6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not great,
This review is from: Cricket 2004 (PS2) (Video Game)
I've been looking forward to this one for ages! EA Sports, cricket - how can you lose? Well, actually... perhaps it was asking a lot for EA to equal the quality of games such as Tiger Woods 2004 and SSX 3. These games are graphically impossible to fault, and there simply aren't any problems or bugs in them. Granted, cricket is an extremely difficult sport to replicate, but EA did a good job with rugby.
I have had a few problems with this game. These are also the first things that you notice - the (really) long loading times, and the faulty animation. In truth, Cricket 2002 had better graphics - at least they were good to look at. 2004's are somewhat dreary in comparison. You will probably also be required to wipe several cherished saves from your memory card simply to save one game.
Pleasingly, the game quickly becomes immensely addictive. In fact I'm surprised that I've found time for this review. The batting confidence meter is excellent. The batting needed to be made more difficult from Cricket 2002, and it is - although I have found that there are a few shots that consistently score well, and some that never do. I'm not too keen on being encouraged to play the wrong shot - it's just not cricket. Bowling is an tremendous improvement over the predecessor - it no longer feels like a dismissal is due almost entirely to luck. If you bowl in the right areas consistently, you will be rewarded here.
This game grew on me, but it needed to. The first impressions are not great. Fortunately the vital component, gameplay, is very good, and I haven't even tried the four player option yet! This is an excellent game which is unfortunately slightly flawed. Although EA could have made it brilliant, it is still head and shoulders above any console cricket game.