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Summer Athletics 2009

Platform(s): PC, Wii, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: dtp entertainment / Conspiracy Entertainment
Developer: 49Games

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'Summer Athletics 2009' (ALL) Introduces the Balance Board Cup

by Rainier on July 8, 2009 @ 4:22 a.m. PDT

The battle for Gold Medals and personal bests ignites excitement and healthy competition in Summer Athletics 2009. Athletes from all over the world run, throw, jump and swim for victory. Millimeters and split seconds will decide the winners. Summer Athletics 2009 will support Wii Balance Board, with a unique Balance Board Cup.

In Summer Athletics 2009 the controls are individually designed for each platform and discipline, taking maximum advantage of each formats’ unique strengths. This makes Summer Athletics 2009 easy-to-learn sports fun with a huge variety of gameplay.

Console athletes will need their stability on the Wii Balance Board to control their character in the contest’s five disciplines. These are high jump, triple jump, hammer throwing, high dive and archery. Players wiggle their hips around to spin the hammer and gather speed. Holding your breath and standing evenly balanced is key to hitting the mark in archery. If you center your weight right in the middle of the Wii Balance Board, you have only to adjust to cross winds to score full points.

Like all contests and challenges in Summer Athletics 2009, the Balance Board cup is available in three difficulty settings. "Easy" is recommended for players who have never played a sports game before, "Average" appeals to more experienced players and "Difficult" requires the skills of advanced players. It is possible to obtain a fourth difficulty setting called "Champion" after unlocking special achievements. “Champion” features the hardest AI competitors that will challenge even gaming veterans.

While Wii players imitate the natural breaststroke of swimming, it is about rotating the left and right sticks in correct speed on Xbox 360. PC players either choose classical retro style keyboard controls or plug in their gamepad or Xbox 360 controller. Due to several years of experience with multiplatform sports titles, developer 49Games is known for creating intuitive and comfortable controls.

The battle for Gold Medals and personal bests sparks excitement and healthy competition in Summer Athletics 2009. Athletes from all over the world run, throw, jump and swim for victory. Millimeters and split seconds will decide the winners.

When playing with friends and family, a living room becomes a stadium. It’s not only four players competing; in Summer Athletics 2009 they can chase records and beat their best times as a team, to eventually celebrate their big victory together.

The athletes compete in 28 summer time disciplines, including 100 meters sprint, high diving, javelin or the new skeet shooting event. In Berlin World Cup mode, a national team can go for ultimate glory in the World Championships in 15 track and field contests.

With a variety of game modes, format specific controls and up-to-date graphics, Summer Athletics 2009 will be challenging and fun to play at the same time. Featuring various difficulty settings, the game supports all playing styles; from casual to frequent gamers.

dtp entertainment's Summer Athletics 2009, developed by 49Games, is scheduled for release summer 2009 on Wii (with Balance Board support), PC, Xbox 360. In North America the game will be known as World Championship Athletics, published by Conspiracy Entertainment.


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