Product Type: Sega PS3 games
Newest Review: ... 10 seconds of frantic breath-holding and button bashing is rarely bettered as multiplayer experience. In fact some of the events move away... more
Member Name: NicndDan
London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (PS3)
Ever since the good old days of International Track and Field on the original PS One I have been hooked on the games related to Athletics and Olympic style events. Some incarnations have been pretty poor to say the least but button bashing games such as this have always had a place on my shelf. London 2012 has kicked off, everywhere you look are the Olympic rings and of course the Olympic game has been in my PS3 for some time! And personally, I have been enjoying it very very much indeed.
Sega have produced the game which is usually a sign that fun will be injected into the game and they have done a cracking job. Every event, every aspect and every mode is just superb and this game is endless fun whether alone or in groups. It has been a long while since I had so much fun on the PS3.
Let's start with the track events. All the usual events are here as you would like and all involved a mixture of button bashing, timing and working out angles. Some very very clever use of sticks to work out angles in throwing and jumping adds some extra skill to events and it makes it more satisfying to get it right. Obviously the 100m etc descends into button bashing but that's the point. 10 seconds of frantic breath-holding and button bashing is rarely bettered as multiplayer experience. In fact some of the events move away from button bashing and require you to work out timings to keep speed going in the zones etc. Hard to explain but it requires more skills than button bashing and is again more satisfying. Javelin is tricky and hammer throw is hard to master but this gives the game a longevity that other games like this have lacked.
Working on the track side of things, beating friends and setting records will keep you coming back and it has got a good level of challenge as I said to ensure you haven't smashed all record within a day. There is always room for improvement!
Rowing and kayaking are brilliant and it feels so natural....the controls feel fluid and the racing is satisfying. It is the best multiplayer game outside the track and makes you feel like you are controlling a real boat as daft as that sounds!
Outside of this I liked the shooting, it requires skills and consistency which means you have to concentrate. Obviously would work better with a light gun but really it suits the pad well and there are a couple of shooting events to have a go at. They have made a good effort on Table Tennis but when you compare it to the better titles out there it pails. But as part of a wider game it's a solid and fun Table Tennis title with good AI and worth trying in two player. Archery comes under the same banner and although it feels dodgy at times generally its one of the better games!
The diving relies on timing and gets frustration as missing by just one millisecond can ruin a good run, gymnastics the same and both suffer from a sharp difficulty rise and lack of fun in multiplayer. Weightlifting and Cycling are fun as well but there seems to be little imagination in both and it's a shame the cycling game wasn't more fun!
Beach Volleyball and Swimming are perhaps the weakest two events. Beach volleyball is boring and repetitive with the game being too easy to win and conquer meaning you just go through the motions. The AI is terrible and the game not complex enough to warrant a good multiplayer sessions. Swimming on the other hand is too long and too much bashing which means you get tired and bored.
The online system has been easy to use, busy and hassle free so far with plenty players and a good server to boot. The single player modes are a let down to a certain extent though as there is just a collection of events to win rather than anything solid to work your way through. But either way it's better sitting next to friends and family and battling it out! This is where the game comes to life.
How about the graphics and all round presentation? Well even though the PS3 is coming to the end of its life now the graphical output just keeps getting better. This looks stunning in HD, bright, colourful realistic and vibrant. Everything looks glorious on screen with all the official flags, logos and on screen graphics. At times it looks so graphically brilliant you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching the Olympics instead of playing it. Even when there is a lot going on slowdown is at a minimum and frame rate rarely suffers.
Just one bad aspect to name would be the lack of any sort of practice mode. They do show tutorials and give you a go but I used to enjoy practicing events instead of learning on the job so to speak. But this is just one minor quibble in a game packed with fun!
All in all this is a fantastic game for any occasion. Even ignoring the tie in to the greatest sporting event in history you still have a game which will stand the test of time. Way better than any other Olympic game for this generation of consoles or the last and great multiplayer fun!
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