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  • Summary: Athens 2004, The Official Videogame of the Olympic Games, celebrates the diversity of the Olympic Games by delivering a wide variety of Olympic sports. Aquatics includes the Swimming discipline featuring 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events. AthleticsAthens 2004, The Official Videogame of the Olympic Games, celebrates the diversity of the Olympic Games by delivering a wide variety of Olympic sports. Aquatics includes the Swimming discipline featuring 100m Backstroke, 100m Breaststroke, 100m Butterfly and 100m Freestyle events. Athletics includes Track and Field areas (including High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discus Throw, Javelin Throw, Pole Vault, Shot Put, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 100m Hurdles and 110m Hurdles events), as well as the Combined area (including Decathlon and Heptathlon). Gymnastics features the Artistic discipline including Floor Exercise, Rings and Vault events. Additional sports include Archery (Individual 70m event); Equestrian (Individual Mixed event for Jumping); Shooting (Skeet event); and Weightlifting (Clean & Jerk event). [SCEA] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 57
  2. Negative: 8 out of 57
  1. Athens 2004 maybe mostly a button-mashers paradise, but the game is also a great deal of fun. If you like athletic competition on the console systems, this is an easy recommendation.
  2. The lack of a proper Olympic mode does come as a surprise but is not a major flaw and anyone looking for a solid athletics title with many more sports thrown in could do worse.
  3. It's only the aesthetics that truly let Athens 2004 down. With a clean, unfussy menu system, it's disappointing to find this gives way to rough in-game visuals and limited animation....Nevertheless, the substandard veneer doesn't dim the shine of the gameplay. [Aug 2004, p.113]
  4. With a focus on realism, it's very difficult to have fun with Athens unless you have a group of people and a dance pad. Even with some friends and the right accessories, unless you're really into the athletics scene, your overall enjoyment of the title will be hampered.
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    There's also been a lot of confusion in the gymnastics events where obscure controls seem to have alienated less experienced competitors from taking part at all.
  6. It looks poor, it feels unfinished and there’s almost a sarcastic attitude towards its ridiculous limitations.
  7. Athens 2004 might be the least customizable sports game I’ve ever played. You can participate as any one of 64 countries, but you can’t create an athlete. There are no stats, no training, and no career. You pick your country and gender, and the game then just gives you a pre-set runner/jumper/thrower/swimmer who looks the part, ethnically speaking.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. O.Omppu
    Jul 8, 2004
    10
    I like these button bashing games. Nice graphics and great gameplay.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 19, 2004
    10
    What i love most about this game is that they finally put gymnastics in and that pleases me since i am a gymnast.
  3. Rathernotsay
    Sep 26, 2004
    10
    In a nut shell......brilliant.
  4. RufusB.
    Sep 19, 2004
    9
    Great fun, great graphics, realistic, bit too much button bashing and could be abit more interactive. Good old olympic fun. (Mainly for Great fun, great graphics, realistic, bit too much button bashing and could be abit more interactive. Good old olympic fun. (Mainly for lovers of sport.) Expand
  5. JesseW.
    Nov 23, 2004
    7
    Cool but boring and is hard to control.
  6. HenrikS.
    Mar 3, 2006
    6
    Some of the disciplines are quite fun to play, but in general it´s a boring title.
  7. Jase
    Aug 23, 2004
    0
    I love it just want to give it 0.

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