International Cricket 2010 Review
- Posted June 18th, 2010 at 21:32 EDT by Steven Williamson
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A technically sound game of cricket that offers some welcome new features over Ashes 2009.
- How the Power Stick gives you complete 360 control
- The changes to the bowling mechanic. Makes conceding no balls less likely
- The fact the action cam makes things a little more immersive
- The lack of licensed stadiums
- Trying to find a game online
With the World Cup currently in full swing and E3, the gaming industry’s major event of the year, taking place this week, the release of Codemaster’s International Cricket 2010 may have got lost somewhat among the soccer-mad media frenzy or the buzz about PlayStation Move and how 3D gaming is apparently set to take the industry by storm. If you are a serious cricket fan, however, then there is plenty of reason to sit up and take notice of this week of this latest simulation of the “gentleman’s” game.
Cricket fanatics may disagree but, in our humble opinion, unless you’re watching “sixes” and “fours” being scored on a regular basis, or embroiled in the faster-paced One Day Internationals or Twenty20 games, cricket isn’t a sport that has the ability to regularly get the adrenaline pumping. Translate that slow-paced sport into a videogame and it's no wonder we find it hard to get totally immersed in its plodding gameplay.
You could say that, in terms of more mainstream videogames, International Cricket 2010 is more like a slow-paced JRPG than a high-octane action adventure, but it is a game full of strategic layers, where composure wins the day over impatience. Anyone who knows cricket will be well aware of this, so as long as you’re not expecting all the whistles and bells of an EA produced sport’s game or a robust, feature-heavy multiplayer mode where it's easy to find someone else online who actually wants to play, then you shouldn’t be too disappointed.
In fact, International Cricket 2010 is as close a simulation to a game of cricket that you’ll have ever played on console, offering a technically sound experience on the pitch that does very well to capture those "exciting" moments. Australian developer, Tricksar Games, who is largely made up of team that bought us the Brian Lara series and last year’s Ashes Cricket 2009, has tweaked and refined the latter, but has improved things commendably this year to deliver as "action-packed" a cricket game as you could possibly expect.
The first batch of good news is that there's a wider variety of animations to enjoy, such as players diving in various ways to catch a ball or raising their bat in the air when they reach a milestone in the match. The character models are also more refined and you’ll get to see and play as all of your favourites cricketers who look sharper, animate better and move around the crease and the pitch more realistically than ever.
Indeed presentation as a whole is excellent, with a smooth menu system and fully customisable HUD that effectively lends a hand in helping you to line up your shots, or switch between deliveries intuitively. The stadiums are decent too (though still not the official ones) and a good atmosphere is generated from the crowds that builds throughout the game and increases during potential match-winning moments. David "Bumble" Lloyd brings his years of experience to the matches in the commentary box, and his familiar voice helps to add an air of authenticity to the action.
On the pitch, it's clear that TrickStar Games has tried to improve things over Ashes 2009 by adding some new features and tweaking the gameplay. It's the same game engine as Ashes 2009, so the pace of the games run identically and anyone who played that last year will be able to get to grips with the largely similar control scheme with little effort. It's a testament that matches, when played on any difficulty above "Normal," mimic the real sport well and no matter how tempting it is, you won't just get away with slogging the ball on every shot; a blend of defensive and attacking play is the only way that you'll be able to win.
This is largely due to some tough A.I. who change the way they bowl to counteract your style of play and who will read your own bowling techniques fairly easily if you don't switch your styles. Ultimately, this means that you have to change the way you play depending on how the opposition plays against you: International Cricket 2010 offers a tactical game of cricket that imitates this aspect of the sport very well.
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- 4:42pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
WTF is this sport? LOL! We don't play this in the USA so nobody cares. GA-HAY!
- 4:50pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
Another fantastic post by the PSU Jester, HenryPSN, three cheers for you...
- 5:09pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
Sweet! I've been waiting for a decent cricket game. Thanks for the review PSU.
@1: People other than Americans visit this site so they may care - USA does not equal the world.
- 6:09pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
LMFAO! you guys are just haters seriously.
- 7:46pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
This sport cricket is bigger then the NBA an NFL is some countries.
- 9:42pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
- 11:01pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
Second biggest sport in the planet!
- 11:07pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
WTF is marley mansion? LOL! We don't play this in rest of the world so nobody cares. GA-HAY!
- 11:28pm EDT - June 18th, 2010
Yeah USA isn't the world, if it was, we'd be all screwed :P
- 3:23am EDT - June 19th, 2010
Cricket is to England, what baseball is to the US. It's a massive sport.
- 9:16am EDT - June 19th, 2010
^^and like base ball, it is alos boring
- 9:46am EDT - June 19th, 2010
"WTF is this sport? LOL! We don't play this in the USA so nobody cares. GA-HAY! "
I care Henry because thankfully im not from the USA, you can tell because i'm not grossly overweight =]
- 10:41am EDT - June 19th, 2010
sweet, wish they would bring this game to the US.
- 12:44pm EDT - June 19th, 2010
I might get next year's outing,IF it supports move.
- 4:10pm EDT - June 19th, 2010
zzzzzzzz....huh oh I afell asleep right after I read the title of this boring game
- 4:27pm EDT - June 19th, 2010
Great review. Disappointed to hear lacck of online features again, don't know why they can't include a Sreet Fighter 4 type anti-quitting rating system and more robust online infrustructure that is a norm in all other sports games today.
But anyways if the core is good, then I'm buying this. Ashes 09 with all its flaws was a great entertainment.
P.S. : After looking at some ignorant posts here, thank God USA is not the rest of the worrld :D
To put it in a perspective for those who have no idea about the scale of this sport, its the second most popular sport after soccer. Cricket is the world's "baseball", just like soccer is the world's "football" ;]
- 10:21pm EDT - June 19th, 2010
IC 2010 is one of the best cricket game at moment... give positive feedback to developer for their extraordinary work. thanks.
- 11:21am EDT - June 21st, 2010
Some of the posts on this article are ridiculous. I'm from the US and I think post one is possibly the dumbest post I've ever seen. Post 12 is also a rude post because there are people in the United States who are far from over weight. Many athletes live in the US and the olympics prove that.
- 3:22pm EDT - June 21st, 2010
I am yet to buy a PS but was checking few of the games before i buy. But here i see a War going Between US and India :). Both countries are great in their way and both lack as well. Don't want to go in more details how. But guys lets accept it If you are a US born and brought obviously you won't care for any Other came as much you do for Soccer but having a good knowledge about other games is not bad. Well, for India i will say they do know most of the games but yes Cricket is like GOD their so saying anything bad for cricket is like emotional thing. And just for information: If INDIA takes Cricket out of the International level, there's not much money or Attraction left towards this game..so you can imagine the intensity of the game their... Quite a long post but i hope it will make a peace :)...and Mr. Ocelot is right don't make comments about obesity and all as its everywhere and not a criteria to make a Nation better than other.. Oh by the way..as i said i am new for PS so how can i buy this Cricket game or play online?
- 7:30pm EDT - June 25th, 2010
@ HenryPSN WTF is a world series that is playes between states!!! World champions of states LOL .....!!! Now that is Gay Atleast Cricket has a global world championship with different countries competing for it!!! and a true world champion!! unlike a state champion being called a world series winner!!! Oh boy some Dum Americans, like our friend HenryPSN - bring a bad name to otherwise smart Americans!! So thats WTF that is!! Now go get a life!! No one cares about US that plays worldseries amongst themselves!!! And yea Dumass just for your info - the US plays the sport they just dont have a good enough team to qualify for it !! since its pussies like you that live there haha !!
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