When a rival bites the dust, it’s always good business to take its place. So when Ashes Cricket 2013 smoldered after intense heat from fuming gamers, and was steamed-out of Steam last week, Big Ant Studios scrambled to release the trailer for Don Bradman Cricket 14. The Bradman Foundation-licensed game has been in development for four years and is due out next year on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
Cricket is huge in Silicon Valley. During the summer, guys take up entire softball fields on a weekday afternoon here in Mountain View. Most appear to be international workers or recent immigrants whose cricket-lineage probably traces back to the British Empire. Now they are working for another empire (Google) during the day, and then forcing us Beer Softball Leaguers to reform into simply the Beer League as we sit in the sideline scratching our heads. What in the world is going on?
Despite my ignorance of the game, Cricket is a major sport in many parts of the world. So it is surprising that there hasn’t been a major video game that has shown consistent quality and success.
Don Bradman Cricket 14’s graphics is more iOS than PC or console. The players’ movements are puppet-like. Their faces are mannequins. EA Sports had better graphics ten years ago. But the game at least appears to have better game play than Ashes Cricket 2013, but that’s not saying much. Just how bad was Ashes Cricket 2013? Check out this video.