Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
"At least curling is fun."
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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.
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.
Unless you're an avid - and I mean AVID - fan of Nintendo, Mario or Sonic, or if you have kids, don't worry about rushing out of your way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.