Beijing 2008: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Eurocom Entertainment Software
Release Date: July 8, 2008 (US), June 27, 2008 (EU)

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'Beijing 2008' (ALL) Gymnastics - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on July 1, 2008 @ 8:21 a.m. PDT

Beijing 2008 will be an authentic simulation of over 35 events from the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and will allow gamers to experience the thrill of competing in many of the official venues ranging from the famous Beijing National Stadium (the “Bird Nest”) to the National Aquatics Center (the “Water Cube”).

Beijing 2008 will be an authentic simulation of over 35 events from the upcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and will allow gamers to experience the thrill of competing in many of the official venues ranging from the famous Beijing National Stadium (the “Bird Nest”) to the National Aquatics Center (the “Water Cube”).

In addition, Beijing 2008 will incorporate innovative control schemes that allow novice gamers to learn how to play the game, while providing experienced gamers the chance to set new records. Through the addition of superb online gameplay and a variety of game modes never seen in an official video game of the Olympic Games before, Beijing 2008 will be the new benchmark for the sporting genre and truly allow gamers to experience the “Olympic Spirit.”

Boasting over 35 events, an authentic look and feel, superb online gameplay uniting gamers across the globe, brand new control schemes and a variety of game modes never seen in an official video game of the Olympic Games before, Beijing 2008 will be the new benchmark for the sporting genre and truly allow gamers to experience the “Olympic Spirit”.

The Gymnastics events in Beijing 2008 are split up into male and female events. One of the three female events is the Uneven Bars, where the player uses both analogue sticks to mimic the movement of the athlete. In the Floor Exercise, the player uses the four buttons of the controller to guide the player to the rhythm of the music. The last of the female events is the Balance Beam, in which the player needs to keep the athlete on the beam while pressing the 4 buttons corresponding to the colour on the beam to make the athlete move.

The first of three Gymnastics Events are the Parallel Bars, in which the player uses the analogue sticks and buttons to complete the athlete’s routine. In the Vault, players need to build up speed with their lower buttons, and use the analogue trigger to launch them off the board over the horse, while turning the analogue sticks will balance the landing. The final male event is the Rings, in which you follow the arm movement of the athlete with both your analogue sticks, while you make sure the landing is stable by pressing a button combination that shows on-screen.

The online functionality of all three platforms will ensure that for the very first time, fans of the Olympic Games will be able to experience the thrill of competing against other gamers across the globe in the world’s greatest sporting event.

Partial Feature List:

  • Developed for all true next generation consoles
  • 32 National Teams Represented
  • Numerous disciplines including
    • Athletics
    • Gymnastics
    • Shooting
    • Aquatics
    • Weightlifting
    • Table Tennis
    • Kayak
    • Cycling
    • Judo
    • Archery
  • 38 Events in total
  • Over 1000 character models
  • Play as male and female competitors
  • Comprehensive Game Modes
    • Training
    • Competition
    • Career
  • Competitive online gameplay for all platforms
    • Complete live against opponents from around the world
    • Download & upload best times & scores
    • Download & upload ghosts of your best performances
    • Full online leader boards
  • LAN (Local Area Network) support for PC version

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