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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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?