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If you're looking for the complete package of Olympic-style video games, Beijing 2008 is absolutely where it's at. I haven't played a great Track 'n' Field game in many, many years, but Beijing 2008 is the clear winner. It's about time someone does it right. While the game does have its flaws, they are (for the most part) small enough to be overlooked, allowing for a fun experience every time. With the addition of the Xbox Live component, Beijing 2008 also has a lot of replay value, even for households that don't have multiple gamers. If you love the sport and sheer competition of the Olympics, there is FINALLY a must-have videogame to correspond to the action you're undoubtedly watching on television right now.
If you are a fan of Track and Field games, you will not be disappointed if you decide to pick up a copy of Beijing 2008. With the many events available to you, in both male and female types, along with the lengthy and challenging Competition mode, there will be plenty on offer here to keep you coming back to tackle your personal best. Add the ability to compete online against other Xbox LIVE Olympians around the world, and you have the one of the best Track and Field game to date.
Beijing 2008 isn't perfect by any means, but it's certainly fun. It takes a fair number of risks, and more of them pay off than fail. Some of the events aren't fun, but most of them are entertaining in at least some manner, and a handful are great fun. If you hate button mashing you're still not going to like the game, but it does do a good job of not relying solely on your ability to alternate two buttons as quickly as possible.
GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven
Beijing 2008 is not a wonderful game, it has its fair share of faults and annoyances, however it can be enjoyable in company or online with some friends. Obviously it goes without saying, if you hate button mashing then you are going to hate this title but I think you would already know this before reading the review. Recommended to fans of the genre but otherwise it is probably best avoided.
Beijing 2008 innove par bien des côtés et propose une multitude d'épreuves qui ne se valent pas toutes mais qui ont le mérite d'offrir un large spectre de disciplines. Bien qu'on ait du mal à dompter quelques-unes d'entre elles, on se fera plaisir en survolant ce titre qui cherche avant tout à convaincre l'amateur et le néophyte, bref tout le monde. Le résultat est maîtrisé, et malgré quelques approximations et une ergonomie parfois douteuse, le bébé d'Eurocom est à recommander toute affaire cessante si vous êtes de ceux qui savent qu'au bout de l'effort se trouve la consécration.
En gardant profondément ancré dans un coin de sa tête que Beijing 2008 - Le jeu officiel des Jeux Olympiques est avant tout un objet de culte collectif destiné à la majorité, nous pouvons qualifier le titre de Sega de remarquable surprise sportive de l’été. Plus fin qu’il n’y paraît, varié et particulièrement complet, il bénéficie de l’expertise et des acquis d’un Eurocom désormais rompu aux transpositions vidéoludiques de ce type. D’ores et déjà acquis à la cause des soirées un brin moroses, cette première sortie haute définition des jeux de Pierre de Coubertin offre également son lot d’arguments aux joueurs moins sociables, qui, le cas échéant, pourront toujours se rabattre sur un mode en ligne particulièrement stable. On trouvera toujours à pinailler sur quelques épreuves en-deçà et une ergonomie pas toujours étudiée, mais rien de rédhibitoire là-dedans
Group events like hurdles and shorter events like discus are a lot easier to handle online. But even so, I suspect that most players will stick to solo play, working their way up the leaderboards in training mode or building a well-rounded team in Olympic mode. Both are plenty satisfying. So, sure--Beijing may not be gold-quality throughout, but it's the best Olympics game we've had since, well...probably ever.
If you're the type of person that's glued to the television every four years, carrying a torch for the Summer Games, Beijing 2008 is tailor made just for you. With its wide variety of events and a solid presentation, you'll be hard pressed not to get something out of this release. Still, control issues and a poor online experience keep this game from having any chance of bringing home the gold. As a silver medal contender though, it's not too shabby. Just make sure to ice down those thumbs from time to time.
