Parents' Guide to

Beijing 2008

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

A surprisingly deep (and hard) track & field game.

Game PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 2008
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Your decision will likely depend on how comfortable you happen to be with the game's interface. Sega has done a great job of mixing up the controls for each event -- spin the control sticks to swim, mash the right stick back and forth to jog, pump a pair of action buttons to sprint -- so that players can play multiple events back-to-back without experiencing hand fatigue. Still, Beijing 2008 is a difficult game no matter how you cut it. Don't be surprised if you run into events for which you simply lack the finger dexterity or stamina required to excel (like the devilish 100 meter dash). Plus, you should expect it to take several days to complete the Olympic Games; even with the excellent control design, your digits will almost certainly grow tired after an hour or so of play. However, if you enjoy track and field games, Beijing 2008 will be worth the hand cramps. Just think of your aching finger tendons as being akin to the sore muscles Olympic athletes experience while training for their events.

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