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Description

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.

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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 The athlete starts his jump... (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 ...and fails (demo version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Summer Athletics" -- European and Australian title

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Gamezone (Germany) Wii Jul 25, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79
Gameswelt Wii Jul 17, 2008 68 out of 100 68
spieletipps Xbox 360 Jul 12, 2008 68 out of 100 68
GameZone Wii Sep 08, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox 360 Jul 30, 2008 11 out of 20 55
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Jul 30, 2008 11 out of 20 55
Jeuxvideo.com Windows Jul 30, 2008 11 out of 20 55
IGN Xbox 360 Aug 11, 2008 5.2 out of 10 52
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 12, 2008 5.2 out of 10 52
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 Aug 14, 2008 5 out of 10 50

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