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Ashes Cricket 2009

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85
PlayStation 3SPOnG
A strong game of cricket that lacks something in the batting department. Annoyances such as POV combine with niggles in team selection – when swapping a player, you can't compare stats to the player being swapped with – to drop a few percent. On the upside, bowling and fielding both work elegantly and combine to produce an very enjoyable single and two-player outing.
85
PlayStation 3Game Arena
Ashes Cricket 2009 is the best cricket game in 11 years. Not since Shane Warne 99 has the pitch captured my focus so well. That said, it's not flawless - the only licensed names are the Australian and English teams and the graphics are admittedly not up to scratch against other sports games. The punishing learning curve will definitely scare off more than a few punters (their loss) but once you learn the intricacies of the game it's a rewarding and balanced game - something I haven't seen in a long time. It's a must have for any fan of Cricket, and a wicket keepers mitt slap in the face challenge for EA Sports to do better.
85
Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
Ashes Cricket 2009 is a top game but it does overcomplicate in certain areas, however there is no doubt that cricket fans are going to love this title.
82
PlayStation 3IGN UK
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. The languid charm of a full test is captured well, making it the ideal game to while away lazy summer afternoons, while the more dramatic pace of Twenty20 makes for an equally engaging multiplayer experience. Labelling it the best cricket game available might be the faintest of praise given the complete lack of competition, but fans of the sport should be pleased that their only option is such an accomplished one.
82
Xbox 360IGN UK
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. The languid charm of a full test is captured well, making it the ideal game to while away lazy summer afternoons, while the more dramatic pace of Twenty20 makes for an equally engaging multiplayer experience. Labelling it the best cricket game available might be the faintest of praise given the complete lack of competition, but fans of the sport should be pleased that their only option is such an accomplished one.
80
Xbox 360AusGamers
Ultimately this is going to be picked up by the sort of people happy to bake beyond brown and into lobster-like colours through hours of exposure to harsh rays of the sun just to watch a bunch of dudes in whit standing on a field. And it's those sort of people who are going to spend the lengthy amount of time the game requires to get the most out of its depth, and there is depth here - if Ashes Cricket 09 does anything absolutely right, it's balance its various gameplay portions against each other to create synergetic experiences both behind the bat and behind the ball. There are quite a few pitfalls, but it's safe to say, thus far, this is easily the best cricketing experience and hopefully a step in the right direction towards crafting a more flashy and progressive cricket title.
80
PlayStation 3Good Game
This is definitely one of the better cricket games in recent years and I found it rarely became too repetitive or predictable - even against the AI. Fun stuff. I give it 8 leg-spinning rubber chickens.
80
PlayStation 3Times Online
The essence of a notoriously complex sport has been captured well here, and online play adds extra meat. The Ashes atmosphere is beefed up further by commentary from legends such as Ian Botham and Shane Warne.
80
Xbox 360Times Online
The essence of a notoriously complex sport has been captured well here, and online play adds extra meat. The Ashes atmosphere is beefed up further by commentary from legends such as Ian Botham and Shane Warne.
80
Xbox 360TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Ashes Cricket 2009 is, as the Aussies say, 'a little beauty'. It's by far and away the best cricket game that money can buy, which is good news for fans of the sport as it's the only cricket game being released this Ashes summer. Even though there is a distinct lack of content on offer in the title, Ashes Cricket's gameplay depth more than makes up for these shortcomings and provides a gaming all-rounder in the process.
80
PlayStation 3TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Ashes Cricket 2009 is, as the Aussies say, 'a little beauty'. It's by far and away the best cricket game that money can buy, which is good news for fans of the sport as it's the only cricket game being released this Ashes summer. Even though there is a distinct lack of content on offer in the title, Ashes Cricket's gameplay depth more than makes up for these shortcomings and provides a gaming all-rounder in the process.
