I think it’s the right time to share my thoughts on the recent release – Ashes Cricket 2017 after two days of extensive gaming. I’ve been playing casual matches with my friends and then started playing around with the “Ashes Series” Tournament option. With Australia and England alone coming with licenses, it’s a welcome addition as this is the first time you get to see real-life like players for gaming. Of course, you can download players and teams from the “Community”, but none can match the licensed players found here.
I’ve been a big fan of Don Bradman franchise’s gameplay. Add it with official licenses, this game gets all the more interesting. Improved stadiums, slight refinement in bowling actions and batting style makes up for a welcome addition. I would strictly ask you cricket fans to stick to the “medium” or “hard” level as its more competitive, else batting will surely look more or less like the EA Cricket series. The new control system titled as “Standard” makes it easy for first time Don Bradman Series’s players easy to adapt to. But I personally prefer the “Classic” control system. You can have batting in “Standard” mode and Bowling (separate selections for spin and fast bowling) in “Classic” mode. You can switch to any of these control systems even in the middle of a match.
As I started playing matches with “Medium” and “Hard” batting, bowling and fielding difficulties, the matches got more intriguing. Each and every delivery involves some sort of mental calculation, be it the batsman or bowler. This adds more realism. When I was playing the “Ashes Series”, I had to bowl 140 overs to England to dismiss the Mighty “England” Team for 409. Never for a second did I feel bored or feel the urge to simulate the innings. The realistic gameplay and licensed characters with interesting comments from the wicketkeeper (especially when Lyon is bowling) are enjoyable. And most importantly, I had to work very hard for each and every wicket.
Like any game, Ashes Cricket comes with little glitches. The screen would half blur out for no reason, batsmen from one end alone run while the other batsman just stays glued to his ground. The commentary is still not good. You get repetitive comments made and that too irrelevant ones. Another thing that annoyed me the most- In some situations the fielder needn’t throw the ball to the bowler or keeper to initiate the next delivery. But there are other times where you have to throw. Else everything stands still. It’s rather inconsistent. Add to this, the same irritating repeated commentary for this fielding glitch.
But these are flaws that can be easily ignored in front of the strong positives that make this game a must play for cricket fans.