This is a harsh scenario to describe the player graphics, but I think you'll understand what I'm talking about. You know when you see somebody across the room that catches your eye, and you think about going over there to talk to them because you think they're attractive, but once you get over there, they aren't as attractive up close... in other words, "Better looking from afar?" Well, that's the best way I can describe the graphics for Sydney 2000
. I'm not saying they're bad, because when you are racing around the track, or swimming laps back and forth, the graphics look very life like. But once it zooms in on their faces, I lose interest, because they just don't look good. I give props for the different appearances in stature for the different events, but I found it hard to believe that the guy from China looked exactly like the guy from New Zealand. And the Opening and Closing Ceremonies weren't too impressive graphics wise either. No, I take it back, they looked impressive for Sega... Genesis.
The sounds are in a category all in their own. The commentary is quite good, and it keeps up with what actually happens, but it is the same line over and over again. I do like the characteristic sounds, as in grunts, gunshots, water splashes... things like that. The music is what depressed me. This is supposed to be the "Official Video Game of the Olympics," yet they had no Olympic Fanfare. What's up with that?