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I bought this game as soon as it came out. Like most cricket fans, when the ashes are on, all you want to do is play cricket! I decided to get this game because it looked rather good, all I can say is that it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be. I think it was rushed and corners were cut!
Ease of game:
I found the game really easy! Even on hard, if you get used to it you can keep the batsmen in for a very long time with little difficulty. To begin with I thought the game was good, I won my first few test matches! I then kept winning and winning! So I checked the settings and saw I had it on easy, shoved it up to the hardest setting and managed to win! I have only lost 3 games and that's when I slogged it every time.
The ps3 trophies on this game are very easy to get! This is the only game that I have platinumed! It's soooo easy and boring. I have played this game for hours and have enjoyed it, I always try to beat my highest score. It's a good time waster and i still play it! There are better cricket games out there, but I still feel this is good.
You can now but this game for £3 from CEx.com and other preowned websites! It's great value and it's worth getting for that price! When new the game cost £30, game values decrease so quickly which makes pre owned games a huge deal nowadays.
The game has very limited features though. There are only 13 teams and a few games modes which can make it boring because there isn't much to do. This game is a good way of learning rules though and young children will enoy playing on it!
Overall I think this game is good and worth the money you can pay for it now! I would recommend it to all ages as its simple to play and does not take long to get used to the controls.
Thanks for reading!
As with every sport in Britain, Cricket has a reasonable size following and as a result computer game manufacturers have been trying to cash in on its popularity for a number of years with only moderate success in the form of Brian Lara cricket and even then the best outing for that was over 10 years ago in 1999. Following on from the relative success that Codemasters had with the Lara series they have now brought us Ashes 2009, which I had reasonable hopes for.
The game follows the England tour of Australia and as you progress through the game you can unlock grounds in other Countries. The aim of the game is quite simple in that you take control of your selected nation from the 12 largest Cricketing Countries and the aim is to win games through different types of Cricket from 20 - 20 to Test Matches. Within the game you take control of Batsmen, bowlers and for the purpose of catching and throwing the ball back you also have limited control over the fielders.
As the game tries to en-capture the international cricket scene they have included the most popular forms of Cricket within the game, which includes the 20 -20 games, test matches, one day internationals and as the title suggests the Ashes contest between England and Australia. In fact the developers have made sure that England and Australia are fully licensed in the game to give it the proper Ashes feel. Of course this is where the first criticism comes in. I felt that by having 12 teams in the game and only licensing 2 of them it left the rest of the teams feeling a little less important and as if the game only really wanted to include the big 2 but had to include others to sell in other Countries.
The game allows you to pick your starting 11 from the match squads included within the game and I think this is perhaps one of the best elements about the game, which I'm afraid to say is a pretty poor element to be described as the best when it comes to this style of game. All 4 forms of cricket within the game are designed and implemented exactly as they should be and again this is another of the few positives that can be taken from the game.
Setting up a new tournament or match is very easy and for each one you can select which Ground you want to use, what wear the pitch has had and the difficulty of the opponents. The ground selection works quite well and as you achieve more within the game the more grounds you can choose to play at as there are a total of 18 different stadiums within the game. The difficulty selection though doesn't seem to make that much difference and having tried one game on hard I returned to easy or normal but that's not down to how good the computer becomes but more how unreliable the controls become.
The game also includes a training system and although this is a good addition it doesn't really make the game any better or teach you how to play the game any better. It simply gives you the opportunity to practice bowling and batting outside of a game environment. I think this would have been much better if it helped to make your batting, bowling or catching more consistent but instead it shows you the basics and generally leaves you to it.
Given the advances in graphics cards and the improvement that has been made in creating games that look real I think Ashes 2009 is still lacking behind with Brian Lara cricket. None of the players actually look particularly realistic and unless you are told who they are meant to be it would be almost impossible to tell by looking at them. Even the graphics during a match don't seem to have changed much since Codemasters previous tittles and apart from appearing a little sharper in colour the graphics are a real let down considering the capabilities of the PS3.
I have to admit that perhaps the only element of the game which seems to have improved is the look of the stadiums but this offers little support to the game play aspects and really is quite insignificant.
Perhaps one of the only aspects of the game which seems to have been done correctly. The combination of a realistic crowd noise and expert commentary by the likes of Jonathan Agnew, Shane Warne and Sir Ian Botham. The commentary team suggest that perhaps Codemasters blew too much of their budget on a star commentary team rather than focussing on making a good game.
Game Play & Control
Despite everything that I've already covered it was in the game play and controls that this game would really make or break itself. I'll start with the good elements and that is the fact you can start playing the game without using the practice element. The controls are set out within the matches and depending on the type of shot or the style of bowling you wish to use the combination of buttons is self explanatory. As I started to play this gave me great hope but that was soon overshadowed by the game play element of the game.
