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      14.10.2009 22:43
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      "Sydney 2000" is a video game which was released for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000 by Eidos Interactive. It is a sports game based on the summer Olympic games. In the European marketplace, the game received a rating which deemed the title appropriate for ages three and above. Gameplay of this title surrounds solely on athletics and other summer games. At the time of release, Sydney 2000 was the only official video game of Sydney's summer Olympics and offered players the chance to participate in some of the more popular events through two gameplay modes. The "arcade" mode allow selection of events prior to play and the "Olympic" mode takes the player's country of choice through a career style game with all of the events played in sequential order. Players first begin their experience by first inputting a three character name and selecting from one of 32 available countries to represent. From there, an Olympic game is shown or selected and the player is shown a brief introduction video for the upcoming event. The video generally deals with each of the player's personal preparations and proceeding towards the starting area. After this the competitors are off and execute any required task as dictated by the event. I found the gameplay of this title to be quite repetitive and monotonous. As with most Olympic games, the control scheme to all of the events is very similar. Most of the games do not require skillful precision on the control pad, but instead require the player to continually strike a series of buttons to propel the athlete towards his or her goal. Sydney 2000 could very much be described as a "button masher" because of this. These types of games may appeal to younger children or those who are not familiar with the Sega Dreamcast's controller, but those seeking any sort of challenge will be disappointed. There is some challenge offered to the player in the form of the 10-metre platform diving event. Here, players will be required to enter a combination of buttons as presented on screen to execute intricate dives and aerobatics. The button combinations become increasingly difficult and break away from the standard "A" "B" alternations seen in other events. I enjoyed this event much more than any other presented in the game due to the higher skill level required. Visually, Sydney 2000 is a solid offering. The game's framerate is incredibly smooth even in the heat of events such as the 100m dash. Each of the athletes also sport an aesthetically pleasing design with superb finer detailing such as eyes and fingers. These features are not always apparent in the Olympic game itself but are showcased in the instant replay which accompanies each event. The audio is also a great addition to the game. Commentators follow the event very closely and present flowing audio cues related to the action at hand. There is no sense of choppiness in each of the vocal prompts; everything flows together very nicely. Overall, Sydney 2000 is an average at best Olympic game. Most games of this nature are plagued by mediocrity due to the repetitive control scheme and Sydney 2000 in no different in this respect. What draws me to the game primarily are its audio and visual efforts which come across as quite stunning on the Sega Dreamcast.

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      24.10.2001 08:55
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      Sydney 2000, a good athletics game or just a button basher - it's definitely the official game of last years Olympics, but already I've forgotten about it, it wasn't that good then, and by no means has it suddenly gotten into my good books. I was convinced that this would be a worthwhile purchase after hearing lots of good acclaim about it, but unfortunately, it's not that wonderful. The controls for me let the game down completely - it's far too hard to get to grips with this one, I'm sorry if you like it, but I just don't think the control system is very well executed, which is a shame because Eidos claimed the official Olympic licence for this game, and it's not as good as it should be. There are around 10 events to get to grips or gripes with, depending on your view of the game, and each one will leave you fuming, as they're pretty hard to do. The graphics are good, but not a revelation by any means. The game was released on the PC, PlayStation and Dreamcast - the DC version looks the best, but I wouldn't spend anymore than £10 on this. 4 players! Four of you can partake in the events though, so that is a bonus, but I am reluctant to give the game any more than 2 stars. It'll last as long as the Olympics, by the time they're over, the game won't be played anymore. Overall, it has some nice features like a virtual gym, but no, not great. 2Stars.

