Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007
The first ever cricket
game on XBox 360 smashes its way onto this high-end console that offers
the same sporting exciting as the PC and PlayStation 2 versions with a
variety of different gameplay modes that include test matches, ICC World
Trophy and One Day International games to name a few of the inclusions.
Needless to say, our first impressions of the title was one of awe which
easily dictates this title as one of the better if not best cricket
games on the market at the moment with realistic gameplay, graphics and
traditional sporting excitement.
The best cricket
game gets better in 2007. Fully endorse by Australian Captain Ricky
official ICC World Cup 2007 license.
official Cricket Champions Trophy 2006 license
engine with more player detail and stadium detail
Fielding - More
intelligent AI Fielding, advance player interaction in fielding
Sweepshots added to
Wicket movement –
move up and down or left and right on the crease. Dance up the
wicket to play at short balls.
Edges – subtle edge
shots have been added, mind the slips!
Ball physics – ball
wear, spin, and pitch will affect the movement of ball physics.
Pitch and weather –
the weather will affect the condition of the pitch with realistic
consequences on ball and batting economy
Tutorial mode and
Full online play
with online tournaments
Can skip over
innings with CPU batting opponents
The gameplay of Ricky
Ponting International Cricket 2007 has tremendously improved since its
predecessors that allow the gamer to play all facets of cricket to
include batting, bowling and fielding. Match that with the almost
"perfect" XBox 360 controller and gameplay of the title and even the
most novice of cricket fans will have no difficultly in picking up this
title and start hitting some sixes.
Licensing has always
been an issue with Codemaster and fortunately Ricky Ponting Cricket has
been blessed by the Australian Cricket Board and thanks to the official
ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 content, this current incarnation of Ricky
Ponting International Cricket 2007 features your favourite superstar
such as Andrew Flintoff, Brian Lara, Mahendra Dhoni, Muttiah
Muralitharan and Ricky Ponting. Codemasters have also realistically
modelled their characters on their real-world counterparts so when you
see Shane Waurn bowling or Brian Lara going up to bat or bowl, you really know
which cricketer is which.
The gameplay of the
title is almost flawless with bowlers, fielders and batters all having
access to a variety of realistic maneuvers. Bowlers for instance have
access to a variety of different styles and power, ensuring that the
batsman never knows what's coming towards them. It doesn’t help when you
aim the ball at an almost bodyline style of target... hideously
As with the batting,
the player also has a wide gamut of options such as hitting the ball at
different speeds and power and by using the analog stick, choosing a
direction for where they hope to hit the ball. Although it will take
awhile to master the batting of the title but once you have worked out
the game mechanics, you should have no difficulty in hitting the ball.
The title is sickeningly addictive.
Ponting Cricket looks amazing on the XBox 360 that is extremely
reminiscent of the PC version with its photo realistic graphics. Even
though the PlayStation 2 version looks amazing, the XBox 360 version is
almost like you actually on the field with its highly detailed
characters and realistic stadium designs.
The environments are extremely
well designed and the developers make great use of lighting effects for
that day and night feel. All the characters in the game move with
extreme realism and match that with a sturdy gaming engine and you have
a true cricket game made for gamers. Another interesting facet are the
realistic weather effects that have also been flawlessly implemented
into the gaming environment.
When it comes to sound
effects, Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007 features our favourite
commentators that include Tony Greg and Jonathon Agnew to give that real
sense of commentary. Match that with the roars and screams of the crowd
and all the sounds of bats hitting balls with the subtle background
sounds and one could be forgiven in thinking that they are watching
cricket on Channel 9.
In conclusion, Ricky
Ponting International Cricket 2007 is a must have game for the XBox 360
that the most definitive cricket game to date which also contains great
online content and play. Great graphics, great gameplay and a great
game, highly Recommended!