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 Medal ceremony
Sydney 2000 Windows Event selection
Sydney 2000 Windows Preparing to jump...
Sydney 2000 Windows Going for gold... and maybe a world record

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'till your fingers bleed Windows Luis Silva (13294)

Critic Reviews (UK) Windows Sep 14, 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 76 out of 100 76
IGN Dreamcast Aug 28, 2000 6 out of 10 60
Absolute Games ( Windows Aug 31, 2000 55 out of 100 55
PC Player (Germany) Windows Sep, 2000 47 out of 100 47
Power Unlimited PlayStation Nov, 2000 4.5 out of 10 45
GameSpot Windows Sep 14, 2000 4.2 out of 10 42
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Nov, 2000 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
PSM PlayStation Nov, 2000 4 out of 10 40
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Jun 12, 2000 2 out of 10 20


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Sydney 2000 also includes some of the official Games venues of this years Olympic games, as well as 600 (you read right) different camera angles, based on what will be used by some of the TV stations this year (favourites include the under-water camera in the swimming event!)

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