PS3 (also on Xbox 360, PC)
Swedes are sneaky. Not the turnip-like veggies, rather the
Scandinavian variety. Not only have they provided the best
palindromic pop band ever, as well as having a great line in Muppet
culinary mastery, they also have 43 more gold medals than us
Aussies. That tiny place!
Such trivia abounds in this latest stab at an Olympics videogame,
just part of presentation that’s top notch (save for an apparent
inability to do what a Commodore 64 could some 30 years ago, smooth
text scrolling). The visual style reflects that love-it-or-hate-it
brightly-coloured, angular style London’s Olympic committee opted
for, commentary is plentiful (although often repetitive) and
there’re stacks of events.
Yep, they’re bountiful. Some 45-plus (including motion-enabled),
naturally with many being similar – hello running and swimming.
Elsewhere there’s the expected diving and track, plus more
interesting things including archery, shooting, canoeing,
volleyball, ping pong, cycling and tramampoline.
As is the way with such grab bags of different games, there’re hits
and there’re misses. It seems the creators strived to get away from
button mashing, despite the fact that this was a fun and perfectly
cromulent style of play. As such, some events require precise
angular twiddling of analogue sticky things, or acrobatic controller
juggles (we’re looking at you, weightlifting – X mashing then
precise double analog movements? Come on!)
Play the Olympics out via two events per in-game day, queue just the
events you want, hop online, get up to four people happening –
they’re all options. Online has added funk via adding to your chosen
country’s medal tally, too.
Sports compendiums are generally something best brought out when
friends are around, but London 2012’s controls scupper that,
as everybody won’t be able to just pick up and play. Still, it’s a
fun diversion while we wait for the real thing to end – bring on New
Order, Blur and The Specials!