In Olympiastimmung bin ich gut einen Monat vor Beginn der Spiele in Peking noch nicht, daran ändert das offizielle Videospiel zum Turnier auch nur wenig. Dabei hätte Beijing 2008 durchaus das Potenzial zu einem tollen Sportspiel gehabt. Allein die vielen verschiedenen Disziplinen, 38 an der Zahl, sind schon eine Hausnummer. Allerdings wäre es letztlich wohl besser gewesen, die Entwickler hätten sich auf ein paar weniger Wettbewerbe konzentriert und diesen dafür bei der Steuerung mehr Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt. Zufrieden war ich, als alter International Track & Field-Fan, mit der Steuerung eigentlich bei keiner der Disziplinen - Bodenturnen und die Schusswettbewerbe vielleicht mal außen vor gelassen. Ob sich ein Kauf von Beijing 2008 für euch trotzdem lohnt hängt letztlich davon ab, ob ihr oft mit mehreren Freunden zocken wollt. In diesem Fall entfaltet das Sportspiel durchaus seine Reize, die im Einzelspielermodus kaum aufkommen mögen.
"Beijing 2008" é um jogo extremamente burocrático, que utiliza alguns princípios jurássicos do videogame e tem produção meramente na média. Mas a preocupação em juntar o maior número possível de modalidades e a criação de um modo multiplayer, online ou offline, acabam compensando boa parte de seus defeitos e limitações. Longe de ser memorável, ao menos diverte durante este período em que o clima olímpico está mais evidente.
So, where are the massive issues that bring this game down to “unplayable” status? Beats me. Unless of course, you count the weight of expectation and around fifteen years of appalling licensed titles that are unrelated to this one in your scoring system, that is. If multiplayer is your bag, then Beijing 2008 is a solid game and a worthy enough purchase.
At the moment Olympic fever hasn't really hit, yet we're still quite partial to a few sprint races in the office during our lunch break. Once the big event starts in August, being able to take part in the events from the comfort of your living room will be even more enticing. Make no bones about it, Beijing 2008 isn't doing anything all that new, but there's just something undeniably addictive about going for high scores and fastest times. If you've got an urge to twiddle an analogue stick faster than any human knew was possible you can do a lot worse.
Despite its many flaws, Beijing 08 has a certain addictive quality to it. Some games, like many of the shooting and gymnastic events are a lot of fun, especially head to head, and it’s always a blast to wear out your thumbs in the many button mashing events. The flimsy presentation detracts from the game’s Olympic feel, but there’s certainly a weekend’s worth of fun to be had with the game. If you’re an Olympic junkie, there may be even more than that.
Beijing 2008 isn’t fantastic, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. It’s actually quite good in multiplayer and if you enjoy setting records then the same can be said for the competition side of it. I’m not a fan of the handicapped Olympic mode, there really isn’t any incentive to play it and you won’t be setting any records because of the damn stat inclusion. If you’ve been looking for something to get you into the spirit of the Olympics on your home console then Beijing is probably your best option. It just manages to get into the 7 area because of new innovative ideas for controls and good multiplayer fun. This year isn’t the year for the official Olympic Games to take the Gold, so it’s going to have to settle down for Bronze and try again in 4 years time.
Beijing 2008 definitely doesn't have the pick-up-and-play appeal of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games and you will need to put in some hard graft to succeed. The single player is very limited in terms of enjoyment, but open the game up to multiplayer, either online or with up to four players locally, and you will have a good time. Beijing 2008 is definitely an entertaining game with friends, but whether you'll want to invest the time to get to the point of being good at it - well, that's down to how much you like athletics and how much you value the use of your digits.
Those who like sports games will like Beijing 2008. The combination of old school button mashing, and intricate control manipulation means that this title is probably the best Olympic videogame so far. Unfortunately, it’s one for the fans, and those that are not really into the sports genre, or prefer more main-stream titles will probably find themselves getting bored quickly of this game. Still, a good effort, and a worthy companion to this year’s games.
