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Brian Lara Cricket has consumed so many hours of my life that I'll never get back. However, I don't regret it. This game, for its time was special. To be honest, no one has ever mastered a cricket game, not even now, and so this is such a credit to codemasters. I used to spend hours on a test match notching up 600 runs plus, only to generate innings when it came to bowling. I also enjoyed the scenarios where you had a certain task to do from classic cricketing moments of the past. The game certainly has some faults. For instance, when bowling, if you pitch the ball up right behind the stumps to make it a full toss, 5 times out of ten, you will clean up the batsmen's stumps. In addition, I became very familiar with cheats such as "big ball" or superbatsman" which eventually made the game far too easy by being able to hit a six every ball. However, the game is a cricket fans dream, and the commentary on it is absolutely classic. If you have never owned this game, you are yet to discover a gem of cricket. I definitely recommend giving it a try.
Haha this was my favorite game about 10 years ago and brings back great memories, was a brilliant game and i still turn it on now and again for a bit of fun, i had this game for the sega and then the ps1 and im considering buying it now for the xbox. The game was fully licenced and had all the best players of its generation and also a team of world XI which include the best players of all time and of course the master himself Brian Lara. The gameplay itself was good with a large variety of shots, bowling actions and fielding types. I used to love playing test matches and spending the day batting to get about 500 runs it was a very realistic game for its time and it was just as hard to get the opposition out. There was a variety of game modes including 10 over matches 50 over matches and the traditional test match, it also had a few different game types such as the world cup. This was my favourite and most played game on the playstation. It is availible now on all the new consoles for between 20 and 40 pounds and well worth a go, i'll definately be having a wee go on it for the xbox.
Before the release on PS2 of the new Brian Lara game, I thought I'd wip out the old version, dusting off the cobwebs and get a feel for it again... Cricket games are always an intriguing subject in the computer gaming world. Considering a Test match can last five days especially! But the gameplay is fast enough to overcome this. However, a memory card is a must if you go for the test, rather than the one-day options! The shot selection is adequate enough to be able to adapt and ball any ball the computer throws down at you, with clear guidance in the manual as to which directional arrows and buttons play which shot. Same can be said for the bowling deliveries, although spinners do have more options it seems than pace bowlers. Commentary by Johnathon Agnew and Geoff Boycott is up to a good enough and varied standard, and only after you've played it for long enough do you notice the repetition. One weak link is the commentators will say if it's four or six or not as soon as it's left the bat, even if it just trickles over the rope or goes through a fielder. The time it takes to load a game is a bit stretched and can draw on, or so I personally feel, even just for a short piece of action such as the coin toss! Considering the graphics are not TOO advanced, but albeit fairly advanced for the time of production. One enjoyable option of game is the challenges available, where you must try and re-inact a previous incredible comeback in cricketing history, that get progressively harder as you go through them. Fielding can be a problem, as unlike games such as the OLD Cricket 97 for the PC (another classic!), you only have a few set fielding setups, rather than being able to choose who goes where. You can also choose to operate the fielders manually or make the computer do the running - I certainly recommend the latter! Just beaware as well that occasionally the game can freeze, usually at the end of an over, but this is fairly rare, but if you want to keep hold of a game, make sure you save regularly.... which will mean even more waiting!! Finally, there is the case of realism - the likelihood is at lunch on the first day of a test match you could very well be 350 for 8, or something obscure like that as attacking strokes are playable for every ball, although there is a higher risk of losing your wicket of course, hense the 8 wickets down! In conclusion, if you have plenty of time to wait for the game to actually load, then Brian Lara comes fully recommended - and if you've got it at home gathering dust like I did, then see if you rekindle and old flame! It's very much a benchmark to see how any other cricketing games for the PS1 or 2 have performed or will perform, when it's PS2 cousin arrives soon!!
