Excerpt: After almost a decade away, Codemasters’ Brian Lara Cricket was resurrected to much fanfare and sales success in 2005. Two years later, the game received an update, and now in the present year of 2009, Brian Lara Cricket is seemingly no more, replaced by Ashes Cricket 2009. For those new to the game, the first option to visit should definitely be the excellent tutorial.
Summary: Ashes Cricket 2009 is a game that won’t sell as many copies as the other sports titles on release this summer, but definitely has a lot to offer, especially to the target audience of cricket fans who are often ignored by the likes of EA Sports. A Test match lasting five days may seem strange to many, but Ashes does a good job of recreating it for the true cricket fan, for whom this is probably a must buy.
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: The achievements arent hard as you can change difficulty to easy, so if any of you are an achievement whore and is looking to boost their gamerscore and true achievement you should really have a look at this game. The game has the main ashes series along with "20-20", one day international and 5 day test cricket to give the gamer a bit of variety. Thanks for taking the time to read this guys!!!
Conclusion: Ashes Cricket 2009 is a rent-first, buy-if-you-dare title. There is a lot to like in its online capabilities, but for a game that promised to elevate the cricketing genre to stellar heights, it has fallen far, far, short of the mark.
Conclusion: Great for cricket fans but not of much interest to anyone else. The game is easy to pick up and play and has an in depth tutorial system, so with a bit of practice anyone can become a master. That is part of the problem though as the batting seems a bit too easy for my liking and wickets seem to be down to user error rather than bowling skill. Give it a whirl but do not expect to be overawed.
Conclusion: But for its several shortcomings, Ashes 2009 plays a convincing and highly enjoyable game of cricket. Its greatest success is in managing the balancing act between bowling and batting – a hurdle at which many cricket games fall, but one that’s deftly dealt with by developers Transmission.