Beijing 2008 is not a fantastic game on its own, but it is far from a terrible game. If this was just a general track and field style game and not based on Beijing it would surely suffer from a gameplay point of view, but while it definitely rides on the interest being generated as we approach the real event, it's not a poorly thrown together game just looking to cash in; effort has gone into making this quite in-depth, detailed and mostly playable. At the same time though, gamers with little interest for the event will not find a whole lot of value here, and even if you're a big Olympics fan, you will need to tolerate the 'mini-game' joystick-jockey skills focused gameplay that rewards raw controller ability over any real knowledge for the sports and events being portrayed. With that said, Beijing 2008 is definitely a worthy rental for most, and a decent purchase for those who can't wait for Beijing to start.
Avec une multitude d'épreuves variées, une réalisation soignée, un challenge intéressant et un gameplay, dans l'ensemble, correct, Beijing 2008 s'en sort avec les honneurs sans pour autant décrocher la médaille d'or. La faute à certaines disciplines sans grand intérêt et l'ambiance bien trop sobre. Quoi qu'il en soit, ce titre rempli son contrat et promet des heures d'amusement entre amis.
Malgré de jolis graphismes, des épreuves variées et un mode multijoueur addictif, Beijing 2008 peine à convaincre tout le monde. Pourtant, le titre de Sega reprend les bases de la série, que ce soit en calquant son gameplay sur celui de Track & Field ou sur celui d’Athènes. Mais tout cela demeure assez archaïque et la difficulté excessive des épreuves couplée à une prise en main qui favorise clairement l’intelligence artificielle n’améliore pas les choses… Difficile dans de telles conditions de s’amuser vraiment en solo. C’est pourquoi si Beijing 2008 vous intéresse, il est essentiel que vous appréciez jouer à plusieurs, que ce soit sur une seule console ou via des modes de jeu en ligne. Sans cette possibilité, le titre montre malheureusement vite ses limites.
Ultimately, Beijing 2008's sporadic hits are swamped by its all-too frequent misses, which only serves to highlight just how potentially good the overall game could have been had SEGA and Eurocom opted for interactive simplicity across the board. Instead, the game tries (and fails) to introduce ever-more complex and demanding control concoctions that drive the player further and further away from feeling as though he/she is investing the energy necessary to earn the right to stand atop the winner's podium. In terms of gold medal performance, Beijing 2008 simply doesn't qualify.
Konsequenterweise wäre Sega besser damit gefahren, Mist wie Kugelstoßen, Tischtennis, Judo, Hürdenlauf oder Kajakfahren (das unmöglich ernst gemeint sein kann) nicht ins Spiel zu hieven - die ziehen den Spaß spürbar in die Tiefe. Für Solisten ist Beijing 2008 somit trotz der paar spaßigen Sportarten (Empfehlungen des Hauses: Bogenschießen, Hochsprung, Bodenturnen) und dem zumindest ansatzweise unterhaltsamen Olympia-Modus' ein mittelschwerer Reinfall, für Multiplayerfreunde ein oder zwei Überlegungen wert: Sind die Teilnehmer gut vorbereitet oder wenigstens frustresistent, kommt sowohl in der Gruppe als auch online Laune auf. So oder so bleibt ein Erlebnis, das mehr Arbeit als Spaß macht; als klassisches, leicht zugängliches Partyspiel hat Beijing 2008 damit das Ziel leider völlig verfehlt - in dieser Gruppe bleibt das lediglich technisch unterlegene Mario & Sonic bei den Olympischen Spielen uneinholbarer Spitzenreiter.
Beijing 2008 is ok, that about all I can say to sum it up really and while it won’t win any awards for innovation, playing it with friends and online does make it a worthwhile experience. If however you are planning to buy this game to play on your own, take my advice, don’t bother.
Beijing 2008 assure le minimum syndical et s’avère plaisant à l’œil. On peut cependant regretter un gameplay parfois brouillon et certaines épreuves qui confinent aux limites de l’ennui. Il vous offrira tout de même ce que vous en attendez, des ampoules aux mains et le droit d’aller vous racheter une manette.
