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Parents' Guide to

London 2012

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Average Olympics sim might get kids off the couch.

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Like most other Olympics simulations, the value of London 2012 will be greatest in the weeks immediately preceding and during the summer Olympics, with diminishing returns coming after the London games have completed. With the exception of table tennis and beach volleyball, the events are fun and competently designed, and the presentation -- including photo-realistic graphics and telecast-style commentary -- is surprisingly good. However, going for gold after all the medals have been handed out in London will likely seem a little anti-climactic.

Continued enjoyment will depend on the player's interest in key events. Kids into swimming may have fun coming back to the diving and speed competitions, which feature a broad range of styles with subtle differences. Ditto for fans of track and field, who've been given nearly a dozen decent events from which to choose. However, fans of Olympic sports not featured in the game -- equestrian, boxing, fencing, sailing, and basketball, to name just a few -- will likely lose interest sooner rather than later.

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