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Gameplay 8.5
Graphics 8.4
Sound 8.3
Value 8.5
Distributor: Atari Australia
Classification:
G
Review Date:
November 2007
Reviewer:
Ty Williams

8.5


Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play International Cricket

Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play International Cricket is a PSP exclusive that was designed in Australia for for not only local gamers but also international gamers and features a variety of new gameplay modes and playability that perfectly suits this handheld console. The game also features the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 license which allows gamers to experience 16 international teams, 240 licensed international players that include international greats such as Kevin Pietersen and Brian Lara with real player names and likenesses.

Probably the most noticeable aspect of Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play is the Pressure Play mission Mode that gives the gamer a variety of mini cricket challenges and classic matches. Needless to say, this new aspect into the cricket gaming franchise really allows the gamer to not only master the title but also proves as a great tutorial and relive those classic cricket moments.

The first thing you will notice about the title is the professional appearance of the game that comes from the easy to navigate menu system and the catchy menu music. Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play contains a variety of different gaming options and also difficulty levels depending on the gamers level of gaming experience and mastery of the PlayStation Portable.

Although the title contains a variety of different gameplay modes that is perfect for those gamers on the goal, for those wanting a little bit more contents to their game, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 easily fills this void and allows the player to select their team and hopefully make it through the entire season.

For something a little bit of fun, it's also nice to play some of the challenges in the title such as attempting to hit the winning six in the last over the match which really makes this title diverse, challenging, frustrating and entertaining. With that said, Codemasters have really nailed the realism of cricket in this title and is as close as you can get from playing without actually being there.

The gameplay of Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play is perfect on the PSP and the control system is perfectly mapped on the console without the controls feeling too awkward or forced. The difficulty of the title ranges from easy to difficult which depends on what level you are playing. The batting and fielding aspects are great and your players are easy to control. The only drawback to the title in terms of gameplay are the sometimes long load times which is a tad frustrating for such a well designed title.

Graphically, Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play is a visual treat on the PSP and it's almost as if you are watching cricket on the television with its realistic graphics and camera angles. The players have been modelled on their real world counterparts and when you see Ricky Ponting or Brian Lara, you really know who these players are. The stadiums are well designed and have that real international atmosphere. The ball physics are quite realistic thanks to the numerous algorithms the designers have implemented into the title. Match that with realistic "cricket" sound effects, the ambient sounds of the backgrounds and a great soundtrack and Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play is a well made title from start to finish.

In conclusion Ricky Ponting 2007 Pressure Play International Cricket is definitely a good cricket game and is probably one of the best cricket games on any console at the moment with its varied gameplay options and decent graphics. The strange thing about cricket games is that you really need to be a lover of the sport and if you are than I would definitely recommend you check out this title for some good old fashioned cricket fun. 






 
 



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