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ESPN International Track and Field

1 rating: 1.0
Sports video game by Konami for the Nintendo 64

DOESN'T JUST LOOK LIKE A CHAMP, IT COMPETES LIKE ONE, TOO! Go for gold with the only Track and Field title for N64.Lightning fast gameplay for up to 4 players Over a dozen grueling international events, from weightlifting, to gymnastics, to the 100M … see full wiki

Release Date: October, 2000
1 review about ESPN International Track and Field

Overall Fun Game, but Poor Graphics

  • Mar 25, 2008
Rating:
+1
Pros: Some fun events such as pole vaulting and hammer throw

Cons: poor graphics even in comparison to other N64 games

The Bottom Line: Fun track and field game with many easy to play events, although the graphics leave much to be desired.

This Nintendo 64 game has crappy graphics not just because it is an old game, but even in comparison to other games released for this system it is among the worst. The backgrounds are not very detailed, which is fine, but with the athletes faces also not being detailed beyond very simplistic graphics you end up with some kind of freaky looking athletes. While the attempt at 3D graphics in this game is pretty unsuccessful, the game does still offer some fun games that up until the recent Mario and Sonic games for Wii and Nintendo DS there was not anything similar that was as good as this. Even those games do not have all the track and field events that make this so much fun, such as pole vaulting.

The Events:

Horizontal Bar: In this gymnastics event you try to successfully do tricks while on the horizontal bar to get a high score with 10 being the highest possible score. The controls for this event are pretty easy. You just have to hit Z when the gauge is in highlighted area and then move the control stick in the directions shown within a few seconds.

High Jump: In this field event you try to clear the highest height on the high jump bar. You start by adjusting the height you want to attempt using the up and down yellow C buttons. You get three attempts to clear the height. If successful, you choose a higher height and get another three tries. You continue until you fail three attempts on one height. To play you run by alternately tapping the left and right yellow C buttons. When in the jump area you hold Z and release it at desired angle. You then tap the Z button when the recovery gauge is in the highlighted zone. Overall this is an easy event to play, although the timing of hitting Z gets harder as the height gets higher and the highlighted recovery range shrinks.

Weightlifting: In this event you try to successfully lift the most weight. You get three attempts per weight chosen. You alternately press the right and left yellow C buttons to build power. When the power gets in highlighted Okay range you tap the Z button to lift. You then build up power again to get in the highlighted Okay range. When in the range you tap the Z again to jerk. Then you have to build power to the highlighted range and keep it in the range for 3 seconds to have a successful lift. I find this event too hard. I can usually get the lift and jerk, but I find it really hard to build up the last power gauge before the athlete runs out of stamina.

Javelin: This is a field event in which you try to throw the javelin the farthest. You start by building up speed to run by alternately tapping the left and right yellow C buttons. Before you get to the foul line hold Z and release when gauge reaches desired angle. This one's controls are easy, but it can take some practice to get the timing right to make sure you throw the javelin without fouling.

100m Freestyle: This is a short distance swimming event. The controls are very easy just tapping the left and right yellow C buttons alternately. It is, however, really hard to go fast enough to beat the computer swimmers.

110m Hurdles: This is a running event that includes jumping over a few hurdles. In the event you use the left and right yellow C buttons alternately to run and tap the Z button to jump. This is another event that is pretty hard to beat the computer at because it is basically based all on speed and it is hard to tap the left and right C buttons fast enough.

Hammer Throw: This is a field event in which you spin and throw the ball and chain. You start by moving the control stick in a circular direction to build up power as you spin around. The athlete turns five times before fouling. You must hold Z and release at desired angle before the end of the fifth turn or you foul. This is another easy event and one of my favorites. I find it is easiest to move the control stick in a circle if I use the palm of my hand.

Pole Vault: This is a field event similar to high jump, but this time you use a pole to help get over a higher bar. You use the left and right C yellow buttons to run. You hit Z when the timing gauge is in the highlighted area. You then hit Z again when the recovery gauge is in the highlighted area. You get three tries per height.

Long Jump: This is a field event in which you try to jump the farthest. You start be building up speed by pressing the left and right yellow C buttons. You then hold and release Z at desired angle before getting to the foul line. This game sounds simple, but I found it to be one of the hardest and most frustrating because it seems I do everything right and I do not go very far.

100m Dash: This is purely a short race. In this game you just tap the left and right yellow C buttons to build up speed. It is another game that is hard to beat the computer at.

Overall this game has a good variety of events to offer, although honestly it is more of an Olympic game than a track and field game because it has events like Freestyle Swimming and Horizontal Bar, which are not track and field events. Some events may downright impossible to do well at, but many of them can be mastered with practice. The best thing is all the events have a video tutorial of how to play the event. The graphics for this are actually better than the actual event because it is simplistic and well-thought out compared to the attempt at making the events 3D and not doing a good job.

Recommended:
Yes

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