chance to soak up the atmosphere of this prestigious worldwide and bring home the gold!

Tagline: One World, One Dream, One Game

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
It had been quite a while since I tried an olympic-style game on a home format, mainly because I was getting cheesed off with joystick-waggling and button-mashing in earlier titles, mainly because both put a drain on the life expectancy of controllers and made me have to replace my joystick every month or so.

So here we are with the officially-licenced "Beijing 2008". It has a whole multitude of track and field events, gymnastic, aquatic (swimming and diving), shooting range and others such as judo, kayaking, archery and weight-lifting. The various events have their own controls, understandably, but the problem is that those where actions correlate (e.g. running in 100m and a run-up for the long-jump) do not always share the same control method, meaning that often you have to look at the tutorial or the instruction manual again to remind yourself of the controls in case they were not what you might have expected, which can be annoying.

Another thing that annoyed me was that, even in this day and age, when controllers cost about 20+, we are still expected to do life-expectancy-draining button-mashing or stick-waggling for things like running. Now those sticks on the XBox 360 controller, not to mention the triggers, offered scope for alternatives to these, some of which were explored in the cycling and swimming events, for example (where you rotated the sticks in opposing directions). Why didn't they also use the same sort of thing in the running events (where we are expected to waggle either stick if we chose to use it)? Surely this wouldn't have made it any less difficult while at the same time offering a less wear-and-tear-inducing way of doing the event?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Game, but controls are hard! 28 Jun 2008
By B
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
A great game but very hard controls! I'm at a point were im not even doing the running and swimming events, because my fingers and hands are so sore! With 38 events, you will soon choose your stronger ones and work on these. If it didnt have the 38 it would have fallen very short and got very boring and fustrating because of the hard controls.

Overall very good and great graphics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy ! 15 Feb 2014
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Game recieved quickly, very good fun on multiplayer for all the family, clear instuctions given in tutorials before gameplay, very easy to interact with.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Addictive 17 Sep 2012
By DomC
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is great and the service was quick and efficient. Would definitely recommend it to other people, especially for this price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish in many ways but still fun 2 Aug 2012
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I went back to this because the 2012 Olympics are on right now and it's still quite good fun if you get another three people along. We did a whole Olympics with four of us and it caused much hilarity.

Basically it's like an old school Olympics game where you can do a whole load of events, most of which require some specific skill (such as bashing the buttons really fast, or doing guitar hero-esque button timing, and so on). It's as fun now as this format ever was, because if there are four of you then someone will be really good at one event, but rubbish at another, making it quite competitive.

With that said, there are some absolutely appalling oversights in the game. A few little obvious additions, such as an overall medal table at the end showing you who actually won, a few stats, records and whatever else would have gone a long way. It's really a bare bones effort and there doesn't seem to have been much effort done in terms of designing the basic interface and format of competitions.

Similarly, while most of the game works as it should, some of the events are just dreadful and look like they were tagged on at the last minute. In particular, the Kayak is horrific and almost unplayable. Likewise the team pursuit is one of the most grating and exhausting experiences I've ever encountered in a computer game. If you're going to play this event you'd better wear weightlifting gloves to protect your hand. I can't honestly believe they tested some of these events properly because there are things in there which are just inexcusable.

Despite all of these flaws and the sense that it was cobbled together in a frantic last ditch effort before the start of the Olympics, it is actually quite good fun and I'd recommend it now at the "4 years later" price.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite Gold 27 Aug 2009
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The Olympics, the global sporting spectacle comes to 360. But it could have been so much better. Firstly the graphics while giving off a good atmosphere still can't compete with some of the other games sega have brought us, the lack of proper customisation means that most of the atheletes on your team end up looking the same. The control system for some of the events is very difficult to master, it goes beyond the point of being challenging and just becomes stupidly hard. It gets confusing sometimes as well you think you have mastered an event like the cycling then you go and do it for real only to discover that your not doing well at all. However its not all bad, some events are easy to learn and even easier to win but that kind of takes the fun out of it, I prefer the ones that are easy to learn but quite hard to win so you get a lot of satisfaction when you eventually win the gold. But like I said there is still room for improvement, lets hope that when they release the game for the london olympics, they make the control system easier to use as well as improving the graphics and the team customisation maybe even getting the likenesses of real athletes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Button mashing madness
I thought this was very poor pretty much reminiscent of Daley Thompson's olympics on the spectrum but not as fun- the graphics are better but the gameplay is woeful. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2009 by K Holl
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok like
Kinda what I expected it to be, nothing brilliant, but an ok game to have in the collection.
Published on 28 Feb 2009 by Colin Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars Beijing Olympics - If only i was as good as team GB!!
I brought this game expecting a classic button mashing sports fest. The game as a whole has some very good aspects but i find the control system to be a little too complex. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2008 by M. Royce
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love the olympics this is for you!
If you love the olympics which i do this is for you i play this non stop and i love the challenge of winning the medals. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2008 by S. Mcghee
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow fun
This is a classic old school athletics game. In essence it's not really changed since the old Daily Thompson game on the Spectrum. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2008 by David Bowers
1.0 out of 5 stars Back to 1990
Really do not enjoy this dinosaur game. No intuitive interface, and the actual sports are no fun either. Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2008 by R. Huisman
3.0 out of 5 stars Falls at the final hurdle!
Ok first off the events are great with a nice variety of controls. And the events will leave you as sweaty as the athletes as you bash those buttons. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2008 by MagyarMatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun,
i'll keep this breif, this game is great family or multiplayer with friends entertainment, either locally or over Xbox live. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by Barry Fowles
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as you'll get for this tpye of game
These games in the past have all pretty much been the same and this is no different. You'll need stamina for the button bashing events. Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by Burlo
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