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This game came after the Cricket 2004 game and not much had changed in the game. The first thing which had failed to change in the game was the graphics. Every player in the game from the previous edition looked the same in the game. The pitches looked the same and the expressions of the players and also the animations of hitting the ball were all the same!
The mega change was the computer was more harder to play on all levels. Starting to play on the easiest level of the game I found it hard to take on the computer. Took a lot of time to beat the computer but it did not happen all the time like the last edition of the game.
The animations of the players when hitting the ball being the same was a failure of the game.Tournaments in the game were tricky to play with them being hard to win. The tough teams in the game were West Indies, South Africa, Pakistan and Australia. Fast bowlers were tough to use and I was being hit for sixes with the batters in the game when bowling to fast to them.
I did like the game though to play but because of the lack of new features the game was not good as it might have been. EA Sports should have had had new graphics and animations but they did not bother with Cricket 2005.
this game is a worthwhile buy without a doubt. the graphics are much improved from previous games and the commentary is also slightly improved. the gameplay itself is simillar to cricket 2004 however seems to offer slightly more variety. the training facilities on the game... namely the nets are a real let down, i really think they are tedious and not worthwhile. the actually games however are addictive and you can find yourself spending hours on the playstation without realising! the great thing about the game is that once you get into a game i find you get very involved and this is what makes the game so brilliant. the game is also great for non-cricket lovers! the only problem with the game is that if you want to play a match it takes up a LOT of time! to play a full test match you could easily be playing the game for over 4 hours!
Every Cricket fan has been waiting for this game but I am sorry it was not worth the wait.
The training nets are hard and really have no use or reflection on matchplay.You get no verbal guidelines to what is the correct action etc.
The bowling is also super difficult and no matter how you adjust your line and the distance you can never quite do it right.Single player mode you will never beat your opponent.
The graphics are good but the 2004 version is alot more real and you have a fighting chance against your opponents.
All your actions have to be so inch perfect the game is just too much. It gets you really frustrated.Your opponent knows everytime how you are batting and where your bowling is going to go. Extra fielders also appear of you do find a gap.
I have played loads of Cricket games with no problems and practice did make perfect but I am sorry I think they have rushed this one and not carried on the good points of the 2004 version.
Worth about £2.00 on a boot sale.Only get the game if you have lost the will to live !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Compete against the well known rivals including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
There is a create-a-player facility .
Commentary from the famous Richie Benaud
Over 1000 animations
As with all games there is a kind of settling in period, where you just have to get use to the timing and accuracy of the controls. Same with this game but when batting even with time, can still be very tricky to time the ball properly, often resulting in getting out when going for a big slog (kp style) over mid wicket. If things get too tricky though and you can start to see yourself slipping out of the match, you do still have the generate innings option where you let the computer play for you for either a selected amount of overs or until a wicket falls, or if you want to you can let in play the whole innings for you.
The fielding is strange to say the least, its almost as if there is no longer such a thing as a quick single. The fielders seem to both get to the ball and be able to throw the ball so quickly its like you are watching the game in fast forward, but your batsman seem to run at the same average speed, making the game very difficult to judge, especially if you need runs quickly, you have to resort to just tryting to launch the ball out of the ground, which is both risky and is very vry difficult to time with any batsman let alone a tailender, if you get to a situation like if you need 12 off 3 balls with 10 and 11 batting. it is almost impossible in real life but in this game it seems even more unlikely.
The bowling is probably the strongest part of the gameplay, but even that is still missing something. There are a wide variety of deliveries for each type of bowler whether you are using a spinner or a seamer, or anything in between. But to get any lbw decisions seems to be very difficult and to get any wickets you have to really vary where you are bowling and what speed you bowl at. If you dont generate the innings at any part then it can take a very very long time to get the other team out when you are bowling. Whether you are playing against Australia or Scotland it can still take a long time to get them out. And when you come round to batting you can start losing wickets galore if you dont really concentrate on what shot to play and the timing of it.
If you are looking for a more simulation based cricket game then this is probably the one for you, it has all the licences for the county/state teams and the international sides, plus it has a wide variety of modes and competitions for to you to enter and to enjoy. Despite its difficulty it can still be enjoyable if you can put in the hours of getting properly lined up with the controls and so you know exactly what shot to play and exactly when to play it. Despite the sometimes very annoying way that the computer seems to play, it is still an enjoyable game.
This is a good, enjoyful game. It doesnt matter if you dont like cricket, you will still enjoy this game, and if you are a fan then you will be addicted to this game. When you first play this game you will find it hard to bat. The bowling is very easy but the batting has been made harder and you to time the ball for it go for a four or a six. If you have trouble batting, then the training will help out a lot, as it will tell you if you timed the shot or mistimed the shot. The producers have made the game realistic as in real life if you mistimed your shot then you are likely to be caught out and this happens in the game. You can take on the best teams in the world by playing in the world cup, World Series and many more competitions. Graphics and sound have been improved slightly since the last version
You will have a lot of trouble playing the shot along the ground as most of the time if you want to get quick runs you will have to hit in the air. In Cricket 2004, the players move around like robots but the 2005 version is better as it seems more realistic. Once you master this game you will find it simple and can challenge the best teams. The great feature they have added in this game is the Twenty20 competition which is very fun to play. Brian Lara cricket is in competition with Cricket 2005 but I would prefer to play Cricket 2005 because of the wide range of shot selections. You can also create new players and the edit any players which are on the game. No, new competitions have been added to the game apart from the twenty20.
Overall, I would buy this game rather than any other cricket game released. It has its advantage and its disadvantages. Remember once you get used to the game you will find it easy. If you are a person who normally plays cricket games then buy this game you wont be disappointed.
It is a very good game and is really realistic. Good points about the game are if you are running and the fielder throughs the ball to the wicket keeper and if you think you are going to get out you can dive into the crease. Also instead of letting the computer do the fielding for you you can go into options and turn on manual fielding which means you can do it yourself. Another feature is you can put on batting aid which means you put something on and it tells you how many runs they think you will get. It has excellent face details into the players and also you can create your own player. It has all good county teams and international teams you can do seasons as county teams and you can also be australian teams. If the decisions are close they use the red and green lights (red if you havent got run green if you have got run). Someetimes you get rain delays and have to have two hour breaks in gameplay time. The umpire decisions are normally fair but sometimes can be controversal. It has 35 stadiums from all over the world and commentary from Richie Bernard. It has great players such as ricky ponting, Shane Warne and Pietersen. Also it has great competitions such as the ashes, the world cup and the 2020 cup.