Game Guys review - Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version)

11:08 PM, Feb 22, 2012   |    comments
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  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version).
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version).
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version).
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version).
  • Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (Wii version).
    

It's like it's become a video game tradition:  For every real life Olympic Games there's a video game version starring former rival gaming mascots Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Wii game Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games has players competing in twelve actual Olympic events and ten imaginary "dream" events.

Providing players with a rather good assortment of characters from both the Mario and Sonic universes, 2012 Olympic Games also allows for a player's Mii to participate.  The Mii even has its own skills which can be modified by donning unlockable outfits.

The events themselves feature activities such as beach volleyball and equestrian, as well as the dream events like the Super Mario Galaxy-inspired Dream Spacewalk.  The real-life events stay as true to their real-life counterparts as they could while keeping gamers and video game characters in mind.  As for the dream events, well, it's obvious the game designers had some fun putting these together.

Difficulty can range from event to event, but the majority of them are on the easier end of the scale.  Some, such as the synchronized swimming event, can be tricky but even those can be mastered after a couple of tries.  It would have been nice had the events been a bit tougher, because it kind of takes the fun out of it when you're placing top three nearly every time you play.

Visually, 2012 Olympic Games provides a clean Wii graphical presentation.  There's nothing that will blow anybody away, but the opening cinematic is well done and the in-game graphics work well with easy-to-distinguish items even when playing on the top-down party mode map.

Like the graphics, this game's audio won't be winning any awards, but it works fine for what it is.  One nice perk is the capability to unlock archived theme music from previous Sonic and Mario games.

Designed to be a fun Olympics-inspired video game rather than a serious Olympics simulation title, Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games does a great job of not taking itself too seriously.  Players should find themselves rather enjoying this title in both its single-event and London party modes.  While there is a good assortment of playable characters available, a few were left out (such as Cream and Rogue) to instead be NPCs -- if anything at all.  The events at large could be more challenging, but there is still at least some level of entertainment to be found in most of the activities.

Final Game Guys grade: B

(SEGA provided a copy of this game for the purpose of review.)

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