Brian Lara Cricket
Reviewed by: Salman
Cricket fans have been yearning for a good cricket game to come out for a few
years now. To fill there urges they encompassed themselves in brilliant cricket
simulation games as well as lackluster cricket games such as Cricket 97 or any
others such as Shane Warne Cricket 98. I can remember the exact day when I
heard there would be a new cricket game that would be released with great
graphics and things that would be up to par in modern day sports games. On
November 14 1997 I read a post on CricInfo by Jeremy Wellard mentioning to
everyone that Brian Lara Cricket would be the best cricket game so far (how
many times have we heard that). Finally, after a few delays, Brian Lara Cricket
arrived on the PC. I got the game, opened it as fast as I could (hey I had been
waiting for the game for about a year and 3 months) and went right to the World
Positives- There is no question. Brian Lara Cricket has the best graphics so far
for any cricket game available on the market, using a 3d card the player's look
nicely done. There are forty-six stadiums and each look amazingly realistic as
their real life counter parts. The motion captured player's react just like they are
suppose to be. If you are batting your batsmen looks all around the field looking
for gaps to hit the ball while he practices how to play an off side shot. Also,
weather you hit the ball or are bowling the players move in a fluid motion. For
example, if you select to play a power off side shot you will notice the batsmen get
down on his knee and try to swing powerfully. Just watching how well the action
takes place is quite a spectacle.
Negatives- The players have a blocky feel, quite robotic. The down side of the
graphics is that they are not up to par as they should be, not as good as FIFA 99
or Madden 99, but rather acceptable.
INTERFACE AND CONTROL.
The interface and controls are very well done in Brian Lara Cricket. It is so easy to
navigate through the interface. You have five modes of play to choose from they
are quick start, world cup, knockout cup, world series, test season and classic
matches. Quick start is simply a ten over match in which the computer randomly
selects two teams. The problem with the controls is the fielding. If you elect to
manually field, then you are bound to have a tough time controlling the fielder to
go chase the ball. Unless, you can really master how to control your fielders, I
recommend leaving it on the automated fielding option.
Positives- Excellent representation of the sport of cricket. There is a lot of long
term gameplay in Brian Lara Cricket due to the number of modes of play. All the
squads and the rosters are somewhat accurate. Great statistical tracking of all
the players. The weather and the type of pitch actually effect the gameplay in
terms of batting and bowling!
Negative - Lack of wide balls and no balls. There is no player editor. When you
bat the moves are all scripted. It takes a lot of practice to learn how to bat
successfully. Long load times after the ball is hit and the bowler starts his run up.
Very questionable LBW (Leg before wicket) calls. There is no modem, LAN or
Positives - The sound of the different crowds from all over the world. If you play in
the West Indies you can hear the drums and sounds of the horns. If you are in
Pakistan or India, the crowd is loud and crazy throughout the match.
Negatives- The commentary is too repetitive. I know cricket is not a fast paced
action game but still Geoff Boycott and Jonathan Agnew leave much to be
desired in the commentary aspect. The music is flat out annoying.
Positives- Brian Lara Cricket offers three modes of difficulty. The average
difficulty level is challenging. You really need to practice how to bat and bowl;
otherwise the computer will beat you to a pulp. On the highest difficulty level, one
should have a proper strategy to play against the computer. The computer
opponent is strong, especially if the computer has a strong side such as South
Negatives- None, Brian Lara Cricket has the best AI for any arcade cricket game
This is flat out the best cricket game to come out for any platform. It's not perfect
but it will fill your appetite for cricket. Go out and shell out the money for this one,
it's a winner!
Score - 86%
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