Excerpt: Part of the problem with the Ashes being played in the UK is that most of the action (yes, cricket does feature action) takes place while the majority of the population is working. Those Sky ads that show people watching on their PCs while at work clearly don't paint a true picture of what employees can really get up to, so most of us are left to watch highlights or perhaps keep updated via a live score feed.
Conclusion: If you already love cricket, then you’ll absolutely devour everything Ashes 2009 has to offer, from full-on test matches (including The Ashes, obviously), one-day internationals and 20 over games. For the cricket haters like ourselves however, there’s still a glimmer of buried joy to be found beneath the hours of tutorials if you’re willing to dig for it. Ultimately though, our expectations have been defied by Ashes 2009.
Excerpt: Despite several attempts from both Codemasters and EA over the years, Cricket games have never managed to find significant success, either in mechanics that replicate the sport to a satisfying degree, nor from a commercial perspective; overshadowed by the FIFA s or PGA s of the world. Now boasting the licence for Anglo-Australian grudge match The Ashes, Codemasters are back with their latest effort, but is it roaring success or bowled out for a duck?
Excerpt: If you’re outside Australia or the UK, this review will probably not mean much, however for lovers of cricket, Namco Bandai and Australian developers Transmission Games (Ricky Ponting Cricket) have created a rather worthy cricket title for 2009 and dare we say it, the best in quite some time.
Conclusion: The people at Transmission game and Atari have bowled us a corker. Multiplayer, online play or trophies to chase down, all add to the lasting appeal that Cricket nuts will love. Now, please excuse me as I go and get back what is rightfully ours from those Poms.
Excerpt: Ashes Cricket 2009 is the follow-up game to Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007 , developed by Australian company Transmission Games and published by Codemasters. While the name of the game has changed, Ponting remains the coverboy for the local game, while Kevin Pietersen adorns the cover of the UK edition. Cricket games have always been a fairly mixed bunch, ranging from the downright terrible, to the barely playable.
Excerpt: You have no idea how hard it is to write a review of a cricket game without applying a heavy layer of groan-worthy double-entendres and busting out 12th Man or Richie Benaud quotes by the dozen.
Pros: All the intricacies of the game are here, including psychological advantages, but they’re presented in an accessible manner where some other developers would have complicated things.
Cons: The overall style of the menus and pre-game graphics are reminiscent of a five year old title. Online support and presentation is dull at best.