London 2012 (video game)

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London 2012
London 2012 cover (PAL region).jpg
London 2012 box.jpg
UK cover (top)
North America cover (bottom)
Developer(s) Sega Studios Australia
Publisher(s) Sega
Platform(s)
Release date(s) NA 2012062626 June 2012

AUS 2012062828 June 2012
EU 2012062929 June 2012

Genre(s) Sports (Olympic)
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD, cloud computing

London 2012: The Official Video Game is the official Olympic video game of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It was published by Sega and developed by Sega Studios Australia, making this the first Olympics title to be developed in-house by Sega.

It is also the second official video game based on the 2012 Olympics, the other being Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The game features an online mode for players wishing to compete with other challengers worldwide. The "national pride" is a ranking system in the online mode, where the players have the possibility to collect medals for their favorite country.[1]

It is compatible with PlayStation Move and Xbox Kinect for certain events in the party mode.[2]

London 2012 is the first olympic video game that includes cooperative events in the local multiplayer mode.

Disciplines[edit]

These events are in the game:

Archery

Aquatics

  • 3m springboard diving
  • 3m synchronised springboard diving[N 2][N 1]
  • 10m platform diving
  • 10m synchronised platform diving[N 2][N 1]
  • Swimming – 50m freestyle
  • Swimming – 100m backstroke
  • Swimming – 100m breaststroke
  • Swimming – 100m butterfly
  • Swimming – 100m freestyle

Gymnastics

  • Trampoline (men only)[N 2]
  • Vault

Shooting

Track and field

Other sports

  1. ^ a b c Only playable in local multiplayer mode
  2. ^ a b c d e f Included in an Olympic video game for the first time

Nations represented[edit]

Playable countries

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 66.77%[3]
(X360) 65.26%[4]
Metacritic (PS3) 66/100[5]
(X360) 64/100[6]
Review scores
Publication Score
IGN 7/10[7]
GameStar 64/100[8]

London 2012 has received generally mixed reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version a 66.77% and 66/100[3][5] and the Xbox 360 version a 65.26% and 64/100.[4][6]

Chris Schilling from IGN gave the game a 7/10 rating, mentioning in the review that "Sega's celebration of the year's biggest sporting event is better than you might expect." In his opinion, the events of the game would not hold up too well in the long term, but that is not really what an Olympics game is about. He praised the online and offline multiplayer mode.[7]

The German PC game magazine GameStar scored the game with 64/100. They criticized the gameplay, because it is almost impossible to play it with the mouse and the keyboard, so the player is forced to get a gamepad to play London 2012. They also mentioned that the gameplay of the events would not be different from each other and that the AI of the computer opponents is not balanced.[8]

The game held the top spot of the UK All Format chart for three weeks following its release.[9]

As of May 2013, the game has sold 680,000 copies in the US and Europe.[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Beijing 2008
Official video game of the Summer Olympics
2012
Succeeded by
Rio de Janeiro 2016