Cricket is like a religion in some of the Asian Countries like India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka & Bangladesh. The gaming community has a dire need of cricket games but there are only very few gaming titles which are available right now for PC, PS3 PS4 or Xbox.
The key issue why there is lack of availability of gaming titles is unlike Fifa, Cricket is played only in handful of countries and hence developers also do not focus on developing cricket games.
Update 27/12/2014 – Great News : Australia based developer Big Ant Studios confirmed that Don Bradman Cricket will be released on PS4 and Xbox One in February 2015. We may see it coming in India/Asia in February or early march.
I am a huge fan of Electronics Arts old cricket games like Cricket 2002 which in my opinion was one of the best legacy cricket game. If you love realism and artificial intelligence. The game play was uncannily real with green pitches offering good seam and swing for the bowlers and dry pitch a Batsman’s paradise. Don Bradman Cricket is one addition to such great cricketing games.
Later years we saw Brian Lara Cricket 2007 (developed by code masters), or Cricket 2007 by EA and Ashes Cricket 2009. They were good editions to the Cricket gaming world. In recent years there is drought of quality PC games which have released. But in year 2014 finally we have a good cricket game. You can play it and have fun on a PC or a Console. Here is a review or to say it better a picture review of the New Don Bradman Cricket 2014.
Best Cricket Game for PC PS3 and Xbox 360 – Don Bradman Cricket 2014
- Developed By – Big Ant Studios
- Publisher – Tru Blu Entertainment
- Available On – PC, PS3 and Xbox
- Game Play – Single Player, multiplayer
PC requirements for Don Bradman Cricket 2014:
- Minimum PC Requirements – Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Pentium Dual-Core CPU E5700 @ 3.00Ghz/AMD Athlon II X2 250 Processor 3.01Ghz, 2 GB RAM, Radeon HD 6670 or NVIDIA Geforce GT520 with Min 1GB Memory
- Recomended Requirements – ATI Radeon HD 7790 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 with minimum 2GB Memory, Intel Core i3-3210 or AMD Phenom II X4 960T, 3GB hard disk space, 4 GB RAM
Review – Don Bradman Cricket 2014
The Game Options – You can create your own competitions and teams in the game, rename the players and team as you desire. Don Bradman Academy – Allows plenty of tweaking to the players/match-types/tournaments/umpires – makes up for the missing licenses. Realistic Difficulty levels – Rookie allows pickup and play, ‘Amateur’ allows gradual progress to ‘Pro’ this where real challenge starts.
Almost all IPL teams are available and most of the players are also included in the game.
Best Cricket Game for PC PS3 and Xbox 360
Game Play – Comes with realistic elements with pitch developing more cracks and creating uneven bounce as the test match progresses to day 3-4. There are though some minor glitches like no (No balls) being bowled by the CPU in matches they never overstep. The game offers Good selection of cricketing shots & there are even a lot of unorthodox shots which makes game play really interesting. The Game takes time getting used to with the game pad or controller as PC version does not support keyboard. So you have to use a game pad / controller to play it. You can’t just go out there in the middle, press keys and time excellent shots, it takes lot of learning.
Game Play – Don Brad Man Cricket Best Cricket Game for PC PS3 and Xbox 360
You will need to read length & line, pace when you are batting to time shots well. Similarly, you need to assert pitch and decide line and length of your bowl(fast/spin) while bowling very close to real scenario.
It has DRS (Decision review system and Hawkeye as well which adds relevance and meaning to the game.
Players names are fictional due to licensing issues and may take huge time to customize the names and teams. These issues have actually impacted the cricket games for the worst while we would have loved to see a Yuvraj Singh or M.S Dhoni bat against Pakistan/Australian bowling attack.
Commentary – The commentary is good and adds up to the enjoyment of game and builds up the excitement in matches. Commentary is by Matthew Hill and David Basheer
Camera Angles & Replay– This is what I love in the game watching that fast bowl crack the stumps and hits flying out into the crowd with dynamic replays & cinematographic camera angles.
Best Cricket Game for PC PS3 and Xbox 360 Don Bradman Cricket 14
Learning Curve – The learning curve is steep and takes some time to get the timing right for the shots and also bowling at right line and length to take wickets take a lot of practice.
Graphics – The graphics are very good, also the game is not as demanding like a crisis 3 or a Assassin’s Creed Rogue so you can easily play it on most modern Laptops and Computers with a graphics card. The grounds are detailed, at 1080p resolution game look very realistic, players are also close to reality with refined movements. The crowds could have been better though are acceptable.
Free Stuff – The controller also comes free along with the Limited edition PC version of Don Bradman Cricket 14 so you need not buy one.
Cons – As far as game is concerned graphics are good and for console owners it is a treat. For mid and start level PC gamers it is good. For high End PC gamers with a GTX 770-780, they would have liked some more details in the game.
- Lack of Support for keyboard for PC players who don’t like to play on Gamepad.
- Pricing – The game is really costly around Rs. 2,800 and to sell it in masses has to priced like a CS:GO to ensure huge adaptions in the Indian subcontinent.
- The game Lacks co-operative multi-player game play which is one of the favorite to play with friends.
Overall Verdict – Best Cricket Game for PC PS3 and Xbox 360 – The game is great and worth the money spent, learning curve is steep and has high re-play value. The game runs smoothly even on PC or Laptops with medium configuration/specs which makes it a delight. Console Gamers will be able to adapt to it faster as they are more proficient with the controller that this game mandates Vs a Keyboard. We give the game 4/5 Star rating from Candytech. A must buy for all cricketing fans.
Source – Don Bradman Cricket 14 Wikipedia
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