Cricket 2005 (Xbox)
- Compete as a fully licensed English team against a host of international opponents including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
- Brand new create-a-player facility
- Commentary from the legendary Richie Benaud
- Over 1000 new motion captured animations
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- Platform: Xbox
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
Not only does the game look spectacular, bowlers now have easy to access individual repertoires and batsman have far more control including the ability to dive into the crease to prevent an imminent run out.
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.
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To bowl, you select the type of delivery according to the bowler type (outswinger, yorker, offcutter, leg break etc.), then a cursor appears on the pitch which you need to position to select the area the ball is going to pitch in or around, then you select the amount of spin or swing you want to impart on the ball, then stop a power meter according to how fast you want to bowl. The batsmen than adjusts his feet, sets himself and plays from a range of strokes. It works almost exactly the same as its predecessors, and brings only slightly better graphics (duh) to the table, but everything else is either the same or worse than earlier versions on other platforms.
Overall every aspect feels unfinished or not properly thought through - I don't know if EA Sports were rushing to get the game to market in time for the Ashes....Read more ›
The graphics are great, until you start playing. Everything about the game is SOOOOO predictable - teams can be bowled out for virtually nothing, and you have a tiny number of shots that can score you runs. Test matches are a real labour of love - you can't actually save at any point, so you have to either quit when you regain consciousness having passed out through boredom, or alternatively, just give up (unless you have between 10 and 15 hours to dedicate to this pile of dross). Personally, I'd rather go and watch my local under 11's colts team in a 20-over bun fight. Save your money, and wait for Brian Lara!
1. You can not save matches unlike in 2004.
2. Batters can not move when the bowler runs up, again unrealistic and again you can do this in 2004.
3.Numerous glitches in the game like the commentators get the wrong score etc.
4.Huge delay by the umpire when he is not going to give you out.
5.Third umpire is rushed and unrealistic
The positives elements are:
1.Special ball selection when you bowl well.
2.Footmarks on the pitch in test matches.
3.You get a better idea where the ball is going to swing when you bowl.
4. Improved graphics of players faces.
5. The 20/20 cup competition.
If you have a copy of 2004 I really recommend that you do not buy this game.In fact I really do not understand why EA have not withdrawn this game from the shops period.
I would highly recommend Brian Lara 2005 for the historical or international cricket fan who has mates to play against.BL 2005 is more polished and its commentry is fantastic.However, it does not have the autoplay function of the EA games.But,at least you can save the game on this version and on EA 2004.Which for realsim and the county experience is a better game in my opinion than this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This game is very poor and no better than the original brian lara game in terms of the shots you can play. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2005 by Steve Barfoot
This is a game that is addictive. It annoyes you at first and then it gets better and better. It's pretty much exactly what cricket should be like on a real time basis. Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2005
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE,Dont buy this game.EA sports on a yearly basis keeps handing out crap like this and we keep on buying it. Read morePublished on 11 July 2005 by Mr Craig Davison
Although I am a passionate cricket fan, it has to be said that this version is nothing short of appalling. Read morePublished on 7 July 2005 by Roger Wilson
Oh dear EA. I really enjoyed Cricket 2004 on the PS2, it was a fair attempt at translating a difficult sport to a games console. Read morePublished on 6 July 2005 by P M ROGERS
I bought this game expecting a lot as EA Games normally excel. This however turned out to be a disaster. Read morePublished on 4 July 2005 by P A Clark
When I first heard about cricket 2005 I was instantly reminded of the quite awful attempts at cricket games EA had made befor, but given the vast improvments they have made to the... Read morePublished on 4 July 2005