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Silver for Beijing, Gold for Athens
on 27 June 2008
It's the olympics again and as usual there is a video game to go with it.
Athens 2004 set a bench mark for Olympic video games as it improved the gameplay from Sydney 2000 alot, making it accessable for every type of gamer. Beijing has made improvements but has also altered areas that worked fine on the previous game.
Beijing consists of all the Olympic events featured in the last game and Sydney 2000, with many more new events included. There is something for everyone.
My problem is the controls. The button bashing element, which is quite simple, seems much the same as Athens 2004, but try the hammer throw, Judo and Kayaking. These events are very difficult indeed and are near impossible. It takes hours of practice to get to grips with the dificult controls. In some cases the instructions aren't made that clear either, although you can access the tutorial for each event before the action kicks off. Its certain to say that you can't pick up and play this game straight away. Athens controls were challenging at times, but were much easier to pick up. But it is fair to say, some evlemts in this game are easier then others. The controls will certainly test the strength of the controllers.
The visuals are brilliant and the detail of the players and their surroundings are amazing. The menus aren't the best I've seen, but then again that doesn't matter.
The internet gaming will be excellent, when slight glitches are fixed. Your best times are only included in the online scoreboard after training mode, and not in competition, something that needs seeing too. Whilst online you can spend alot of time waiting around for everyone to say they are ready to start, instead of an automatic counter. Also when you start an event, you can be waiting forever for the gun to sound, causing online gamers to shout random things through your headsets.
The online element will be great when it gets fixed, but for now there is still the indepth single player game to play, which is very challenging. Overall, the game is enjoyable, especially when playing with a friend, but it isn't a great improvement on Athens 2004. If you have that, don't bother.