Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game Review (Xbox Series S)

 Our Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Official Video Game Review welcomes back The Olympic Games, and this time it’s our chance for glory! We go for gold on the global leaderboards, this is a party game that anyone can pick up and enjoy but did we?

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games The Official Video Game Review Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 13.2GB Download size.
  • 1000 Gamerscore.
  • Countdown to the start of the Olympics.
  • Character creator – country, male/female, quick edit (randomize every part and you can save each part), detailed edit that includes style, physique, facial features, voice, ability type, and dominant hand/foot.
  • Three game styles – Olympic games, Ranked games, and practice.
  • The Olympic games mode allows two players – local or online.
  • Eighteen games – 4×100 relay, Judo, sport climbing, Rugby 7s, Boxing, BMX, 200m individual medley, Tennis (singles and doubles), table tennis, 100m freestyle, long jump, beach volleyball, football, hammer throw, 110m hurdles, basketball, baseball and 100m sprint.
  • Fast loading times.
  • The loading screen of an event will show a map of where the event is held and a brief history.
  • Arcade game presentation.
  • The first time on an event will trigger a tutorial pop up but the game is good at showing button icons.
  • Points – earn points by playing.
  • Unlock outfits, titles, and even tips and tricks to make replaying events easier to beat your scores.
  • Can watch replays.
  • Tennis – you get slice, lob, and normal returns, can hold the button down to charge your shot, do rallies to build up a special shot.
  • You play a qualifier for each event and then depending on results, you go for the medals.
  • Getting a Gold medal unlocks special athlete challenges in that event’s practice mode.
  • Ability types – you buy and equip one of these to adjust your stats. You can change whenever you want but there is a cost.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Games are generally easy to learn.
  • Controls have a basic layout and advanced controls for those who like it a bit more.
  • Clapping – get enough momentum and you can do a clapping mini-game which helps boost your next run’s performance.
  • Boxing is kinda cool as the sticks represent your hands and it auto blocks for you.

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Tokyo Olympic Games The Official Video Game Review Cons:

  • Cannot do one controller and two players.
  • Doesn’t explain the points system.
  • Kinda just throws you in.
  • Tennis is very basic and the charge move is not good.
  • The Ai difficulty raise between qualifiers can get insanely good.
  • Will destroy your A button!
  • The tips are brilliant but the Ai gets the knowledge instantly so you are always behind the curve.
  • Football, Tennis, and any mode that uses a charge shot play badly as the charge mechanic always tries to engage and mess up timings.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games The Official Video Game:

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Developer: SEGA

Publisher: SEGA

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

I always remember sporting event tie-in games not being that great, it’s usually a cut-down version of the sport but with a new game price tag. I went in with these thoughts here and that soon disappeared. All through the individual games won’t win any Gold medals on their own (Virtua Tennis this ain’t) as a collection it’s not a half-bad game. OK so they go for less than orthodox control schemes but I see that as a good way to balance the play, everyone struggles with them so it’s fair game! It must be said though that for the rough event there is always a good event, I found myself having a few attempts at the events on a daily basis. The atmosphere the game creates is that of wanting to be good, the controls are simple but confusing, and overall a blast to play. It’s criminal that it doesn’t have one controller two local player support for some of the events but online is fine or just taking it in turns. I came away liking the package and I have very little to complain about, it’s not going to set the world on fire but it will make a fair few people happy.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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