This 760 MB demo, integrating the latest 18.104.22.168 patch, puts players at the head of the Euskaltel team as they race to win today’s stage of the real Tour de France 2008, the 16th stage: Cuneo – Jausiers.
In the demo, your team is beginning its last week of competition before the grand final on the Champs-Élysées, but you still haven’t won any stages yet, and your sponsors are beginning to put some pressure on you to see their colours on the podium. Through this 157.4 km mountain stage, you’ll need to display all your talents as a Director of Sports to finally get the victory you need.
Surrounded by the col de la Lombarde and the col la Bonette, the highest saddle point in Europe, this 16th stage will be the perfect field for the best climbers of the Tour, while the breathtaking downhills at the end of the cols ensure a spectacular end-of-stage. So it’s up to you to find the best strategy that perfectly combines the skills of your mountain specialists and prevents breakaways that could ruin your chances of victory.
This Pro Cycling Manager 2008 demo will also offer players, for the first time ever, the opportunity to participate in track cycling events with a Keirin race. Face six awesome riders racing at nearly 50 kph for three laps of the most nerve-wracking and intense races during which the victory might be measured by only a wheel’s difference!
Lastly, this demo also offers a tutorial mode that will help you get the best of your team during the race!
In the PC version, you'll play as the general manager of one of 65 official cycling teams and will handle all aspects of a professional team's season. Numerous duties, including team recruiting, transfers, contracts, training and handling finances are required for you to create and manage the most competitive team. Throughout the 180 real-time 3D playable races, it's up to you to determine and put into action the best strategies by combining tactics, attacks, relays and much more. With so many options to consider that will affect the outcome of the race, you are guaranteed action packed intense stages.
The management side of the game has been given extra depth with many new elements. It has an entirely new stamina system, a more realistic progression curve for each rider and a new young talent recruiting system with a more aggressive AI.
This year, the racing is even more realistic, with the most advanced rider AI yet plus highly detailed rider models and animations. The 2008 edition also includes a new improved user interface, lighting system and more detailed, richer environments with a large variety of buildings and landscapes. For the first time in the series, impressive “track racing” events are available. Choose track events such as cycle speedway, Kierin and elimination to challenge your team’s track racing skills. All of these features combined make this new edition the most complete and exciting recreation of professional cycling.
Far from just a simple port of the PC version, the PSP version of Pro Cycling – Tour de France 2008 has been specially designed to make use of the unique features of the Sony PSP while offering optimized gameplay. Racing is the true attraction of this version thanks to the ability to participate in the greatest international cycling competitions, including the new track races, and the Tour de France 2008 which has been faithfully recreated. So choose the team you wish to bring to the top amongst one of the 18 official teams available and all the star players. This 2008 edition lets you challenge your friends in multiplayer mode via LAN or via the PSP WiFi features.
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