Greatest ever Olympian Michael Phelps gets his own Kinect swimming game

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Michael Phleps, the American Olympic swimmer who is more fish than man, is to get his own Xbox 360 Kinect title.

Called Michael Phelps – Push the Limit, it “utilizes Kinect for Xbox 360’s unique capabilities to let players go beyond the pool in one of the most realistic and intense sports simulations ever created.”

“Push the Limit is a fun, innovative, and physical way to game that is complete with elements that will challenge serious gamers, swimmers and casual fans,” said Phelps.

“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. 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.”

Strong words from a passionate Phelps there, but will the game offer anything other than mad arm flailing from nerds who look more like beached whales than Olympians? Developers Blitz Games sure believe so. You’ll take a lowly amateur swimmer up through the ranks until a final showdown with Phelps himself, with the Kinect sensor tracking your movements to determine the outcome of races.

“It is an honor for myself and everyone here at 505 to work with Michael Phelps, a truly transcendent athlete who has brought unprecedented glory to competitive swimming,” said Ian Howe, President of publishers 505 Games.

“His guidance and feedback have proven invaluable to the development process, and in-game he will mentor players in their journey from an unknown challenger to a powerful swimmer capable of beating the best in the world.”

The game will hit stores in June 2011.

Gerald Lynch
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