80
PlayStation 3HEXUS.gaming
Overall, Ashes Cricket 2009 offers a technically adept and considerably challenging game of cricket. Thrill-seekers may be put off by its slow pace and stiff challenge, but hardened fans of the sport should delight in the fact that it delivers a tactically impressive imitation of the popular summer sport, in which defense is just as important as attack.
80
Xbox 360HEXUS.gaming
Overall, Ashes Cricket 2009 offers a technically adept and considerably challenging game of cricket. Thrill-seekers may be put off by its slow pace and stiff challenge, but hardened fans of the sport should delight in the fact that it delivers a tactically impressive imitation of the popular summer sport, in which defense is just as important as attack.
80
PlayStation 3Official UK PlayStation Magazine
Ultimately Ashes Cricket 2009 delivers where it matters most: on the field of play, And like the Caribbean genius who fronted this series for so long it does so spectacularly.
80
PlayStation 3Playstation Universe
Overall, it's clear that Transmission Games has gone a little further than most to deliver an authentic, fairly deep, yet simple to play cricket game that has an accessible control scheme, but still manages to deliver enough depth and challenge to appeal to hardened cricket fans. There are some good features that run alongside the gameplay too, including the confidence building system, which if you perform well, gives you an increased chance of bowling that perfect googly or hitting a six. There's also an adequate range of customization options, including a player and squad editor, which should appease those players looking for a more complete cricketing experience. Despite the few issues we have with Ashes Cricket 2009, it's still the best cricket game on console this year. And though, admittedly, you haven't got much of a choice elsewhere (none in fact) we can't see cricket fans being disappointed with this challenging and tactically-rich game of cricket.
80
Xbox 360Totally Gaming Network
I must admit I was a little apprehensive at playing Ashes Criket 2009 as before hand I’ve never been a great fan of cricket as a video game but this has completely changed me. It’s a great game that I would implore any cricket fan to go out and get.
80
Xbox 360AceGamez
Ashes Cricket 2009 might not be the prefect recreation of cricket that some might have hoped for, but it's a lot better than most people likely expected. By taking the already solid Brian Lara template and improving it in nearly every way, Codemasters have delivered the best cricket game to date, one that will surely keep both diehard fans of the sport and more casual observers of the Ashes series busy for quite a few months to come. Howzat?
80
Xbox 360Console Obsession
Though the visuals and presentation are more inadequate than they should have been, and the fielding, although improved over 2007’s Brian Lara, could have done with a few more options, Ashes Cricket 2009 is still a wonderful recreation of the sport: a sport that isn’t always the easiest to emulate in a game.
78
Xbox 360Play.tm
In some ways the easy criticisms of Ashes 2009 mirror those thrown often at the real game by those unaccustomed to its charms. It's slow, rarely what you'd call action packed, full of complex rules and batting is ten times more enjoyable than bowling. However if you love the sport itself these cease to be a problem and instead become signs that Transmission Games have done their job admirably. There's still work to be done to make bowling and fielding as satisfying as batting while the visuals could definitely do with a tart up in all departments, but otherwise this is as enjoyable a cricket game as we've yet to see.
75
PlayStation 3Good Game
it’s an improvement over 2007’s Ricky Ponting International Cricket and I think it delivers that balance of arcade fun and simulation really well. 7.5 short-pitched rubber chickens from me.
73
PlayStation 3PSM3 (Playstation 3 Magazine) UK
The short matches are good fun but they hardly capture the true spirit of test cricket. And given that the name of the game is Ashes Cricket 2009, we're betting that's precisely what you'd be wanting...
71
Xbox 360Console Monster
In short, Ashes was always a game that would appeal more to cricket fans, those with a subscription to Sky Sports and the elderly in general, but that doesn't mean that people falling outside of these groups should dismiss what is, in the end, a rewarding and often enjoyable game. Due to the rarity of cricket games in the release schedules, the lifespan of Ashes is at least a year and it's tempting 'come back for more if you think you're hard enough' feel will always have you coming back with a vengeance, only to edge your first ball right into the hands of a slip.
70
Xbox 360Xbox360Achievements
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.