For starters as a batsman you can play the same shot to the same style and length of bowling and one time it will fly for 6, the next it will shoot straight up in the air. This wouldn't be too bad if it was done properly but there is no consistency in the direction, height and method of each shot. The same applies to the bowling aspect. You can bowl two identical balls to the same batsman and the results will be so wildly different that it puts you off playing the game.
Whilst all this is bad enough I think the catching element of the game, which will actually make up over 50% of your wickets, is far too temperamental and out of 10 catches you might be able to get one. The method the developers use would be quite good as you have to time the catch just right but the majority of the time the only option you can choose is the possibility of a catch and almost every time your fielder will drop the ball. The game play is far too frustrating regardless of which difficulty you have it on and it really makes the game very poor. Even in the two player mode all of the above applies and considering how good their previous games had been in two player mode this one is truly awful.
I'd almost bought Ashes 2009 a couple of times for the PS3 due to special offers in Tesco. Having now been lent the game for a week I am honestly glad that I hadn't spent £25 to buy this game. It is a very poor addition to the sport genre and will frustrate just about everyone who plays it. The graphics don't appear to have advanced any in the last 10 years and as for the game play it was sadly lacking.
With sports games the only real selling point they have is the longevity of the game as the graphics and soundtrack are only going to get it so far and having given up on this game after a week I think that speaks for itself. The game play is poor, the graphics are nothing special and given the abilities to produce decent looking games it makes a criminal underuse of the PS3's capabilities. This is a poor game that I really couldn't recommend anyone spends any money on.
Other Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 & Wii
Age - 3 plus
I had played a few of the Brian Lara cricket games (from the same developers as this one) so knew what to expect when I got this game. Ashes has the full array of modes; T20, one day and full test matches which of course includes the full ashes series from 2009 with the correct dates and venues for each test. As with real cricket Ashes has 3 aspects to the game; batting, bowling and fielding. The batting is very easy to pick up with you able vary your shots easily. The bowling is a little more complex and may confuse someone not familiar with cricket. The catching aspect of the game is simple yet very effective; the ball will have a coloured circle surrounding which will change from red to green back to red. Its all about timing by hitting the X button will the circle is green, too soon or too late and it's a drop, the closer the fielder is to the batsman the faster this will happen.
Ashes Cricket 2009 is a cricket game as you can see which offers the players an opportunity to play cricket on their consoles. The main problem with this game is that it focuses on the Ashes Cricket Tournament instead of the regular ICC Championships. The game has been improved and offers more shot selections for the players.It can also be played in a co-operative mode amongst two gamers.
Ashes Cricket 2009 features play modes like Test Cricket, One Day Internationals, Ashes Trophy matches and a Twenty20 mode. One of the main disadvantages of the game is that lack of venues. Most of the foreign countries have only one stadium to play on. The players cannot use them at the start of the game because they are locked. On the brighter side, the game has a coaching mode which teaches newbie players the controls for batting, bowling and fielding. The tutors are Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne. These two legends are also available as commentators alongwith Tony Greig and Jonathan Agnew. The commentary is good initially but sounds repetitive after some time. Trophies can also be obtained in the game by completing various tutorials and also by achieving certain records in matches.
This game can be obtained for under 15 bucks from most of the online stores. It is a great buy for cricket fans.
I have had ashes cricket 09 on the PS3 for a while now and was disappointed by the games poor gameplay. I was left frustrated by the game and couldn't help feeling the game had been rushed out of production by codemasters to coincide with the 2009 Ashes series vs Australia.
There are plenty of new features including trophies (I have unlocked quite a few for getting a hat-trick, taking 10 wickets with one bowler), new catching system (the ball whilst in the air, will change from red to yellow to green. Red means the catch is dropped, yellow is a likely fumble and green means the batsmen is out), 20/20 tournament (officially licensed), new bowling system (can now bowl inswingers and outswingers using Circle and Square buttons) and new 'line and length' system which follow the previous traffic light colours for catching where green balls are best.
The GOOD points:
Officially licensed - all of the players, tournaments and grounds are all officially licensed and have their real names. This was a real criticism of the Brian Lara Cricket titles.
Trophies - add to the enjoyment with a range of unlockables. These can be viewed and once you reach a 100% - you earn a platinum trophy (the most valuable trophy on the Playstation network, PSN).
Graphics - these are good, have good realism, the grounds especially Lord's look great. The graphics are good but not great -room for improvement for the next instalment.
