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Cricket 2005 (PS2)
Member Name: snowball15
Cricket 2005 (PS2)
Date: 25/11/05, updated on 25/11/05 (190 review reads)
Advantages: the choice of gaming modes
Disadvantages: the difficulty of batting
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.
Summary: ideal if you want a more simulation based cricket game