I brought this game about 3 months ago for a bargain price of £10 from HMV. I brought it because I did not have a cricket game on my Playstation so I saw the opportunity and took it. I had played Brian Lara cricket ’96 on the Sega mega drive and enjoyed playing it so I thought this one would be even better, and for once, I was correct. Background History about Brian Lara --------------------------------------------- Brian Lara is the most famous cricketer in the world and in April ’94 joined the cricketing greats like Bradman and Mohammed by scoring an incredible 375 runs in a test innings!! This is the highest ever-recorded series score and was a prelude to the unbelievable 501 not out in county cricket whilst he was playing for Warwickshire. In 1998, Brian Lara secured the captaincy of club and country. In his first outing as West Indies captain, he lead his team to victory in both test and one day series, personally averaging over fifty. On his return to English cricket, Lara rejoined Warwickshire and was instantly elected club captain. CONTROLS ---------------- If these controls seem a bit confusing, do not worry, when you actually have the game they become a lot clearer. These are just the basic controls: BATSMAN: Direction and X = Normal shot Direction and O = Six-hit Square = Defensive shot Triangle = Leave ball/duck AFTER HITTING BALL: X = Start run O = Turn around in mid-run BOWLING Fast/Medium-Fast X = Normal delivery O = Slower ball Square = Normal delivery Swinger X = In-swing O = Out-swing Square = Straight ball Leg Spin X = Leg-spinner O = Googly Square = Flipper Off-Spin X = Off-spinner O = Arm ball Square = Off-spinner MAIN MENU ----------------- MATCH: ----------- There are several types of matches you can play: Friendly, World Cup, World Series, Knockout, Test Series, Test Season, Classic Match. Here is some information about each: Friendly – Set up your own custom match between any of the 9 test playing nations. It is possible to adjust the match type, pitch type, weather, number of overs, number of days, and choose your location from any of the stadiums available in the game World Cup – this option starts a world cup tournament involving the 9 test playing teams along with 3 other teams from the less established nations pool. Up to 12 teams can be under player control. The tournament involves two stages. The first has two groups of 6 teams with each team playing each other twice. The top four go through to the final knockout stage. World Series – Selecting this option begins a world series stating in Australia. Between 2 and 5 teams can take part but one of those teams is always the host nation, Australia. You are then asked to select the other 1 to 4 teams. Between 0 and 5 teams can be under your control. The World Series involves the teams playing each other twice on a league basis. The top 2 teams then progress to the finals where the winner is decided over the best of three matches. If you only select two teams then you will go straight to the final. Codemasters Knockout tournament – You can take part in a straight knockout tournament involving 8 team and you can choose the amount of overs and where the tournament is to be held. Test Series – This option allows you to take part in a test series between 2 of the test playing nations. A test series is a series of test matches that are each played over 5 days and 2 innings with unlimited overs. The weather is a major factor in these matches. The actual number of matches played in the series is determined by you and can be between 1 and 6. Test Season – The modern test arena involves a yearlong journey aroun d the world playing highly competitive Test series against several countries. The test season allows you to take control of a team for 1 to 7 years. A rankings’ table keeps track of each Team’s performance during this time. Classic Match – This option allows you to play in a pre-defined match that has been chosen as a classic match. Only one is available when you first play and once completed successfully you will be given a password that opens up the next match and as you progress it get harder. SETTINGS: Here you can customize the game in the following ways: --------------- Skill Level – There are three different skill levels Village, County or Test. The village level is for beginners and is supposed to be easy but I find it quite hard to bowl out the computer. I have not played on the other skill levels but I do not want to play on test level because if village is hard then test is going to be much harder. Slog Mode – This option changes the computer batting style from its presets to an all action, high-risk strategy whereby the computer batsmen never play defensive shots and is ideal if you want to play quick games. I have not tried this out yet but when I have finished this opinion, I certainly will. Sound – Turns the sound effects on or off Commentary – Turns the in-game commentary on or off TEAMS – Selecting this option allows you to view the statistics and kit colours for each of the 9 test playing nations. Scroll up and down the player list and press X on the player you wish to view the statistics for. Player statistics – This displays the