Right…it’s been a while since i’ve reviewed or given any games away and to be quite honest i havn’t had the extended free time to get proper stuck in and review them comprehensively so this week i’m gonna play catch up and throw out a few brief reviews and give you gamers some love. Starting with a double header today.
I was in BT Games at Cavendish Square recetly and took a quick look at the top 10 charts and no spice…Don Bradman Cricket 14 was in the number 1 position on both Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms. ‘A cricket game at the top spot…surely not?’ you must be saying to yourself, but true story, it was the best seller. Why? Because it’s the best damn cricket game ever made and you won’t find a more realistic cricket gaming experience that’s why. Granted it’s a niche gaming genre, but if you love cricket then there is no way you shouldn’t miss this. Cricket games don’t along often and Don Bradman 14 has set the benchmark.
The gameplay and physics are quality.
And here’s a taste of what actual gameplay is like.
Hey! An upgrade from the stick cricket you play on your smartphone. Did you see that DSR at the 2.10 mark..and they didn’t even show the hotspot camera like so.
A few comments from the peanut gallery:
The game doesn’t come with licenced teams or recognisable players, but you can easily work your way around this and import all your favourites.
Graphics: not jaw dropping visuals and detail, but given that it’s not a big budget studio they did a pretty damn good job.
Gameplay: the learning curve is quite steep and i won’t lie, you will proper suck at bowling for a few hours till you get the analogue mechanics under control. There’s no just pressing buttons…you actually have to control the run up, jump and release of the ball, all while aiming with your other hand. Batting also is tough at first, but once you get it waxed it’s very intuitive.
Modes: you get to build your career over several season, play in tournaments, go on some historic tours or just practice in the nets. The career mode is for the dedicated cricket enthusiast but start with a T20 game and go for the big hits.
Overall: in terms of sporting games i’d give it very impressive 9 out of 10 for sheer enjoyment and the feeling like you are actually in control of a cricket game. In the grand scheme of things it gets a solid 7 out 10 though.
Right let’s move along…next review is considerably shorter.
The Amazing Spiderman 2
Released to co-incide with the movie of the same name we have the second installment of the Amazing Spiderman game and while graphics are an improvement from the first one the curse of movie games seems to have struck again. It’s like they spent all the budget on the movie and the game was just a mandatory add on that was rushed to tie in with the movie release. Combat is frustratingly not much more than button pushing and the thin plot along with the time spent walking around doing mundane things as Peter Parker will leave you..well bored.
Plus points though are that Marvel have sacrificed plot in favour of adding plenty of boss villians from the Marvel universe. You’ll be frequently going up against a wide variety of bad guys.
Another improvement is the web slinging between buildings. It feels more natural and swinging just above traffic feels rad.
Overall: Spidey gets a disappointing 5 out 10 this time around, but i’m sure there are fans out there who will dig it.
Now i’m giving an Xbox 360 copy of both those games away and here’s what you gotta do.
Just leave a comment beneath this post and tell me which game you are keen to get play. Can be both, but leave a preference coz im giving them away to seperate people. Then go to Megarom Games and tell me which highly anticipated game set in Chicago was released today and what else you are keen to play.
Will pick winners on Friday.
UPDATE: winner of Don Bradman 14 game is Kelvin and Amazing Spiderman 2 goes to Graham Jansen.