From the Australian Gaming Database
|Developer||Wicked Witch Software|
Tru Blu Entertainment|
Sony Computer Entertainment Australia
|Released||September 10, 2009|
AFL Challenge is an Australian rules football game developed by Wicked Witch Software and published by Tru Blu Entertainment in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia for the PlayStation Portable on September 10, 2009. It is the first AFL game to be released for a handheld console, and the first AFL game not developed by Transmission Games since AFL '99.
AFL Challenge boasts the following features:
- All official teams and players
- Quick Match mode
- Season mode
- Changing Player Statistics
- Multiple camera angles
- Varied player animations
AFL Challenge allows players to play through an entire AFL season. It also features a team management system which allows players to build up their teams attributes and skills such as running and kicking. Players can also opt to play exhibition matches in the Quick Match mode.
The game omits several key aspects of Australian rules football such as the interchange, hip and shoulder tackles and numerous rules. Several key sports game standards are also overlooked, such as a franchise mode and multiplayer.
AFL Challenge was revealed in May 2009, alongside Wicked Witch's other Australian sports effort, Rugby League Challenge. The game was originally planned to be released in July 2009, but was pushed back to September without notice.
AFL Challenge received a unanimously negative reception upon release. Games On Net awarded the game 1/5, stating that "It's feature-barren, ugly, clunky and glitch-ridden, and fails to capture any of the essence or excitement of the sport." GameSpot AU noted that "The poorly tuned difficulty and lousy gameplay make what should be fun an unrewarding bore." In its review of the game, PALGN stated that it was impossible to recommend playing the game.
The game was advertised on television during the first round of the 2009 AFL Finals Series, and promoted on the AFL and PlayStation websites. The game debuted at #2 on the GFK PlayStation Portable sales chart, but did not place on the All Formats chart. The game stayed on the PSP Chart until late 2009. It is unknown how many unites of AFL Challenge were sold.
|Games On Net||1/5|
- AFL Challenge is currently the last AFL game to be exclusive to a Sony platform
- Executive Producer (Tru Blu Entertainment): David Robles
- ↑ Keller, Matt (2009-09-16) Games On Net AFL Challenge Review Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- ↑ Chiappini, Dan (2009-10-10) GameSpot AU AFL Challenge Review Retrieved 2011-01-10.
- ↑ Van Leuveren, Luke (2009-10-08) PALGN AFL Challenge Review Retrieved 2011-01-10.