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Groundbreaking Control: Use the intuitive dual analogue Century Stick batting system to select foot choice, shot direction, power and timing. With button controls to loft shots and advance down the track, you're free to crack a full array of shots all around the wicket. Success with the bat also relies upon your batsman's individual skills, allied with his confidence level. A confident batsman maximises his potential to time his shots sweetly maintaining high confidence can make or break his ability to build a big innings.
New Cameras: Innovative views from behind the batsman offer a realistic batting perspective, and a reworked Broadcast camera gives you a wider view of the play for more authentic coverage.
Quickplay Cricket: Play cricket your way by setting your own pace. Crank up the game speed, ease back the difficulty setting and revel in the razzmatazz of Limited Overs or fully-licensed Twenty20 extravaganzas by playing a fast-blast match of hard-hitting sixes or slow the pace down, slide the difficulty up and steel yourself for a five day Test.
Greater Depth: A new picture-in-picture display with a shot timing gauge coupled with a running assistance indicator and radar help you make those snap decisions out there in the middle. On-the-fly Dynamic Field Positioning and Quickswitch bowling give you the ability to ratchet up the pressure on the batsmen by changing the field and the bowler's line of attack without a break in play.
Tournament Options: Lead this year's eagerly anticipated 3 mobile Ashes campaign Down Under, replay the legendary 2005 npower Test Series or unlock a stack of rewards by accomplishing Ashes challenges. Take part in the frenzy of the fully-loaded, fully-licensed English and Australian One Day blitz of extreme Twenty20 cricket, dive into a complete schedule of Australian State and English County tournaments, tour the world, win the World championship or compete for glory in Test matches and One Day Series games with all the top cricketing nations of the world.
Authentic Content: For the first time in an EA SPORTSTM Cricket title, renowned bat manufacturers Gray-Nicolls, Puma, Slazenger, Kookaburra and Gunn & Moore bring their weight of authenticity to the day's play. Relish the big game atmosphere with new broadcast visuals, wicket textures and astute new commentary from the masterly broadcast team of Mark Nicholas and Richie Benaud as you play out a nail-biter against the faithfully realised backdrop of a legendary international venue or a cherished domestic ground.
If EA Cricket is fully licensed why then the change of players names? Apart from that - great graphics and authenticity although not as good as Fifa07....
Mr Nivan Moodley
The EA Sports cricket sims usually feature dodgy graphics, bizarre bugs and poor gameplay. Their latest title is a major improvement for the series. BATTING In Cricket 05, it was frustratingly hard to time the ball correctly on the more challenging levels. Fortunately, batting this time around is fun. The Century Stick control system is very similar to the old mechanism, just done on the analogue sticks. The biggest change the new system brings to batting is that now you can select how HARD you hit the ball. If the field is set back, you can now nudge the the ball gently into a gap for a single. BOWLING Bowling remains similar to before. However, tweaks have been made to how the ball moves and its pace. Brett Lee's deliveries fizz off the pitch, while medium-pacers' balls move about in the air realistically (for the most part). However, bowling brings Cricket 2007's biggest problem. On the harder difficulty levels wickets are few and far between. The CPU batsmen can also get extremely bogged down by clever field-placements and accurate bowling. This means you can bowl for hours and see very few boundaries or wickets. Bowling can thus become tedious at times, and results in the game being imbalanced. Luckily, EA Sports have again included the Autoplay feature which allows you to simulate an innings or section of innings if the boredom becomes overwhelming. GRAPHICS While drastic changes haven't taken place, the game looks more attractive than its predecessors. Animations are done well (despite a few ridiculous celebrations, like the keeper doing the funky chicken). Shots look more fluid than they ever have in any cricket game before. SUMMARY ------- Even though a balance has not been found between batting and bowling, Cricket 2007 makes bounds in the right direction. Overall the experience is an entertaining one for any gamer with patience and a love for cricket. This isn't quite the sim we've been waiting for, but it comes the closest of any so far.
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