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Ashes Cricket 2009

Released on 07 August 2009

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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The Wii edition of Ashes Cricket 2009 enables up to four players to take to the field in a variety of game modes including the iconic Ashes Series, Test Matches and limited over games including 20 Overs. Batsmen use the Wii Remote to drive, cut, slog and nurdle their way through an innings. When fielding, players use the Wii Remote to polish the ball, set their field and bowl accurately applying swing/turn to their deliveries in order to take those all important wickets.

Ashes Cricket 2009 also features a Scenario Mode that pits players against more than 50 match defining moments, such as scoring vital match-winning runs, taking dramatic last-gasp wickets and seeing off the oppositions' danger men to succeed. Ashes Cricket 2009 features six other Test playing nations as well as ten of the world's most recognisable stadia, including the five featuring in this summer's npower Ashes Series.

Ashes Mode: Play through the entire 2009 Ashes Series with England and Australia. Includes every licensed player, kit, kit items (bats, pads and gloves) and stadium of the Ashes Series.

Legends Mode: Let Ian Botham and Shane Warne teach you all the nuances of the sport of Cricket. Coach you through batting, from the basics to shot selection, footwork and advanced controls. Coach you through bowling and fielding to the same degree.

    Match Mode: You control the choice be it ODI, or 20:20, you chose the rules, the number of players, fielding restrictions, powerplays. Set up one off games or custom tournaments.

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     Average rating (25 reviews)


    | | See all tejenks's reviews (5)

    Not bad, but seems like Codemasters have rushed this release out. Strange, as Wii users have been waiting for 3 years for a cricket game. The graphics make the PS1 look Blu-Ray, but I guess that what most Wii games are like. The gameplay is obvioulsy good fun, although spinning the ball is not as fun as i thought - its not as responsive as it could be. My main gripe with this game is that there are no tournaments - other than the Ashes of course. No World Cup, 20/20 Cup etc. Anything other than the Ashes is only an Exhibition game, so there's no real longetivity in the single player mode. Also one or two of the England players are rather random, and where's SImon Jones? he may be injured but he was the leading wicket taker in 05! Speaking of which, another thing missing is a Legends mode. Its really annoying you can't play with/against Warne, Botham etc. As I said, Codemasters have rushed this game out without any real care for the user, just a good money maker on the back of the Ashes Series.


    | | See all ukgnome's reviews (3)

    All in all it's cricket on the Wii - it's fun, which is what a game should be. In one player mode it's good as a stand alone game. In two player exhibition mode it's a great game. If you love cricket then you should own this game.

    Some reviewers have stated that the graphics are poor - I partially agree with this on a 50Hz TV although the replays more than make up for this. If this was televised cricket then I don't think the average viewer could see if the ball was edged in normal speed.
    Some reviewers have said that that the game play is a little basic. I say crank the settings up to the hardest and then try to "6" every ball. The controls are basic enough to pick up and play, but difficult enough to master.
    Don't be put off by the negative reviewers

     a good game but too easy

    | | See all jackoc's reviews (2)

    When i heard this was comin out for wii i couldnt wait and pre ordered it. When it arrived i found it great to play against mates but it was just too easy to hit boundaries. The only thing is they should make it a bit more challenging

     Really sloppy effort!

    | | See all Miloharris's reviews (3)

    Well Codemasters have really gone backwards with their cricket games since the introduction of Brian Lara, over 10 years ago. There the gameplay was great and we were getting something new - with all the authentic squads and challenging real life scenarios. What a contrast to this dross!
    There isn't even an autobowl feature - do you really want to have to bowl for 90 overs per innings of a test match!?!
    It's only saving grace is a 10 over match against friends.
    Overall, a really lazy effort from Codemasters - rampant profiteering, at its worst!

     Shame, such a shame...

    | | See all chriscwarren's reviews (4)

    Been waiting for this game for ages. Cricket on the wii, all those shots and styles of bowling incorporated into the wiimote's actions (even maybe the new wii motion plus). Sadly, it is just to easy to bat, even in manual mode. After 3 or 4 swings you'll be smacking 6s in all directions regardless of your hand action.

    Bowling is okay, especially the spin bowlers. But if they had waited for the wii motion plus it could have been excellent.

    For me, the torture is the fielding of which you have no control. It is so frustrating. Imagine short leg running across the wicket to pick up the ball from silly points feet because he seems to have fallen asleep, is common a sight. As is the single down the wicket just pass the stumps, but your bowler doesnt pick it up - he runs towards the stumps ready to catch the throw in. Painful.

    Now when I first got this at the weekend, I played it with mates and we had a great laugh with a ten over slog tournament between us. Beers were flowing and proper shots being made. However today in one player I played the first Ashes test (give yourself 5 hours - thankfully the missus was at work) and as previously mentioned its just too easy, even on highest level, when batting (800 for 2d), and the fielding is so frustrating. Shame, could have been amazing.

    Now it joins another long list of my wii games that are great with my mates and a few beers, but other than that will never be touched.

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    Rating3+ (PEGI)