Beijing 2008 (video game)

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Beijing 2008
Beijing 2008 boxshot.jpg
Amanda Beard, Tyson Gay, Nastia Liukin and Reese Hoffa appear on the U.S. cover art for the game.[1]
Developer(s)Eurocom
Publisher(s)Sega
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
ReleasePlayStation 3 & Xbox 360
  • AU: June 26, 2008
  • EU: June 27, 2008
  • NA: July 8, 2008
  • JP: July 31, 2008
Windows
  • NA: August 4, 2008
  • AU: August 7, 2008
  • EU: August 8, 2008
Genre(s)Sports
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer

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.[1]

Beijing 2008 features 32 national teams and 38 events.[citation needed] 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.

Disciplines[edit]

The following events are in the game:[2]

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.[3]

Nations represented[edit]

Playable countries

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
PublicationScore
PCPS3Xbox 360
EdgeN/AN/A5/10[4]
EurogamerN/AN/A5/10[5]
FamitsuN/A14/40[6]16/40[6]
GameSpot3/10[7]3/10[8]3/10[8]
GameZoneN/AN/A5.5/10[9]
IGN5.6/10[10]7.7/10[11]7.7/10[11]
OXM (US)N/AN/A2.5/10[12]
PC Gamer (UK)48%[13]N/AN/A
PC PowerPlay6/10[14]N/AN/A
PSMN/A2.5/5 stars[15]N/A
Common Sense MediaN/A4/5 stars[16]4/5 stars[16]
Aggregate score
Metacritic52/100[17]58/100[18]60/100[19]

Beijing 2008 received "mixed" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[17][18][19] GameSpot said of the game, "rapidly pushing buttons is not fun", and pointed to excessive difficulty.[7][8] In Japan, Famitsu gave it a "negative' score of one three, two fours, and one three for the PlayStation 3 version; and one four, one five, one four, and one three for the Xbox 360 version.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b IGN staff (April 15, 2008). "SEGA Goes for Gold and Announces U.S. Cover Athletes for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Video Game". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ Toole, David (June 19, 2008). "On the Spot - 06/19/08". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Chippani, Dan (June 19, 2008). "Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Hands-On". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Beijing 2008 (X360)". Edge. No. 191. Future plc. August 2008. p. 100.
  5. ^ Reed, Kristan (July 11, 2008). "Beijing 2008 (Xbox 360)". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Brian (August 6, 2008). "Famitsu review scores". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  7. ^ a b McShea, Tom (August 11, 2008). "Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Review (PC)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c McShea, Tom (July 28, 2008). "Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games Review (PS3, X360)". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Bedigian, Louis (July 22, 2008). "Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games - 360 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Butts, Steve (August 8, 2008). "Beijing 2008 Review (PC)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Roper, Chris (July 11, 2008). "Beijing 2008 Review (PS3, X360)". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  12. ^ Loren, Ryan (September 2008). "Beijing 2008". Official Xbox Magazine. Future US. Archived from the original on July 14, 2008. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Beijing 2008". PC Gamer UK. Future plc. November 2008. p. 93.
  14. ^ "Review: Beijing 2008". PC PowerPlay. No. 156. Next Media Pty Ltd. November 2008. p. 55.
  15. ^ "Review: Beijing 2008". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 10. Future plc. September 2008. p. 76.
  16. ^ a b Sapieha, Chad (2008). "Beijing 2008 (PS3, X360)". Common Sense Media. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.
  18. ^ a b "Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.
  19. ^ a b "Beijing 2008 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games for Xbox 360 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive.

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