Bolt from the blue.
Republished on Tuesday, 22nd June 2021: It’s been nearly two years since we first reviewed Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: The Official Video Game, and a lot has happened since then. SEGA’s decision to release this tie-in title several months prior to the intended start of the event in host nation Japan always struck us as strange, but seeing as the summer games are still yet to take place it feels even weirder. Of course, the Japanese publisher could never have predicted that a global pandemic would delay the athletic fiesta by 12 months.
However, with the real-world Olympics finally here, the firm is finally publishing its excellent Tokyo 2020 title worldwide. As the Japanese release was already localised, there are few changes to the core experience here, so we’ve retained our original review in full below. SEGA did add some extra events to the import version as free updates, which are available day one in the Western version, allowing you to partake in rugby sevens, judo, sports climbing, and 4x100m relay. All retain the pick-up-and-play spirit of the main game, but pack surprising depth.
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