With Olympic fever sweeping the world and everyone's thoughts turning to sporting glory, London 2012: The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games offers you the chance to experience Olympic action for yourself – albeit without a lifetime of training and torment.
Developer SEGA Studios Australia has pulled out all the stops to ensure the game replicates all the pageantry, and excitement of the real thing, with lifelike models of the real stadia and arenas, commentary from radio's Seth Bennett and former 400m runner Allison Curbishley and all the official insignia present and correct. Okay, so the skies over the game's version of Stratford may be blue rather than London grey, but that just makes it more enjoyable: while the real competitors deal with drizzle and wind, you can smash records and win medals in perfect sunshine.
It helps that the visuals are top-notch, animation fluid and sound crystal-clear - even the menu systems are well executed, and probably easier to navigate than the real Olympic Village. Every effort has been made to create a super realistic environment in which to launch your gold medal bid. Let's hope you're fit for the challenge...
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