70
WindowsGames Radar
The gameplay is an improvement, with a more realistic feel to the batting, bowling and fielding. However, the AI still has a tendency to run itself out stupidly far too often and the continued lack of proper edges behind the wicket mean having a large number of slips is often completely pointless. We can appreciate it would be difficult to get thin edges simulated accurately, but without them, well, the game just isn’t cricket. Nevertheless, Ashes Cricket 2009 is a decent game of cricket, marred by some classic issues. If you’d sorted out the persistent problem with the edges and runouts, you’d have got a much higher score, Codies.
70
PlayStation 3Games Radar
The short matches are good fun but they hardly capture the true spirit of test cricket. And given that the name of the game is Ashes Cricket 2009, we’re betting that’s precisely what you’d be wanting…
70
PlayStation 3videogamer.com
Ashes Cricket 2009 is a solid recreation of the sport and this summer's big sporting event, but it's lacking spark and feels a little slight in terms of depth. Play with a friend as opposed to the AI and you'll likely be able to have fun up to and beyond the end of the Ashes series, but as a next-gen sports sim it doesn't feel as though Codemasters has done enough to push the series forward.
70
PlayStation 3AceGamez
To some, cricket will always be more boring than a Geoffrey Boycott commentary on a Geoffrey Boycott innings [Guilty as charged! Ed] but while it does have its shortcomings, Ashes Cricket 2009 manages to combine the strangely therapeutic properties of the sport with the intensity of one of the most storied events in sports history, and that is a feat that would have left many other developers well and truly stumped.
70
Xbox 360Games Radar
The short matches are good fun but they hardly capture the true spirit of test cricket. And given that the name of the game is Ashes Cricket 2009, we’re betting that’s precisely what you’d be wanting…
70
Xbox 360videogamer.com
Ashes Cricket 2009 is a solid recreation of the sport and this summer's big sporting event, but it's lacking spark and feels a little slight in terms of depth. Play with a friend as opposed to the AI and you'll likely be able to have fun up to and beyond the end of the Ashes series, but as a next-gen sports sim it doesn't feel as though Codemasters has done enough to push the series forward.
70
Xbox 360NZGamer
Having not played cricket since I was little (back in 1994), Ashes Cricket 2009 was a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Not even really being a huge fan of cricket, it managed to hold my interest for a long time and compelled me to want to learn more of the finer controls to master my techniques. Cricket fans all over the country should at least try this game out, as it could be a long while before another title like this comes along for the sport.
70
Xbox 360PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Ashes Cricket 2009 doesn’t disappoint with the glitches and lack of glamour when compared to bigger sports titles. It’s the fact that Codemasters have previously provided more substantial experiences in the past and that this one is so familiar. Despite the room for improvement though, Ashes Cricket 2009 is an enjoyable cricket title. Arguably, the batting is the most important aspect and apart from the occasional timing issues, it strikes a good balance between playability and reality, while multiplayer matches are quite evenly based. So while it gets the style, just manages to trump the substance and it is a fun cricket game, the next game will need to give a bit more.
65
PlayStation 3GameSpot
The variety of modes and accessibility of controls make Ashes Cricket 2009 an easy game for players with only a passing interest in sports games to pick up. Ultimately fans of the sport will enjoy it the most, though they'll have to overlook its visuals and gameplay problems. It's good for a hit around the park during the tea break, but this game won't be replacing watching the real Aussies or English players take up the bat and ball anytime soon.
65
Xbox 360GameSpot
The variety of modes and accessibility of controls make Ashes Cricket 2009 an easy game for players with only a passing interest in sports games to pick up. Ultimately fans of the sport will enjoy it the most, though they'll have to overlook its visuals and gameplay problems. It's good for a hit around the park during the tea break, but this game won't be replacing watching the real Aussies or English players take up the bat and ball anytime soon.
