Olympic Summer Games (video game)
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|Olympic Summer Games|
Sega Megadrive Cover art
Tiertex Design Studios
Sega Genesis, Game Boy & Super Nintendo Entertainment System
|Platform(s)||3DO, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, PlayStation|
|Release||3DO & Sega Genesis
|Mode(s)||Single-player, two player hotseat or simultaneously|
Olympic Summer Games is an official video game of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. It is the successor to Olympic Gold and Winter Olympics. It was the last "Olympic" video game released for the fourth generation of consoles, as well as the Game Boy.
It follows the already common button mashing techniques of previous (and future) games, with the usual exceptions.
The game comes with eight preset athletes to choose from, but the player can customize their names and nationalities before entering events.
As in the previous titles, there are three difficulty levels and both Olympics and mini-Olympics (here called "custom game") modes. However, the points table was removed, and the only way to compare results is by the medals' table. In the sprinting events, there are two qualifying rounds, and only the winner (out of four competitors) passes to the next round. On long jump, triple jump, discus and javelin each player has three attempts; the best 10 progress to the final and have three extra attempts. The best result overall wins. In high jump and pole vault there aren't qualifying rounds; the players jump in turns until missing three consecutive jumps.
GamePro's Bruised Lee and Johnny Ballgame gave negative reviews to, respectively, the Genesis and Super NES versions. They criticized the bland, simplistic graphics, shortage of sound effects, repetitive music, and the lack of variety in the gameplay of the different events. Bruised Lee remarked that the Genesis version was even worse than the Super NES one. A reviewer for Next Generation contended that "Although buried behind substandard graphics (even for 16-bit standards), Olympic Summer Games features the multiple player gameplay that made Track and Field so popular." He described the gameplay's demand for a combination of intense button pounding and precise timing to be both an effective challenge and a traditionally fun experience, and scored the Super NES version three out of five stars.
Next Generation gave the 3DO version three out of five stars as well. The reviewer again praised the combination of button mashing and timing, and noted that while the graphics do not measure up to International Track & Field or DecAthlete, those two games would not have been able to run on the 3DO without significant compromises.
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