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Don Bradman Cricket 14 Review

Article written by on April 15th, 2014

In a running trial the coach watches two athletes run the same time. One is lean, fit and has great technique; the other, carrying extra weight, less fit and making basic mistakes. Who do you choose to train? When I’ve written previous reviews of cricket games, I’ve speculated that maybe we’ll never see a game that feels like cricket. Maybe it’s just too hard to get right. Is International Cricket 10 the glass ceiling for what is possible?

Cricket gaming has had its iPhone moment. Don Bradman Cricket 14 does not feel like a polished game, it does not feel like it should have anywhere near as many bugs as it does, it does not feel like aspects such as AI have been got right yet but it does feel like cricket and it’s amazingly fun to play.


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Don Bradman Cricket 14 Review

Article written by on April 8th, 2014

 “The first thing to do before you pick up the controller is to forget all that you know about cricket games past”

The game’s manual describes things perfectly, there is no part of this game that provides familiarity and safety. If you can’t let go, you’re going to have a bad time. Those days are gone – I have no doubt that any future competition on consoles will adopt all or most of the changes made to the control scheme of cricket games here – to not do so is to doom them to irrelevance.

Batting may be slightly familiar to some, EA’s Cricket 07 introduced the century stick, in theory at least – the majority of people reading this probably played the game on PC using a keyboard – but for those of you who played it on PlayStation 2 or a compatible controller, it was the first attempt to combine placement of the shot with playing the shot on the analogue sticks – and worked fairly well, but still had you watching the ground.

Don Bradman Cricket 14 expands on this legacy by moving the control of power to the triggers and designs the game around watching the ball rather than the pitch. While you can choose to have the assistance off, a colour coded ring around the ball helps you judge where the ball is pitching and what direction it is travelling.

The loss of the fielding radar is what will be most unsettling to newcomers, you can’t just look at an image of exactly where all the fielders are and know all the gaps – you need to survey the field and then remember it. I think this is far more reflective of real cricket compared to pointing a wedge at the exact direction of where you want the ball to go.


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Match Preview – T20WC Semi-Final : India vs South Africa

Article written by on April 4th, 2014

Ready! Set! Go! The BIGGEST match of the tournament is upon us. The excitement is unparalleled, the intensity is top-notch and the hopes are high. Tonight’s the big encounter between India and South Africa. Let’s emphasize on some key aspects of the game.


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Cricket Australia announce 2014-2015 central contracts

Article written by on March 31st, 2014

Shaun Marsh

The amount of  Australian players to receive central contracts for the 2014-2015 cricket season has been shortened from 20 players last year to 18 players this year. Batsmen on the edge of selection Shaun Marsh and Phil Hughes have both been awarded contracts. Chairman of selectors John Inverarity commented on the pair saying, “Shaun Marsh and Phil Hughes are on the list, and of course it’s all three formats so they had points from ODI cricket – both Phil and Shaun played during the last 12 months…”

Alex Doolan Australia’s current No.3 Test batsman and young Western Australia all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile have been considered unlucky to miss out on contracts. They were the two who would be the closest. Just two months ago, Alex hadn’t played for Australia so his time is yet to come. He’s very much to the fore in our thinking, he batted at No.3 in the three Tests in South Africa and did well. We’ll be looking to him, he’s the incumbent number three so it’s up to him to perform well and if he does he’ll be upgraded. This year, 18 (players) was deemed to be the natural cut-off point, and those who are on the brink and just outside will have the opportunity – if they earn selection – of being upgraded. It’s up to them, those who are outside, to perform well, win selection and be upgraded,” Inverarity said. The full list of former contracted players include Ed Cowan, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade, Usman Khawaja, Adam Voges, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Alex Doolan.


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Has IPL lost it’s credibility?

Article written by on March 29th, 2014

 

With power comes authority and with authority comes the added pressure. These are the words fitting for every person holding a respectable job and more so, when he’s being watched by millions of people and being judged for it- the person I’m referring to here is, Mr. N Srinivasan.

N Srinivasan is the head of BCCI-the body that runs cricket in India. If there’s one person that has seen the rise of Indian cricket, it’s this very man. The first 4 years of Srinivasan’s stint post taking over as BCCI chief can be labeled as near ‘perfect’. The problem raised in the last year’s IPL when the world of cricket was hit by the ‘match-fixing storm’. Chandila, Ankit Chavan and Sreesanth – 3 players who got banned from playing cricket EVER again because of evidence that indict them having fixed IPL matches.


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