Beijing 2008 (video game)
Amanda Beard, Tyson Gay, Nastia Liukin and Reese Hoffa appear on the U.S. cover art for the game.
|Release date(s)||PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
AU June 26, 2008
|Distribution||Blu-ray Disc, DVD|
Beijing 2008 is the official Olympic video game of the 2008 Summer Olympics held in Beijing. Developed by Eurocom and published by Sega, the game was the second video game based on the 2008 Summer Olympics to be released, the first being the fantasy-based Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games which appeared in late 2007; however, Beijing 2008 is a realistic sports simulation.
Beijing 2008 features 32 national teams and 38 events. In addition, a career mode similar to that seen in Sydney 2000 returned, and for the first time in Olympic video games, an online mode is included.
The following events are in the game:
In addition, the game supports competition in the male decathlon or the female heptathlon, 5, 10 or 20 random events, or all of the events. It is possible to take part in all male and female events individually.
Beijing 2008 has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version a 59.11% and 58/100, the Xbox 360 version a 59.06% and 60/100 and the PC version a 49.50% and 52/100. GameSpot gave the game a 3/10, stating that "rapidly pushing buttons is not fun", and pointing to excessive difficulty.
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- Beijing Olympics Factsheet DOC (71 kB), SEGA. Retrieved on 2008-05-29.
- GameSpot – On the Spot - 06/19/08 (video, June 19, 2008) at 24:46. Retrieved on June 21, 2008.
- Chiappini, Dan for GameSpot AU, "Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Hands-On". Retrieved on June 21, 2008.
|Official video game of the Summer Olympics
|Official video game of the Olympics