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First Published: Sat, Mar 24 2007. 12 18 AM IST
With the World Cup under way, it’s no surprise that we decided to review a cricket game. EA Cricket 07 continues the fine tradition of cricket as we know it, except that you play this one on the computer. What this means is that you don’t need to get your hands dirty, or perform any kind of horrible physical activity such as running or diving, but you still get to bat, bowl and field just as in Real Life (TM).
Towards this end, EA Cricket 07 features some interestingly varied game modes, wherein you can play English and Australian domestic cricket, Twenty20, the Ashes series and even partake in some historic matches (played in black & white, of course, for that added authenticity—Spielberg would have been proud!) where you have the opportunity to rewrite the scores with your bravado, or lack thereof.
The game itself is highly customizable with the ability to change things such as the on-screen visual aids, the difficulty of the match, gameplay assists, and generally make the match as fun and authentic as you want it to be. At the simplest settings, you can tonk virtually every ball out of the park when you’re batting, which makes for some very exciting, if not very challenging, slog matches. Cricketing purists would probably like to play it at higher difficulty settings for a more bori... erm... realistic match.
Bowling is an entirely different kettle of fish, though. The controls are a bit more involved, and while you can control the speed, length, swing and the type of delivery, it just doesn’t seem to be as exciting as batting in the game. But that’s probably me.
With a very polished graphic interface, great visuals, decent commentary and an excellent camera system (although not everyone agrees with me; what do they know, eh?), EA Cricket 07 pulls out all stops in providing a rich virtual cricketing experience that should appeal to everyone.
Game: EA Cricket 07
Platform: PC
Price: Rs2,499
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First Published: Sat, Mar 24 2007. 12 18 AM IST
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