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The official video game of the Games of the XXVII Olympiad held in 2000 in Sydney. It includes 32 nations, going for gold in 12 events divided by 6 sports: Athletics (100m dash, 110m hurdles, hammer and javelin throw, triple jump and high jump), Aquatics (200m freestyle and 10m platform diving), Kayak K1 Slalom, Super Heavyweight Weight Lifting, Skeet Shooting and Three-man track cycling pursuit. All events feature 3D graphics with cameras that mimic the ones used in TV broadcasts.

Gameplay is the usual found in games of the genre - button mashing the two power buttons is required in most events to build up strength/speed, with an additional third button setting the actions, such as jumping or throwing angle. Other events feature alternate control methods, such as Slalom (where it's possible to press certain buttons to dodge the rower between the gates if the Kayak is going to hit one or place the paddle to force into a certain direction), Diving (following a "click-along" sequence of keys) and Skeet (the direction keys controlling the aim, one button to start and other to shoot).

Along an arcade and 8-player action, the Olympic mode gives the player the option to build their athlete from the national open trials to the Olympics. By completing training drills in the Cyber Gym, the athlete increases his athletic abilities: Citius, Altius, Fortius, as told by the Olympic Motto. Before joining the competition, the player must beat national, continental and international opponents.


Sydney 2000 Windows Preparing to jump...
Sydney 2000 Windows A nice jump, shame about the low difficulty level
Sydney 2000 Windows Cyber Gym features three events for sport which build up the necessary abilities to succeed, and also improve the players' own button mashing abilities
Sydney 2000 PlayStation Demo Version: Title screen<br><br> is a non playable demo from the Official Playstation Magazine (UK) issue 63

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'till your fingers bleed Windows Luis Silva (13623)

Critic Reviews (UK) Windows Sep 14, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 76 out of 100 76
neXGam Dreamcast 2002 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker Windows Sep, 2000 68.5 out of 100 68 (UK) PlayStation Sep 24, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Mega Fun Dreamcast Oct, 2000 57 out of 100 57
Absolute Games ( Windows Aug 31, 2000 55 out of 100 55 PlayStation Aug 30, 2000 10 out of 20 50 Windows Sep 22, 2000 10 out of 20 50
PSM PlayStation Nov, 2000 4 out of 10 40


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In the German gaming magazine PC Player (issue 01/2001) Sydney 2000 received a special award as "Worst Game in 2000".

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