''Regardless of any measure of conflict, the nations of our world have always managed to get together in the same place for a few sunny days to enjoy some peaceful, healthy international competition. There is another event that coincides with each Summer Olympic Games, and that's Sega's franchise of the same name that continually manages to disappoint gamers and generally makes the Olympics look a lot cheaper than they really are. Needless to say, Beijing 2008 keeps the tradition alive, with extremely repetitive gameplay that proves once again that if you want to enjoy the Summer Olympics from home, it's better to just watch them.
Event-wise, Beijing 2008 is divided up into various disciplines that range from aquatic, field, gymnastics, shooting, and track to name a few, altogether making just over 36 individual events. That may sound like a lot, but when it comes to actual gameplay, the number is far lower. The game has admittedly expanded upon the number of basic events from the previous Summer Olympics video game, Athens 2004, but because of the repetitive nature of the gameplay, these enhancements carry little importance other than for bragging about the sheer number on the game packaging.''