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Sydney 2000

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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 Triple jump
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 Windows Going for gold... and maybe a world record
Sydney 2000 Windows Field

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'till your fingers bleed Windows Luis Silva (13294)

The Press Says (UK) Windows Sep 14, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Gameplanet Dreamcast Oct 24, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Dreamcast Aug 30, 2000 12 out of 20 60
GameSpot Dreamcast Oct 03, 2000 5.6 out of 10 56 Windows Sep 22, 2000 10 out of 20 50
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Windows Sep 29, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Gamekult Windows Aug 24, 2000 4 out of 10 40
PSM PlayStation Nov, 2000 4 out of 10 40
Gamekult PlayStation Sep 25, 2000 2 out of 10 20


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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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