The good thing about this game is that the age is over 3's so it is one that all the family can play.
The game is by sega and costs £11.77 new on amazon, I think this is a bit much as the game gets dull quickly but if you can pick it up used for £5 or less it's worth adding to the collection.
There are 10 sports you can play, with 38 events. These include running, swimming, cycling and javelin.
In training mode you can learn the controls you will need for each event before competing.
In competition mode you can play single or multiplayer. The multiplayer is good fun to play when you've got friends round, especially when you have competitive friends who are sore losers!
In olympic games mode you play as if it was an actual olympics, each day in the game you will take part in a different event, trying to win as many gold medals as you can for your country.
You can also play online with events having up to 8 players.
At the start of each event it will give you a quick tutorial of how to us the controls for this event, once you have the hang of the controls you can just skip this tutorial. You can also watch a replay or skip this too.
To do most of the races and events you just have to tap buttons or move the direction stick as fast as you can, on certain events you might have to press the buttons at the correct time. Your hand soon goes dead from all the button pressing as does your brain as it gets boring quick if you are playing alone.
My overall opinion of this game is that it is not one that I would sit and play alone, I couldn't manage to play it for too long anyway as it does give you sore hands from the frantic tapping and twisting of the controls to try and win a race etc.
I do enjoy playing it with friends though as it adds that competitive interest more than you would get from playing against a computer.
Any children in the family love playing this one so I would recommend it for those that want a game the family can play together.
I got this game for my birthday and i was ressonably happy with it to begin with. I enjoyed playing through the olympic games competting in the various events but i do think that the actual olympic games mode could be alot longer as it does not take long to complete it. When i play a game i expect a challenge but with this game i found parts of it to easy such as field events and other part rediculously difficult such as judo and platform diving. I think what adds to the problem is the control scheme which really makes your hands hurt due to the constant button tapping and manic movement of the thumb sticks. This game comes across as a cheap to produce game as there could have been so many more events in the game. The graphics are ok but they could be alot better. Overall i think this game is ok but i have to admit it is a bit of a let down.
Beijing 2008 is made by sega, you can play it on any of the following (xbox 360, ps3 pc and on you mobile phone.)
Its aimed at any person over the ages of 3 and above i think taht this is stupid and should be 12 and above because the game is much to hard for anyone under the age of 12. I am fifteen and some of the events are even to hard for me and i am a experienced game player.
The events are split up into categories just like in the real life olympics today there are; track and field, aquatics, shooting, cycling, gymnastics, judo, weightlifting, table-tennis, canoe-kayak and archery. In these categories are all the different events in the olympic games.
The events in track and field are:
The running events
100m/200m/400m/800/1500m/100m hurdles/110m hurdles.
The jumping events
long jump/triple jump/high jump/pole vault.
The throwing events
javelin/discus/shot put/hammer throw.
The other events
The events in aquatics are:
The swimming events
50m freestyle/100m backstroke/100m breastsroke/100m Butterfly.
The diving events
3m springboard/10m platform.
The events in shooting are:
Skeet/10m air pistol/25m rapid fire.
The events in cycling are:
The events in gymnastics are:
vault/floor exercise/rings/beam/parallel bars/uneven bars.
The events in judo are:
The events in weightlifting are:
The events in table tennis are:
The events in kayak-canoe are:
The events in archery are:
I would recommend this game to people who like to have a laugh with there friends and family, because it is so much fun and will keep you amused for hours on end.
This game was released by Sega for the Summer Olympics which was held in Beijing. The game has good gameplay, and good graphics. The game is quite enjoyable and you are able to play it for a little while. The only downfall of this release is the fact that it will hurt you and your controller. After playing the game for 10 minutes, I had removed skin off from my hand and broke the analog stick from my controller. So beware, the game is fun but there are downsides. The most fun game modes are the Cycling, Shooting, and Judo modes. There is a problem with the design of one of the game modes, and that's the Kayaking as it is virtually impossible to complete the course unless you have plenty of practice of completing the course before hand. I feel that the design of this mode could've been improved as this would be quite a fun mode to play. Also, the Olympic Game mode could be vastly improved, as the campaign can be frustrating when you fail a day. It's not really like the Olympics.
