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  • Summary: The online functionality of all three platforms ensures that for the very first time, fans of the Olympic Games can experience the thrill of competing against other gamers across the globe in the world’s greatest sporting event. Beijing 2008 is a simulation of over 35 events from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and allows gamers to experience the thrill of competing in many of the official venues ranging from the famous Beijing National Stadium (the "Bird Nest") to the National Aquatics Center (the "Water Cube"). In addition, Beijing 2008 incorporates innovative control schemes that allow novice gamers to learn how to play the game, while providing experienced gamers the chance to set new records. Through the addition of online gameplay and a variety of game modes never seen in an official video game of the Olympic Games before, Beijing 2008 truly allows gamers to experience the "Olympic Spirit. [Sega] Expand
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 11
  1. Comprehensive sports game that lets you experience the Olympic Summer Games, but gets boring to soon.
  2. Unfortunately, Beijing 2008 transmits hardly any atmosphere. Is a view of the stadium or sportsmen preparing for competition in the background too much to ask for? Nevertheless, due to the huge amount of disciplines, the game still is fun.
  3. Rich content of the Olympics official product warms the heart of any sports fan. Plenty of disciplines, realistic stadiums and eye-taking graphics could bring a lot of fun but, useless controls and lack of real sportsmen names spoils the overall impression. [Aug 2008]
  4. Includes everything you'd want from a game about the 2008 Olympics, apart from the fun gameplay and repression of Tibet bits. [Nov 2008, p.108]
  5. It's the official game of the event, but unlike the real thing there's nothing particularly ground-breaking about Beijing 2008. What you see is what you get, and with nearly 40 events it's a lot to cover. Unfortunately they're mostly similar to play and the awful controls ruin what could have been a solid title.
  6. Dull sporting minigames, not made for the PC. [Nov 2008, p.93]
  7. Beijing 2008 proves beyond a doubt that rapidly pushing buttons is not fun.

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  2. Negative: 5 out of 8
  1. Tentacle
    Jun 28, 2008
    Game just rules gameplay is excellent!!
  2. Mar 10, 2013
    This game isn't bad, but isn't good. Some events are very easy to play like archery, swimming, discus, shooting, but much of them are unplayable!!!!!!! Expand
  3. PietJ.
    Sep 6, 2008
    It's a very nice game to play whit multiple players. There are lots of games you can shoose from. On the pc version you see excactly the same as an xbox360 player; use B to... , Use A to.. . It's very sad. And in the control menu there isn't even the meaning of LT and RT. So you don't know what button you need to use when it saids on the screen to use it! thats why I give it an 5. Expand
  4. Nov 28, 2013
    This game is f*cking awful, it seems this game promotes guns, because the only somewhat playable events are, the shooting events, some how Eurocom manages to bring out another pile of wich claims to be the next big sports game. Expand
  5. Loosestping
    Aug 28, 2008
    Craptacular. To start with you must have a XBox360 for windows controller to even play the game on PC. I gave it one point because some of the games are OK, and Im thinking swimming and target based sports (but they very quickly lose their appeal through repetition), but any of the track and field sports have more to do with luck and sore fingers than any game skill. Absolute waste of money, with many of the old button mashing commodore 64 sport games having better gameplay than this crock. To show you how bad it is, even my kids won't play it. Expand
  6. WobisuL.
    Jul 9, 2008
    Awful game.
  7. NotHappy
    Sep 12, 2008
    This thing is *completely* unplayable on PC. Scandalous.

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