60
WiiNintendo Life
Make no bones about it, Ashes Cricket is good fun if you have friends willing to join in with you, but flaky controls, a tedious single player experience and the jerky, unrealistic feel to the game stops it being anything other than run of the mill. This is a six, albeit one that doesn't quite knock you for six, but still gets to the boundary thanks to the saving grace that is the multiplayer mode.
60
WindowsGameSpot
The variety of single-player modes and accessibility of controls make Ashes 2009 an easy game for players with only a passing interest in sports games to pick up. The removal of local multiplayer--one of the console version's strongest features--in the PC game is disappointing, and while ultimately fans of the sport will enjoy this title the most, they'll have to overlook its visuals and gameplay problems. It's good for a hit around the park during the tea break, but this game won't be replacing watching the real Aussies or English players take up the bat and ball anytime soon.
60
PlayStation 3Gamestyle
In summary Ashes Cricket 2009 is a surprisingly enjoyable cricketing experience. Codemasters and Transmission must look to the Indian Premier League and Twenty20 cricket for inspiration about how to galvanise their presentation and attract new fans to the game.
60
Xbox 360Boomtown
Don't get me wrong, played online or locally with friends there's plenty of fun to be had with Ashes Cricket 2009. And if that's what you want out of the game then add a couple of points to the score below and go buy it. But as a studied game where you might want to play the full Ashes tournament against the AI Ashes Cricket 2009 is lacking.
59
Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Tja, Cricket ist nicht Fußball, Basketball oder Eishockey und im Gegensatz zu genannten Spielen wirklich totlangweilig. Das mag aber an unserer Mentalität liegen und der Tatsache, das dieser Sport bei uns nur eine Randerscheinung darstellt. Wer generell gegenüber Sportarten aufgeschlossen ist, kann sich vom Marktplatz (nicht dem Deutschen) eine Demo herunterladen. Cricket-Fans schlagen hier sicher ohnehin zu. Alle anderen: Finger weg, sonst wird die Milch im Tee sauer.
55
Xbox 360Gamer Limit
Hardcore fans of the cricket franchise will undoubtedly pick up this game for retail and, if they aren’t as fastidious as I, may very well become enchanted by its intricacy. For beginners, however, I can only recommend that you rent it and play online. While multiplayer is a magnificent accomplishment in the world of sporting games, single player is simply one big flaw.
50
PlayStation 3Thunderbolt Games
Ashes Cricket 2009 is a decent effort, but one that falls short both by being too complex in its mechanics and too simplistic in its gameplay. The foundations have been laid for solid subsequent entries provided a number of bugs and issues are addressed; namely questionable AI, disappointing visuals and the ability to continually succeed by using the same tactic. Hopefully Transmission and Codemasters will listen to the feedback and we could have a solid and very accessible sporting series able to compete alongside the Top Spins of the world.
50
PlayStation 3Boomtown
All this leaves Ashes 2009 in the usual camp of if you're desperate for a cricket game to play against friends, there is no better option. If however you're looking for a deep and rewarding single-player experience, where a Test and One day matches are clearly different to play, well again it's the best you can buy, but that doesn't make it an essential purchase.
50
Xbox 360UltraNinjas
Annnnnnnyhow, yeah, in general the game ticks a few boxes as said earlier, with the batting being fun if flawed and there being a decent online mode (although annoyingly disconnecting if you are losing carries no penalty), but there are far too many things wrong with Ashes 09 to make it a good game of cricket when taken as a whole. As cathartic as it may be to take England to an Ashes win given the shockingly poor events of last week at Headingly, once again you find yourself playing a game that's seemingly more content to bottom edge the ball onto its own stumps.
50
Xbox 360MS Xbox World
Overall the foundations are there to produce an excellent cricket game, however Codemasters will be ultimately very disappointed with this release, rushed with total lack of detail. The game still looks and plays like a late Xbox or very early 360 game, and has not been given the “next gen” polish. So overall a below average attempt, and in my opinion probably a game rushed for release in time for the Ashes. If you are in two minds on whether to buy this game just ask yourself - how many times are you going to want to play the Ashes series before you get bored?