Cricket has the uncanny ability of making time pass slowly. Here, for those who wish to re-invest that warped time wisely, EA bowls several cricket events: the World Cup appears alongside two domestic Australian cup competitions, numerous international tours, one-day tests, and the English County Championships. There's something for fans of every leaning. The action is delivered with aplomb. Sharp visuals, combined with TV-style camera angles and live commentary from Messrs Benaud and Maxwell (the modern-day voices of televised cricket), complete what is the definitive video game for cricket fans. --Jonti Davies
With new motion capture and a new development platform, not to mention the inclusion of form and injury, gameplay is more true to life than ever before. And for the cricketing buff there's no end to the detail. A large variety of statistical graphs will be available including run rate and wagon wheel graphs, as well as a huge amount of statistical data on every player that tracks over the course of a tournament. The game revolves around a full TV style presentation including a full action replay mode, third umpire, animated ducks, TV style overlays, field position editor and much more. The field position editor allows for auto or manual fielding.
Over 75 stadia are modeled from all over the world, including Lords in England, Calcutta, Melbourne, Auckland, Cape Town, Barbados and Lahore; the detail in the stadia is amazing. Lighting and shadows of the highest grade together with real time weather all add to the authenticity of the playing experience.
- Clumsy graphics, comparable to Rugby 2004
- Some unrealistic animations, especially amongst close fielders.
- Long loading times
- Massive memory card requirement(nearly 4mb)
- Terrible commentary
- The disciplines required to be successful here are similar to real cricket. eg. When bowling, if you put the ball in the right place again and again, you're more likely to tempt a nick to slips.
- The performamce of the batsman is now contributed to by a confidence meter. He's more likely to be successful with attacking shots if he's played himself in, and his confidence is high.
- Wide range of modes.....I'm in the middle of a carribean tour at the moment, but for a bit of light releif, I might play a quick C & G Trophy session to practice my six hitting!
Without doubt, this is the best cricket game on the market, and would have merited 5 stars if gameplay was the only measure.
Wholeheartedly recommended for cricket fans, be it for the 10+ match Ashes tour, or the 10 over per side multiplayer blast.
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