E3 2008: Summer Athletics Impressions

We take a look at this game of track and field events.

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At E3 2008, we saw Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge, and we have to say it features a diverse selection of minigames. How diverse? Well, there are 26 of them spread across seven disciplines, including things like running, jumping, and running and jumping. Not to mention archery. That's right, it's track and field, and so far, it's off on the right foot.

The first event we saw was the long jump. The demonstrator shook the Wii Remote and Nunchuk up and down to get the runner to run, and then pulled up at just the right moment to jump. Then, as the athlete flew through the air, the demonstrator circled the remote for extra distance and good posture.

Then we saw him do the hurdles. He pumped the controls to run again, and then hit a button at just the right time to make it over the hurdles. Unfortunately, he got off to a bad start by forgetting to "jump" the gun; he didn't pull up on the controls and gave his competitors several seconds' worth of a head start. But through his expertise, he caught up to the pack and nearly stole the race with his skills. Clearly, this will be a wonderfully accessible game for players of all types but still challenging even for the hardcore among you.

Finally, we saw the hammer toss, where the demonstrator rotated the remote to swing the hammer. Then, when he'd built up enough momentum, he went into a swing animation, where he had to hit a button at just the right time. When he did this, he flung the hammer far into the field.

This was some pretty impressive stuff, and it represented only three of 26 games available in Summer Athletics, not to mention a robust career mode complete with attribute points and character development. We'll know a lot more about this game soon, because it ships in less than two weeks!

Discussion

23 comments
6321466
6321466

Well It maybe somelike of BEIJING 2008! I guess that game should also be released on Playstation 2

raaddragon
raaddragon

That, should not be hard. Looks like a pretty good game, time will tell

nathace
nathace

hope its better than beijing2008

otanikun
otanikun

No Olympic games please, I mean check out the one that was recently reviewed, yuck; I'll watch it this coming weekend on Friday ^_^

zerander
zerander

eh stadium is fun but you don't have to leave the house :)

net198
net198

Nice game but i prefer going to the stadium than playing on pc,

NND1
NND1

nice, another olympic game.. fun with friends

nicknicknick333
nicknicknick333

OK I guess Beijing 2008 didn't have enough hammerthrowing and hurdling

tyzwain
tyzwain

Another game to give me arthritis.

zombieman666
zombieman666

The last winter olypics game was meh but I havea little hope for this one

gmax
gmax

Man. Figuring out how to control these Wii games sounds like the major part of the challenge... Hmm... Keep that insurance paid up I guess...

Macgyver40
Macgyver40

this is summer olypics brought to the gaming world

shinian
shinian

I'll pass. I rather play some sports outside than on console/PC.

SuperMooseman
SuperMooseman

Lots of these kind of games coming up recently, obviously (with the Olypmics coming up).... which one to buy (if any)?!

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

Track & Field in video games doesn't sound right unless it's just a mini game.

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

nope, won't get it or try it even if it was given to me as a gift or something

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Well, I'm into track and field, so I will definitely take a look at this game. Can't wait for the Olympics!!!!! :D

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

I don't get a good feeling after reading this...

grambyte
grambyte

So let's see, you make a crappy game, add easy achievements and there u go. YOu create an entire new demography and the game will sell.