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Games to cure your Olympic hangover

Boxing: Fight Night Round 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP)
Perhaps the best reason to own this game is to see the facial rippling as heavy punches hit home in slow-motion. Well, that and the ability to pit Muhammad Ali against modern-day fighters. You should be able to find it cheap now, too, especially on Xbox 360 as it was a launch title.


Above: Getting hard to tell the game from real-life? You'll love playing this

Aquatics: Tomb Raider Anniversary (PS2, 360, PSP, Wii, PC)
The official Beijing 2008 game sees you rotating the two analogue sticks in time with the diver's feet and arms, or hammering buttons to swim faster. Slowly. But Tomb Raider lets you perform a swan dive from the top of giant waterfall and serenely glide through sub-terranean caverns. You don't get points for it, but you can deliberately dive onto rocks instead. Therefore it wins. Bester.


Above: Don't worry, Lara gets to wear a swimsuit in her new game

Equestrian: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Wii)
Sure, there are 'proper' horse games out there, and several 'care for the sick horse by grooming it to within an inch of its life' games for the under-9s, but we'd pick Zelda any day. Link's horse Epona is a joy to ride, and using a melody played on a reed to call her is magical. She can jump over stuff too, so that's that base covered. And she could crush lesser horsey games under her pounding hooves.

 
Above: Olympic horses can only dream of such adventure. Salt lick doesn't count

Football: PES2009 (Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, PC)
We remember Olympic Soccer on the Saturn/PSone being very playable despite looking dreadful. But these days nobody's going to make an Olympic-licensed football game, mainly because FIFA and PES have the market sewn up. PES2009 is looking amazing and should make up for last year's disappointing showing on 360 and PS3. Mind you, both of these games would benefit from the commentator shouting "WHACK!" every time you shoot, as the one in the old game used to do.


Above: PES doesn't have women's football yet, but maybe one day

Fencing: Soul Calibur IV (PS3, Xbox 360)
Fencing at the Olympics never used broadswords. Or Nunchaku. But there are definitely some moves in Namco's brawler lifted directly from this most gentlemanly of weapon arts. Take Xianghua's double-back attack where she steps back then thrusts her pointed implement forward. And a perfectly-timed parry deftly opens her up to an attack of your own. Bravo! Bravo, I say!

 
Above: Olympic fencing has more padding and less panties. For shame.

Gymnastics: Tomb Raider: Underworld
Underworld's motion capture was 'done' by an Olympic Gymnast, so it's actually probably more faithful than the official Olympic game in that respect. And although you're not graded on the flips and leaps, it sure beats pushing buttons when a girl's feet and hands touch coloured circles. And there are tigers to dodge while you do it. Now that would boost Olympic ratings!


Above: New Lara is lithe and supple but she's also got a motorbike. Win.

We should add that there aren't that many trampoline games, in truth. Except maybe forgotten old Namco classic Mappy. But bouncing an already bouncy yellow… 'thing' on a trampoline to reach higher places in LocoRoco on PSP is very endearing. And if you haven't played LocoRoco yet, you really must.

15 comments

  • girr64 - September 1, 2008 4:55 a.m.

    assisians creed sucks d1ck
  • Cernunnos - August 30, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    assassins creed should be up for horseback riding. at least people might have somewhat a reason to buy it (altough equestrian events are VERY boring). does DoA even feature a character with TKD? XD tekken has 2, and dark ressurection rules. ^^
  • PhoKingHeo - August 29, 2008 10:52 p.m.

    They so totally should have put Shadow of the Colossus for horseback riding
  • Skellington - August 29, 2008 10:19 p.m.

    How does this invlove getting rid of my hang over?
  • MacGyver1138 - August 29, 2008 6:30 p.m.

    What about ribbon dancing? I need a game with which to fill my ribbon dancing quota!
  • KingofHearts - August 30, 2008 4:55 a.m.

    ^^ Good point ^^ there are no good swimming games...remember that Track and Field game on NES!!? Those were good olympic games!!
  • Solid_Gabriel - August 29, 2008 11:52 p.m.

    To bad there's no Good Swimming game around...
  • Z-man427 - August 29, 2008 10:50 p.m.

    SCIV is great. Mirror's Edge is looking excellent. i would have preferred to see less sports games on that list. seemed a bit easy. Zelda on 3 times? FTW
  • Tomsta666 - August 29, 2008 7:21 p.m.

    OMG!! I totally forgot about Olympic Soccer untill now!! What a quality little game that was!!
  • lfcaron8 - August 29, 2008 6:22 p.m.

    wow what doesnt the olympics have....
  • iluvmyDS - August 29, 2008 5:11 p.m.

    God Mirror's Edge looks epic.
  • Tasty_Pasta - August 29, 2008 5:07 p.m.

    Hot Damn! Granted, it does look like a shitty game...
  • TiredButStillAive - August 29, 2008 4:36 p.m.

    They made it a few years ago, Tasty
  • Tasty_Pasta - August 29, 2008 4:33 p.m.

    Whoa, they're making a DOA extreme beach volleyball 2!?!?! That's the only thing that ever sorta made me a little envious of 360 owners. The ONLY thing...
  • TiredButStillAive - August 29, 2008 4:32 p.m.

    First

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