With every Olympic Games, there comes a whole host of video games to boot. International Track and Field from Kanomi is one of these for the Sydney Olympic games. So with Britain having done well in the Olympics, it’s your turn to try your luck at winning those gold medals.
Based on the already popular International Track and Field series, this version sees the usual array of events and the addition of some new ones. Try your luck at the ever-impossible 100m Dash–this is the same for every track and field game–the more unusual Pole Vault or even Horizontal Bar event.
The game can be very competitive at times, with you having to perform to your best abilities in an attempt to get placed. Every event has a different technique to it and once mastered this makes the game a lot more enjoyable, although to begin with can be very frustrating.
International Track and Field is on a par with Sydney 2000 by Eidos and Virtua Athlete, with all three offering you an array of different events. If you really are a fan of the Olympics then perhaps the safest bet is to check out all three, as you would then have most of the Olympic events covered. —Stuart Miles
The classic video game series Track & Field finds its way to the PlayStation2! Get ready to compete against the world’s greatest athletes–courtesy of Sony’s Emotion Engine technology. The fluid motion and lifelike design of your competitors belie their computer origins. For example, the motion-capture animation of 100-metre-dash record breaker Maurice Greene ensures that his movements are realistic from the blocks to the tape. ESPN Track & Field, like others in its series, includes a wide range of events, including the long jump, skeet shooting, weight lifting and gymnastics. Players can compete as total athletes in the championship mode or go straight for their favourites in the single-event mode.
Based on the long-running series
Highly detailed stadiums
Motion-capture animation creates realistic movements
12 different international competitions
Play in either single-event or championship mode
Please note: Playstation 2 required, game not compatible with PSone