Metascore
66

Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Jun 26, 2012
    85
    Despite the awkward name and a few motion capturing issues Sega's Olympic Games are a wonderful surprise this summer. The multiplayer is great fun, the commentators are rock solid and the extensive discipline offer makes an enjoyable game.
  2. It's as satisfyingly competitive as you'd hope. London 2012 is the best athletics game we've seen in a while, even if the fact we can't guide the actual Team GB to glory puts a slight tarnish on its medal.
  3. 80
    The officially licensed Olympic video game features motion control and more than 30 Olympic events, including new disciplines making their debut for London 2012 like 10m Synchronized Diving at the Aquatics Centre or Trampoline at the North Greenwich Arena. The official Olympic arenas have been authentically recreated and with an excellent control system. London 2012 contains a massive single player Olympic Games mode and a great online multiplayer mode featuring leader boards, which will track personal medals for that player's nation medal table.
  4. 75
    A nice mix of events with different control schemes makes London 2012 a solid accompaniment to this year's Olympic Games.
  5. Jul 30, 2012
    70
    The videogame adaptation of the London Olympic Games is quite a surprise. Leaving behind the "button mashing" gameplay of the past, SEGA's latest sports game delivers an exciting and enjoyable experience that's better suited for multiplayer sessions.
  6. Jul 11, 2012
    70
    London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games is easily the best inspired Olympic Games to have ever graced the console world which features a collection of well made gaming events. As mentioned, the game does suffer from some repetition and it would have been great if the game featured an RPG aspect that allowed you to level-up and further your sports men and women.
  7. Jun 29, 2012
    70
    It's a chance to get caught up in the spirit and pageantry of the occasion while enjoying some friendly competition both on and offline. In which case, London 2012 holds up its end of the bargain pretty well.
  8. Jul 31, 2012
    69
    Worth a look for multiplayer. [Aug 2012, p.105]
  9. Jul 21, 2012
    65
    An emphasis on its dull single-player campaign, rather than the more entertaining party play mode, fails to make the most of the competitive spirit of the Olympics. There's some fun to be had with friends, but even then the uneven quality of its minigames means that as soon as the Olympics are over, London 2012 will lose its allure.
  10. Jul 9, 2012
    65
    The London 2012 videogame won't be on your playlist for very long, but if you're a fan of the genre, I'd rate this game as one of the better games of its kind. It'll also help you get swept up in the excitement and euphoria of the 2012 Olympic Games, which is what these types of games are all about.
  11. Jul 24, 2012
    63
    Does a lot of things well, even if the pacing, depth, and overall immersion isn't where it needs to be. The basic control for each event is mostly intuitive and solid, there are a ton of events, using Move adds a lot to the gameplay, and skill supersedes luck (as well it should, of course). The technical elements are pretty good, too. We just require more in the way of "oomph," more reasons to keep the player coming back for more.
  12. It takes some time getting used to all the different sports, but once you've mastered them, winning becomes incredibly easy. The first time you set a new world record is thrilling, the third time in the same discipline, not so much. [July 2012, p.84]
  13. London 2012 is not a pretty game. In fact, it's rather horrid in most respects: athletes are modelled competently, but move with all the poise and grace of a stop-motion Terminator. Menus and other interface elements are all rendered in that garish, angular style that has sadly come to define the London games. [September 2012, p74]
  14. Aug 11, 2012
    60
    London 2012 is a game that minimally fulfills the expectations. For fans of the competition, this is the only opportunity that provides good cover of the events that shape the competition and allows living the spirit of the Olympic without traveling to London.
  15. Jul 16, 2012
    60
    Not a bad game, but London 2012 lacks most of the stuff that would've it the perfect game for sports fans.
  16. Jul 11, 2012
    60
    London 2012 is frequently within touching distance of a podium place, but it sadly stumbles at the final hurdle. A lack of refinement in a number of the events mean that, while the title captures the atmosphere of the Olympic Games well, it crosses the finish line sandwiched somewhere in the middle of the pack.
  17. Jul 11, 2012
    60
    The fact is though, that while London 2012 is arguably the best Olympic adaption yet, it is just not enjoyable enough for long enough to warrant too much excitement. Might be a great rental for the kids though.
  18. Jul 10, 2012
    60
    Graphically the game looks very good, and the devs have created some nice loading screens inspired by the London 2012 logo. There are also commentators in the game and though voiced well enough they quickly become repetitive, sometimes looping through the same lines during an event.
  19. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    Yes, it's about as close to the real thing as you can get without working up a sweat, but that doesn't justify the lack of depth and replay value this game suffers from. And why does every athlete look the same?
  20. Aug 7, 2012
    45
    Boring within minutes. [Issue#221, p.75]
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 1, 2012
    9
    First off, i like olympic console games, ever since summer games 2 on the commodore 64. I feel that this game does everything pretty well. Its actually difficult to obtain world records ( as it should be ), archery is great, running events use a much better method than the old ones. its compelling trying to beat your times and the online has been done really well. Would definately reccomend this to anyone who likes this genre. Full Review »
  2. Jul 23, 2012
    9
    This is an excellent game, people usually give bad grades for Olympic games, but this is really fun. There´s a lot events and both offline and on line are great. Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2012
    6
    You should by now know what to expect when an Olympic title rears it's head once every 2 years. The winter Olympics in Vancouver 2010 was a triumph of the genre because of two main reasons. Firstly, the main principle of the winter games is usually speeding down a slope of some description attached to skies or sitting in a sled. Both have obvious appeal. Secondly, 'Friends Best' this feature was sadly lacking in the latest summer incarnation and to the games detriment. The 'Friends Best' time is situated at the bottom right included alongside the World and Olympic Record times and acts as a passive multi-player experience by showing, surprisingly, your friend time for you to conquer. What could be better.

    Having this feature removed along with the exhilaration of downhill racing and you are left with a shallow handful of mini-games that have very little commercial appeal outside of the furore of the summer games. Although nicely polished these events soon become monotonous and the repeated commentary quickly grating unfortunately the game falls at the finish line.

    It's saving grace is the fact that there are a fair few hours of gameplay packaged up and this title is available on the PSN which is always a bonus.
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