Codemasters makes cricket accessible
- Simple controls
- Fast paced
- Suitable for all levels
- Poor player models
- Lacks game modes
Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 (or Ricky Ponting International Cricket 2007 in some areas!) is focused on the shorter, one day events of the sport. Play through the ICC Cricket World Cup, with all 16 finalist teams from the 2007 tournament.
While the actual game can be quite complex, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 is very accessible, with well thought out controls that make playing the game simple from the start. Reminiscent of golf game controls, here the game revolves around stopping a rising bar as near to the sweet stop as possible, to get the best possible catch, throw, or hit.
In terms of graphics, the presentation effectually copies how the game is viewed on TV, with all the camera angles you'd expect, replays and the 3rd umpire. Player models look very dated today, and are occasionally amusingly bad (I'm thinking of Flintoff). However, the gameplay is balanced, and easy to get into. You'll be able to get the hang of Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 in a couple of overs, meaning anyone can enjoy it.
What this game lacks is more game modes. It's far from the complete cricket experience, so if you want to play a range of full five day tests, this isn't the game for you.
Nevertheless, with Brian Lara International Cricket 2007, Codemasters here made a game that gives Cricket a surprisingly exciting arcade feel that makes it very accessible.