characteristics and career statistics for each player. Use left and right directional buttons and press X to cycle through all the players in the squad. Practice - This option takes you to the practice area where you can practice your batting and your bowling. My advice is to practice your batting because the computer can be very good so you need to show it that you are even better. I found practicing bowling made no difference because I always aim to catch them out because it’s a lot easier although it never works I usually get them out by chance. Bowling – Choose form the options the type of bowler to practice with, which side of the wicket to bowl, left handed or right handed batsman and the camera angle. Then just bowl as you would normally do in a proper match the only problem being you have no fielders to catch the batsman out so this is only to practices bowling him out. Batting – Offers the choice of the type of bowler to face, type of batsman to control and with which camera angle. The bad thing about this one is that it has the stupid net in the way so you cannot practice getting sixes but its still very good to practice in. ARCHIVES: --------------- Entering this area enables you to access the records screen and performance tracking. Records – This screen displays the highest and lowest scores achieved within the game. The records are highest individual score; highest team score and best bowling. Performance Tracking – This option allows you to keep track of a player’s performance. You can track both batting and bowling performances for up to 20 players from any of the 9 test playing nations. To select the players whose performance you wish to track, or whose statistics you wish to view, highlight a slot in the player list and then press X. You can also select an entire squad to track this point. QUICK START – Selecting this option takes you straight to the action, allowing you to bypass the set-up screens. The match will be a 10 over-a-side on day match played at a random location. RESTORE – This option is only available once you have saved a game. (It takes you to a screen where it has all your saved games on the memory card providing you have any. Well that about covers it. I really enjoy playing this game and the graphics are all right not fantastic but they are good enough to be able to play. The commentary can get annoying and watch out because if you get out for a score of 0 then a duck walks across the screen, which is a nice added feature. For £9.99, this is a great bargain and I am sure you can find it cheaper somewhere on the net. I recommend this to everyone especially cricket fans it’s a fantastic game and the most realistic cricket game that I have played on the Playstation. Hope this helps you. :O)
Everybody loves watching some kind old men having their balls wacked about with a large wooden object but not everyone loves cricket. And so with the obligatory testicle reference out of the way on with the opinion. Cricket games always have been of a high standard for some reason, unlike football and rugby. I can remember playing Graham Gooch's World Class Cricket on the trusty Amiga many years ago and being astounded by the graphics and the depth of gameplay. International Cricket Captain is another fantastic example of a great cricket game but until now the gentleman's sport has been limited to PCs and Amigas but now that has all changed thanks to Brian Lara and Codemasters. As you switch on the old grey box and slip the CD inside you are first greeted by a super little FMV showing off the graphics of the game and some lovely fours, sixes and defensive shots as well as plenty of tumbling wickets. So with the mood set you are then moved into the menu. You can dive straight into a quick start, set up a friendly, tinker with the options or maybe have a quick go in the nets. If like me you are as impatient as the hedgehogs that litter our countries roads then you'll go for the quick start. When you click on this the PlayStation will pick two teams, a venue and the weather for you and leave you with nothing to choose. Then you are taken into the loading screen. Oh dear. You'd best be pulling War and Peace off the shelf and sitting back for a while as these are loooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggg. When the first loading screen goes away you are greeted with a camera swooping and diving around a cricket ground. Then Mr Boycott and some other bloke start yakking about the pitch conditions and whether you should bat or field, should the toss go your way that is. An element of choice is included in the toss as you get to choose whether you would like heads or tails. Wow, you're so lucky. After these formalities are out of the way another loading screen is born, and this one's even longer. And when I say longer, I mean centuries longer. Civilisations will be born and fall while you wait. You will have children while you wait. New popes will be chosen while you wait. You will become senile while you wait. When the waiting game has been played you are finally in the game proper. There are some nice graphics around all the grounds, which all seem suspiciously similar, and the players