Every year the winter Olympics come along there is always a game to follow. This year we get Vancouver 2010, developed by Eurocom and published by Sega. When I first started Vancouver 2010 I expected to create the ultimate character and head straight for the gold in all events. Unfortunately though there was no character customization, so I figured all right, I’ll just jump into an event and begin my world domination. Playing each event is fairly simple you can watch a simple short tutorial that will get you pointed in the right direction, or you can just hit the start button and check out the button mapping.
The first event I tried was Alpine Skiing – Men’s Downhill, the skiing in Vancouver 2010 works nicely, you feel like you’re really flying down the hill at top speeds, as I got to the bottom I thought, “Hey, not bad for my first time” unfortunately, the computer didn’t agree. Come to find out I was in last place! So I did what I always do, restarted and tried again, and again, and again. The best I was ever able to obtain was 2nd place, not even coming anywhere close to first. This ended up being the case for almost all of the events I tried, even my favorite, the ski jump. There are no options to change the difficulty so unless you’re a master at Vancouver 2010 you’ll be replaying events over and over.
One thing I found odd was the lack of Hockey and quite a few other events, there are a total of 14 events in Vancouver 2010, no snowboarding halfpipe events, no hockey and no Biathlon to name a few I missed. Another thing I didn’t like was no commentator, there was no one telling you how much you sucked or how well you were doing, which I felt, took away from the Olympic atmosphere in the game. The graphics are nice and the events that are included in the game do play well, but again I didn’t really feel like I was playing in the Olympics. Vancouver 2010 will appeal to all ages, from young to old. It brings a casual feel with it as some events require no more than mashing buttons or only having to press a few to get through it.
Along with the Olympic mode there’s also a challenge mode, this is one mode I was actually able to come out on top, since you are only trying to reach a certain instead of competing against the computer. This was nice as I was able to get rid of my frustration and boost my self confidence back up. Online worked out rather well, I was easily able to dominate my opponents as I’d retried so many of the events earlier trying to chase the gold. The leaderboards help add to the replay value, but not quite enough to keep me coming back for more.
Overall Vancouver 2010 is a fun game and the skiing is some of the best I’ve played, but as far is an Olympic feeling, it just doesn’t quite deliver. If you’re looking for something to give you your winter fix then Vancouver 2010 is the game for you. If you’re expecting an epic Olympic experience, then you’ll be disappointed. Had they added more events or even a commentator instead of the strange pop music, they probably could have had an Olympic masterpiece.
Vancouver 2010 was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360,PC; Rated E
Release: January 12, 2010