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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 Javelin throw
Sydney 2000 PlayStation After the usual company logos there's a short video montage showing various Olympians
Sydney 2000 Windows Track
Sydney 2000 Windows Don't laugh, some trainers DO use climbing poles as an exercise

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'till your fingers bleed Windows Luis Silva (13622)

Critic Reviews

Absolute Playstation PlayStation Sep, 2000 75 out of 100 75
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 71 out of 100 71
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Aug 29, 2000 69 out of 100 69
PC Joker Windows Sep, 2000 68.5 out of 100 68
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Oct, 2000 6 out of 10 60
GameSpot Dreamcast Oct 03, 2000 5.6 out of 10 56
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Sep, 2000 5 out of 10 50
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 47 out of 100 47
Power Unlimited Dreamcast Nov, 2000 4.5 out of 10 45
Power Unlimited PlayStation Nov, 2000 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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