Just Before Christmas, There's A New Cricket Game

There's so much about this trailer that looks pointedly dated, and yet I couldn't care less because it's a new cricket game.

You have to understand. I grew up on games like Shane Warne Cricket. Not the good one in 99: the terrible one where you had to mash the arrow keys like it was Decathlon from the Commodore 64. And Super International Cricket, which while fun, was no Cricket 97. And even though - much like being a fan of the sport itself - cricket is an exercise in forgiveness, that didn't stop me from spending almost 400 hours playing Don Bradman Cricket 14.

A few days before Christmas, we'll get a sequel.

A few changes worth noting for those who haven't been keeping score: controls for spin bowlers are now a little more in line with the speedsters, giving you a little more options tactically but also complicating the process a bit too. You can control a whole team in the career mode as well, female cricketers are in the mix and there's a stadium editor, which modders will have loads of fun with.

That's not to say there won't be a good deal of jank. That logo looks a little comical, and at one point in the trailer you can see a bat sticking out of the pitch:

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And this bloke looks like a cousin of the one that was in the Assassin's Creed 2 retouching:

But if you're a fan of cricket, you've learnt to take the good with the bad. Cricket isn't the NBA, and cricket games don't have the budget of a FIFA or NBA 2K. Patience is a virtue.

The new Don Bradman is due out on December 22 for consoles; a PC version is due out in January. Hopefully someone moves the willow by then. I'll probably end up grabbing it on PC, since the original was such a good second screen game and all. (It's not as much fun if you can't have ABC Grandstand on in the background, after all.)


Comments

    Just remember, catches win matches (when you're a ghost).

    Hahaha guess the old trusty method using the key wasn't good enough.

    There's a plus side to the simple graphics, it'll run on a potato.

      It actually looks worse that the game that came before it. Now there's an accomplishment.

        must be from all the effort it takes to animate female characters.

    If they priced it like an indie game, I might give it a go, but I'm not paying $99 for a low budget sports game.

    I'll be getting it again but yes it does look dated and the last one shipped with game breaking bugs for the first few weeks

    How does it look so much worse than the last Bradman game?

    I'd buy this for $60, not the $99 it will be everywhere.

    From the title I was kinda hoping for a board game like the old Test Match from C&A.

    FFS .. CA and ICC give the contract to these guys instead of EA

      I'd prefer they didn't. Wasted time dealing with licensing negotiations, fees and what not. Just let the community sort it out with mods.

    DBC'14 was like a hot chicken dinner after a diet of slop, so I'll be shelling out whatever Big Ant asks for it. I hope they don't mess too much with the controls (just when I'd mastered the line for my leggie's drifting ball).

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