I went back and played the last Summer Olympics game, and this game is just so much more fun.
I was watching kayaking tonight and it looked just like it does in the game. Plenty of cool events I'm enjoying more knowing I've played them in this game.
I just wish there were more gymnastics events - floor and balance beam were pretty fun in the last game - pretty much the only edge Beijing has over this game. Track, field, swimming, shooting, archery - they are all so much better in this game.
I have that game, but wouldn't mind upgrading to 2012 if the majority of events aren't just button-mashing or analogue-rotating at freakish speeds in order to succeed.
I can barely do a couple of races in the Beijing game before I have to stop because waggling that analogue stick starts giving me blisters.
There's barely any button mashing. It's all rhythm and timing now. But perhaps a touch too easy on some of the events.
On hard mode though you need to be almost flawless and put in an OR/WR breaking performance to win. So I suppose it's got the balance right (you can drop the difficulty if you're REALLY having trouble tho.)