Olympic Gold, or Barcelona 92 was pretty much a success so when US Gold were handed the Winter Olympics 94 franchise I was expecting good things –
As with most US Gold titles, the presentation is slick. And you’d hope so for an Olympic games, even though most of the screens are a boring grey it all seems to work. The mascots are here too and they perform a nice opening ceremony, boom goes the 8-
The Bobsleigh and Luge events look great and you get a good sense of speed as you hurtle around the track. The skiing events vary in quality. The downhill and slalom events are fun but the cross country event is fairly tedious. Moguls is fun, get the timing right and you’ll be busting out some awesome combos. Ice skating is fast and furious and you end up forgiving the awful collision detection, it’s definitely acceptable to breeze straight through your opponent to get that precious gold.
Everything is very well animated in Winter Olympics and the sprites are large and bold. The theme music and event music are varied enough to keep you entertained. The sound effects aren’t bad and it’s quite funny to plough into the shrubbery on some of the skiing events.
Fantastic graphics, slick presentation, great gameplay = a true gold medal game.
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