As the Olympics are on at the moment, I decide to try my hand at an Olympics based game (as Beijing 2008 for the Ps3 was cheap, I decided to give it a shot). I have to say that I am not very impressed by the game. As I only own the Ps3 version of the game, I cannot comment on other platforms.
As with most seventh generation console games, the graphics for Beijing 2008 are fantastic, right down to the detailing of each individual member of the crowd (you really feel as though you are at the actual Olympics). The only slight negative for me is that none of the characters look like any of the famous Olympians (although I feel the game places more emphasis on participation and fun, so I think the use of generic characters is fine for that purpose).
I felt very frustrated when playing Beijing 2008 as the controls involve little more than button mashing (repetition of two buttons, which can get incredibly tiring). However, I did enjoy the large range of playable events that were on offer (the focus wasn't just on running, a positive aspect of the game for me). In my opinion some of the events were a little too challenging (I couldn't build my speed up enough when doing the long jump and I apparently didn't take into account the direction of the wind, when in the archery).
Value for Money
In my opinion Beijing 2008 for the Ps3 represents decent value for money. The game is okay (compared to other games on the system), and a used copy can be picked up on Amazon for £5.87 and £2.03 postage (when I last checked). The games strong suite is that there is a lot of replay value in the game (challenging your personal bests, spending time in 'training mode'), although I feel that this has more to do with the genre of the game and less to do with the game itself (Vancouver 2010 for the Ps3 offers the same replay value).
To sum up, I wouldn't recommend this game to anybody that didn't have the time to play it (to be good at it I feel you have to give aside a lot of hours in the day). In my opinion I feel that the game is decent enough (I wasn't overly impressed by it, but I feel it would make a good 'filler' as part of a wider collection of Ps3 games. The graphics of the game are visually excellent, the only negative for me is that none of the characters look like actual Olympians (although as I previously stated, I feel that this is more due to the fact that the emphasis of the game is on participation and fun). The worst part of the game, for me, is the controls (the amount of strain pressing 2 buttons in sequence placed on my wrists was unbelievable). Similarly, I felt that, although the game has a very good selection of events to chose from, some of the events are far too hard to master in a quick sitting (hence why I say the game would be good for people who can give time over to it). Overall, the game does represent decent value for money, as it can be picked up for under a tenner and does have good replay value. All in all, I wasn't overly impressed with the game and would only recommend it as a 'filler' game (as part of a collection).
I expected this game to be highly detailed and a good challenged with good players online, however i am sad to say i was rather disappointed with the overall game.
The graphics on the game are very good as i have found no glitches in any of the events that i have played, the fireworks you can set off at the opening ceremony also add a nice touch to the game.
I found the gameplay to be very difficult to get used to and the problem with it was that you couldn't play the game for a long period of time because of the strain it has on your hands to keep flicking the analogue or repeatedly pressing the "x" and "o" buttons. An obvious fault with this is that the buttons will eventually break on the controller because of all the pressure you are putting on them for each event, i have personally had the analogue worn down so that there is only the inside of it left. However its not all bad news as there are many alternate event in which you can play that use more skill than the running events.
The olympics storyline is a very good and detailed one as you are ale to start off with your own character and work their attributes up until they are up there with the best. It has the proper olympic format as to where you have to qualify for each event you play until you can compete for the gold, silver, and bronze medals. Each week you play 4 or 5 different events and you have to qualify for a certain amount in order to reach the week after that.
The problem with the online play on this when i first got the game and especially now is that not many players play the online game, and that makes it harder to get a good challenge set up with a good connection. However it is very satisfying when you eventually get to face another player online just so that it is something different than playing the computer.
Overall this game is bought if you love athletics and just want to have a bit of fun playing, however be careful how much you play because the strain of it i found was the major downpoint in the game.
The Olympics, the greatest competition for amateur sports stars, the pinnacle of their careers, unfortunately the same cannot be said for the game. In the heat of the Olympics i decided it would be great fun to purchase this game, feeling up for the challenge and aware of button mashing fun i could have after owning Athens 2004. However i had no idea the pain that would ensue. After several hours play "waggling" the analogue stick gave me a large blister in the middle of my palm, painful for many days it hindered my gold medal quest! I battled on through the pain and did find the game was reasonable, although it hadn't really moved on from Athens except the inclusion of more events, some of which are easy others harder. The graphics are fairly decent and the gameplay, commentary and crowd reaction do make it feel like an Olympic event in your front room. The career or "Olympic games" mode was a slight let down, the inclusion of game over slightly ruined it however after mastering the events this should never happen. 2 player is a good laugh especially with events against each other such as running cycling, the individual ones are a bit slower and more strenuous. Overall a good game and one you can flick back to even couple of months for a couple of hours of fun competitiveness that will harden your hands! and when you first get it don't worry the pain does subside just battle through!!
The Official Video Game of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, this multi-console game features a wide variety of Olympic sports -- 35 events from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games! The game also boasts online gameplay so that for the very first time, fans of the Olympic Games will be able to experience the thrill of competing against other gamers across the globe in the world's greatest sporting event. Gamers can experience the thrill of competing in many of the official venues ranging from the famous Beijing National Stadium (the "Bird Nest") to the National Aquatics Center (the "Water Cube").