Beijing 2008 - Le jeu officiel des Jeux Olympiques : tout est dans le titre. Plein d'épreuves, de la variété, une réalisation soignée avec de belles animations... Sega rend une copie propre mais ne prend également aucun risque, si bien que son jeu ne laissera pas de souvenirs inoubliables, ce qui n'était de toute façon pas le but. Les Popeye du jeu vidéo s'en donneront en tout cas à coeur joie en faisant péter les records comme les manettes, tout en ayant à l'esprit que l'efficacité du titre est plus aléatoire pour les épreuves les moins célèbres avec, heureusement, davantage de bonnes que de mauvaises surprises.
MS Xbox World
If you are looking for a game which is fun and easy to play in small doses, then Beijing 2008 is certainly worth a look in. However if you are after a more robust and complex title that goes beyond tapping buttons and moving sticks, then you might be a little disappointed that the developers couldn't think of a more original input method. Rent first and see how you go with this one, especially if you are a lone gamer.
All in all this is a more than competent effort at an Olympic Games err... game, for the most part it looks great, and the replays really show off the well-animated and modelled athletes and the packed stadium well, although here and there the frame rate seems a bit jerky for no apparent reason. I also found the loading times to be rather slow, which is disappointing and intrusive in a game of this type. Highlights like the excellent Archery (maybe I’m a frustrated Robin Hood?) are more than counterbalanced by many of the events’ bizarrely thought-out and over-demanding controls, and the sheer lack of interactivity or “feel” in some events drag the fun element of the gameplay down. Even allowing for the multiplayer (split screen, LAN and Xbox Live for up to 4 players) it’s unlikely that you’ll be playing this collection of stick-twiddling button-bashers for the duration of the real games, and it’ll be gathering dust on the shelf long before the closing ceremony.
This simplicity is also one of its key shortcomings. Once you’ve completed the Olympics mode, that’s it save for blister comparisons. The setup is simple: you play through a number of competition days with the aim of meeting and beating a requirement; qualify for three finals, say, or finish fourth in at least four events. These are broken up with special challenge days which give you the opportunity to stack up points to spend on improving your team’s stamina, speed, power and the like. Points also allow you to minimise your team’s fatigue levels, so it might be wiser to ski challenge days and rest between competitions. This team management aspect is something we would love to have seen developed. It could have been a cool new slant to add some real depth to the game. As it is we have the flimsiest of ‘career’ modes which is a vaguely themed sequence of events and nothing more. Beijing 2008 is good value. Track and field events are fun, but there’s not much under the surface.
Cheat Code Central
Beijing 2008 doesn't escape from the stereotypical Olympic Games video game mold – it's a series of some good and bad mini-games that, while somewhat fun with others, don’t amount to much entertainment.
Aside from a few more events with similar gameplay (and archery and shooting events that aren't too thrilling), that's the gist of Beijing 2008. It isn't a spectacular or memorable game, but if you're in the market for something that mirrors your favorite Olympic events in video game form, this is your only option. And if you played the last couple of Winter Olympic games, then you're well aware that Sega could have done much worse.
Xbox World Australia (XWA)
It is a shame though, because unlike most games churned out to meet a movie's release or a sporting event, Beijing 2008 doesn't feel rushed, and in fact seems to convey exactly the experience that the developers want you to have – it's just that the Communists do not want the experience to be pleasant, or easy, or enjoyable!
Beijing 2008 es una nueva oportunidad fallida para traer un gran título a un género tan apetecible como el de las licencias Olímpicas. Estamos ante un lanzamiento únicamente recomendable para los fanáticos del deporte que siempre gozan de compañía, pues jugar a este título en solitario sólo sirve como fenomenal remedio contra el insomnio. Muchos géneros abordados con poco éxito para un videojuego que, como ya hemos señalado, salva los muebles gracias a la variedad de las 35 pruebas que oferta.
