Beijing 2008

Sega snapped up the license to print mon... er, develop a game based on… well, a load of Olympic events, plainly. Beijing 2008 is set to feature no less than 35 events, including (deep breath, and in almost alphabetical order) diving, swimming, archery, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, field hockey, Judo, pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, softball, table tennis, Taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.

Frankly, if there’s not at least one event there that piques your interest then you obviously HATE SPORTS. Still here? Nice. Intriguingly, Beijing is set to incorporate ‘innovative’ control schemes - though we’re at a loss to guess what they might be. Button-mashing it probably is then, especially when it comes to the track and swimming-based games.

Online is, unsurprisingly really, an area of major focus, given that Sega’s Wii and DS-exclusive Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games unforgivably failed to offer any leaderboards over WiiConnect. Beijing won’t suffer the same fate though, so you’ll be able to wear your calloused fingers into the ground desperately trying to shave 0.02 off your 100m record before being demolished by some digitally-empowered freak from Texas.

So... more official events than you could ever hope for, a compelling online component and sparkly-nice visuals all add up to a tie-in that’s at least aiming for silver. Whether it’ll be enough to warrant a full-price purchase over the retro appeal of Track & Field will be one for the judges to decide. Er, that’s us, naturally. Frankly, we’d rather play Mario & Sonic - but then that’s because we like watching Princess Peach working her booty in those tight little hotpants. Forget we said that.

Apr 4, 2008