B is for Beijing 2008
I am feeling very Olympic today.
In this latest installment, and perhaps in recognition of the upcoming 2016 Summer Games, I cracked open an old copy of Beijing 2008
to knock out a couple of Achievements in practice mode. I hadn't played this one in a little over four years, and that was just for a single Achievement. I originally picked up the game in 2010.
I remember this game being a bit of a tough nut to crack. Many of the Achievements required near perfect execution to obtain, and the main gameplay mode was tough to advance through. So definitely practice mode was the way to go this time around.
The first Achievement to tackle was for reaching an 86.80m distance in the Hammer Throw event. Unlike many of the other Achievements, this one required some precision stick rotation skills to match the rhythm of the spin, rather than brute-force speed. It probably took about ten tries to finally nail it down, as the timing of the release appears to make as much difference as the windup.
Next in line was the 98.50m Javelin. My first attempt came pretty close - 97.77m, so I thought this would be a snap. Boy was I wrong. Once I finally got consistent with a 45-degree launch angle, I fouled over the line. Eventually, I mastered the frantic stick waggle to maximize the power, locked in around a 43-46 degree throw, and still managed to come up short. After what felt like 60-70 tries I finally broke the needed distance and was able to put this one behind me.
In the time I had, I did make a half-dozen or so attempts at the 16.8 score in Balance Beam but got only as close as 16.25 before I ran out of time. It doesn't seem that tough, as the sequence looks to be the same each time, but I suspect you need to get a perfect rhythm on nearly every button press with maybe 1-2 excellents in order to achieve the needed score. Most of them are pretty easy, but the final run to the dismount seems much tougher, perhaps because of the awkward camera angle.
Thanks again for reading, and see you next time as we delve into some old mythology as the trek through the Bs continues.
Posted by Vermin360
on 18 June 16 at 13:14
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