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ESPN International Track and Field (DC)

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Developed and published by Konami of America, this is a sports simulation game incorporating 12 Olympic events and for up to four players.

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      24.10.2001 08:42

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      ESPN Track and Field is the one of few Konami titles to be released on the Dreamcast, and sadly it's not very good. It has around 12 events, the usual ones, but it's just not anywhere near as good as the Track and Field 2 game on the original PlayStation 1 console. The game is worth getting if you love running the 100m Dash, 110m Hurdles, or throwing the Javelin, performing the Long Jump and Pole Vault, and up to 4 of you can partake in the events, some one at a time, and others, like the racing events and free style swimming, you can all race it out at once - your control pad will not be the same again. But, it isn't as good as the originals, the game has fewer events and the graphics don't seem that much better than the PlayStation versions, and another poor aspect is the camera angle - in some events its near impossible to see when to throw as a line or marker is obscured by a tree or dodgy camera styles. The controls are simple, all you need to do is press the right buttons, and press them damn fast too! The game will not last you as long as some athletics games, but at least there is the option for four of you to play it. Overall, a disappointing game because of the lacking events, but it's worth getting if you're a must have fan of this style of game. 3 stars.

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      16.09.2001 04:10

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      ESPN Track and Field is the one of few Konami titles to be released on the Dreamcast, and sadly it's not very good. It has around 12 events, the usual ones, but it's just not anywhere near as good as the Track and Field 2 game on the original PlayStation 1 console. The game is worth getting if you love running the 100m Dash, 110m Hurdles, or throwing the Javelin, performing the Long Jump and Pole Vault, and up to 4 of you can partake in the events, some one at a time, and others, like the racing events and free style swimming, you can all race it out at once - your control pad will not be the same again. But, it isn't as good as the originals, the game has fewer events and the graphics don't seem that much better than the PlayStation versions, and another poor aspect is the camera angle - in some events its near impossible to see when to throw as a line or marker is obscured by a tree or dodgy camera styles. The controls are simple, all you need to do is press the right buttons, and press them damn fast too! The game will not last you as long as some athletics games, but at least there is the option for four of you to play it. Overall, a disappointing game because of the lacking events, but it's worth getting if you're a must have fan of this style of game. 3 stars.

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      29.08.2001 06:47
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      ESPN Track and Field is the one of few Konami titles to be released on the Dreamcast, and sadly it's not very good. It has around 12 events, the usual ones, but it's just not anywhere near as good as the Track and Field 2 game on the original PlayStation 1 console. The game is worth getting if you love running the 100m Dash, 110m Hurdles, or throwing the Javelin, performing the Long Jump and Pole Vault, and up to 4 of you can partake in the events, some one at a time, and others, like the racing events and free style swimming, you can all race it out at once - your control pad will not be the same again. But, it isn't as good as the originals, the game has fewer events and the graphics don't seem that much better than the PlayStation versions, and another poor aspect is the camera angle - in some events its near impossible to see when to throw as a line or marker is obscured by a tree or dodgy camera styles. The controls are simple, all you need to do is press the right buttons, and press them damn fast too! The game will not last you as long as some athletics games, but at least there is the option for four of you to play it. Overall, a disappointing game because of the lacking events, but it's worth getting if you're a must have fan of this style of game. 3 stars

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      30.12.2000 05:53
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      The object of this game is fairly straightforward: run fast, jump far, and throw stuff in events like the 100m Dash, 110m Hurdles, Javelin Throw, Long Jump, and Pole Vault. Unlike previous track and field games, ESPN IT&F adds non-track events as well, including the Horizontal Bar (male gymnastics), Trap Shooting, Weightlifting, 100m Freestyle (women's swimming), and Rhythm Gymnastics. It's not that I don't appreciate that the non-track events are in there, because I really enjoy the game's Olympic-style competition. I just feel the game title Track & Field is a bit misleading. Gameplay in ESPN IT&F, like in many previous track and field games, primarily involves mashing buttons as quickly as possible to make your character run down the track at top speed. The faster you go, the more points you get. However, one thing I do appreciate is that the game isn't entirely dependent upon having fast fingers. It also requires some co-ordination and timing, which is something that other button bashing games haven’t required. Graphics are some of the best I've seen on a track and field game, specifically with regards to the motion capture of the athletes performing the various events. Backgrounds are rendered with attention to detail. I also appreciated the inventive camera angles and replays. For example, during the 100m Freestyle swimming event, you get nice underwater photography, complete with underwater style distortion of sound. It is simply amazing how accurate this game is in capturing the feel of an exciting television broadcast. This game is a massive improvement on the graphics of the N64 and Playstaion versions but is essentially the same game. I would suggest only buying this if you if you don’t own any of the other versions.

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        10.12.2000 07:09

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        International Track and Field has finally reached the Dreamcast and what a disappointment. The Playstation version had a great option where you could change the button combinations to suit your playing style but unfortunately, Konami have left this out of the Dreamcast version. The default settings are incredibly hard to use as they consist of two regur buttons and the right trigger as the “action” button. This means that when sprinting towards the long jump pit, you lose speed as you have to reach your finger around to hit the trigger to perform the leap. It’s the same with the other events and the 110m Hurdles is absolutely laughable. Hit the trigger 10 times whilst sprinting down the track with the X+Y buttons. Not very comfortable. That said, the range of events is good and the graphics are passable. Some of the camera angles are a bit shoddy, with the Javelin being a case in point. The camera is at such a position that whilst running, you cannot see the “foul line”, meaning that for the first 8 or 9 attempts, you’ll either foul or throw 10m due to over compensation. Also not good. The single player game isn’t that enthralling, but with similarly matched friends, Track and Field can be an absolute blast. If you have 4 controllers, buy it. If not, save your cash.

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        17.11.2000 20:00
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        Track and Field is an entertaining game as it has good graphics and is fun to play however, it does get boring after a long while, so it’s lastability is not up to the standards as what you would expect from Konami. It is a big let down after the original Track and Field games, there is not as many events as you would expect from this game, also it is an incredibly hard game to complete and even to get the hang of. The controls in the game a very hard so if you want my advice, if your after a Olympic game for the Dreamcast go for Sydney 2000, it is much better.

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        17.10.2000 00:34

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        International Track and Field finally arrives on the Dreamcast. OK! I had been really looking forward to seeing what Konami could do with the Dreamcast version (surely it would beat the Playstation version) But, I am sad to admit it isn’t as I had hoped it would be - in fact I was very disappointed with it. OK - so it's got fairly good animation/graphics and is presented alright, but think about it; when there are less events to play in the game than in Sydney 2000 and less than the previous games on other formats ESPN is going to struggle to hold your attention - this was exactly what happened. OK some of the player animations are very good and I suppose the graphics are better than those in Sydney 2000 (and the sky detail is good) I actually think that Sydney 2000 is by far the better game. The camera angles are all wrong and it's practically impossible to do compete and succeed in the javelin event, as there is a large bush in the way of your player. Also, the lack of events means that, unless you really have to (perhaps you work for Konami), you really should get Sydney 2000 instead.

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