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        16.09.2001 04:53
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        Sydney 2000, a good athletics game or just a button basher - it's definitely the official game of last years Olympics, but already I've forgotten about it, it wasn't that good then, and by no means has it suddenly gotten into my good books. I was convinced that this would be a worthwhile purchase after hearing lots of good acclaim about it, but unfortunately, it's not that wonderful. The controls for me let the game down completely - it's far too hard to get to grips with this one, I'm sorry if you like it, but I just don't think the control system is very well executed, which is a shame because Eidos claimed the official Olympic licence for this game, and it's not as good as it should be. There are around 10 events to get to grips or gripes with, depending on your view of the game, and each one will leave you fuming, as they're pretty hard to do. The graphics are good, but not a revelation by any means. The game was released on the PC, PlayStation and Dreamcast - the DC version looks the best, but I wouldn't spend anymore than £10 on this. 4 players! Four of you can partake in the events though, so that is a bonus, but I am reluctant to give the game any more than 2 stars. It'll last as long as the Olympics, by the time they're over, the game won't be played anymore. Overall, it has some nice features like a virtual gym, but no, not great. 2Stars.

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          29.08.2001 07:29

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          Sydney 2000, a good athletics game or just a button basher - it's definitely the official game of last years Olympics, but already I've forgotten about it, it wasn't that good then, and by no means has it suddenly gotten into my good books. I was convinced that this would be a worthwhile purchase after hearing lots of good acclaim about it, but unfortunately, it's not that wonderful. The controls for me let the game down completely - it's far too hard to get to grips with this one, I'm sorry if you like it, but I just don't think the control system is very well executed, which is a shame because Eidos claimed the official Olympic licence for this game, and it's not as good as it should be. There are around 10 events to get to grips or gripes with, depending on your view of the game, and each one will leave you fuming, as they're pretty hard to do. The graphics are good, but not a revelation by any means. The game was released on the PC, PlayStation and Dreamcast - the DC version looks the best, but I wouldn't spend anymore than £10 on this. 4 players! Four of you can partake in the events though, so that is a bonus, but I am reluctant to give the game any more than 2 stars. It'll last as long as the Olympics, by the time they're over, the game won't be played anymore. Overall, it has some nice features like a virtual gym, but no, not great. 2Stars.

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          18.04.2001 21:28
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          I'm a bit a of track & field type game addict, so when Sydney 2000 came out I had to buy it. The game has 12 events, ranging from 100m to shooting to diving, so there is a decent variety of skills involved. But it may have been nice to have a few more. In Arcade mode you can compete to get the highest score over the 12 events, and play against your friends. Being a four player game, its a good post-pub game with your mates that doesn't require much teaching and gets everyone competitive. There is also an Olympic mode, where you aim to reach the Olympics by training up for each event by doing exercises in the gym and qualifying events. This gives the game a little more sophistication and something for the single player to aim at. In terms of graphics it is pretty good, the athletes are animated pretty well and the females ones have quite decent bodies on them! There isn't quite the refined detail that you might get in other top games though. The sound is fine, and there is some commentry, but on the shooting it is always coming out too late. As for playability, a lot of the events are based around hitting two buttons alternately as quickly as possible. The trouble is the controller isn't really designed for this, as you want it mounted on a solid base, so I found jamming it between my belly and thighs allowed me to hit the buttons with each hand. I'm pretty adept at it now, regularly going below 8.5 seconds for the 100m. Some events, such as the skeet shooting and diving require more hand-eye co-ordination and steady timing. The swimming is a killer as you have to thump keys for 60 seconds - serious RSI inducing. The overall level of the game I found was a little easy, 8.5 secs for a 100m, 20.50m for triple jump would raise an eyebrow or two at the drug testing! If you are a key-thumping junkie like myself, you'll enjoy this game, and its one of the few 4 player games where you all play at the same time, so its a good party type game. But if you've got fingers as fast as a slug driving a Lada in treacle I suggest you might not enjoy it so much.

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            08.12.2000 19:36
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            After watching the olympics I had to go out and buy this game all the screen shots I had seemed made the game look fantastic but in reality it is a very poor game. The graphics are exellent but to actually get control the game it is nearly impossible I tried to read the instructions for help even looked about on the web but you have very few choices in control configs! In fact by the time you have done a 100m sprint you already have a blister on your thumb! The diving is ok to control but can get a bit boring! My advice don't bother wasting your money!!!

