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Cricket 2002 PC CD-ROM

Published by Sold Out Software
Developed by HB Studios
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £4.99

Whilst many of the EA Sports range gets yearly updates the Cricket series is usually condemned to having to wait every other year to be updated. So far we've had Cricket 2000, 2002 and 2004. Whilst none of these are poor games, none have managed to be the definitive virtual cricket experience. In fact if I think about the cricket games that have impressed me over the years there's only two that spring to mind, Brian Lara Cricket and Graham Gooch's cricket on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k.

Cricket 2002 is just about average in every area. The game offers 12 international teams and 22 international stadia. You have the usual exhibition, one-day, test matches and tournaments (including World Series and World Cup competitions). You also have access to the practice nets to brush up on your batting and bowling techniques. In fact at first glance you might think it's quite a decent cricket experience.

The game doesn't have any subtitles for the match commentary. The graphics look fairly good although the player models are simply ugly and look terrible. Some may consider the game all too easy to knock up a really high score, even on the top difficulty setting, but the default controls feel a little awkward and until you customise or get used to them, you won't do that well at all. All in all it's a mediocre affair that should be approached with caution. I'm pretty sure Brian Lara Cricket was also available on the Sold Out range and that would be a much better purchase.

Overall Game Rating: 2.5/5

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An average cricket game that has aged rather poorly. Choose Brian Lara Cricket instead if you want a cricket game on the cheap.