2017’s best cricket games for consoles, PCs and smartphones
Like all sports games, cricket games have always been popular among fans in certain regions of the world, including India. During the PC era, EA Sports’ cricket games known for their arcade style gameplay was most sought after, while on the other side was the more realistic and challenging Brian Lara Cricket series by Codemasters. Then there was Childish Games’ cricket management game International Cricket Captain offering a tactical gameplay. In the last few years, more cricket games have been released for smartphones than for PCs and consoles. Big Ant’s Don Bradman Cricket has been the only notable cricket game for console and PC gamers. Here are the best cricket games released on all major gaming platforms in the last one year.
Rs2,984 (PS4), Rs3,125 (Xbox One) Rs3,799 (PC)
Ashes Cricket is a classic cricket game on the lines of Don Bradman series and Brian Lara Cricket, but with greater focus on the Ashes series. Unlike the games in Don Bradman series, also made by Big Ant Studios, this game offers fully licensed male and female players, which look like their real-life counterparts, along with all the venues of the ongoing Ashes series. Big Ant has improved controls, but if you are playing on PC you will need a game controller. The game has other games and teams as well. Users can create their own team, play in custom tournaments, test series and take on friends in online matches.
Cricket Captain 2017
Rs619 (PC) Rs490 (Android, iOS)
One of the oldest cricket games, Cricket Captain series is getting better and better every year. The latest game adds more domestic leagues, new stadiums and offers the latest squads and teams. One can now play in 20-over leagues of all major cricket playing countries. The game’s main draw is the tactical gameplay and the career mode which allows users to take command over any one test playing nation and play all their matches according to the ICC itinerary for two years. For multiplayer gaming, there is the Internet game mode. The game has the licence to use real player names and teams which means no made up or fictional player or team names.
Sachin Saga Cricket Champions
Free (Android, iOS)
Sachin Saga Cricket Champions is a mobile cricket for fans of Sachin Tendulkar. It offers 100 scenarios from some of the memorable matches played by the former Indian cricketer. It includes his initial matches in India’s domestic tournaments and then moves to ODIs and test matches played from 1990 till his retirement in 2013. Matches are short and require users to score a given target with Sachin’s wicket intact. The game has an event mode where one can play full matches with custom teams created by users, on the lines of Ultimate Team in FIFA series. It works offline but involves in-app purchases.
Big Bash Cricket
Free (Android, iOS)
Developed by Big Ant studios and Cricket Australia, Big Bash Cricket is the official mobile game of Australia’s domestic T20 league and offers the latest squads of both men’s and women’s teams playing in it. Users can play quick matches, take up scenario based challenges or play in the entire league in 2 to 20 over matches. Controls are touch based and easy to master. The game works offline, which means one can play it anytime without worrying about connectivity.