YES! Competition for Ashes Cricket 2014 is finally here as Donald Bradman Cricket 14 has been announced by the developers at Big Ant Studios for release later this year.
There's bugger all out there for cricket fans, frankly, and though the Brian Lara series captured the thwackabout accessibility of a slogging session in the park, there's not been a technically proficient, detailed game for true fans. We're still waiting for our PES.
Could that wait be over? Well, scepticism should most certainly reign, but Big Ant are making some large promises. Here's what's been touted:
- Career Mode, allowing you to take control of an aspiring young cricketer and take him through the ranks to International glory.
- Unique Batting and Bowling Controls, giving full 360 Shot control and Line and Length delivery without pitch markers.
- A fully featured fielding system that allows you to run down the ball and slide to prevent a Four, catch a high ball on the boundary rope, or knock down the stumps to take a vital run out. You are always involved in the play at every stage of the game!
- Ball Physics giving realistic Edges, bat pad catches and movement off the pitch.
- A complete player physics system with individual attributes including weight and height – imagine running in a 2 metre bowler to deliver that perfect bouncer!
- Appeal and Electronic Review system allowing for the first time challenges of the umpires decision.
- Practice Nets, Hone your skills to perfection before taking to the field.
- Dynamic time of day, Weather System and Pitch Degradation that are based on real world data with effects occurring in real-time throughout a days’ play.
- The Cricket Academy, allowing for unparalleled customisation of your Cricket experience, creating Teams, players, Tours, Competitions, Match Types and even Umpires.
- More than 4000 Community created Players and teams ready to download and use in game.
- An online Save system that lets you continue your match whenever you want with online opponents.
Trickstar have delayed their game, pushing it back towards the end of the year when the Ashes series goes Down Under, and it's easy to see why: two months ago they'd not even considered putting in a variable difficulty setting let alone a career mode.
A new challenger approaches; let's hope it encourages everyone to up their game.