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Nagano Winter Olympics '98

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Reviewed by Brendan Lim With lots of hype, many people have been looking forward to this game. Most of the hype was because of the awesome looking graphics which surely stood out. Also, since the game had Konami written on it, people just expected the best. For me, though, the same was true, and the outcome of this game was great.


The graphics, basically one of the best parts of the game, shows lots of new features that the Nintendo 64 is capable of doing. One of the most noticeable effects is the reflection mapping in the Speed Skating events. Also, besides the awesome reflections, there are some nice motion captured players. Well, to tell you the truth, the graphics don't look good in all the events. For instance, like Alpine Skiing Downhill; the background is really cheesy, and well, doesn't make the game look nice. Although, the graphics did meet my standards, it often doesn't mean that the gameplay will, but we'll just have to see about that later down in the review.


When it comes to sound, this game is the bomb. The noises are just so real, you'd think you have your own little fan club cheering you on. Konami, and Diamond Dust really put some time into this little section, sound effects. The music is really not that bad considering the fact that it is a cartridge based game. There are, I think, two song tracks. The first one is during the intro, and the second one is during the menu's. All in all, the sound for Nagano Winter Olympics, have also met my standards, but they could have done better.


The control is something that an average or beginner person, might not want to deal with. Events like Long Jump 90 Meters will have you flipping through the manual on just how to start the darn event! Well, for your information, you hold down the whole time to start. The control in Snowboarding Halfpipe is somewhat reminiscent of Parrappa The Rappa, and Playstation game, in which you have to press command on the top of the screen to do certain tricks. I must say that it was a creative idea, and in my case, it just helps get your moves right. Certainly a good choice in controls for Snowboarding Halfpipe. All downhill events are quit the same, just rock left and right. All in all, the control was somewhat confusing, but it something that someone can get used.


The replay value is not that shabby. There are 12 events, and getting a medal in each of them adds up to 36 different possibilities. Also, there is the ever so challenging, Challenge Mode. The name just stands out, and totally describes itself. Challenging, and challenging means that beating it will be more fun. Also, with events like Snowboarding, Luge, and Curling, you will find yourself addicted to that sense of speed. Replay value is way up to par, and is something that most people do not agree on, but if you think about the possibilities, of this game, you will change your mind to the positive side that is.


Gameplay, the most important part of game. Basically, the section Replay, up there described everything. Gameplay definitely meets our standards, and it should meet yours, unless you get brain washed from some Konami hating site; definitely not us.


Overall, this is a great game. It is recommended for all the Olympic fans who just want more of the fun after the games are over. If you are not a fan of the Olympics, try give this game a rent. It could indeed change your mind, by actually playing the game for yourself.

Graphics 4.8 out of 5 Sound 4.5 out of 5 Control 3.0 out of 5 Replay 4.0 out of 5 Gameplay 4.0 out of 5 Overall 4.6 out of 5

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