Product Type: Codemasters Xbox 360 games
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A long slog sometimes
Ashes Cricket 09 (Xbox 360)
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Ashes Cricket 09 (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Some fun gameplay
Disadvantages: jerky graphics, glitches
Essentially for me this is an update of the old Playstation 2 game, 'Brian Lara's Cricket', it was made for the Ashes series in 2009, probably for maximum publicity and sales, I mean who wouldn't want to recreate the games on their sofa.
It's the first new cricket game for a couple of years and is in my opinion a 3 out of 5 game, its thoughtful and does provide great fun when you hit a ball cleanly or bowl someone with pace and guile, but its graphically average, can become a bit predictable and there are problems with the programming.
How to Play:
You can play a 20/20 match which is probably preferable for many due to the length of time a game takes, this is the new fun format of the game with lots of boundaries and wickets, you can also play a one day match allowing you to build scores more skilfully or for the really dedicated you can play test matches, which in theory are a great idea but on the Xbox, I found myself hitting a few boundaries an over and building scores of 900 if patience allowed me to keep playing.
I'm not so sure about these being honest, there not a huge progression from Brian Lara cricket and there are only two licensed teams (England and Australia) meaning if you don't play as them you play a team with made up names, the facial features look like stretched versions of the real thing and this is something they really need to iron out for the future. The graphics in the field can be jerky and this seems like something they tagged on rather than taking real time over.
The controls are easy to use, you have to use timing when batting to hit an array of shots and if you slightly mistime it you could be out or slice onto your own wicket as in the real game, at beginners level this isn't so clear but it becomes clearer as you move through difficulty levels. Bowling is a case of moving the cursor to a spot and using pace, spin or swing to move the ball in the air, this is good fun, although you can find certain spots which you bowl too which almost guarantee wickets and this is frustrating in many ways as it makes winning easy.
Fielding is rubbish and has not moved on from the old days, you set your field and can change it during the match, but most fields are pointless, the throwing is pedestrian and at times it seems the fielders are deliberately misling you out of run outs.
The crowds and atmosphere are fine, but again, they are no better than the old PS2 version, for me this game feels like it was wheeled out to make money from the Ashes rather than to get people enjoying a really good cricket match on their Xbox, for that reason I'm actually going to only give it 3 out of 5 rather than 4, as that should never be the reason to make a game.
It is good fun in parts, but predictable, the graphics are average and the extras are limited at best.
You can buy the game for £9.99 on Amazon and this is probably about right as it feels like a cut price game rather than the £29.99 game it was last summer.
Summary: A long slog sometimes