Beijing Olympics 2008, for xbox 360, is a waste of money. On the 100m, you have to press A and B alternatively. However even how quick you do it, the game doesn't seem to actually know your doing it. Therefore you're really far behind the other opponents at the end of the race. If you did it really quickly though, it would probably work but wreck your controller in the process.
Most events on the game, your just constantly pressing A and B, which makes you really bored, whereas on other games like Mario and sonic at the Olympic games DS it is more realistic and has different controls for different events. I find the easy ones are the ones, which don't use A, and B alternatively like the events such as the hammer throw, shot put and the discus throw. As well as these events, table tennis is one of the worst. This is because you can't even really see the ball, so it's easy to miss it.
I think the graphics are quite good. They are 3D people, who look realistic. What would make the game better would be if there were the proper gold medallists like Chris Hoy for cycling, Michael Phelps for swimming and Usain Bolt for the 100m sprint.
Summing up all these points, you shouldn't waste about £10 on this game. You could save up to buy a better game. You will get frustrated when you don't win an event and it is a possibility if you go too quickly that you wreck your controller because of all the button bashing.
I own Beijing 2008 for the PS3 and I think it is absolutely brilliant.
I am a fan of most sports and I bought this game simply because it was the Olympics last year. There have been a distinc lack of athletics game which I feel is a shame and not since Track and Field on the PS1 has there been a decent title but this is the best. The game basically does what it says on the case. You are able to compete as your country in the olympics competing in all of the main events available in the real thing. Sprinting, swimming, track, field, gymnastics and even some of the lesser know sports like archery and canoeing. The life span of this game truly is endless, even after completing the game by achieving a gold medal in all events which is a fairly difficult task you can simply practice and compete against your friends of the computer in the wide variety of events available. You can also manage your countries athletes and train and improve them to be the best aswell as compete online against other athletes and register your scores to see if you are the best in the world.
Beijing 2008 simply is brilliant and I am eagerly awaiting London 2012
I was given this game as part of an XBOX 360 bundle for my birthday from my partner who wanted me to get involved with some of the games he played.
Previously, I had played a similar Olympics game on the Nintendo Wii and I enjoyed the concept of many playable events with different movements to succeed. However, I never expected that movement would be so vital with a little Xbox 360 controller!
At first, the game seemed complex and professional. Then, upon closer inspection (and a few hours of gameplay) I realised that this game was pretty laid back - unless you are an achievement junkie in which case watch out for those blisters!
1. Almost every Olympic event you can imagine is playable. Some are skill based, others are stamina based - so something for everybody.
2. What's even better is that this game is just as fun, if not more fun, with other players! The competitive nature of the game, paired with somebody sitting next to you having just as much fun, is brilliant.
3. The only multiplayer function - you can kick the butts of strangers whilst sitting in your own living room.
4. And finally, if you ARE an achievement junkie, the ranging difficulty of the achievements available make them rather addictive to achieve.
1. The obvious one which I'm sure many of you have mentioned - the blisters. After strenuously rotating a controller joystick for hours on end, you begin to realise the skin does deteriorate from your palm. My words of warning: play this game in moderation. If you are a gamer who plays for hours on end, this game really isn't for you if you want your hands to be damaged.
2. The difficulty of some events - on the outside, this game may seem like a good laugh for group entertainment. However, this game is extremely competitive and skill-based, so it wouldn't appeal to those who have consoles for purely group entertainment (parties e.t.c.)
3. After a while, I found this game to be slightly repetitive and I became bored quite easily.
The Round - Up
As well as being able to fully customise your Olympic team and their traits (in campaign mode), you can play a range of Olympic sports at different levels of difficulty with different targets in mind. This game is diverse - yet easy to become bored of.
It is definitely one of those games that you need to revisit briefly and often to get the most out of.
