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Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge

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Also on:PS2, Xbox 360
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158 ratings

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Above Average

"Summer Athletics": A bag of mostly bad games

posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Aug 5, 2008

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Member since Jan 2008

13 out of 14 gamers (93%) found this review helpful

Summer Athletics: The Ultimate Challenge features events from seven categories - let's take a look at each one and rate them from "Very Bad" to "Very Good".
The Swimming events are the worst of the bunch - the game hardly recognizes the motions of the Wiimote no matter how fast or slow those motions are; the AI swimmers leaves me in their wake. VERY BAD
The Track Cycling also wouldn't recognize the proper movement of the Wiimote; I lagged behind the rest of the pack and couldn't do anything to catch up. VERY BAD
The Pole Vault and High Jump work; but in order to do well, I'd have to perform dozens of jumps, and I got bored after ten jumps. VERY BAD
The Diving Contest would be fun - if the game played fair. I set up a great jump and almost perfect entry to the water only to have my avatar make a big splash that ruins my score. BAD
The archery events are more of a hit or miss; the aiming marker moved wildly even when I kept the Wiimote steady. The Recursive Bow doesn't let me choose when to fire, the AI fires the shot for me, and that's not a good thing. OKAY
The Running events wore me out; constantly moving the Wiimote and Nunchuck up and down takes its toll on my arms - especially the 400 meter sprint. OKAY
The throwing events are the best of the bunch; it take a while to understand the controls, but once I did, I got great results. GOOD.
So, the score ends up like this: 3 "Very Bad"s, 1 "Bad", 2 "Okay"s and 1 "Good"
I could say a few things about the Competition mode and the Career mode, but when the events are mostly flawed, I'm just wasting your time.
Summer Athletics is a fun game to rent and play a few times, but I wouldn't spend $30 on it.

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Better than other similar games.

posted by AveryKB (FAYETTEVILLE, NC) Jan 6, 2010

Member since Jan 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Once you get the right movements for the controls, this game is actually pretty fun. It's great for a little friendly competition. Also, the reason most find their player lagging behind is because you have to build them up by playing the game.

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horrible controls!

posted by jlalb06 (LONG BEACH, CA) May 23, 2009

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Member since Dec 2008

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The controls were horrible and sometimes confusing over what you were supposed to be doing in order to compete. I tried at least one event in all of the single competitions. The only thing I won was the breast stroke and got a new WR. Diving was a disaster as I couldn't figure out what to do and shot put was the same. It was a lot of effort on my part working up a sweat only to come in dead last all the time. I gave up on it within 30 minutes of playing it and went onto another game. It wasn't very fun at all, too confusing over what to do and kept getting beat by the AI guys. Don't bother renting this game. It's not even worth trying it.

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