Salt Lake 2002 (video game)

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Salt Lake 2002
Salt Lake 2002 Coverart.png
Cover art
Developer(s) Attention to Detail
DC Studios (GBA)
Publisher(s) Eidos Interactive
Ubisoft (GBA)
Platform(s) PC, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance
Release PC
  • EU: January 18, 2002
  • NA: January 24, 2002
PlayStation 2
  • EU: January 18, 2002
  • NA: January 29, 2002
  • JP: February 28, 2002
Game Boy Advance
  • NA: January 19, 2002
  • EU: February 8, 2002
Genre(s) Sports (Olympic)
Mode(s) Single-player, four player with a multitap, two player, hot seat or simultaneously

Salt Lake 2002 is the official video game of the XIX Olympic Winter Games, hosted by Salt Lake City, Utah, United States in 2002. Developed by Attention to Detail and published by Eidos (DC Studios Inc./Ubisoft for the Game Boy Advance version), it was released for the PC, PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance.

Following the success of Sydney 2000, Eidos trusted the Olympic license once again to Attention to Detail. The game uses the same graphic style and presentation of the previous game, only with more details. However, while Sydney 2000 managed good sales and positive reviews, Salt Lake 2002 failed to achieve either. The lack of crucial and popular events such as cross-country, biathlon, speed skating or figure skating, combined with only six events (of which 3 involve gates) turned the game into another flop based on the Winter Olympics.

Competition[edit]

There are four game modes: Olympic, Tournament, Classic and Time Trial. The Olympic Mode returns to the simplistic direct-to-competition mode, unlike Sydney 2000 that forced the player to qualify for the Olympics. Each players' victories are logged, and trophies/medals can be seen in a trophy room. Gameplaywise, the events are unevenly done. While the downhill/slalom events are reasonably simulated and playable (one can play downhill in first person view, and at easier levels missing a gate in the slalom does not disqualify the player), in ski jump and bobsleigh results are generally hard to predict or control.

Playable nations[edit]

There is a total of 16 playable countries in the game. They are:

Events[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (GBA) 56.36%[1]
(PC) 48.90%[2]
(PS2) 48.33%[3]
Metacritic (GBA) 55/100[4]
(PS2) 49/100[5]
(PC) 44/100[6]

Salt Lake 2002 has received generally mixed to negative reviews from critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the Game Boy Advance version a 56.36% and 55/100,[1][4] the PC version a 48.90% and 44/100[2][6] and the PlayStation 2 version a 48.33% and 49/100.[3][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Salt Lake 2002 for Game Boy Advance". GameRankings. 2002-01-19. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Salt Lake 2002 for PC". GameRankings. 2002-01-24. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Salt Lake 2002 for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. 2002-01-29. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  4. ^ a b JackJ. (2002-01-19). "Salt Lake 2002 for Game Boy Advance Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Salt Lake 2002 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. 2002-01-29. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Salt Lake 2002 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. 2002-01-24. Retrieved 2013-06-01. 
Preceded by
Nagano Winter Olympics '98
Official video game of the Winter Olympics
2002
Succeeded by
Torino 2006
Preceded by
Sydney 2000
Official video game of the Olympics
2002
Succeeded by
Athens 2004