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77
IGN (Jul 11, 2008)
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.
75
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.
75
Jeuxvideo.com (Jul 01, 2008)
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.
75
JeuxActu (Jul 09, 2008)
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.
75
Futuregamez.net (Jul 28, 2008)
So Beijing 2008 really does come down to a button mashing affair for the most part, but there's no surprise there really and the good news is that for many events Eurocom have added in alternate controls (usually wiggling the analogue stick). Graphics and audio are also very impressive, certainly better then we expected, and the online gameplay is also very solid. If you like your Olympic based games then you'll want to check out Beijing 2008, just don't expect anything revolutionary.
75
1UP (Jul 10, 2008)
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.
70
Gamesmania.de (Jul 03, 2008)
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.
70
UOL Jogos (Aug 08, 2008)
"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.
70
TTGamer (Jul 26, 2008)
Beijing 2008 does a lot right but it could have been better. The developers have tried really hard to capture the Olympic experience and they have succeeded in many aspects. The control system is abysmal but if they patch it on PSN or Xbox Live we could see a classic in the making for sports fans. Anyone who picks this up going in knowing the controls are not good and want a party game will find a lot of fun. However the single player is an experience in frustration and really, if you don't have friends to play with, then leave this game on the shelves for the moment.
70
videogamer.com (Jul 09, 2008)
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.
70
Gameplayer (Jul 17, 2008)
In the end, a game such as this is much like a big bag of mixed lollies. There’s yummy stuff like Freckles and Sherbies, but there will always be a big, yucky aniseed ball or three lurking in the bag to keep a nasty taste in your mouth.
70
DarkZero (Jul 28, 2008)
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.
70
NZGamer (Aug 11, 2008)
Beijing 2008 isn’t an easy game to nail down into an overall score. On one hand, the people considering purchasing Beijing 2008 are likely to be serious Olympic fans wanting to get a full-on experience in the events they watch on TV. In this case, Beijing 2008 is sure to please and the challenging learning curve is more likely to spur players on to perfect their technique and claim gold. The game even allows players to train their own team of athletes and customise their perfect team. Even breaking virtual World and Olympic records and having them displayed online for eternal glory is possible. But for others wanting a fun arcade-like game, Beijing 2008 is likely to just end up being too much work.
65
PlayLipse.fr (Jul 13, 2008)
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.
64
Power Unlimited (Aug 13, 2008)
Als je het Olympische gevoel mee wilt maken dan kun je deze game best kopen. Verwacht echter niet dat je makkelijk een nieuw record vestigt, want daar gaan heel wat uurtjes oefening in zitten. Bij de honderd meter sprint en het kajakken vloog het stoom van frustratie uit mijn oren. Ik heb hier het geduld niet voor.
63
Game Watcher (Jul 14, 2008)
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.
62
4Players.de (Jul 07, 2008)
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.
60
JeuxVideoPC.com (Jun 27, 2008)
Beijing 2008 ne risque pas de s'essoufler à trop vouloir en faire. Graphiquement soigné, il pêche par un gameplay souvent brouillon. Il n'en reste pas moins le seul vrai jeu multisport et vous offrira ce que vous en attendez : des ampoules aux mains et le droit d’aller vous racheter une manette.
60
GameCell UK (Aug 08, 2008)
I also found the loading times to be rather slow; despite a HDD install they aren't noticably better than the 360 version, which is disappointing. 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 online 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.
56
Cheat Code Central (Jul 19, 2008)
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.
50
Power Unlimited (Aug 13, 2008)
Beijing 2008 is geen game die ik graag speel. Het verschil in moeilijkheidsgraad is bizar. Sommige onderdelen zijn volslagen onduidelijk en omslachtig, terwijl andere onderdelen weer onwijs simpel zijn en neerkomen op buttonbashen. Het ziet er aardig uit, maar ik kan er nul plezier aan beleven. Eigenlijk is het is ook logisch: 38 sportonderdelen in één game; dat kan nooit goed gaan.
50
Worth Playing (Aug 06, 2008)
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.
50
Ironically, the game actually works better as a single-player offline event. Beijing sports a very robust "Olympic Games" mode in which you move through a series of qualifying challenges, leading up to actual competition. Fail to fulfill the criteria of any given day and you'll have to repeat that day; succeed and you'll move forward, with the option of taking some points earned and applying them to various team attributes. It's the perfect way to play an Olympics videogame - in small doses that won't overly tax your button-mashing, stick-waggling muscles.
44
Computer Bild Spiele (Aug 06, 2008)
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.
30
Brutal Gamer (Jul 25, 2008)
If you are into sport games with a hell of a lot of content and a crap load of games, simply Beijing 2008 is for you however if not, you will honestly hate* this game with a passion, it’s incredibly repetitive tasks and button mashing will drive you insane. Like I said earlier if you have the patience to get used to the controls and have friends with are into these sort of games you could easily kill a few hours and have some fun.
30
Power Unlimited (Aug 13, 2008)
Net iets minder leuk dan schijten op een natte krant!
30
Thunderbolt Games (Jul 30, 2008)
In the year 2008, with the flurry of groundbreaking titles laying the foundations of what has been coined by many, a “golden period” in the videogaming industry - archaic button mashers such as Beijing 2008 just aren’t relevant anymore. It goes against everything modern games stand for on the current generation of consoles: progression, innovation, and most importantly – entertainment, of which this title severely lacks. Much like the Olympics being held in China, this game was a mistake.
30
GameSpot (Jul 28, 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.
20
Power Unlimited (Aug 13, 2008)
Deze shit is echt niet aan mij besteed. Sterker nog; ik vind Olympic Games het dieptepunt van alles wat gaming is. Het ziet er aardig uit, er zitten veel disciplines in en een liefhebber kan zich er vast wel mee vermaken, maar ik niet. De presentatie is tergend, de gameplay is minimaal, de tutorials gaan zelfs te snel voor een hardcore gamer als ik, laat staan voor de casuals waar de game voor bedoeld is, en dit soort games zijn al tachtig jaar precies hetzelfde. Blegh!