Friday, February 4, 2011

Phelps Is Pushing The Limit

Michael Phelps is diving into the world of video games with his own swimming simulation, and Fight Night Champion proves that it might become a champion.
“Push the Limit” is the title of the upcoming Xbox 360 Kinect game.
It will focus solely on the sport of swimming, which is a rarity in the sports gaming world.
“I’m really excited to help bring a one-of-a-kind swimming video game to the market that is reflective of my competitive nature and passion for swimming,” Phelps said in a statement. “This definitely isn’t your typical video game; much like my training in the pool, Push the Limit is about improving and mastering every race element, from controlling your adrenaline on the block to perfectly timing your finish. In my world, it takes a lifetime of dedication to get one-hundredth of a second ahead and I believe Push the Limit offers players a unique journey inside swimming that will challenge themselves as much as their in-game competitors.”

In order to play the game you’ll need the Kinect. This is a sensor that works with the Xbox 360 to capture your movements and translate them into the game. There will be a Career Mode, where you’ll compete in tournaments and travel to some remote places and huge arenas. The game will also pit you against some of the world’s best swimmers.
This all sounds interesting and hopefully they can make this game fun and affective. The biggest thing is the motion controls have to work, obviously. How they are going to work is the one thing I want to see. I watched the trailer but they didn’t show someone actually using the game, so we’ll have to wait a little while longer.
This game can be a huge breakthrough or it can just fall to the side. I’m really hoping that it is as revolutionary as their making it sound, because that would open the door for so many possibilities in sports gaming.
The game will be released in June 2011.
Following up on the Fight Night demo, which I wrote about last week, I had a chance to play it and it’s pretty good.
It might take some time to get used to the controls, but once you do this is a very complete boxing game. The graphics are simply amazing and the gameplay is just fun. EA Sports has gotten as close to real boxing as it can.
The only problem with the demo is I got tired of it pretty quickly. It’s not that it’s a boring game; it’s just the limited choices of the demo make it feel repetitive after awhile. With that said, I can’t wait to get my hands on the full version.
As a bonus, I was able to get the full roster of fighters for the game.
Heavyweight: David Haye, Cris Arreola, Eddie Chambers, Eric Esch, Evander Holyfield, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Tommy Morrison, Vitali Klitschko and Wladimir Klitschko
Light Heavyweight: Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Joe Calzaghe and Roy Jones Jr
Middleweight: Anthony Mundine, Carlos Monzon, Danny Jacobs, Erislandy Lara, Fernando Vargas, Jake Lamotta, Jermain Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Marvin Hagler, Peter, Manfredo Jr, Ray Leonard, Ray Robinson, Ronald Wright and Sergio Mora
Welterweight: Zab Judah, Emanuel Augustus, Julio Cesar Chavez, Kendall Holt, Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto, Oscar De La Hoya, Ray Leonard, Ricky Hatton, Shane Mosley, Thomas Hearns, Tim Bradley, Victor Ortiz
Lightweight: Diego Corrales, Pernell Whitaker, Robert Guerrero, Roberto Duran, Vinny Paz and Jesse James Leija

Featherweight: Billy Dib, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Kevin Kelley
Bantamweight: Nonito Donaire.

Fight Night Champion is hitting store shelves on March 1..

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