Vancouver 2010 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games

Vancouver 2010

Vancouver 2010

Thin ice.

It's unfortunate that this frosty sports simulation has arrived just as everyone in Britain is thoroughly sick of bloody snow, but unlucky timing should be the least of its worries. The button-mashing, stick-waggling sports genre was never likely to reveal many hidden depths, but even by the limited standards of this peculiar subset of gaming Vancouver 2010 is a slender experience.

Some of the blame for its malnourished state can be directed at the event itself, which is a pale icy shadow of its more famous Olympic counterpart. Lower in profile, narrower in scope, it doesn't offer much room for a developer to impress: while the game of Beijing 2008 overstretched itself with 38 events, ranging from judo to javelin, Vancouver 2010 can only offer 14, the majority of which involve sliding down mountains as gracefully as possible.

With so little variety, the simplistic gameplay soon becomes a problem. Unless you're pathologically addicted to leaderboards, you will have accumulated lots of silver medals and exhausted the game's shallow charms before the opening ceremony of the real thing has finished.

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SEGA announces Vancouver 2010

SEGA announces Vancouver 2010

Winter Olympics for PS3, 360 and PC.

SEGA has announced Vancouver 2010 - The Official Video Game of the Olympic Winter Games, which is due out for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3 next winter.

As with Beijing 2008, Eurocom's at the controls and will be simulating various famous events like the ski-jumping.

You can even see how that will look - with a first-person perspective and everything - in our Vancouver 2010 screenshot gallery. You can also find a trailer on Eurogamer TV.

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