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Vancouver 2010 - the Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games review

Disappointing
AT A GLANCE
  • Doesn't look terrible
  • Some fun old-school button mashing
  • Slightly more enjoyable in multiplayer
  • Only 14 events
  • Most events are dreadful
  • Enormously frustrating difficulty spikes

Vancouver 2010 developer, Brit outfit Eurocom, have managed to perfectly reflect the public’s mood of total indifference with their game, and this is really the only score on which they can be warmly congratulated.

Featuring a stingy 14 events, only half of which are any fun to play, this isn’t what you’d call ‘good value for money’. Sure, we did enjoy ourselves during the ladies’ speed-skating thanks to some old-school button-mashing that made our skater carve up the ice quicker, but most of the events are just a mess of fiddly controls and Everest-steep learning curves. Make one mistake in pretty much any discipline, and you can kiss goodbye to a podium placing. Fail to perfect the event, and a virtual orange, shiny-teethed dude called Hans will crush you into second. It’s enormously frustrating.

This seemingly random collection of Olympic events is all wrapped up in some of the worst presentation we’ve ever seen. There’s no Career mode on offer, no option to play through the whole event from start to finish, and no way to customise your character. Why the hell not? Without these seemingly obvious inclusions, Vancouver 2010 feels more like a collection of rubbish minigames than a unified, nearly full-price title. Is this some kind of elaborate joke?

Things are slightly more enjoyable in multiplayer, because at least you and your mates can be crap at everything together, but you’ll still struggle to reach the heady heights of ‘fun’. There is online multiplayer (not recommended unless you want to be beaten by spotty, bad-teethed dudes called Hans) and split-screen/pass the pad offline play. We recommend neither. In fact, we strongly suggest you give this one the cold shoulder.

Feb 18, 2010

More Info

Release date: Jan 12 2010 - PS3, Xbox 360 (US)
Jan 15 2010 - PS3, Xbox 360 (UK)
Available Platforms: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Published by: Sega
Developed by: Eurocom Studios
ESRB Rating:
Everyone
PEGI Rating:
3+

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5 comments

  • dunc12 - February 19, 2010 8:54 a.m.

    first...and probably last..
  • dunc12 - February 19, 2010 8:55 a.m.

    and I do live in vancouver
  • OmNomRomRearghNergh - February 19, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    Commenting just to make dunc wrong about being last. I am that bored. Vancouver is a great place but it can't make olympic video games fun..
  • TheBoz - February 22, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    After a quarter of a century of Summer or Winter Olympic video games they are still crap. Must admit, there was a game on the Mega Drive which I enjoyed the archery bit, but that's it. We will get a rubbish Summer Olympics game in 2 years time, and reviews will rate it around 30%, just wait and see. Do people seriously buy these every single event? Have these really moved on much from waggling the joystick or pressing 2 buttons on the keyboard lol.
  • fartinapot - August 15, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    Why would any one buy this? If anyone wants a winter olympic game, they should just get mario & sonic at the winter olympic games. Its super fun for the ds, but i don't know about the XBOX

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