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Cricket 2005 (Xbox)

Platform : Xbox
1.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • 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

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  • ASIN: B0009RF7UC
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 1.4 cm ; 118 g
  • Release Date: 1 July 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,255 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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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I've been waiting for a cricket game to come out for the Xbox, in fact I almost wavered and traded in my Xbox for the PS2 a while back when it looked like there wouldn't be a cricket game for my console. But I toughed it out and, like the proverbial buses, after waiting for ages along come two cricket games at once in the shape of EA Cricket 2005 and Brian Lara 2005. I reviewed the PSOne version of Brian Lara cricket on Amazon, and found much to commend it. I've also played Brian Lara 2005. I'm genuinely sorry (not least because of the aforementioned wait, and the not insignificant amount of money I've spent) to say that EA Cricket 2005 has bowled us a googly. In brief, this game brings absolutely nothing to the table - its heritage and gameplay can be traced through Brian Lara cricket, back to the very first Shane Warne and Alan Border endorsed PC (and Amiga) games.
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....
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By A Customer on 12 July 2005
Having played Cricket 2005 and a demo of Brian Lara Cricket 2005, I can safely say that EA should be ashamed of themselves. It isn't even close. Brian Lara outclasses EA's offering in every department. Graphically, Cricket 2005 does look good when stationary, but as soon as any action starts happening on screen the terrible animation becomes all too apparant. The batting mechanics are a long way behind Brian Lara's (there are only 4 shots on the entire game that get you runs), and the AI is terrible, with the computer seemingly unable to play different shots to the same ball, meaning you can bowl the opposition out very cheaply and very unrealistically. I feel pity for Richie Benaud in that such a great commentator should be made to sound so stupid, and again Brian Lara's hugely complex commentary outshines Cricket 2005's efforts. I plead with you not to waste your money on a game put together with obviously so little care, and wait instead for the new Brian Lara. If you don't believe me, simply go on any general cricket website and read the reviews on them, as they enforce the points I have stated and do so in much more detail. There's certainly only one cricket game I want to play this summer.
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This has to be one of the worst things ever associated with the great game of cricket. It is a real shame I had to give this game any stars - none would have been far better.
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!
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If you are looking for a game that has fancy graphics and unrealistic gameplay, look no further.EA Sports have got a lot to answer for in this game to the point it should be withdrawn from the shops and here is why:
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.
Conclusion
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.
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