Finally - beware of those blisters!
This game is a great example of some of the money snatching game developers out there at the moment. This really is shocking from Sega- they have all the power of the xbox at their fingertips and in Beijing Olympics they produce a very tired feeling game.
The main problem with this is two fold. Firstly the graphics are shocking for today's standards. Secondly not only have Sega not fished out to license some athlete's names, but they haven't even created many different athlete shapes, sizes or faces. This gives the game an immediate dullness.
However this can be overcome by a bit of competition between friends though even this tends to end badly- with horrible blisters. This is because any event requiring sprinting needs you to 'waggle' the analogue stick. Unfortunately the sticks have ridges on them and this is not kind on your hands.
Finally, although this includes an impressive number of events, some of them are gimmicky such as table tennis which is absurdly easy when you get used to it and judo wrestling which is impossibly hard.
Don't spend much on this, but if you can grab it for about ten quid then it will provide some engaging competition if played with friends.
Remember 'Track and Field'? Probably the first game to be released in the genre known as 'button bashing', surprisingly it set the template for athletics games for years to come.
Beijing 2008 is of course based on last years Olympic games, and is a selection of 38 mini games... cough... I mean, 'events', including running, hurdles and swimming and some lesser known favourites such as archery... and some that barely translate into a game at all, such as weightlifting. In other words, as you may expect, Beijing 2008 is what may be known as a 'mixed bag'.
There are some highlights. For example, the 100m sprint is great classic button bashing fun, especially when playing with another person. I also enjoyed co-ordination based events such as the pole vault and long jump.
The graphics and animations are smooth and detailed, and offer a decent measure of eye candy whilst you're thwacking your joypad like a crazy person trying to get a high score!
A surprisingly fun event is archery. Yes, you would have thought that one would have been fairly boring... but surprisingly it's one of the best, especially when compared to the illogically set out weightlifting, or the majority of the incredibly tricky gymnastics events. There's even a table tennis event - it's not very good at all though.
Out of the 38 events, around 1/4 are good and playable, and to be honest they're no great shakes. This could have been a great little mixture of minigames, unfortunately it's nowhere near as good as say, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic games on the Wii.
So, if you'd like an athletics game... this problably isn't the one to go for. On the plus side, you can pick it up for really cheap now that the Beijing games are long over, for example Amazon has it for around £15. So, if you fancy a go, that's not a bad price to pay. Just don't expect to be amazed!
Does what it says on the tin really, it is a game that you would expect to get when coming up to a major event such as the olympics.
The single player game was enjoyable but was frustrating at times as you had to achieve a lot on most of the events to get to the next stage which was sometimes near impossible. Very satisfying when you finally did get the gold medal though!
The events are brilliant but a lot are the same for example all the sprint events, swimming are similair then all the throwing events are the same techniques. Not a lot of variety.
It is a game that would appeal to sports fans like me, but it is not a game i would get addicted to, just a game to play, enjoy then trade in.
The online play is awful, the sprint events in particular have awful lag and i just stay away from the online play completely because of this.
The game did retail at around £29.99 but now you can find it for £19.99 or less. I would recommend it if you did enjoy the olympics and just want something a bit different to play for a few weeks. I must stress it is not a great game though.
Well when we all heard that another Olympics game was coming out we all rushed to the shops to buy it to join in with the festive spirit of the Beijing Olympics. It was our way of supporting Team GB. well for the graphics i think we were all thrown back on how good the graphics just proved to be. the many events and the in depth campaign was all a real fun gaming experience for us all. however the was one floor and i think we all know what it was. Yes you guessed it the controls. they were the reason why everybody at school on monday morning had blisters all over their palm. however that was the new exuse in not being able to work. Overall you have to hand it to the guys who brought the gaming world into something of a global phenomenon. Yes the guys from SEGA have really pulls out all the stops and given us a real excellent game that works so well. Overall its wins a 9/10 simply because SEGA holds a secure place in my heart for giving me a SEGA megadrive and Ghouls and Ghosts.
