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January 18 2008
Beijing 2008 - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
26/6/2008SegaSegaEurocom
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1-4TBA$99.95
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Nearly an Olympic record, nearly.
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At the starting blocks for the sprint.

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Swimming over 100 meters.
It's hard to believe that it has now been 8 years since the Sydney Olympics took place, and with that passing of time we find ourselves in another Olympic year. Beijing in China has been selected to host the Olympic games, and to be honest we think this could be the greatest games of all time with the Chinese governement sparing no expense in making this a showcase to the world, although some would argue their tactics in dealing with their own people, and the laws they have put in place a contrary to the spirit of the games. Still, with every major sporting event comes the required video game tie-in and Sega are set to release that game thanks to developers Eurocom.

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Replay of the long jump.
So this is a game about the upcoming Olympics and, as expected, it is made up a series of sporting events. To be a little more accurate the game is made up of a whopping 35 different events and while we can imagine there will be multiple running and swimming events we also don't think we'll be seeing Football (Soccer) or Basketball as one could expect. In fact, as yet Sega haven't announced an official event list, but we can see from screenshots that swimming, 100m sprints, Long Jump and Shooting will certainly be included. Beijing 2008 will also include many official venues ranging from the famous Beijing National Stadium (the "Bird Nest") to the National Aquatics Center (the "Water Cube").

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Shooting makes it into the game..
Certainly the one aspect that we are most excited about is the promise of online gameplay. Not only will you be able to compete with friends, but people from all over the globe which could give it a great international appeal. Fortunately most of the events should be playable even with the slightest amount of lag - although the 100m sprint or the swimming events where you see the opponents at the same time could be slightly problematic.

I would love to see the developers push the envelope a bit with online connectivity - perhaps updates of the actual event results, or a dashboard with news from the Olympics would be a great inclusion. With or without that though this promises to bring you all the excitement of the games right to your living room.

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Looks like we have a winner!
Although the images around this preview are from the XBox 360 version of the game we have no hesitation in saying that the PS3 version should look nigh on identical. The power of next-gen systems has certainly given the developers the ability to create some pretty impressive looking sports and, should the frame rate be rock solid (as it should be as these really aren't complicated games visually), then we should be in for something quite spectacular. Naturally we can expect the menus and interface to be filled with mascots and logos from the official games.

I have to admit that as a sports nut I'm pretty keen to see this game in action, and get my hands on it. Expect a release in time for the Olympics.