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Beijing 2008 is a button mashing game with a very tough learning curve. The multiplayer can be a bit of fun, but the lack of gameplay innovations result in the game finishing in last place.
I actually feel somewhat conflicted when criticizing Beijing 2008, partly because regardless of any hard blows that reviewers have laid against the series, improvements have been few and far between. Since the franchise has stayed the course when it comes to its almost unbearably simplistic gameplay, is it reaching the publisher's goals as the game they want to make? But even when trying to be easy on Beijing 2008 and acknowledging its status as a $50 collage of minigames, there's still not enough variety or compelling gameplay to make it worth recommending. The tedious button-mashing might be fun when watching your friends make amusing faces while pounding their way to the finish line, but any extended time would be better invested in watching the actual games themselves. See you in four years, Summer Olympics. I'm sure little will have changed.
Anyway, as much as I feel like setting fire to Beijing 2008 with its own Olympic torch, it's not an unmitigated disaster. At least a quarter of the 38 events available are mildly enjoyable, especially if you're a retro-head who actually gets excited at the prospect of going online and taking on like-minded buffoons in their 40s. Nine or ten enjoyable events isn't actually a bad return on the face of it, but in the context of the other 20-odd spirit-crushing non-entities, I'm inclined to slap a 5/10 on it and advise caution. Fortunately, by the time the Olympics kick off for real on 08/08/08, it'll already be in the bargain bins.
Planet Xbox 360
Those looking to continue their Olympic high with this title will be sorely disappointed. You are better off dishing out the 400 MS Points for Track N Field, which is a much better value and game. This game feels like a true test as to the power achievement points hold on gamers, as the simple but time consuming thousand points are the sole reason some will seek this out. Avoid this one, as it is not even worth your time as a bargain bin rental.
Computer Bild Spiele
Um es gleich vorweg zu nehmen: "Beijing 2008" schafft es nicht auf auf das Siegertreppchen der Olympischen Videospiele. Dabeisein ist eben nicht immer alles, mitunter nicht einmal genug. Zwar fährt der Titel mit 38 Disziplinen eine enorme Vielfalt auf, doch bei genauerer Betrachtung relativiert sich die Abwechslung. Die meisten Sportarten sind einander in Sachen Steuerung einfach viel zu ähnlich.
As a sport game its probably one of the better ones, but as a game it is more frustrating than a traffic jam and more useless than a pipe organ on a hunting trip.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
I absolutely love the Olympics, and get the fever” every 2 years. I love the music, the cheesy back stories, and the overly excited parents and fans. With that in mind, I wanted to love this game, and just couldn´t. I was hoping for this to be the Xbox 360´s answer to Wii Sports, and it´s just not. It´s repetitive, painful button mashing is far too hard to play to warrant any real enjoyment. It´s really a pity because if it had just tried to be a little simpler, all the other mechanics are there to be a great game. It just goes to show you that a good idea can only get you part of the way there- lousy game interaction can truly destroy a game, as it has with Beijing 2008.
Even if you're chomping at the bit to compete in these seldom-seen sports, you should still avoid this game. There is not one event that offers a genuinely fun, rewarding experience. Beijing 2008 is horrendous regardless of how many people you're playing with or what event you're trying to win.
The Video Game Critic
Events can't be skipped, so once you find yourself in a lengthy table tennis tournament, there's no escape. Each event is weighed down by pointless cut-scenes which train you to press A constantly. After the final event the game abruptly exits to the main screen without telling you who won. It's an unceremonious end to a wholly unsatisfying game.
The only real positive thing about this is that there are a lot of events, and the competitors themselves, look good and have been captured well. You can see their muscle definition and generally they move in a believable way. But a lot of good looking poo is still poo. It’s just not enough to capture the Olympic spirit.
You know, controls are your direct link to a game and if these aren’t intuitive, and require you to think about buttons, rather than what you’re actually doing in the game, fail.