Reviews and Problems with New International Track & Field
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Replay value 8
New International Track & Field
Family Friendly Gaming
2 February 2013
Excerpt: New International Track & Field is a worthy successor of the old Track & Field video game. Konami gets a lot of things right in New International Track & Field for the Nintendo DS. Twenty-four Olympic style events can be found in this E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) ESRB rated video game. The events range from Skeet Shooting to the 40 yard dash. Some of them are easier to figure out than others.
Conclusion: Concept: Replace button tapping with screen scratching and release before the Olympics
Graphics: The big-headed characters are more unsightly than cute
Sound: Nice retro music and effects square off against annoying character voices
Playability: Frustration accompanies both control schemes
Entertainment: Unlocks are great, but the events are just too repetitive
Summary: Worthy of the podium, New International Track and Field captures the spirit and sweat-inducing finger athleticism of the beloved NES series. Most of the events push players to swipe or rotate the stylus at breakneck speeds. Some of the events, like the hammer throw, don't leave much margin for error, which can be frustrating until you get the hang of it. But all told, there wasn't an event that I didn't grow to love. They are all fun and extremely well made.
Conclusion: While all the elements of the original campaign are still there, the storyline is notably shorter. I would have liked to see some more variety on the overall map or even in the battle maps but unfortunately these have remained exactly the same. This has to have some impact on the score but it does not mean that the game is not worth purchasing. For 30 hours of gameplay of this quality, $14.99 is a steal. And if you haven’t played the game yet, you should.
Conclusion: the right time) would trigger a jump or a throw. I can still hear the beating those buttons took in the arcade and remember almost snapping a joystick or two in half at home (in those days, unless you had the specialized home controller you had to rapidly move the joystick left and right to generate speed). It was one of those games that you loved to play for a period of time, but for me anyways the interest faded quickly.
Summary: The New International Track & Field features over 20 different athletic events, with several unlockable characters from other Konami franchises, such as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2 and Sparkster from Rocket Knight Adventures.
Excerpt: The formula that most track-and-field games follow was established in the early '80s with Track and Field. The majority of events demanded that players slam alternately on two buttons as fast as they possibly could, a controller-breaking maneuver that has carried over to just about every virtual sprint competition since then.
Pros: Eight classic Konami characters to unlock, Good multiplayer, both online and off, 24 different events with their own strategies, Touch screen or standard control options
Cons: High learning curve, Uneven difficulty, The game's stylus controls can scratch your DS