Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Jul 28, 2012
    80
    Sega Studios Australia has surprised me with the depth and quality of their official London 2012 game. They seem to have really put their hearts into making it a great sports game and not just some easily forgotten mishmash, and they have succeeded with their goal.
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    80
    London 2012 is a nice step forward for Olympic games, and it's got us wondering just what Sega will do next when the 2014 Winter Olympics come about. I guess we'll find out soon enough.
  3. Jul 9, 2012
    80
    Overall London 2012 is one of the better official tie in games. It is easily one of the most fleshed out, with great variety. It may look a little ropey in places, but as an overall package it is a fine game in its own right.
  4. Jul 11, 2012
    78
    Overall, a good game, but not one you'll play for hours and hours (unless you want it as part of your exercise routine), and just tough enough that you'll feel guilty for occupying the couch while our real athletes compete in London.
  5. Jul 24, 2012
    75
    Events demanding more than fast fingers make this the best Olympic game yet. [Sept 2012, p.100]
  6. Jul 10, 2012
    75
    So I'd venture to say that SEGA has managed to deliver a really fun, fairly precise Olympic experience this year, and if you have any sort of interest in the Olympic Games, you should probably check this out. It's definitely one of the better Olympic or Track and Field style games I've played in recent memory (outside of the mascot stuff), and is well worth your time.
  7. Jul 2, 2012
    71
    Is this the gold medal for Sega's Olympic venture? Not really, but it is definitely better than the Beijing predecessor.
  8. Aug 18, 2012
    70
    A very solid performance. [Issue#88, p.78]
  9. Jul 31, 2012
    70
    London 2012 is the first official Olympic Games videogame without button mashing gameplay, and it is also a good attempt to give back the feelings of this spectacular event.
  10. 70
    A solid sports game with wonderful presentation and superb commentary.
  11. 70
    It's still a collection of relatively shallow events competing against other sports games, such as FIFA, that have the luxury of offering vast depth within a single sport. As a result even though this is the best multi-sport game we've played in an age, it still feels more like a platter of hors d'oeuvres than a gut-filling steak dinner.
  12. Jun 29, 2012
    70
    There's nothing life-changing about it, but if you're looking for a compendium of sporting activities that will keep you entertained until the real thing arrives, you could – and previous years are conclusive proof of this - do an awful lot worse.
  13. Jun 27, 2012
    70
    Not just an Olympics tie-in but a proper sports game, with the majority of events finding a good balance between realism and enjoyment.
  14. Jul 30, 2012
    65
    Overall, London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games is the best attempt at an Olympics video game to date. There's a great range of mini-games and the title has been brilliantly developed, though is let down by general repetitiveness and the lifespan of the game isn't ideal. If you like the look of it, this is definitely worth at least a rental.
  15. Jul 21, 2012
    65
    While it captures the grand feel of the Games, London 2012's dull campaign stops it from taking home the gold.
  16. Jul 18, 2012
    65
    London 2012 represents a major step forward that makes it better than Beijing 2008, but unfortunately the technical issues don't make it one of the greatest titles of its genre.
  17. Jul 17, 2012
    65
    The official game of the Olympics offers exactly what to expect: lots of sports with a simple and direct gameplay. Its control has improved in comparison with previous olympic efforts, but it still has its issues, and motion controls are not that convincing. This SEGA game delivers what users want, but nothing else.
  18. Jun 27, 2012
    65
    London 2012: The Videogame is a classic Olympic game, with simple mechanics and repetitive situations. Not a smashing-button system, but too simple controls. Still fun with friends, four in local or eight in online modes.
  19. Jul 3, 2012
    63
    London 2012 offers the same levels of playability and performance found in their previous work on Beijin 2008… and that´s happened 4 years ago.
  20. Jul 30, 2012
    60
    London 2012 is undoubtedly one of the best Summer Olympic games, but everyone who has played a couple of those, knows that doesn't say much. Some sports impress, while others fall short. The way SEGA has handled the grand sporting event, still isn't up to par.
  21. Jul 30, 2012
    60
    London 2012 is a mixed bag of good and bad, just like the sports it represents. It's dull as the UK weather can be in single-player mode, with local multiplayer being the only saving grace for the game. If you're looking for some nights of local multiplayer fun then this will supply that, but no doubt you'll be done with it before the Olympics finish.
  22. Jul 25, 2012
    60
    Unfortunately, London 2012 is nothing more than the Olympics for button bashers. The mix of quick-time events makes it somewhat less painful, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an unpolished game. There are decent aspects to it, but there's more to gain from the world's largest sporting event.
  23. 60
    Online multiplayer and tournaments liven up the competition, but London 2012's uneven gameplay makes it more of a sampler plate than a main course.
  24. Jun 27, 2012
    60
    There are lots of events that can be enjoyed time and time again, although far less than the 46 advertised. Motion controls add very little, but do at least offer new ways to experience the game, alongside a plethora of game modes. While London 2012: The Game may fall short of Gold, it's certainly deserving of a respectable Bronze.
  25. Jul 31, 2012
    55
    Slightly better than its quadriennial predecessors, London 2012 suffers from an highly unbalanced difficulty, short longevity and the absence of real-world athletes. Mostly enjoyable in multiplayer.
  26. Jul 3, 2012
    55
    Honestly, London 2012 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games is not the blockbuster you were waiting for. This feeling is justified by bad graphics and gameplay mechanics that won't help players breaking records. So what's good in the gam ? Some events are fun to play and a pretty good game lengh could offer an interesting experience. However, after Beijing, we were clearly hoping for something better.
  27. Jul 14, 2012
    50
    For now the best game with the Olympic Games' licence. This one differs from the others by its audiovisual quality. In other respects it's all the same - it's unfunny, button-beating as usual that lacks any kind of passion or motivation.
  28. Jul 2, 2012
    50
    London 2012 has a few standouts among its 45 or so minigames, but the vast majority are far too forgettable and repetitive to keep your attention for more than a few hours.
  29. Jun 29, 2012
    50
    London 2012 is likely be another piece of licensed memorabilia for anyone who already has the dinnerware, tea towel, and bedspread, but it'll struggle to convince any of the Olympiad unconverted who have a picture of Sebastian Coe affixed to a dartboard in their kitchen.
  30. Jun 29, 2012
    50
    Overall, London 2012 is a lot better than I expected on a presentational level and in its best-realised events. But the lazy repetition of dull mechanics throughout the poorer activities (gymnastics, diving) means there's as many bores as scores.
  31. Jun 26, 2012
    40
    Very ordinary, even though it offers a rhythm-based gameplay with QTEs rather than the usual button mashing one, London 2012 is just another Olympic Games title without any brilliant ideas. It's not very pretty and not very well animated either. Its content isn't overwhelming either.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jun 27, 2012
    9
    "London 2012 Olympics" is a sports game, with Olympics theme, developed and produced by Sega. It supports normal controller and Kinect, and has a multiplayer of 1-4 players offline (local) and 1-8 players on Xbox Live. The game is based in the Summer Olympics, which will be headquartered in July / August in London.

