Excerpt: Cricket once again arrives on the XBox 360 in International Cricket 2010 that is an amalgamation of arcade meets simulation sports. The biggest change to the cricket franchise from Codemasters is the new action came which allows you to face the ball like you're really there and the ability to play online. The control system has also been changed which now gives you full control of where you hit the ball (e.g. 360 degrees).
Conclusion: The many different tournaments that can be played is fairly fun, though to be honest one tournament is basically enough for me. Test matches are the best by far of all tournaments, though patience is a virtue should you want to complete a whole series. The graphics is an upside for this downtrodden review as the stadiums, pitches, players and what not are very lifelike.
Excerpt: There's only one sport making headlines at the moment. Eleven men taking on eleven men on a beautiful green pitch, with a ball playing a major part in proceedings. This isn't a video game based on that sport. This is Cricket 2010, released bizarrely smack bang in the middle of the football World Cup. With vuvuzelas blaring out from inside the stadiums in South Africa and on our streets here in England, has anyone even noticed that there's cricket going on too?
Excerpt: The unmistakable sound of leather on willow. The light tinkle of a teaspoon in a porcelain cup. The polite applause from the crowd. The sight of pretty umbrellas under the sun. A few men in white exchange pleasantries on the field. Generally just a nice day out. This is what cricket was all about before the short attention span of the younger generation ruined it all. Now it’s all about shorter games with more action. The players are not even wearing white anymore!
Excerpt: Cricket isn’t really the easiest sport to translate into a game, although Codemasters have managed it admirably ever since Brian Lara Cricket was released in 1994, but, let’s be honest now, batting is still the most fun portion of the game, and it’s likely that it’s always going to offer superior entertainment over the bowling.
Conclusion: Not really a great leap forward from last year, with certain elements taking a regrettable step backwards. Still, there is plenty of fun to be had here for cricket fans and the game mechanics are easy to pick up and play even for clueless amateurs. Nothing new or original, and although you can have a few hours of fun, it really doesn't do enough to excel itself forward over last year's title.