Posted on 03 August 2012.
The Olympics Make Their Way To The Video Game World
By Michael Lopez
Sure it’s fun to watch Danell Leyva strut his stuff on the balance beam, but imagine having the opportunity do it yourself? Well now you can (at least in the virtual world) with Sega’s new London 2012 video game.
Unfortunately none of our Latino faves will actually be playable. It seems Sega couldn’t secure a licensing deal with the athletes, so you’ll only find John Orozco lookalikes hitting the gymnastics rings.
Other than that small snafu, London 2012 is a fantastic sim. Available on Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, it takes full advantage of motion sensing controllers. The Move and the Kinect are compatible, which means your arms will be getting quite a workout from the digitized javelin.
Reviews for the game have been pretty impressive too. IGN called London 2012 “surprisingly strong” and The New York Daily News said it “provides a solid Olympic experience at home.” Both sites praised the track-and-field elements the most (with the 100-meter dash getting the highest honors).
As you can imagine, nearly every event is covered in London 2012, including weightlifting, trampoline and archery. Even table tennis gets added to the interactive mix, though only in the men’s competition. And for all you international fans, every competing country is featured.
But for everyone who craves a more lighthearted Olympic experience, the consoles have you covered too. Good old Nintendo has just released Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympics. Taking things to a much simpler level, this version of the Games has virtually every character from the Mushroom Kingdom.
Mario, the Koopa Troopas, Sonic the Hedgehog and more compete among 24 events, all utilizing the Wii’s trademark nunchuk. There’s even an intricate “Story Mode” that follows bad guy Bowser’s attempts to put an end to the Olympics.
As you can imagine, this one’s more for the younger set, but it can be a lot of fun once the “Party Mode” kicks in. And Mario & Sonic even takes advantage of the London locales, allowing characters to travel to several famous landmarks throughout the city.
So what’s the best Olympic video game of all? If you ask us, it’s still the classic button masher Track & Field. G4 recently listed it as a Nintendo trailblazer. Keep an eye out, you may be able to find this one on a free retro gaming page.
What’s your favorite Olympic video game? Sound off in the comments or @MTV3.