Next February, hundreds of athletes
will come together for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Until then,
they’ll train hard, hoping they have what it takes to claim a gold medal. At the
same time, Sega is working hard on Vancouver 2010: The Official Game of the
Winter Olympics. They too are hoping for gold, but in a different way.
Once again, the Olympic events will
be presented in the form of mini-games. Just one of them has been confirmed and
was on display at E3: Men’s Individual Large Hill (ski jumping). Currently
played from a first-person perspective, the game takes you inside the eyes of
the ski jumper. The view is somewhat foggy with a little bit of black around the
top, bottom and sides of the screen, simulating the effect of looking through a
pair of ski goggles.
To start, press the A button. This
will trigger a long rectangular meter, whose blue filling starts depleting
immediately. Press the A button again, this time as quickly as possible (before
the meter empties), to start skiing downhill. The sooner you push it, the better
your start. Next, a power meter will appear as you approach the edge of the
jump. This one is more circular; first the meter fills half-way, reaching 100%.
Then it goes up to the top, reducing itself to the power percentage you started
with. Again, you have to be quick: press the A button as soon as it’s within the
Finally, you land the jump and must
keep yourself steady while skiing toward the end of the course using the L and R
The demo (or should I say teaser?)
ends, followed by a promo screen of the game. Sega wasn’t willing to divulge any
further details, so this single Olympic event will have to hold us over for now.