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Great for multiplayer games
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.