Torino 2006 hits the slopes

2K Games' virtual winter Olympiad ships for Xbox, PC, PS2; includes skiing, biathlon, bobsled, luge, and hockey.

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Three weeks before the XX Winter Olympics kick off in Torino, Italy, 2K Sports has released the game based on the event. The still smoke-damaged division of Take-Two Interactive today announced that it has shipped Torino 2006: The Official Video Game of the XX Olympic Winter Games for the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2. Rated E for Everyone and priced at $19.99 on all platforms, it features 15 events set on the ice and in the snow. Would-be Tara Lipinskis can perform triple lutzes in figure skating, imposter Jaromir Jagrs can body-check opponents in hockey, and anyone who thinks cross-country skiing and firing automatic weapons go together can take a shot at the biathlon. Other categories of competition include bobsled, luge, and a series of skiing events--but none of the popular snowboarding competitions that debuted at the Nagano games in 1998. Check back later this week for GameSpot's full review of the game.

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