I rented this game with the hope that critics have been a bit harsh on the game. I must say in some cases they were actually too generous. Being a big Olympic fan I had high (false) hopes for this game and decided to give it a shot.
Sadly the game fails in just about every way. Unless senseless button mashing is your thing, you will not be entertained by this. Though there is a slew of different events to play, they all consist of mash buttons as fast as you can. I couldn't play this game for more than 30 minutes without my fingers feeling like they were ready to fall off.
Steer clear of this game by any means. It is not worth the transit time.
After having enjoyed a couple afternoons with the Torino game a couple years ago, I had high hopes for a relaxing, fun game that my kids could also enjoy. Alas, this fell far short of my expectations and was a big disappointment. The game mechanics consist mainly of button mashing as fast as possible and tiring out your forearms, or else rotating the sticks at impossible rates.
Only a few of the games have logical control systems, but even then they can be difficult to win a medal, even though you've done everything the marginal directions tell you. My family found the CPU players much to tough to beat on a lot of the events, which for kids is especially disheartening. There was nowhere to adjust the difficulty either. Furthermore, the instructions were terribly lacking in details, especially in certain events, like judo and some of the field events. You have to learn them instead by trial and error.
I think that most gamers pick this up because they are fans of the Olympics and want a taste of the Olympic experience or else they may be looking for a sports game that offers a few quick achievements. The Achievements are almost all for very difficult goals, like world record times, etc. As it is difficult even to win many of the events, let aloe set WR, the achievements are hard to come by. You would think that a game offering the Olympic experience would award achievements for winning medals, but that is not the case. Mostly they are just not worth the tedious hours it could take practicing the events to earn them.
On the plus side, the javelin mechanics and the rhythm aspects of the gymnastics are fairly playable. We just wish the whole game was more user friendly so that our whole family could enjoy it.
Overall, it was fun to try for a little while, but it fast became a chore. i sent i back the next day. I had high hopes since I've been playing and enjoying Olympic video games since Epyx Summer games on C-64.