PC Game -- Ricky Ponting's International Cricket

Finally, after slogging through sub-par offerings for years, Code­masters have produced a cricket title for cricket fans that does the sport justice. All the expected game options are here - Exhibition, Tournament and The Nets - as well as Create Your Own Player and Challenge Mode.

When starting a match, you have control over everything from weather conditions to ball brand, pitch type, ball condition and fielding restrictions. In The Nets, you can choose which bowler or batter to practice against and determine where you would like the ball to be pitched, allowing you to hone skills in your weaker areas. And when you create a player, you have control over their bowling, fielding and batting statistics as well as their general appearance (although more depth here would have been nice) and even bat type.

Then there's the Challenge Mode that sees you face off against World and Classic XIs or compete in classic games: for example, you can play a Bodyline test, complete with black and white graphics and models dressed to the times.

Unbelievably, Codemasters has made bowling as much fun as batting, brought some skill into fielding and added strategic importance to every single ball delivered. It's up to you to out-think the opposition on every delivery whether it's in their field settings, type of delivery, timing of stroke or stroke choice.

When batting, you have block/deflect, lofted shot and standard stroke options with control over the direction and in-turn the type of stroke played. The engine reacts impressively to your combination of these options allowing you to drive, hook, pool, leg glance, guide past the slips and whatever else you can think of with relative ease. However, you can't head in with any preconceived shots and you must play each delivery on its merits.

This is thanks to the awesome variety and unpredictable shifts of bowling. There are a couple of difficulty settings to try out, starting at "Club" level and moving through "State" to "Test". You will notice plenty of difference when playing against the AI.

So where does RPIC fall down? Well the graphics aren't crash hot. They are acceptable and there are some excellent animations, but you're unlikely to be blown away. There are other good points to the presentation however, like good commentary from the likes of Tony Greig, hearty "Howzat!" calls, hawk-eye, a video referee and ball tracking which does add that TV presence to the gameplay. Overall, this is the game that cricket fans have been awaiting.

Click here to view image 1. Click here to view image 2.

Visuals: Graphics could use a bit of sprucing, but some of the historic modes are a nice touch.
Audio: Tony Greig commentary and enthusiastic vocals from the fielders.
Gameplay: Wonderfully balanced gameplay, great game modes, fun and challenging AI.
Score: 4 1/2 PC World Recommends
Developer: Codemasters
Distributor: Codemasters
URL: http://au.codemasters.com
Price: $79.95

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Chris Stead

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?