All new detail in players' faces and bodies, over 1000 new motion captured animations and a brand new create-a-player facility allow gamers flexibility to play as the stars of the game or create their own.
With TV style presentation, over 35 stadiums from all over the world and commentary from the legendary Richie Benaud this is the definitive interactive Cricket experience.
Cricket 2005 seems to go in completely the opposite direction. This is an incredibly hard game to get in to. It takes days of perseverence, painstaking trial-and-error, and a lot of swearing at the TV before you even pull together your first win.
Some fans may claim this is good because at least the game is challenging. I agree a challenge is good; you should not be able to beat Australia with the USA on Medium difficulty after only a few days. But at the same time, you should at least be able to avoid getting destroyed by the USA, on Easy difficulty, with the World One-Day XI!!
The hardest aspect is batting. There are a variety of shot selections based on combinations of the 4-buttons and the left-analog stick. The L1 button also acts as a "six-hit" button.
As the bowler approaches, a small marker appears on the wicket in front of the batsman. This indicates the line of the bowl. The marker in relation to your batsman determines which shot you should play, i.e. if the ball is pitched short you should (apparently) play a back-foot shot. This is all explained in the training nets. Play the wrong shot and you will probably be walking to the pavillion. But that in itself isn't the hard part. To actually play the shot properly, you have time your button presses with nano-second accuracy. Press too early and you risk getting under the ball and looping it into the air.
On face value the graphics are better. So is the shot selection and bowling. The runs are harder to get and so are the wickets. Innings need to be built and slogging is a one way ticket out of the game (unless you are playing as Freddy or Pieterson).
The game can be annoying as it is easy to get yourself out. However you seem to keep coming back to it and enjoying the challenge.
If you want value for your money, and a challenge as well, buy this game, it is totally brilliant!!!
This game features rain, which adds to the realism, but this mucks up the number of overs. For example, if 3 balls have been bowled in that over and it begins to rain, when it stops, that bowler bowls another full over and so 9 balls have been bowled, puting one team at a clear disadvantage in a one day match.
The create a player is the same as in Fifa and Rugby 05, but has been fine tned a little. You can set the bowling type, the batting hand, the fielding position, and the strength of te batsman. You can also choose from around 150 bats for your batsman, although there is no licensing here, unlike Brian Lara 05.
Overall this is a good game, but if I were you, I'd go for Brian Lara 05 as it is a much better, more involved and realistic game.
Thankyou for reading, I hope this has been helpful to you.
Depending on why you want the game depends on which one you should buy.
If you want a game to play with your mates then buy Brian Lara, The game play is easier and begginers can pick it up within minutes, where as EA Cricket takes time and practice to learn how to bat properly.
Personnaly I like a challenge when I play a new game, therefore EA Cricket is my prefered game, It also has the proper names of players and the proper voice of cricket (Richie Benaud).
Brian Lara has it's upsides too, as I have mentioned the game play is easier and seems engineered for fun. The fielding is more realistic but graphics are not as good.
If your a keen Cricketer like me you'll buy both and play both.
Brian Lara comes out when the lads come round or if I fancy smacking the ball around and have a bit of Cricketing fun.
If I am wanting a tactical game and time to kill I play EA Cricket, Spend my time at the crease, build an innings or when I bowl plug away and wait for a break through.
There's no point in arguing and saying which game is better than the other as long as you get to play cricket and beat the Aussies do you really care which game you own???