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whatshot Ashes Cricket 2009 PS3 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.0
Sound 7.0
Value 8.4
Distributor: Activision
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
September 2009
Reviewer:
Michael Marsh

8.4


Ashes Cricket 2009

If you’re outside Australia or the UK, this review will probably not mean much, however for lovers of cricket, Namco Bandai and Australian developers Transmission Games (Ricky Ponting Cricket) have created a rather worthy cricket title for 2009 and dare we say it, the best in quite some time.

With the Ashes just finishing in the UK and Australia coming home with their tail between their legs, aussie gamers can now revisit this disastrous event in Ashes Cricket 2009 on the PlayStation 3.

Like AFL games, Cricket games have been a hit and miss affair and unfortunately most sit in the “miss” category. With many companies attempting to create the definitive and perfect cricket game, it’s always been an elusive affair, however thankfully Australia’s very own Transmission Games were at the helm of this affair and although it’s still lacking that perfect gameplay, they have come rather close.

Even though it's lacking some licensing features, the game does boast the classic cricket games that include 1 Day International, Test Match and our favourite, the 20 Series which is ideal for those gamers looking for a quick fix. Just check out some of the screenshots and needless to say, cricket on the console world has come a long way.

Recreating the real-world rules of cricket in the virtual world, Transmission Games have managed to make the gameplay a fun and interesting experience on the PS3. In terms of batting, the game is similar to traditional golf games and best of all, it has transferred quite well to the PS3 controls.

Bowling is another aspect that works well and to an extent, fielding also works, although a little random at times. Batting is easily the best part of Ashes Cricket 2009 which gives the player some real control of the ball when they hit and depending on the level of difficulty you have chosen to play, you can really knock the ball for six. For those who have never played cricket or are a little unfamiliar with the rules, there is a training mode to assist in this process.

Yes we have waited quite some time for a decent cricket game and after a week's worth of almost non-stop playing, I commend the developers for such a fun game. With that said, the game is more arcade than sports simulation, however hitting balls for six or four, bowling your competitors out or attempting to throw the ball at the wickets, it's all here.

Graphically, the title is visually quite impressive on the PS3 at times… for a cricket game anyway. Given that Transmission Studios don’t have the large budget of a company such as EA, they have managed to mimic the real-world physics of the ball, including some familiar stadiums.

The players are well animated and have some good looking texture details, however where the title does fall over is through its mediocre crowd effects. Add in a variety of realistic lighting, weather effects etc, and although it may not be as polished as Fifa, Ashes Cricket 2009 still manages to get over the line with acceptability.

After you have re-written the history matches or had your fill of player versus AI, Ashes Cricket 2009 even features an online mode which offers games of both ranked and unranked matches. We did manage to test this feature and were quite impressed with the speed and playability over the PlayStation Network.

In conclusion, Ashes Cricket 2009 is quite an impressive attempt at a cricket game and goes beyond the previous incarnations. Although graphically, it may be lacking to some extent, the developers have however managed to recreate this game and successfully transfer it to the PlayStation 3. There may be some gameplay glitches and the occasional accuracy issues, however at the end of the day, Ashes Cricket 2009 will give most fans of this sport what they want which is good old fashioned cricket with fun gameplay.





 

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