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It's always a thrill (especially for us gamers of the bit-war era) to see Mario and Sonic duke it out. Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is as good a venue as any to support your preferred publisher as well as your country. The updated visuals and online functionality are welcome improvements, but if you've already spent hours nailing high scores and low times four years ago, the events haven't changed drastically enough to warrant two purchases.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games isn't all that bad, but it's not great either. The controls for a lot of the events are iffy at best, but there are events that are still enjoyable, especially the Dream Events. This is one where I'd check out the demo or rent it first to see if you like it before plunking down $50 for it.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is exactly what it says it is: an Olympics game with Mario and Sonic. While it is fun, it doesn't necessarily do anything past entries didn't do. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, because overall it is a solid formula, despite some of its flaws.
Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games is easily the best installment in Sega's family-friendly minigame compilation. It's still not going to top the podium, but it's definitely a contender this year.
At the end of the day I find myself mixed in regards to my impressions of Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. There are some enjoyable events to play, but there are also some that can just be forgotten about, and the control's inconsistency really caught me off guard. Overall my thoughts were leaning to be more negative than positive, but then I watched my kids play and the smiles on their faces said a lot. Sure, they still had some issues with the gameplay now and then, but they were enamoured by the visuals and being able to play with the mascot characters they have gotten to know over the years is something they fully enjoyed. With this in mind, I think I am safe to say that this is not the best game out there, but it is far from the worst, and it can provide kids with some definite fun over the winter months for sure.
When the action is go and events are in full swing, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Games is a flashy and fun mini-game compilation for all of the family. Like an Olympic athlete with an injury problem, however, it's more likely to be remembered as a game that never quite lived up to its potential.
Mario and Sonic 2014 feels like a minor progression, and not the huge leap you might be expecting. Taking a lot of its cues from the 2010 game, and ignoring the rapid-fire party experience of 2012, this latest edition hits some of the right buttons, but they're the same unremarkable buttons that were hit four years ago.
Nintendo and Sega should really use these two mascots to do something more interesting together. There's a glimmer of fun here, and still hope for the series' future, as long as they leave badly implemented motion controls at the door next time.
This Olympic outing does a few things right, but you're left with a frustrating experience that's simply no fun played alone. Bringing some friends will make things a little more fun, but the appeal only lasts so long. There's clearly potential here, but these games will never be more than easily discarded novelties until the developer's fine tune the controls and embrace the creative craziness of Dream Matches. Here's hoping Mario and Sonic bring their A game next time around.
Instead of coming of with different ideas for a new generation, Sochi 2014 opts for another round of motion control minigames and only adds a manic insistence on a revolving door of controller hardware. It's unfocused, uneven, and typically not much fun thanks to the transient nature of most of its content. For kids it might not matter and for a party it may last an hour, but most will find Sochi 2014's as appealing as bringing their Wii out of the closet.
Winter Olympics looks like it wants you to have fun; the bright colours, decent roster of events and characters, and the chipper commentator all make it seem like it's capable of creating entertainment. The poor online leaderboard, the confusing menu systems, and awkward control schemes, however, make the game a five-minute wonder that'll make you fear the next time Mario and Sonic get their friends together.
With Mario and Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Nintendo had a great opportunity to produce something fantastic. However, the video game giant failed to take advantage of its source material, resulting in a mediocre and somewhat uninspired final product. There's a bit of fun to be had here, but it won't last for long.
Motion control has its detractors and its advocates, but both parties should be able to see that Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is not one to fly the proverbial waggle flag. The awkwardness of waving a large GamePad around and unresponsive controls make this one of the less enjoyable party offerings available on the system.
The worst Mario & Sonic game yet and not just a waste of a crossover but a genuinely poor mini-game compilation, and one that makes both the Wii U and the GamePad look bad.