seem to resemble something human. The chances are you lost the toss and are being forced to wade through the monotony of bowling. The way it works is like this; a little circle appears on the screen and this indicates where it will bounce when you press different buttons the circle will narrow to a single point and your shot will be ready. Depending on what button you pressed a different bowl will be played. For instant if you are Shane Warne and you press X an off spin will be played but if you press O a leg spin will be played. You can choose to skip this formality but if you do the likelyhood of it all will be that you end up as 45030384 for one at the end of the day. The bowling takes forever and if playing against the CPU it seems to only know defensive shots. This is the most frustrating part. Getting them out either takes 3 overs or 3 months, depending on how lucky you are. The fielding is diabolical. You only get a few fielding formations to choose from and normally you only have about 5 there. I want to be able to choose my field. I want to be able to have 6 players on the boundary and 4 players so close to the batsmen they are quite likely to have there jaws broken every time he swings. When this drudgery is over the batting starts. The most unrealistic part of the entire game. Basically you will last about 12 overs during which time you will hit fours and sixes until you slice it or are caught. As with the bowling a different button produces a different shot. X = ground stroke, O = high shot, Square = defensive shot and Triangle = duck. The commentary is probably the best aspect of the entire game with plenty of remarks, sometimes even vaguely funnt, being included. They also seem accurate. None of your FIFA style guesses by the commentator as to what happened here. The two commentators exchange remarks with each other and if you leave it for a while they will start taking the p**s out of either each other or you. The multi player is appallingly dull and if the other person doesn't own the game then about 4 or 5 days will be spent explaining the controls to him/her. Overall if you have several years to spare then Brian Lara Cricket is well worth it but if you are one of the many "casual gamers" that grace the PlayStation scene you'd best stick to your FIFAs, your racing games and your Tomb Raiders.
There are so many sports games available at the moment that it's surprising that there are so few cricket games around. 'Brian Lara Cricket' is one of the few and is generally regarded as the best. As in any sports game worth its salt, there are plenty of options in 'Brian Lara Cricket'. You can take control of any of the major cricket-playing countries (even the rubbish ones who made up the numbers in the World Cup) and play test matches, test series, one day internationals, World Cups and anything else that international cricket teams do. When playing against the computer, batting is more enjoyable than bowling but you get this feeling that you're not quite in control. As long as you press the buttons at the right time, you'll hit the ball pretty well and getting out (apart from if you're bowled or caught trying to slog it for six) seems to be out of your control, edges seemingly coming randomly. Bowling too, has a random feel to it. You could bowl what you thought was a cracking ball and have it hit for four by the batsman and then bowl an average one and have him caught in the slips. Bowling can also get very dull. After a couple of overs against the computer, you'll get bored and just end up getting the computer to generate the innings so you can have a bat. And don't get me started on the fielding. If Jonty Rhodes has ever played this game then I imagine he would have got so mad with the ineptitude of the computer-controlled fielders that he smashed up his PlayStation. They almost always let the ball run past them and then chase it, giving away valuable runs, when even my granny could stop it and not concede a run. What makes it worse is that occasionally they pull off a move that even the great Jonty couldn't manage, totally bamboozling the batsmen and usually leading to a run out. However, as is the case in probably every sports game ever, the multiplayer mode is better than the one-player. Even though the batting has that same feel of randomness to it, the person who you are playing against is subject to the same system (and the same incompetent fielders) so it evens itself out. Also, bowling becomes far more enjoyable when you're playing against a friend because, just as in real cricket, you can spot the weaknesses in his game and pre-empt what he's going to do and try the double- or triple-bluff. The end of a match, especially a five day test match, is also faithful to the real game with one team's tail end gallantly trying to get those last few runs while the opposition bowlers are plugging away and attempting to get a wicket every ball. It can get very exciting. If you're a cricket fan and you want to play the game on your PlayStation then you can't do much better than this. I just wish some canny developer would notice that there's a gap in the market and plug it with a cricket game worthy of the sport.
