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Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge

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Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge is a collection of sports events based on the Olympic Summer Games. It features 26 sports divided into seven disciplines: Swimming, jumping, throwing, cycling, running, platform diving and archery. 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 game features a basic career mode where the player gains a fixed amount of experience points after every event which an be reinvested into improved stats. There is also a optional arcade mode where the players have so-called boosts to their disposal to improve their athlete's performance for a short time.


Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows The player has a few basic options to customize his athlete (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Title screen (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Intro for the jumping event (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Before every event the game gives a short explanation of the controls (demo version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Summer Athletics" -- European and Australian title

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Critic Reviews

Splashgames Windows Jul 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamezone (Germany) Windows Jul 10, 2008 7.7 out of 10 77
Game Captain Windows Jul 27, 2008 77 out of 100 77
Gameswelt Wii Jul 17, 2008 68 out of 100 68
Looki Windows Jul 19, 2008 64 out of 100 64
GBase - The Gamer's Base Wii Aug 29, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Gamers' Temple, The Wii 2008 59 out of 100 59
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 12, 2008 5.2 out of 10 52
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Aug 14, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Video Game Generation Wii Feb 22, 2009 3.5 out of 10 35


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