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Torino 2006 Winter Olympics (PS2)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2006
With the Winter Olympics in Torino this year (2006) the complementary game is upon us also and it doesn't disappoint. Torino 2006 is the official game for the Winter Olympics and includes 15 events. These are spread across seven categories featuring the bobsleigh (the two man and four man bobsleigh), the luge, speed skating (at 500m, 1000m and 1500m), ski races (the slalom, giant slalom, downhill and the super G), the biathlon, ski jumpling (on the normal and large hill), cross country skiing and the nordic combined (which is both cross country and ski jumping). Whilst 15 events seems impressive, many of the events are similar.
The game has taken a step forward from the days of "button bashing" and gameplay is now more about coordination than continuous tapping. This makes it easier to improve at events as opposed to quickly reaching a maximum result on which you can't improve. Challenges have also been added (such as a top speed target to meet whilst doing the bobsleigh) and rewards are given if they are achieved which does perhaps extend the games playing time and enjoyment.
Essentially Torino 2006 is a solid if unspectacular game and the best enjoyment comes from multiplayer games against friends and/or family. The graphics are decent but the gameplay will undoubtedly become repetitive and it is unlikely to get much play after the conclusion of the winter games. However it remains entertaining and is perhaps worth adding to your collection of games for when you fancy playing something a little different.
My only disappointments would be that despite a fairly broad range of events, snow boarding, which is becoming more and more prominent in the Winter Olympics has been completely omitted. Secondly, other competitors in the game are unimaginatively named "Computer 1", "Computer 2" and so on which, whilst it has no effect on the outcome, does detract from the realism. Finally, though the game boasts official commentary it is very limited and it won't be long before you hear the same comments over and over again. Commentary does include a few interesting facts here and there but does little to amuse.
Overall i would say that Torino 2006 is a decent game worthy of your collection simply because it's different from most others. Whether you'll want to play it as much after the Winter Olympics has finished is another issue but it remains an enjoyable game, especially in multiplayer mode.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2006
This game is actually quite enjoyable, despite the bad reviews on a number of websites. It's very good in multiplayer, and the graphics are neat and tidy too. The gameplay is less 'button bashing' than other Olympic titles, like Athens 2004, and the choice of events is good.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
After playing Athens 2004 i was expecting something similar with this title. There are quite a few parallels between the two titles although this game felt noticably smaller.
There have been quite a few negative comments about Torino 2006 but I have to say that i really enjoyed playing this game. I like the fact that it's not all button bashing and the events are very playable. The graphics are quite good and the commentary gives the events an authentic feel. The difficulty levels can be adjusted according to your ability and there are a number of challenges to beat in order to unlock some extra features.
The main criticism i have (and everyone else has) is that there are not many events to play. Your initial impression is that there are fifteen events to play but in fact there's about half of that. Instead of having four skiing events why not have two and make room for a couple of new sports? It would have been nice to have the snowboarding for example. For this reason alone i couldn't score this game with a higher mark.
However, what you do get is done well. The skiing and the ski jump are very exciting, the bobsleigh and luge are exhilarating and the other events require a combination of stategy and timing. Like most sporting games it is best when played against friends. Yes, it was disappointing that you don't play the events at the same time but overall this didn't spoil the multi-player option.
I think if you have paid full price for this game you may feel a bit cheated as the range of events is quite disappointing. However, if you pick it up for a cheaper price i think you'll feel that it was worth a buy. Think of it as a Winter sports version of Athens 2004 but on a smaller scale. It's not perfect but it is good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2006
Like many games in this genre it's good for when you have a few mates over. I mean it's not a great game and is no Internation Track and Field however it is good for those nights when you have mates over. You can see who gets the fastest time etc.
The previous review is correct, the controls are simple, however I'd like to know how complicated you want to get. For example on the ski-jump you have to balance the run down, time your jump, control your balance in the air and then land. To do this all you need for control is the thumb stick and a button. Simple, yes, but it works. This means you can easily pick this game up and play and that's all its there to do. It's not a long, epic game nor is it a simulation. Its an arcade game representing some of the exciting events in this years winter olympics.
If you're looking for a mulitplayer game you can fun with your mates then this is a good game to go for. If, however, you're looking for some track & field simulator make it yourself as there isn't one on the market. This game is simple, effective and does what it says on the tin.
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on 25 September 2009
Decent game. Less button mashing than Athens 04 which is good. However, there is still to much button mashing for my liking and this would need to be gotten rid of for me to give it a 4 star rating. Overall a decent game though.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2006
I bought this for my son who thinks the graphics are very good but cant quite go as far as excellent. He says it's simple to use and understand and good value for money. He would recommend it to anyone who likes winter sports. He'll give it an ice-cool 7/10
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2006
Pretty good. Although it claims to have 15 events this could be narrowed down pretty easily. The skiing is great especially the slalams and the speed skating is also good. Bobsleding and the luge could be improved as even if you scrape the sides 10 times in a race you can still get in the top three. Cross country skiing is suprising good as is the ski jumping. The graphics are excellent but the commentry is shocking - just mute it. Big dissapointment is no snowboarding or shorttrack. This would add another star or even two to this game. Good game but if you can I'd wait til' it drops in price. 7/10.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2006
This game was excellent, much better than previous olympic titles, no button bashing that hurts your fingers. Value for money is good but the addition of snowboarding could improve it as i am a boarder myself. Loving it!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2007
Being a big Winter Olympics fan, i had to get this game. I think the gameplay is brilliant, you dont just have to press a button as many times as you can. The graphics are good too.

Bad points are that there isnt a lot of content. They say its 15 events, but its really only about 5, considering you have to some events that are either repeated or are on the same course. There is no snowboarding or freestyle skiing which would have been great.

Some events like biathlon and speed skating drag on a lot as well, and can get quite boring. Finally, after a while the commentary gets annoying.

This is a good game but i would like to see better from the next winter olympics game.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2006
After reading bad review after bad review and seeing all the big games reviewers giving the game 3.4/10, 40%, 45%, etc ... I didnt care and was convinced I would like this game for 3 reasons:
1. Athens 2004 was legendary in multiplayer. Soooo competative.
2. The events are almost unimportant as long as their control methods are varied and involves a certain degree of skill, allowing you to improve gradually. This allows peoples ability to get more evenly matched, and therefore more competitive.
3. Even if it was shocking, the fact that its the winter olympics, 4 of you can play each other competitively and the events are skill / deterity events would make it funny.
However, its not funny. Its rubbish.
I've already written too much, but I will list the top 5 reasons why this game utterly sucks:
1. 4 player is not simaltaneous. Therefore, even in events like speed skating you have to take turns. Where is the fun in that?!
2. There are literally only 4 events. The events that would have made it funny and competitive (such as curling and showboarding) are not in there. You just have skiing, skating, cross country and bobsleigh).
3. Some events are over instantly, others taking a boring 4 minutes +. As you are not playing at the same time, in 4 player this means sitting out for up to 12 minutes!!
4. Control methods are rubbish and repetitve throughout the events. Slightly more ambitious ones just dont work.
5. These are both far superior multiplayer games.
If, like I did, you are reading these reviews and thinking "Well, they all say its naff but I loved Athens and as long as its remotely like that me and my mates will love it", then PLEASE understand that its just not anything like Athens. Its just a rubbish game that could have been absolutely legendary but falls short in every single department.
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