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              09.11.2000 23:46
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              Sydney 2000 is great for all of us who grew up playing The Summer Olympics and Winter Olympics titles that used to be available for Commodore 64 and IBM compatibles. These are meant to be played with other people. You create and train athletes to your liking and then take them on a run for the gold. The amount of events you get to participate is wide ranging so if you get tired of one event you can go try another. Sydney 2000 is a good party game. Overall It has good graphics, like most DC games and it has an excellent voice over work by professional announcers. if you want some head to head athletic button pounding action I say try this one out. The other titles have less events.

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              17.10.2000 00:41
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              This year on Dreamcast I was hoping for a really good Track and Field Athletics type of game, and so when 3 were announced I was pretty pleased, but now that all three are out and have been reviewed, I have to say I am disappointed. Firstly Virtua Athlete failed to live up to my expectations - great graphics – but it couldn’t really compete in a sense as the game only has 7 events, so it’s not worth it. Then ESPN T&F - ok a track and Field game from Konami - why? Well the ESPN game is the most average of the lot. But this is Sydney 2000, and it boasts 12 events including all the major and most famous field and swimming events, it has very strange but good graphics – so Sydney 2000 is the sure winner of the lot! Yes, but that doesn't say a lot. Ok, so the game is officially but this game promises to be no exception to the 'button-bashing' genre of Athlete games. The graphics do look weird but the game is presented very well indeed so I recommend nonetheless. However, it is more of the same, but there is a very nice little training gym, so it has got a few little innovations but most people won't even know about it. The game is seriously fun (can you say these two words together?) especially with four of you playing and it won’t get ‘updated’ for a while as the next Olympics are in 4 years.

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                16.10.2000 15:32
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                The concept of Sydney 2000 is very simple you have a variety of modes for a variety of Olympic sports, while there are several disciplines missing (Judo and Gymnastics for example) there is a pleasantly broad enough range to please anyone. The modes themselves will be familiar to any Dreamcast owner, firstly there is Arcade where you progress through the 12 disciplines in a steady fashion getting the best results you can in each. Coaching, where you have the opportunity to improve your skills with the addition of a ghost opponent (to help you beat your own time) and finally you have Olympics. The Olympics is what makes Sydney 2000 stand out from its track and field style origins, you choose your discipline and then train and qualify for the Olympics. You do this in a few ways, with diving for example you have to complete sit ups, and an aerobics session to get your perky little diver into top shape, you can also then qualify by performing a series of dives scoring the requisite number of points with each one and then compete in the Heats for the Olympics. The point of the exercises is that you build up your characters strengths enabling them to compete more effectively. Though it is tempting to try and do all of them at once it is wiser to focus on key related disciplines all requiring a different combination of skills, for example the 100m hurdles require you to be able to pound those buttons to build up speed and also press the action button to leap the hurdles the High Jump functions in much the same way but with the trick lying in holding the button for the right length of time. While Sydney 2000 is still a typical athletics game it utilises the power of the DC well and is very entertaining. Though frustration can lurk, you can easily see your improvements buy reviewing your performance against previous results. The commentary is also spot on and reacts to your performance, comments like “He won’t be happy with that” are not a great deal of help when your fingers are aching from trying to get your weight lifter to hold on to a load. The background crowd also react accordingly, the expressions on the faces of the judges is also priceless. What is particularly impressive is the way that Eidos have managed to tie together the sprit of the Olympics with a broad enough range of events and yet kept the same simple controls through out. There are two power buttons, two action buttons and the direction pad, no triggers, complicated series of button combinations to learn or anything more tricky than hitting the right point on the power metre. The simple format means that you are more easily able to take control and enables you to build skill once you get used to the basic control structure. In summary Sydney 2000 is a great game and putting your series of athletes through very varied activities from newer activities like Skeet Shooting (clay pigeon) and kayaking to old favourites like Hammer and Hurdles Sydney 2000 will keep you amused even though the Olympics has now finished.

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                14.10.2000 06:20
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                Having played both Virtua Athlete and this I can say that this is the better of the two. Better graphics, more and better events and slightly better controls mean that if you are after a button basher, then this is the one to go for. However, in 1P mode it quickly tires, so unless you've got loads of friends coming round you may want to think twice. It makes a great party game though! Oh, and who though kayaking was a good idea?

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