Verdict: The rain came down over the Gabbatoir and washed away enough play to frustrate us. However, with patience, frustration, amusement, good fight and lots of positive weather reports from my Brisbane Baggy Green fanatics (playing weathermen) we bagged the final two wickets after some English resistance. Plenty of tension out there at the end with James Anderson in the middle of it all, but we have a Test victory, our first since January and we have taken the opening Ashes Test. 1-0 to Australia. YES!
Play: The man of the match award has been a hard tag to hand out, but despite Nathan Lyon’s beautiful spells of spin bowling, Michal Clarke’s scintillating century and tactical delivery for his troops, and David Warner’s emotional ton, it was a toss up between Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson.
Hads was playing his 50th Test (a proud achievement given his challenges in recent years on and off the field) and scored two half-centuries, the first being a dog fighting effort from him to pull us out of turmoil and then his keeping standards were first class. His pushed the troops forward with high energy.
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The dust has started to settle on the release of Ashes Cricket 2013, with the few who have bought it on the forums enjoying it. Not because it’s a good game, but for the degree of hilarity in the ways in which wickets are taken and the players act. This game is laughable in every sense of the word.
Ashes Cricket 2013 has only been released on PC thus far – it’s clear why, the game in its current state – after four additional months of fixing and polishing since the delay to the game in July, is still utterly broken and unsuitable for sale. Bugs in the game are immediately apparent, occur in every match played and most are easily reproducible, things that can’t not have been noticed by the development team or publisher 505 games.
The only public communication we have received has been a very brief statement, making no comment on features such as online play and promised ‘DLC’ content such as the Decision Review System not being included in the PC release.
“Despite the extended development schedule over the summer, we have continued to face challenges with the technology on which we have built Ashes Cricket 2013 for home consoles. Our developer, Trickstar Games have been unable to get the home console skus into a position where they are ready to launch simultaneously with the PC sku and with the start of the Australian series. We will advise on the release date of the console skus as soon as we are able.”
Less than 1 day remains before the Ashes kicks off. Once again the developers of Pocket Cricket have kindly provided PlanetCricket with some prizes to give away.
We will be giving the top overall Fantasy Cricket Ashes series winners a Pocket Cricket set. And we will also give the overall winner from the 3rd Test to the final one the same prize. This is to allow late comers a chance and for those that fell away in the first two test another shot. The matches will be set up as per normal with a Fantasy Cricket game being set up for each test so you will need to enter your team for each of the Tests to stay in for a chance to win.
Get picking for the 1st test which starts in less than a day. You can register your team by clicking here.
To support Pocket Cricket you can purchase the limited edition Ashes Pocket Cricket by following the instructions on the image below. If you have fallen behind in the competition then you can always buy Pocket Cricket from their website.
With nearly no advance warning, no video of the gameplay at all and just four new screenshots, the silence on Ashes Cricket 2013 has been broken by Steam showing the game being available on Friday for US$20.99. With no official announcement, this has to be one of the most low key launches for a cricket game ever – with no formal announcement of the release from 505 Games or Trickstar available at this point.
Full details are on the Steam page for Ashes Cricket 2013. No news about the disc based release, or potential console release is known at this stage.
Thursday was a big day for Big Ant Studios, with the public invited along to the EB Games store on Swanston St in Melbourne, Australia for the opportunity to see the game in person and play it. For six hours, the game was publicly available for play by anyone who dropped in – with over 50 people doing so, which Big Ant CEO Ross Symons called the best turnout ever, having done similar events for previous sports titles such as AFL Live.
New details on the game confirmed on the day include Matthew Hill and David Basheer being named as the game’s commentary team – Matthew Hill is better known as a horse racing caller for Sky Racing and David Basheer as the face of SBS Television’s Football coverage, though both have experience in covering a range of sports at the Olympics. In addition, the Bradman Oval and Sydney Cricket Ground were confirmed as the licensed stadiums among the 13 included in the game.
Among the minor features, a pop-up of the six-hit distance and a spin meter showing the RPMs of a spin bowler are some of the nods to the latest broadcasting innovations.
Of course the major things you’ll want to see are videos – it’s mostly cameras pointed at screens unfortunately – but we’ve got a big page of all of them on the PlanetCricket at the Don Bradman Cricket 14 World Premiere page.
Store policy meant a few people with some more professional camera equipment were turned away, however Youtubers Twistie3 and Apocalypse Games got invited back to the Big Ant headquarters to take a few videos. Twistie3 put up an interview with Big Ant CEO Ross Symons and some gameplay footage, while Apocalypse Games had some directly captured footage and a bit of an overview of the game – it’s certainly all worth checking out.
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