The BAD Points:
Glitches Galore - there are a number of glitches in the game that you will soon discover after playing more than a handful of matches. These range from fielding errors, getting run out when you are in the crease!, unrealistic bowling, poor AI attempting unrealistic shots such as 'pulling' a half volley outside off stump (sorry for non cricket fans - basically swinging and missing a ball that was impossible to 'pull').
Bowling - the bowling system with the colour codes system does not allow full balls such as yorkers to be bowled. These routinely get hit for boundaries and thus force the game to be a monotonous bore of identical bowling. Not fun!
Unrealistic AI - the AI can hit too many balls for sixes and fours. This is very difficult and unrealistic - sometimes they hit sixes like crazy even though it is a test match. Someone should have told them its not a 20/20 match.
Overall: this is a good cricket game, and the only PS3 cricket title. However, this game has too many glitches that sap away the enjoyment and more importantly, do not represent good value for money. I would opt for BLIC 07 for the PS2 for a good cricket game, at a better price, and which will leave you less disappointed.
I got this game for Christmas and I have layed on this nearly everyday since I got it.
If you are a fan of Cricket its a very good game, the gameplay s good as you are able to play in the ashes series, 20-20, one day internationals, where the numbers of overs can be changed to suit your needs and test series as other international teams.
The game is hard to learn at first but with the additional of the tutorials, the controls can be easily learnt. Also with the tutorials, if you are a begineer in temrs of cricket, it helps to teach you what type of tactics to use in certain situations which is very good as a fan of Cricket.
Overall its a very good game and if I had to find one criticism, it would be the lack of a tour setting, where you can be a international team and go on tour to several countries like in real life, which would of been a great feature to have on the game
I used to play Brian Laras ps2 game which was great! I knew I had to get this one when it came out as I have now upgraded to ps3. The most interesting feature is the new way you get out being caught. If you are fielding the ball will come to you - and a circle will go red; then orange then green. On red you drop the ball; on orange you might drop the ball and green the batsman is out! It takes a bit of getting used to but soon you are ready for the circle! I found the different bowling styles quite fun, you can choose an inswinger; outswinger etc. You can even bowl a doosra with a spinner! Batting is similar to the Lara game you can only move a little either side of the wickets. This is obviously A good idea otherwise you would always be able to hit the ball and the game would be dull. You can dive when you get to the other end which is fun to watch. You also get some tests set by Beefy and Warney. All together a very addictive game.
I like to play cricket but I had not played a cricket game in till I went round a friends a house. I played ashes cricket and I loved it. So I bought it soon after.
As you can guess you bat and field. Batting is done by pressing the button at the right time usual just before the bounce. You may have to press it at a different time if the bowler is bowling slow or far from your crease. You choose whether or not to play the shot on the floor, defend or just slog it. Once you get the timing right however you can constantly slog and keep getting 6's. it does take a while to get the timing perfect but once you do it does get a little boring. Bowling is well done and you can bowl it fast flow or spin. You choose whether or not to throw it strait or have it bounce in a certain direction. When you run up to bowl you have to press a button at the right point to get a good bowl and on the harder difficulties the opposition will really punish you. However if you bowl well then the batter might edge it leaving you to try and catch it with a fielder to catch it. To do this you have to tap X at the right moment or you drop it. This is hard at first but you soon get use to it.
The graphics do there job but do very little to rival anything that has come out this year. The facial recognition is great and you can tell who's who however the animation on the faces aren't all that good and you struggle to tell there emotions. The crowd isn't much better and seems more pixelated then usual
An ok with a few problems. Soon gets boring when you master the batting and bowling
The only cricket game on the Playstation 3 is the Ashes Cricket game. I picked this up on the first week of release and can say the game has not disappointed me at all. With over 13 teams in the game and a wide number of players any cricket will love this game.
The first sense of disappointment in the game will be the amount of tournaments put in the game. It seems like they have put in less tournaments in the game. No world cup to play for! However there are other handy tournaments in the game including 20 over matches and international test matches.
The graphics of the game are very impressive with umpires and all players looking real as I have seen in a cricket game yet. The other impressive part of the game is the game play it self. Now there are multiple options on how you bowl and bat in the game. You can also set out your own default field now to make the game much more realistic to you.
I love the batting in the game as you can move around the shots nicely in the game. When bowlers do bowl straight at you then you are looking at being out. The strongest cricket team in the game has to be Australia no doubt. Bowling is much tougher in the game than batting and if you play the computer against a strong team expect a tough challenge.
You can always make it easier by putting the difficulty levels in the game down. The first cricket game on the PS3 to me is very good but Ashes Cricket could have been a lot better if the World Cup or even Twenty 20 cup had been added as a mode to play in the game. Oh well at least their is a cricket game on the PS3 now.