Athens 2004 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jul 14, 2004
  • Also On: PC

Mixed or average reviews - based on 57 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 57
  2. Negative: 8 out of 57
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  1. With a few mates around the house Athens 2004 is still a fantastic multiplayer title.
  2. A decent Olympics title that’s manages to offer a variety of events while not burning out players by focusing on button mashing mechanics.
  3. games(TM)
    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. A game that can only really be recommended to gamers who’ll regularly make use of the multiplayer play.
  5. There's little alternative out there if you're hankering after some old-fashioned twitch gaming wrapped up in beautifully presented threads, but our advice is to make sure you've got some mates to play it with first, or it's likely to end up as one of those titles that you'll quickly tire of if you're on your lonesome.
  6. One for multiplayer action mainly then, but still much, much better than the last few Olympic attempts.
  7. 70
    The actual variety among the different events is rather low, a problem that stems in large part from the repetitive, button-bashing nature of most events.
  8. 70
    Assuming you can stomach play sessions that are short by nature, Athens 2004 offers amusing thrills in spurts.
  9. Unfortunately the strict timing required can lead to a lot of frustration and as a result the game can quickly start to feel repetitive.
  10. Some events are a lot of fun and will have you pushing hard for that world record that you're so close to, but you'll lose interest in other events in a manner of minutes.
  11. Best enjoyed as a party game when you can gather a few friends together. The lack of depth, repetitive nature, and missing online feature of the game hamper its long-term appeal.
  12. Play Magazine
    Expressionless faces, pale skin and similar body types - all of the athletes in the game have a very generic look about them. A little more detail would've made the game that much better. [Sept 2004, p.83]
  13. Athens 2004 certainly looks better than past Olympic Games, but the gameplay itself honestly doesn't improve much on the button mashing and timing-based gameplay that Konami built Track & Field on more than 20 years ago.
  14. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 6 / 6 / 7 - 26 [Vol 816; 6 Aug 2004]
  15. If you already have a track and field game, Athens 2004 is just more of the same.
  16. This Olympic hopeful loses its flavor after you play through each event just once or twice. [Aug 2004, p.100]
  17. 60
    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.
  18. The single player mode is really missing that premier mode that I only wish was there. If they had a good solid career mode you would have seen a much higher score.
  19. It serves as an adequate time killer (i.e., rental game), even if the gameplay is painfully uninspired and repetitious. Then again, fans of button mashers probably wouldn't have it any other way.
  20. After you get past the glossy menus and the cutesy mascots you have what can best be described as an average track and field experience.
  21. Strangely addictive. Your fingers may be hurting and your brain turned off, but the desire to try just once more for a sub-10sec 100 metres will get the better of you.
  22. There's literally no real reason to invest anything more than a 15 minute playthrough in the game.
  23. Edge Magazine
    The variety of the controls is overdone, making the game complex and confusing, and there's no customisable multiplayer. Nonetheless, this is a welcoming, capable and entertaining take on what gaming used to mean. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  24. 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.
  25. It is what it is - a simple, easy-to-play party game that can be a riot for multiplayer gaming. It's a fun, hang-around-with-your-friends-and-enjoy-playing-together kind of title. And there's something to be said for that.
  26. Rent it, beat your own high score (or your friends') and move on to the many other far-better sports titles in the PS2 universe.
  27. 60
    Athens is Dance Mat compatible, which opens up the potential for some ridiculous four-way group competition. Unfortunately, Olympic events are intrinsically boring.
  28. PSM Magazine
    The execution of individual events is spotty, unpolished, and sometimes very blandly thought out. [Sept 2004, p.26]
  29. 59
    The disappointing thing about Athens 2004 is the party-style button-mashing gameplay.
  30. But at least the dance mat support lends enough to the experience to make it something different and worthwhile -- at least for a rent -- and turns it into a fine workout too.
  31. It looks poor, it feels unfinished and there’s almost a sarcastic attitude towards its ridiculous limitations.
  32. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    To learn how to perform each event, you need to check the directions from the pause menu; what happened to just explaining the mechanics onscreen? [Sept 2004, p.102]
  33. Cheat Code Central
    This is the kind of game that I would expect to find in a cereal box. At least that way I'd have some cereal to look forward to for the rest of the week.
  34. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    When I was a kid, I used to play my sister in "Summer Games" on our Apple IIe. In Athens 2004, I discovered that Olympics-type gameplay hasn't evolved one iota in the past 20 years. [Aug 2004, p.93]
  35. GMR Magazine
    Competing and breaking records proves to be the main source of excitement, but wearing out your fingers gets old fast. [Sept 2004, p.82]
  36. To new gamers there is appeal but if you already own a game like this then we are sure it can’t offer you anything new or remotely appealing!
  37. Let’s be brutally honest, the Olympics is nothing more than a repetitive set of action events compressed, in this modern world, into tedious technical fine tuning of human machinery, buoyed only by ancient tradition rather than entertainment value.

Awards & Rankings

#86 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. HenrikS.
    Mar 3, 2006
    Some of the disciplines are quite fun to play, but in general it´s a boring title.
  2. AShea
    Jan 17, 2005
    Fun but tedious. Some games are morre fun than others. Discus is very hard to do. Still entertaining.
  3. JesseW.
    Nov 23, 2004
    Cool but boring and is hard to control.