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Ashes Cricket 09

by Codemasters Limited
 Ages 3 and Over
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo Wii
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
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  • ASIN: B002EEP21W
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 141 g
  • Release Date: 7 Aug. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,891 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo Wii

The game will provide you with the most authentic Ashes experience possible without having to don your whites. Delivering all the exciting, athletic, skilful and technical elements of the sport, the game’s comprehensive ‘Ashes’ mode will feature all five Tests played out at carefully detailed recreations of each authentic venue.

Featuring twelve Test playing nations and eighteen stadia from around the world, Ashes Cricket 2009 is the most comprehensive cricket video game ever. Experience the whole gamut of the world of cricket from the iconic Ashes series, Test matches, ODIs and 20 over games. The kits, the pacing, the atmosphere and the players all change depending upon your game mode.

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135 of 137 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun version of cricket on the Wii....finally!! 7 Aug. 2009
By R. Lord
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ever since the Wii came out there has been a call for a decent cricket game for the system. So hats off to Codemasters for finally bringing out a cricket game on the Wii.

Firstly the good points. As mentioned by previous reviewers, we finally get to play a proper version of cricket on the Wii after a long wait. And that scores a lot of points first off.

Second, it is a good attempt at simulating cricket on the Wii (given the pre motion-plus limitations of the Wii remote as this game doesn't use the motion plus).

Batting is fun. It's possibly not quite what you would expect (ie the swing of the bat doesn't determine placement), but it does give a decent batting feel.

I like the fact that you can either just choose to hit the ball and have the computer decide the placement or you can chose where you want to try to hit the ball before you swing. This gives you more control and strategy (ie trying to beat the field).

You can chose to play a defensive shot, a normal hit (the type will depend on where you are trying to hit ball) or a lofted shot, to try to acheive the big SIX. There is a timing meter that gets bigger or smaller depending on the skill of the bowler you are facing, the bowlers confidence, and the batsmans confidence. This makes it harder or easier to hit the ball where you want to.

The bowling is also fun and gives you a decent amount of control. You chose the ball placement by pointing the Wii at the pitch to determine where you want it to land (this is easier than it sounds). You then do a sort of bowling motion, and can add swing or spin (depending on the type of bowler), or chose to bowl a fast, normal or slow delivery.

There is also the option of a 'perfect' delivery.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ashes Cricket- A Solid Defence 9 Aug. 2009
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
There was a lot of negativity in the initial reviews-mostly mistaken in my view. This is a solid Wii effort. The controls work well and create a fun and controllable game. When a batsman you are controlling gets out you can see what you have done wrong and try to correct it. When you achieve success as a bowler, it's easy to know why and possible to replicate this. The visuals are not ideal, there are missing elements (such as no white ball and no limited overs fielding restrictions). I would consider buying the game twice for a more in depth one player experience to go with this more 'hit and giggle' game. I would love more manual fielding, a result screen, better AI captaincy and less twitchy manual batting aiming. But I know this will be a game to enjoy for a while to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A more than decent first attempt. 13 Aug. 2009
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
As a few other reviewers have stated, I think the harsh comments made about this game are unfair.

People have moaned about the graphics, for the wii I think their perfectly acceptable, the crowd, normally horrific on wii games, is good, as are the players themselves, although the likeness to their actual faces are pretty poor.

In terms of presentation, the menus styles are clean, crisp and easy to follow, and the presentation of the game itself is good.

When it comes to fun and gameplay, it is fabulous, as a cricketer myself, I feel that it would be too complicated for the player to time the ball and make sure they pierce the field aswell, certainly not for a casual gamer. The gameplay is some of the best ive seen on a wii game, the shots are proper cricket shots, the running between the wickets is decent but the game does fall down on the fielding, which is not great, but as you dont play as the fielders thats not rally a problem is it? The bowling is fun, shining the ball with the wii remote is good as is the simple way you bowl whilst still feeling involved.

If you want to play this for a long time, its fabulous aswell, the ashes tests will take a long time to complete, a bonus in my opinion, the fun 6, 10 and 20 forms and the different teams to play with, despite their dodgy player names.

Overall, the pros for this game are:
-Fun single and multiplayer games
-Good graphics for the wii
-Good use of the wii remote
-Long ashes campaign.
-Good bowling and batting mechanics.

There are cons, as you would expect.
-Poor fielding
-Poor commentary, there are only a few dull anecdotes you can listen too.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase 8 Aug. 2009
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I really think that some of the 1 star reviews of this game are harsh and were made in haste, but then again I guess first impressions count. People seem to be expecting more on the graphics side of things either because they think the Wii is capable of better or purely compared to other consoles.

The graphics are not garbage as some would have you believe, if you're that bothered about graphics buy another console!

Some nice touches I think with shining the ball and having gone through the batting and bowling tutorials they are quite good and easy to pick up. Another reviewer said that the batting was poor - it's not believe me. You can have a precise aim (despite no motion plus) by holding down on the directional pad and aiming at the screen before playing your shot by swinging the remote. The swing on the bowling is good and again, it is pretty easy to pick up within a short space of time.

I think the fielding side of it could be a bit better to be honest as the fielders tend to stumble a touch and stutter before throwing but that's not something which detracts a lot from the gameplay.

I'd like to have seen rain affecting tests and things but it has not been included on this game. I've yet to play this on multiplayer but I will be doing soon and I have the feeling this will be really good because having just played the computer so far I have not felt the same way as some reviewers.

The commentary has some nice touches too, with realistic Sky Sports style changes in the commentary box.

Would have liked obviously to have things like more grounds and proper squad names on some teams but I guess it all depends what you are looking for as to if you will be happy with this game or not.
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