    The game's graphics are great, and some of the most realistic I've seen in sports games: the general menus have a colorful style, consisting of simple and abstract drawings, with contrasting colors. In-game graphics, the details of the athletes are very well produced, and used motion-capture for each sport modalities presented, that shows several expressions from joy and enthusiasm, effort and even disappointment at losing a proof.

    Anatomical details like veins and muscles are all present, and the atmospheric sounds of the Olympic host is very well produced, so that looking, has the impression of watching the Olympics on TV: The game uses a colorful looks, with many lights, and supports a binocular 3D to enhance the realism. The same realism is transmitted in the replays, each looking like a replay of a professional broadcast.

    Each sports activity is faithfully represented, credible in the angles, as seen in TV and appearances can be defined within some pre-established for athletes from 36 different countries within each sport, and we can change their names. The audience in te games is very good, not like a legion of clones as we see in other sports games.

    Audio: The game has a simplified background music, but very adequate, consisting of pianos, violins and guitars, without being polluted. During the game, everything is narrated by sports narrators that comment, obviously with a British accent, and according to what is happening on screen. The other background sounds in the game are excelent, provided the voice of local announcers to the noises that athletes do and the crowd does, each with its depth perfectly suited the action (such as under water everything is muffled) .

    Contrary to the other category of games, Sega innovated in the use instead of speed and button-smashing, precision and timing controls in this game. Each activity has movement keys, which are made with simple combinations of the control buttons, added to the analog adjustments of angles, so that stands for perfection and training, as in real sports.

    For example, in the 100m, when the starting gun fires, you press the A to launch, after that, you press the A in rhythm, to keep an energy bar in a green region, which optimizes and gain runner's speed, and approaching the arrival you can increase the rate, for a sprint, and tilting the left analog up to place the trunk forward. In the ornamental jump, you choose between various jumps, with scores varying related to the difficulty, and press the button just in time to what is displayed on the screen, and when you are about to enter the water, you use the left analog down to dive straight with a light touch to the left to adjust the angle.

    The game also has support for Kinect in Party Play, and is a mode selected by Kinect in the Main Menu, including almost 20 different sports to play alone, or even four people. Kinect commands are also intuitive and responsive: the bow and arrow for example, requires that we take forward the left arm (holding the bow) and pull back from the right arm (pulling the arrow), thus you adjust the crosshairs on the screen, taking into account the strength and direction of wind and rises rapidly the left arm, releasing the arrow.

    As a side note: all the 49 events in 13 sports can be played with control, and Kinect exists in this specific Mode. The range of activities are great, ranging from the conventional athletics, going for archery, diving, and even more varied things, such as kayaking and table tennis.

    The game also features detailed statistics of activities, with their Records, and will accompany the trajectory of the country you choose, with a medal chart constantly updated.

    Summary: The game became for me the best Olympic sports game I played, having a great and realistic presentation, graphics and audio, plus intuitive and precise controls that make us want to play more often, to improve records, conveying a sense of being a professional athlete in the game. Adding to that the optional use of Kinect in varied activities, being responsive, the game becomes a game almost mandatory for anyone who is a fan of sports games - and it certainly deserves to be tested at least by those who sympathize with the subject, by the fun it provides.
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  2. Aug 28, 2012
    10
    Great game, It's kept me entertained for weeks and is doing a great job keeping me entertained until the release of Black Ops 2! ! !!!1!!1!!!!!!!!!!!! I've sometimes really felt like I was in the stadium and when I set a new world record I shed a tear when the 20 second clip of the national anthem blasted around my house. Full Review »
  3. Feb 25, 2014
    7
    For some reason, I enjoy this game. The kayaking is terrible. Almost two years after the release, (of a game specific to it's release date) I still find myself occasionally playing this game. Full Review »