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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 ...and fails (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Before every event the game gives a short explanation of the controls (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Intro for the jumping event (demo version)
Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge Windows Title screen (demo version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Summer Athletics" -- European and Australian title

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The Press Says

Splashgames Xbox 360 Jul 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80 Wii Aug 06, 2008 7 out of 10 70
spieletipps Xbox 360 Jul 12, 2008 68 out of 100 68
spieletipps Wii Jul 28, 2008 67 out of 100 67
GameZone Wii Sep 08, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65 Xbox 360 Jul 29, 2008 53 out of 100 53
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 12, 2008 5.2 out of 10 52 (UK) Xbox 360 Aug 14, 2008 5 out of 10 50 Wii Aug 04, 2008 9 out of 20 45
GameSpot Wii Sep 10, 2008 3 out of 10 30


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