Lillehammer ‘94 Winter Olympics
The usual lack of fanfare follows this outing as you once again find yourself with about a dozen or so nations, no real name brand athletes (though to be honest I wouldn’t know any of the athletes from THIS year’s Olympics, forget from way back in 1994), and a batch of lackluster games.
The largest batch are all downhill slalom, where you dodge between large or small flag posts to reach the bottom with the fastest time… (4 events in total cover this one game mechanic)… problem is though that the game situates the camera backwards (from the sky looking at the
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The second batch is the bobsled slash luge, which simply has you controlling a sled down the chute to the bottom. Now here the problem isn’t so much reaching the bottom as it is doing so in as quick a time as possible. Too loose in control it’s hard to make a clean run without constantly riding the sides… though to be honest you have to go out of your way to flip either the sled or luge as control is at least stable enough to allow for a at least flawed (but hazard free) ride. However getting to the bottom, even if you can shave off enough seconds to get just below a minute, seems to not be good enough for this game as the computer automatically gets an impossible time of 17 or so seconds on it’s gold medal run… HOW THE HECK!! Considering the run is at least a minute more or less there’s no way the top runner could get that short a time short of cheating… apparently this game doesn’t want you to be a winner… doesn’t that suck.
The last four events are
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The cross country skiing and shooting, which sucks as while the skiing can be done practically automatically with no actual need for you to input into it, the shooting however… it’s as if the gun weights too heavily in your grasp and your constantly struggling to keep it aimed up otherwise gravity drags the gun down to a prone position which makes shooting the mark hard (not impossible as once you get the hang of bouncing the scope just right you can nail all targets on each board).
Speed skating, of which I can NOT get the hang of. Figuring out which buttons to push to make the skater race is one thing, figuring out how to beat the rubber band AI (which automatically snaps ahead every time you draw too close for comfort) is something else entirely.
And finally long distance ski jump… boring as heck, and again utterly impossible to gauge how to make a perfect jump (let alone a qualifying medal jump).
The theme this game seems to be the game’s reluctance to let you win, let alone place, in ANY event! Seemingly out to get you, the game is
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Not that I wouldn’t like Olympics games… if I found one that wasn’t such a pain to play. Show me a good Olympics game and I’ll praise it from end to end of the Olympics village… this, however, isn’t one of those noteworthy praiseworthy games… far from it. Better luck next time LOOC.
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