Even though I am a big fan of the Olympics I didn't really want to buy this game. That is until I played it at a friends house. Even then I still didn't really want to buy it, but the more I thought about it the more I wanted to get it. So I did.
The career mode is quite fun to play through. Each day you have around 6 events to compete in, some are medal events and some are qualifiers. On each day you have to reach the medal target set for that day or else you can't advance to the next day.
The is a great variety of events to play. From the tracks events such as the 100m to the 1500 to competing in the hurdles.
There is also a great selection of field events such as the hammer throw, discus and the jumping events (High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault)
There is also the swimming events, cycling, canoeing, diving, 3 different types of shooting and archery.
One of my favourite things was competing online. this gives you a chance to test yourself against the best players from around the world. I prefer competing in races online, because when doing field events you have to watch the other people complete their throws which can take a while if there is the maximum numbre of players playing.
Some people would say a down point to this game is you often get blisters. This is down to the fact that aswell as still being able to button bash you can now 'waggle' the analogue stick aswell. This is more effective than the traditional button bashing.
At first I thought I might break my controller, but they're still intact.
Competing in the evnts is actually very tiring on the arm, especially the cycling. At some points my arm was on the verge of going into cramp. But don't let that deter you.
The graphics in the game are decent, nothing special, but that's not really what the game is about.
One final thing. Both my controllers left analogue sticks now squeak and stick. I'm not sure if this is entirely this games fault, but I reckon it has played an important role in it.
This game is really good and eventful. It is a really fun way to play the olympics and not like the original where you just tap two buttons for every event. For example; On the swimming you have to turn one of the toggle buttons one way and the other toggle button th other way to make your olympic person swim. You then have to tap another button to kick the wall to swim back the other way. It is a really good way o playing and has so many events including the cycling, diving, shooting, archery etc. You can choose a country and make a career and make yourself famous by choosing your own olympic team and training them up ready for the olympics. You have to make sure they are trained well and that they can win so your team can become champion. The graphics are amazing. It is well worth the money.
Do you want to relive the marvellous beijing olympics experience in which started on the 8th second of the 8th minute of the 8th hour of the 8th day of august 2008? If so, this game is for you!
You get to pick from over 38 countries and attempt different 38 events in which your goal is to win! There are many different modes that you can choose from, such as the training mode which helps you to enchance your skills, you then have the competition mode in which the fun starts. As with other sports games, you have the career mode in which you get to lead your team to victory, you gain points which you can add to make your team greater.
There are lots of events to choose from such as high jumps to swimming to archery. Some events rquire different skills than others such as gymnastics which requires precision rather than just hitting the buttons on the controller.
Xbox live definitely tests yourself and lets you know how good you are, you are up against everyone from all around the world and move up the ranks, its fun to see what skills and there are online.
In conclusion, its a nice game if you just want something quick although it can be sooooo long trying to move up the ranks and get to the top. The graphics are great as usual and is definitely on a par with other games.
In the past, Olympic games are full of button bashing and boring gameplay. This doesn't change much but for the 2008 Beijing edition SEGA do try to add a few more choices in this year's edition. In some game types you can use the triggers instead and this provides a fantastic alternative. With 32 different events you will not get bored and they all provide different aspects of gameplay.
The best thing about Olympic games is the party aspect. You can play with friends and try to see who can become the best Olympian. I played online and didn't see any lag providing a fun and exciting gameplay experince. The Olympic Game mode is fun but is not good if you aren't very good at many events as you need to qualify for 2/4 events to move onto the next day to get another chance at winning a medal. Sometimes this can be boring as you just want to play your favorite events and to win a gold medal.
The graphics are great and the game has no framerate issues. The controls are mainly button bashing but are still easy to use. It can be played by anyone but may damage your hands!
In conclusion, Beijing 2008 is a great and exciting game with a brlliant party aspect.
Embrace the competitive spirit of the worlds most prestigious sporting event and represent your country and bring home the gold!