Beijing 2008 First Look

The 2008 Summer Olympics are coming, and so is the Olympic game from Sega. We've got the first details.

At its recent spring press event, Sega showed off a brief teaser trailer for its upcoming Summer Olympics-themed game, Beijing 2008. The movie was a mixture of classic Olympic footage from years past, with a sprinkle of actual gameplay thrown in for good measure. While we haven't had a chance to play the game, we did manage to snag a few details from producers on hand about what to expect from the game.

First of all, the lineup of events in Beijing 2008 looks to be pretty extensive. While you won't have team-based sports events like basketball, baseball, or softball, it seems like practically every solo competition will be in the game, including, but not limited to, track and field (100m, 200m, 400m, 1500m, hurdles, long jump, javelin, discus, shot put, hammer throw, high jump, pole vault, and triple jump), swimming and diving (including events for breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly), and more specialized event types, such as judo, skeet shooting, kayaking, archery, and cycling. There will also be gymnastic events, including floor routines, uneven bars, parallel rings, and so forth (though, curiously, no pommel horse event).

Though we didn't get to try the game out for ourselves, producers are promising interesting controls in the various events. For example, in the weightlifting events, you'll need to concern yourself not only with putting up the weight, but also with keeping your balance in the process.

While you'll be able to compete in all of these events offline, Beijing 2008 will also allow up to eight players to represent their country online. A host will be able to set the number and type of events, or set the event type to random and let everyone compete in whatever event pops up. The 2008 Summer Olympics are a few months away, and Beijing 2008 will arrive a scant few weeks beforehand in early July. Look for more on the game in the coming weeks.

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33 comments
bobblehead875
bobblehead875

does anyone remember the nagano winter olympics game for N64? that was the only olympics game i've played....i sure hope theyve made some vast improvements over the last 12 years, cuz that game was a joke. i was only if first grade and i knew it was a joke. if this is done decently, however, it could be pretty fun.

Mega-Tom
Mega-Tom

Sounds good... no Horse? that sucks man. Parallel Rings ftw

S1RF1DDLER
S1RF1DDLER

if it's like athens 2004 i'll definitely buy this one. still playing the athens one every now and then and i am well excited about the online mode.

jknight5422
jknight5422

This better be a bargain-bin release since I don't see myself paying more than $30 for this kind of game.

iamsthedogfood
iamsthedogfood

the multiplayer option of making international teams sounds really cool and distinguishes this game from other mediocre sports titles.

zapatista77
zapatista77

Directed to all the people who think that China is a bad place for Olympics - The Olympics are for progressing nations who need huge events like these to spark their economy. I admit, China doesn't need a spark in the economy, but this prediction was made close to five years ago. Also, who made that decision to come to Nazi Germany in the 1936 Olympics - at the time they were already starting to persecute the Jews. Well, Germany was a progressing nation, they needed those games more than anything. Why do we go to China now? Well, Who is John Galt?

RoyaleWivCheese
RoyaleWivCheese

Looks ok... Won't be as good as Daley Thompsons Decathlon on the N64 though! :D

vmfstorm1
vmfstorm1

i dont even think the torch race has progressed at all in the past month either just cuz the olympics are in china this year. funny stuff really is

alexandrecf
alexandrecf

aeeeeeeeeeee brasil cara aeeeeeeeeeee brasil cara aeeeeeeeeeee brazil cara

liam72
liam72

Haha, Beijing Olympics. What a screw. These olympics were given to the worst country possible. China is polluting, killing it's people, furnishing weapons that serve a genocide... Seriously... Who chose that?

klinsi
klinsi

I hope this game will be good yet easy to learn too & most important FUN !

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

A game that has probably at least 4x the events to any similar game ever and I read "(though, curiously, no pommel horse event). " serioulsy?

nyranasaurus
nyranasaurus

theres my problem, i hope they have researched and implemented a btter way of doing the events not button mashing.Button mashing is hopefully gone, Same with crosshairs hopefully.

J2TheB
J2TheB

Sydney 2000 was a fun game, with the whole training and various games, but i busted my keyboard with it haha, so hopefully this game won't need you to bash buttons as fast as you can. :-p

viet1125
viet1125

Great! I haven't tried any Olympic games before!

loveexousia
loveexousia

I hope sega will have demo for this game. If game as good as virtua tennis 3 then it more interesting.

beachbum7568
beachbum7568

They should have put water polo on there. That would have been pretty cool to play.

taj7575
taj7575

i wonder if one of the game modes will be protesting

Rounder_AAAA
Rounder_AAAA

Online might be cool, but this is an Olympics game; there is no chance it will score higher than a 7.0 out of 10 even with that feature! I might rent this during the Olympics, or buy it if it's under $20.00 :-)

HamsterOfFury
HamsterOfFury

In Athens the 1500 metre race was actually pretty interesting and involving. It was about perfecting your speed and effort, timing your sprint, running behind other athletes to cut down a little on effort and generally blowing your opponents out of the water in the home straight...Brilliant. Looking at the similar controls for high jump etc that's a good thing (afterall the most important thing for me this time was a good online mode) but I'll be most looking forward to the cycling, kayaking and judo events. I was hoping for an indepth online (with the chance to run heats and have a career mode) but historically they've always missed out on this opportunity so I'll have to hold those hopes until the Decathlete game comign out on PSP in July.

derren22
derren22

i think it looks like a good game

IDarkNight
IDarkNight

at last!!! one excellent game of the Olympic Games! i want this game!

loveexousia
loveexousia

Look like nes game with new look. I keep play old kunio game.

Danyman_21
Danyman_21

Why would you want to play button mashing games as pointless as this one is, really why do they bother wasting time making these games

Cheeseball444
Cheeseball444

I can't even imagine how boring the 1500m will be. "Smash left and right for 4 minutes!!!!"

Yangfelix
Yangfelix

I think this will turn be another stupid-smashing-left-and-right-arrow-key olympic "game". the real Olympic game is dull anyway

EdwardoMario16
EdwardoMario16

Online huh? This may be a pretty good game. But Sega can only dream that this game sells a quarter as much as Mario & Sonic.

ldonyo
ldonyo

Will they include the smog-enhanced sunsets?