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We can finally let go of the ghost of EA’s cricket series (sorry PC gamers, you’re still stuck with it), and also the buggy gameplay of Ashes Cricket 2009.This is one of the cricket games that truely excited me after years and it also left me wondering why we were stuck with the broadcast camera all these years.
International Cricket 2010 is a triumph. An essential purchase for true cricket fans, it should also satisfy gamers who have only a passing interest in the game.
TrickStar have tweaked the game engine to turn it into a cricketing dream. From the improved camera angle to better placement of shots, this really hits the sweet spot. The big hoick over silly mid-wicket is the realism afforded from seeing the game as the players do – an inspired change. Essential for cricket fans and a true next-gen spot of bat and ball.
Overall, while it has its issues, it's still the best cricket game available at the moment. The big issue is whether it provides a sufficient leap forward from Ashes Cricket 2009 to warrant the investment from gamers. The lack of more licensed teams is a serious leg before wicket, but the new action cam provides enough innovation to make the game a worthy purchase.
All things considered, International Cricket 2010 culminates into a fairly solid product. The variety of option available in single-player modes is complemented by an equally decent number of multiplayer options. The game supports two to four player offline multiplayer and two-player online matches.
This title will seem rather familiar, although a new camera angle puts you closer to the action whilst you have more control when batting. On the downside, the graphics are not great, which contributes to the rather sterile atmosphere of the matches, but cricket fans will still enjoy it.
Building on some decent groundwork laid by last year’s Ashes 09 game, Codemasters’ latest cricket simulation steps up to the crease. The big change this year comes with a new immersive third-person viewpoint.
International Cricket 2010 is a nice game, and is definitely well worth it for anyone who loves cricket video games. The game introduces a few niceties and makes for a very engaging experience, especially when playing along with a friend. Solo gameplay can get dull. And the game leaves you asking for many obvious options. Considering all the additions though, International Cricket 2010 should make a good pick-up for any ardent fan of the sport, if the largely unlicensed material can be overlooked. The game of cricket just got a tad bit more interesting chaps. Tea anyone?
What things boil down to is that this is not a game designed to convert non-fans to the way of the willow. It's primarily for those that simply can't get enough of the bat and ball action, and to a lesser extent those who like easy (albeit rather time consuming) achievements. For those concerned about the additional cost in comparison to last year's game, it has to be said that the new view does make it vastly more playable and thus enjoyable.
International Cricket 2010 may not simulate everyone's sport of choice, but from a technical standpoint at least this is an impressive game. If you add in even a modicum of enthusiasm for leather on willow then you have a surprisingly compelling experience.
While it’s certainly not in the upper echelons of sports titles, International Cricket 2010 does deliver a more consistent experience out in the middle than its Ashes-branded predecessor, and its action cam does a good job of drawing you into the game – even if it does introduce a few new problems of its own. It has to be said that while the AI is indeed smarter than last year – proactively adjusting its scoring rates with the bat or bowling lines with the ball – this is a game at its best when played against a few mates on the couch, with beer and sledges flowing in equal measures. With some more refining tweaks and the acquisition of a few more licenses, next year’s game could certainly knock off Shane Warne Cricket ’99 and become the greatest cricket game of all time. As it stands this is a game that’s merely good, with the potential to be great. Kind of like the current Australian team.
International Cricket 2010 may be lacking in the visual department, although, like Ashes Cricket 2009, this is once again an admirable effort to translate the sport to a game, but if you have Codemasters’ 2009 cricket game, this year’s upgrade is one that is only really worth making if you’re a truly passionate fan.
Codemasters force the polar opposites of cricket and video games closer together than ever.
International Cricket 2010 is a brilliant game of cricket and if you enjoyed Ashes Cricket 2009 than you should certainly get this game. Plenty of new features and the addition of “Action cam” provides one of the most authentic and realistic cricket experience on the consoles, making this game a must buy for all the cricket fans out there.
Codemasters step to the crease once again, forcing the polar opposites of cricket and video games closer together than ever.
Despite the imbalance at IC2010's core, Trickstar's efforts at replicating cricket in all it's pernickety glory are to be applauded. Politely, of course.
What things boil down to is that this is not a game designed to convert non-fans to the way of the willow. It’s primarily for those that simply can’t get enough of the bat and ball action, and to a lesser extent those who like easy (albeit rather time consuming) achievements. For those concerned about the additional cost in comparison to last year’s game, it has to be said that the new view does make it vastly more playable and thus enjoyable. However, if you’ve already picked up last year’s game, it might be worth holding off on this one for the inevitable out-of-season price drop.
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.
As the game plays out in something approximating real time, completing even a Twenty Overs game can take several hours. This does mean that if you can overlook the game's foibles--which are major but not game breaking--you're likely to get many hours of something approaching enjoyment from the game as long as you shut the commentary off. However, the game's poor graphics, subpar sound, and frequent bugs will put anyone but the keenest of cricket fans off.
Of course, there is an argument that, in the winter months or when rain stops play, International Cricket 2010 might fill a gap for the real addict. But it resembles the real thing as much as Howzthat!: a once-popular game played with two tiny hexagonal metal bars with runs scored and 'Howzthat!' engraved on one bar, and methods of dismissal or 'not out' on the other. Great fun, and considerably more portable than IC 2010 and the Xbox, but, ultimately, just not Cricket!