International Cricket 2010
|a game by||Codemasters, and Trickstar Games|
|Platforms:||XBox 360, Playstation 3|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||6.4/10 - 5 votes|
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|See also:||Cricket Games|
Before you ask - did you know that cricket is the second most popular sport in the world? It's only beaten by football. That answers your question about why they've turned cricket into a video game. There's a colossal demand for it - just because you've never seen it on shelves doesn't mean that people won't play International Cricket 2010!
The game features a cricket franchise of various names but the same principles. It brings the excitement of the sport to the virtual world. A significant swathe of the planet will have no idea about how cricket works, let alone be intrigued to try the game. But as one of the world's most popular sports, it's definitely interesting to see how video game cricket holds up to other sports games.
Ashes to Ashes
International Cricket 2010 is the successor to the previous year's game, focusing on the Ashes matches hosted yearly between England and Australia. The roster has expanded this time to feature 15 of the world's cricket-crazy nations - with teams such as India and the West Indies. 21 worldwide stadiums are also featured to give a vise of realism about your virtual cricket experience.
That leads to the visuals - they look great. Animations, details, and expressions are well-captured and ingrained into the character models and environmental assets. The developers have done a bang-up job in making the matches have a more intrinsic feel. The sounds and commentary do significantly add the excitement. However, it's the game mechanics that are a surprise winner.
Cricket comes off as an uninteresting sport to many - but International Cricket 2010's new action camera would resonate with any open-minded gamer. The batting is exhilarating when trying to tackle the lightning-fast bowls head-on. There's a sense of satisfaction to getting it right. The same applies to the bowling on the opposite side - immersing players in the heart of the action.
For all the things that International Cricket gets right - there still are a few flaws. The cricket mechanics are replicated very well - but in detailing the sport, there are glitches. Sometimes there are character and AI freezes which frustrate the gameplay. Camera control can also get a bit choppy and over-sensitive. All in all, though, anybody who enjoys cricket will be surprised at how well International Cricket 2010 came out.
It's Just Cricket
The biggest surprise for someone inept with the rules or workings of cricket would be surprised to find how decent of a game it is. The most respected feature is that the developers really put effort into making this a challenging and immersive experience - even alluring non-players into the mix.
From a cricketer's perspective - they can agree that International Cricket 2010 is an improvement over Ashes Cricket 2009. It comes with its flaws - but the level of detail is admirable. More importantly, it looks and feels good. Cricket experiences have been redefined with this one - it's the game that future offerings can build upon.
- Great visuals and sounds adding to the experience
- Cricket is represented in video games in an exciting way
- Intrigues non-cricketers with its challenging mechanics
- Many players and AI glitches can hinder gameplay
- The action cam is oversensitive
- Not much to do outside the regular matches