EA Sports Cricket is a competitive sports game for Cricket fans.
There are a couple of different versions of EA Sports Cricket; a 2005 release as well as the 2007 edition. EA has improved on their original release without losing the PC platform compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.
In the latest version, full controls are currently available for PC players. Now players may pick which foot they use, shoot, direction, power and timing as well. Keyboard controls are more extensive; some basic ones are listed thus:
Ball hit direction = Arrow keys
Hit for Six = Shift+S
Defensive stroke = S
Forward stroke = S+D
Hit behind = W+D
Run = D
Run back = A
The latest EA Sports Cricket has added camera angles along with more realistic looking, brand-name equipment and features. Audio commentary provided by Mark Nicholas and Rich Benaud is akin to radio or television quality. All-around game play is similar in feel to other games in the EA Sports franchise. EA has made it world-relevant by allowing new, international teams and bonus squads. If home teams are more to the player's taste, domestic teams can be created and played against each other. International areas include England, New Zealand, India and South Africa.
Visually, EA Sports Cricket appears on the computer screen in a way which is reminiscent of watching a televised cricket match. Features include replay mode, which shows the full action of the segment the gamer wishes to view; field position editors with auto or manual fielding option; 35 stadium layouts (full version) for English cities; Melbourne, Cape Town, and Auckland.
Don't expect good graphics with EA Sports Cricket; however, the game remains true to the sport and its players in a way that is pleasing for fans and gamers. Three regional release covers for the full version are: Australia's cover shows Adam Gilchrist; England's cover shows Andrew Flintoff; New Zealand's cover shows Daniel Vettori. Players will find a multitude of game modes available. The three main modes are Exhibition, International, and Domestic. There is also a Net Training mode.
Exhibition mode offers international flair with the Cricket World Cup, World Series cricket, knockout tournaments, test series, and foreign tour. The Domestic cricket mode encompasses Australian state cricket, Pura Cup, Full Season, and ING Cup. Players can also find lots to play and compete in with English county cricket, which has games like Full season, Frizzell Championship, C&G Trophy, National League, and of course Twenty20 Cup.
The soundtrack offers music by artists Felix Laband, Joshu, Solamingus, Supertweeker, and Thievery Corporation.