• 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
Buy On
  1. 45
    If you have little cousins who don't care what kind of games you buy them, but just enjoy getting new games for their PlayStation 2, this is what you can get them. If you got it for yourself, you'd probably forget you owned it in about a week.
  2. The biggest fault of the game is the controls scheme. Alternately pressing the X and O buttons for hours will not only result in cramped and blistered fingers, but a concentrated tiredness of the game.
  3. The dance pad support might make for a fun party-game right now while the games are on, but then you also must realize that as far as dance pad games though, this doesn’t even hold a camera to Dance Dance Revolution itself.
  4. 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.
  5. Above all, what Athens 2004 fails to do is capture the spirit of the Olympic games.
  6. A handful of decent minigames combined with a bunch of absolute stinkers, many of which play identically, doesn’t exactly earn this one the gold.
  7. 45
    If you're playing Athens for an enjoyable gameplay experience, prepare to absorb a sack of bricks to the wrists. If you're looking for something that authentically and accurately represents the Olympics and all of its components, brace yourself for a disappointment impact not at all dissimilar to getting hit in the chest by a semi-truck.
  8. netjak
    Games based on the Olympics have changed very little since the days of Epyx Summer games and Konami’s Track & Field series, and this is not a good thing.

Awards & Rankings

#87 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  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.