When it comes to cricket games it's pretty much always been about Codemasters. EA tried to run a few titles but ultimately, whilst they were a statistician's wet dream, they were no real fun to play. Not so with Codemasters and their Brian Lara series which got a little evolution with Ashes 2009 last year. Now the news is that International Cricket 2010, Codemasters pitch for the big time with a bunch of official licenses, is imminent and frankly I'm actually a little excited. I'd be more excited if it was a Wii game...but hey.
You can currently pre-order the game for £24.99 from HMV for both versions, which will save you a good £3.50 on nearest competitor Coolshop's best price.
- Click here to pre-order International Cricket 2010 for £24.99 from HMV [PS3]
- Click here to pre-order International Cricket 2010 for £24.99 from HMV [X360]
Codemasters have clearly made a little bit of money over the year as this game is pretty much shaping up to be a shiny, bigger, better variation on previous themes. Boasting an expanded roster of 16 teams, with 21 stadia to jump into from around the world, full test series modes, more competitions and Twenty20 options, not to mention the aforementioned licenses of both the EWCB and Cricket Australia, this is looking to be a pretty sweet package.
The gameplay hasn't changed a huge amount over the years and I'm rather hoping that they haven't changed too much or strayed too far from their winning formula. To be honest, on the strength of previous instalments, around £25 is a pretty good starting price for a game like this. It's best in multiplayer of course, and I hope that maybe this time it'll be more difficult than in the past to provide an actual singleplayer challenge, but ultimately this will please most cricket fans everywhere.
East achievements too.
Thanks to Dhiraj1 at HUKD