GameZone: Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Review (Xbox 360)

Every two years, another Olympic Games (winter and summer alternate two years apart) are held somewhere in the world. No matter the location, thousands of spectators flock to see the games in person and millions watch from home all over the world. There are the staples - track, swimming, gymnastics, to name a few, and several incorporated from other popular activities - tennis, soccer, basketball, etc.

For the past two decades, developers have tried to capture the thrill and excitement of the Olympics and cram it into one game. There have been a couple event-specific titles, with hockey receiving a bit of attention from Midway 10 years ago. But most attempt to re-create each event in a one-shot deal. Sega was successful in the Genesis days, but no developer since then has been able to pull it off. Now that Sega is back in the developer's seat, it's time again to examine their Olympic expertise with Beijing 2008 for Xbox 360.

Gameplay: 5.5
Graphics: 8
Sound: 4
Difficulty: Easy
Concept: 6
Multiplayer: 4.5

Overall: 5.5

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