Ashes Cricket 2009

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Ashes Cricket 2009
Ashes Cricket 2009 Cover.jpg
Cover of EU version
Developer(s) Transmission Games (PS3 and Xbox 360), Gusto Games (Wii)
Publisher(s) Codemasters (UK), Namco Bandai Partners (AUS)[1]
Platform(s) PlayStation 3, Wii, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360
Release date(s) PlayStation 3
  • AUS 6 August 2009
  • EU 7 August 2009
Wii
  • EU 7 August 2009
  • AUS 5 November 2009
Microsoft Windows
  • EU 7 August 2009
  • AUS 13 August 2009
  • NA 19 August 2009
Xbox 360
  • EU 7 August 2009
  • AUS 13 August 2009
Genre(s) Sports, Cricket
Mode(s) Single-player, Multi player
Distribution Blu-ray Disc, DVD-DL, Wii optical disc

Ashes Cricket 2009, is a cricket video game developed by Transmission Games and published by Codemasters in the UK and by Atari in Australia. It has been released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. A Wii version, developed by Gusto Games, has also been released. The Wii version was released simply as Cricket in Australia. A sequel, International Cricket 2010 was released on 18 June 18, 2010.

The game is licensed by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), Cricket Australia and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), owners of the Ashes Urn. It includes all the official players of the Australian cricket team and the England cricket team, however the other teams are not licensed.

Overview[edit]

According to the game, the game includes an intuitive, interactive bowling control scheme and dynamic and intuitive batting, with greater coverage and shot choice than previous games. The game also features official Hawk-Eye visualisations during play.

The game features two player co-op play, with up to four player versus matches. The PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions also feature full online multiplayer. The PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions also feature a coaching mode where they can learn the disciplines of batting, bowling and fielding from Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne.

The game features commentary by Tony Greig, Jonathan Agnew, Shane Warne, Ian Bishop and Sir Ian Botham.

Game modes[edit]

Teams[edit]

(† Only on PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows versions.)

Grounds[edit]

Following stadiums are available although some are locked initially. Stadiums are unlocked as the game progresses and feature geographically-accurate conditions and climates, as well as true-to-life crowd noise and atmosphere. Players can expect swing in England, bounce in Australia, extra turn in India and extra speed in West Indies.

 England[edit]

 Wales[edit]

 Australia[edit]

 New Zealand[edit]

 Sri Lanka[edit]

 India[edit]

 South Africa[edit]

 West Indies[edit]

 Pakistan[edit]

 Zimbabwe[edit]

(† Only on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows versions.)

Release[edit]

Demo[edit]

The Demo consists of a 6 over (3 overs per side) Ashes Test match at Lord's where the player is able to choose whether to bat or field. The demo was released for the Xbox 360 on 24 July and for the PC on 30 July, there was no Demo released for PlayStation 3.

Patch[edit]

A patch was released on before 23/09/09 for the PC version.[2] A beta patch for PC was released on 21 September 2009.[3] A second beta (beta version 2) for the PC was released on 28 September 2009. An official announcement on 12 December 2009 confirmed that there would be no further patches for the PC, and that there will not be any patch released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.[4] This has primarily been due to the game developer Transmission going into receivership.

The patch for the game was confirmed to be in progress during a Q&A conducted with Codemasters Producer Jamie Firth by Planetcricket.net. Among the issues addressed in the upcoming patch are the prevalence of run-outs, as well as excessive run rates, edged deliveries not carrying, and incorrect bowler speeds. The estimated dates for the release of the patch were initially "...within two weeks."[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Official PlayStation Magazine awarded the game an 8 out of 10. IGN UK scored it at 8.2, The Guardian and Times newspapers each giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Planetcricket.net gave it 7.5.[5] SPOnG.com's Tim Smith awarded the game 85%.[6] In the Game there is a Legends Mode (not in Wii version) where Sir Ian Botham and Shane Warne give you tips on Batting, Bowling and Fielding. There are also Batting and Bowling challenges which you can complete. The 360, PS3 and PC version ranked at the top of the all format UK charts according to Chart Track during the first week of release.[7][8] The Wii version ranked first during the week beginning 15 August.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ashes Cricket 2009 - Xbox 360 - GameSpy". Xbox360.gamespy.com. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  2. ^ 02:48 PM (2009-09-09). "New Q&A With Producer Jamie Firth - PlanetCricket Forums". Planetcricket.net. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  3. ^ posted September 28, 2009 (2009-09-28). "Ashes Cricket 2009 Patch BETA". CricketGaming. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  4. ^ "No patch for Ashes Cricket 2009 - Cricket Gaming Forums". Cricketgaming.net. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  5. ^ 02:48 PM (2009-08-09). "Review Planetcricket.net Official Review - PlanetCricket Forums". Planetcricket.net. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  6. ^ Smith, Tim (8 December 2009). "SPOnG Ashes Cricket 2009 Review". SPOnG. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  7. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-30. 

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