Lara Cricket 2005 marks the 10th anniversary of this
long running series that was 1st released on the Sega
Mega Drive way back in 1995. Making its comeback after
5 long years, this game is a worthy addition to this
game features 3 modes; Exhibition, Tournament and
Exhibition mode you can choose to play a one day,
test or double wicket game against a friend or the
Tournament mode you can play real life events like
the ICC (International Cricket Council) World Cup,
the ICC World XI series, ICC Champions Trophy, play
a fictional tournament in Custom League etc.
Challenge mode you can choose a team and go against
a world XI team or rewrite the history of cricket,
as we know it. What happens is in this mode is that
you will be given a famous match from history and
then you can choose whether you want to repeat history
by achieving the same result as the match did when
it was really played or change the course of history
by changing the outcome of the match. For example
you can play the 1st test that gave birth to the famous
Ashes Test Series between England and Australia and
decide the outcome of the game. In the original game
that was played in 1882 Australia won so you can also
play as Australia and try to win the game again or
play as England and try to defeat Australia.
cool effect that has been added to this mode is that
when youre playing these old matches the graphics
turn to black & white and lines start appearing
on the screen giving you an impression that you are
really watching & playing the match on an old
can also practice your bowling or batting in The Nets.
Unfortunately there is no tutorial mode in this game
so you will have to discover all the different batting
shots and balls that you can bowl in the nets or while
playing a match.
can also check out your unlocks & rewards in the
Pavilion. Unlocks in the game include classic players
like Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan, Ian Healy etc, pictures
from different matches and trophies. All of this content
can be unlocked by playing the challenge and tournament
modes and breaking cricketing records held by different
the game has no online modes what so ever so dont
expect to play matches against cricket fans from around
is also a wealth of customization options in the game.
You can choose how many overs will be bowled in a
match, the time of the match, the weather, the pitch,
the color of the ball etc. For the match itself you
can choose one of the 14 existing teams or create
your own squad. While creating your own squad you
can add any player you like regardless of their country.
Hardcore cricket fans will love this option as this
gives them a chance to create their own dream team.
best thing about the game has to be its gameplay.
Its fast and addictive. While batting you can
choose the direction of the shot by using the left
analog stick and the type of shot using the face buttons.
You can hit all around the ground and almost every
shot from the real thing like hooks, pulls, drives
etc can be executed if your timing is perfect because
like in a real game of cricket when batting timing
is everything. In bowling, again the analog stick
selects the direction in which the ball should move
and you can choose the type of delivery you want to
bowl with the face buttons. Bouncers, yorkers and
slow deliveries etc all can be bowled.
graphics in this game are average with stadiums resembling
a little like their original counter parts. The crowd
animation looks the same no matter where you are playing.
Players look very little or nothing like the real
ones after whom they have been modeled which is pathetic
really because there are sports games like EAs
FIFA soccer series that laser scan players so the
game can have a look as realistic look as possible.
noticed that classic players like Wasim Akram were
better modeled than current players like Abdul Razzaq.
Plus some of the animations of the players are really
lame and players show no emotion or intelligence.
A player will celebrate even when he takes a catch
on a no ball. Also dont expect to find any signature
bowling styles or batting styles in this game cause
there arent any. All batsmen bat the same way
and all bowlers ball the same way plus do the same
the sound side the game is somewhat better. All the
batting shots sound nice plus the bowl hitting the
wickets when a batsman is bowled out sounds awesome.
On the downside, appeals by different teams in the
game all sound the same plus crowds also sound the
same no matter what country you choose to play in.
The crowd will cheer every player that gets out and
every six that is hit regardless of the fact the home
team is playing or a visiting team is playing. It
would have been nice if there were some booing in
the game when the visiting team was playing good and
cheering for THE home team most of the time. Thus
the atmosphere in the game leaves much to be desired.
the 1st time Brian Lara Cricket features commentary
but that also ends up just being average. Commentary
in the game is provided by cricketing greats like
Ian Bishop but it feels as if they were forced to
do so. During matches you wont hear any REAL
excitement in their tone, also you will often hear
them repeat the same dialogue and go on and on about
something will be in no way related to the match being
though being an average in almost all aspects this
is a great game. Thats because cricket fans
dont have much of a choice when it comes to
selecting a cricket game for their systems. With no
competition from other cricket games cause there are
hardly any except for EAs Cricket 2005 this
is your best choice.