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Summer Athletics 2009

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Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge is a collection of sports events based on the Olympic Summer Games. It features 28 sports divided into eight disciplines: Swimming, jumping, throwing, cycling, running, platform diving, archery and the new skeet shooting (two variants). The handling is similar for all of them: rhythmic motions to keep the athlete moving and quick time events (pressing a button when it gets displayed on the screen) for performing certain actions. The mentioned rhythmic motions depend on the input device the player uses, e.g. at the swimming event the player needs to press two buttons alternately when using a keyboard and rotate the analog sticks when using a gamepad. The player character aims automatically during the skeet shooting, the player himself only has to shoot at the right time.

The game features a basic career mode where the player gains a fixed amount of experience points after every event which can be reinvested into five stats like speed or jumping technique. The new character editor allows the adjustment of almost all facial aspects. In the optional arcade mode the players have so-called boosts to their disposal to improve their athlete's performance for a short time.

There is also a new co-op mode for relay races (sprint and swimming): parallel to every handover on the screen the player hands his input device to the next player.


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Gameswelt Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2009 69 out of 100 69
Gameswelt Windows Aug 07, 2009 69 out of 100 69
Gameswelt Wii Aug 07, 2009 69 out of 100 69
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul 13, 2009 68 out of 100 68
Onlinewelten.de Wii Aug 10, 2009 67 out of 100 67
Onlinewelten.de Xbox 360 Aug 10, 2009 62 out of 100 62
Gamers.at Windows Jul 27, 2009 55 out of 100 55
spieletipps Windows 2009 54 out of 100 54
GamingXP Windows Sep 04, 2009 53 out of 100 53
Looki Windows Jul 25, 2009 42 out of 100 42


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