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In Case You Missed It – Don Bradman Cricket 14

Sometimes a game just slips under the radar. Whatever the reason for this occurring, be it bad marketing, classification problems or a strange concept, some games just fail to find their audience. Here at Player2.net.au we want to highlight these rough gems and that is where “In Case You Missed It” comes in. Some games just deserve a second chance.

In Case You Missed It – Don Bradman Cricket 14

Cricket games have a long history in the gaming world. There have been some great cricket games over the years but they have all suffered from varying issues in translating the true feeling of playing into the virtual world. Last year however things changed with the Australian developed Don Bradman Cricket 14.

Perhaps the biggest success of Don Bradman Cricket 14 is the attention to all the small details that make up the sport of Cricket. Field placings, bat positioning, the pitch’s effect on the ball and much much more were all included in the game making it more true to life than any other attempt at bringing the bat and ball to a video game. This however led to a much more complicated game than cricket fans were used to and it had quite the steep learning curve.

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But for those that stuck with it they were rewarded with a wonderful game that captured all aspects of the sport well. Bowling was especially noteworthy as the analogue control system allowed for unprecedented realism. As cheesy as it sounds it was clear that this was a game made by cricket lovers for cricket lovers. The game also incorporates an excellent career mode that allows players to take their created likeness through the grades right up to international level.

Perhaps the only downside to the game is the presentation. It is clear that this was made on a tight budget and that can be seen with some bland graphics and a few bugs. Fortunately the game has been supported well by the developers and a steady stream of updates has improved these issues immensely as well as adding new features to the main game. The game also lacks official licences but thanks to their very clever player creator it only takes the click of a button to download the actual teams and players that have been put together by the helpful souls on the internet.

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The game is currently available on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC. As the game is getting on a little it is quite easy to get it on sale, especially on the older consoles. If you have ever enjoyed the sport of cricket then this game is for you.

Matt Hewson

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