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Any hardcore gamers out there still? Ya’ll remember Track & Field on the 8-bit NES? If you liked that Konami product from back in the day, then you need to check out Beijing 2008 from Sega. Maybe someday one of my home towns will get its own video game. In all seriousness Beijing 2008 on the Playstation 3 is based on the Olympic Games set to occur there in the year of our Lord 2008. Over thirty Olympic sports are included, some are pretty standard (100 meter dash), and some seem silly (table tennis). In order to get the gold in all the events the player will need to have the fingers of an octopus.

Beijing 2008 looks very sharp in the details. Many of the characters look realistic. Sega also made sure that the athletes look the part. A sprinter has a different body frame from a weightlifter, and this PS3 video game exhibits that nicely. The women dress in this video game just like in the Olympics, so expect to see things like belly buttons in quite a few sports.

Expect to hear foul a whole lot while playing Beijing 2008. The difficulty of this game is the reason I brought up Track & Field from the vault of video game history. Beijing 2008 includes a tutorial for every single sport, which is extremely helpful. The music is decent in this PS3 video game. I did not catch any offensive language while playing Beijing 2008.

Sega has targeted two specific audiences with Beijing 2008. The sports gamer, and the hardcore gamer. Almost every event will need to be practices multiple times in order to get it right. If you enjoy a lot of practice, and a very challenging game then Beijing 2008 is worth your money. With so many events there is bound to be a few that you will find to your liking.

There are multiple layouts for how to do certain things in a lot of the events. Finding the one that works best for you is part of the fun. Certain controls in a few games make little sense to me, and others require the right timing. I can not stress enough that this video game is very difficult. It is rated ‘E’ for Everyone, but not everyone will be up for the Olympic challenge found within Beijing 2008.

I thought, prayed, and meditated long and hard about any content within Beijing 2008 that could offend families. The only issue I could come up with was the attire athletes wear. If that is a stumbling block in your family, then Family Friendly Gaming has made you aware of that content. The competitive spirit of the Olympics translates into this PS3 video game quite well. I love all the training Beijing 2008 allows the player to do.
- Paul


Graphics: 76%
Sound: 82%
Replay/Extras: 89%
Gameplay: 80%
Family Friendly Factor: 83%
System: Playstation 3
Publisher: Sega
ESRB Rating: 'E' for Everyone

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