Brian Lara Cricket was described in many magazines as being 'an excellent game for cricket addicts'. I have to disagree, and seeing comments like that makes me think that the producers must of been paid to write those opinions. And I say that for one reason - the game is rubbish. No faults graphically or of potential to be a good game, but because the game is simply too slow. Entering into the game is easy, and getting a match set up is simple. But then the problems start arising. It takes a few minutes to load the game. Well, the coin toss that is. This is a pointless addition, that the developers probably thought may improve the realism of the game. Fair enough that this does happen in real life, but they could simply say who won the toss instead of actually showing the two captains tossing the coin. It then takes another few minutes to actually load into the match, which I do have to admit looks impressive. The grounds are based on the real ones and look good, and the players look real in all the proper strips. However, that is not the problem, because it isn't one. The problem is that the players seem paralysed as soon as they set foot on the pitch, seem to have lost the ability to move. This is a shame because my first impressions were that this was going to be a good game.Its just that it becomes so frustrating when, 10 minutes (exagerated to prove a point) after the bowler has bowled the ball, he decides to take a swing. By that time, the player is out. People going to run for the ball if you manage to hit it look constipated as they run, and it is frustrating when your players refuse to react for a minute or two as the ball goes past them. By then, the opposition has a few runs on the score sheet. Controls for this game are simple enough, and there are a variety of different hits (block, low swing, cut/slice, hit for six) and different bowls (depend on type of bowler), and the re is also many different options for what type of match to play, and all the teams are real. It is a good game if you have the patience to wait for something to actually happen. It is also enjoyable enough with friends. I feel that the game would be a lot smoother on the Playstation 2 and if the Player Al was improved then this would be a good game. I have heard that Cricket 2000is a better game. I havn't played it, but it surely must be better then this slow, boring and repetitive game.
I got this game from my gran for Xmas cos I love sports games but its rubbish. The graphics look realistic enough but its impossible to tell where the ball is going to go when you hit it and if you really try to thump it you nearly always get caught out. Also it takes for ever for there to be an other shot after you've just had one. You can spend nearly an hour just to play one innings and only get about twenty runs. The commentary is good which is one thing in its favour and is doen by Geoff Boycott. There is the option to play a set of classic matches from the past as one team or other (for example, you can be West Indies versus England from a famous test match) and you have to win one of these classic matches to get to the next one. I presume these get harder as you go through them but since Ive never managed to get past the first one I can't say for sure. The game is based obviously on cricket with Brian Lara the record-holding West Indian cricketer on the front cover. I wouldn't say you should buy it though not unless you really really liek cricket and are deperate to have a game for your playstation.
Brian Lara Cricket is a game for those who love to play cricket and those who can't play cricket, There are many classic matches where one can relive epic moments in crickets history,There are test matches test series friendly games World Cups Knockout competitions and even a feature which allows you to play in the nets.But For me the best option was the two player option, It's not split screen but works very well, whenever my friends come round I always play them at it, I also enjoy choosing the teams and downloading new players.The comentry on it from Aggers and Boycot is fantastic and makes it even more realistic.I have been reccommended World cup'99 and Cricket captain II. There should be a new version out or coming out soon with better geaphics. I would like to see though a game which involved county sides, as they are in my opinion more fun to watch than Some International matches. Quick matches are for lazy people who do not wish to go through the fun of choosing teams and players
When WWF Attitude came out it was the best wrestling game unchallenged. Even now its Create-a-Wrestler mode is far superior to that of any other wrestling game. The wrestling game that followed Attitude, WWF Smackdown, lacked two important features that Attitude has. Firstly, a good Creat-a-Wrestler mode. On Smackdown there is hardly any selection available, and you can only select head, top and bottom instead of being able to select hair, facial features, hats, T-Shirts, vests, belts, trousers, shorts, boots, shoes, etc etc. And also Smackdown lacks commentary. One of Attitude's strongest points is that is has commentating.
One of the things that makes this game fun is instead of picking up the little tiny bookelet and learning how to master the game, I just picked it up and pressed on all the buttons to see what happened. Well, its more fun than reading all of that rubbish and part of the fun is to try and work out what to do! And when you finally do work out what to do after many hours of random button pressing, the game can become quite fun, especially in multiplayer mode against your mates! This game can be quite fun for about a month but after then you just seem to be doing the same thing over and over again and the whole thing seems to get a bit boring after a while. Still, it is worth a go though, especially by fans of the sport.