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Let’s just think on that a second. A cricket game, published by a Japanese company. Cricket. (I’ve seen first hand what happens when Japanese people are exposed to cricket. It’s amusing – Ed.)
And yet, it works.
This title has actually been done quite well with its cutesy graphics. The naming rights aren't there but it is a phone game so you aren't expecting the same production values as a FIFA title. There is a good range of different teams represented although I couldn't really see any difference in the abilities of the teams and players, regardless of which team you choose.
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I did find a responsiveness issue that can be very frustrating. It might just be that you have to time the swing of the bat for it to work at all but I feel that they should have just made the batter swing early. The fielding in game is a little unnecessary I feel, since the running is automated all you are doing is catching. I think they would've been better served by allowing you to set your own field instead.
There have been a lot of attempts at cricket games in the past but none have every really extinguished themselves like a FIFA, NBA or Madden title. This may have a bit to do with the lack of interest in the majority of markets. Hopefully this attempt signals an expression of interest from the Japanese market because I think that cricket lends itself to being a console game. If nothing else, it’s a more strategic game than baseball, and who knows? Perhaps a popular video game could pave the way for the sport to become popular overseas.
- Aidan B
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