Don Bradman Cricket 14 Gameplay Review
We are having a look at the "Don Bradman Cricket 14" a version available on '360' and on PS3/4 as well. Made by the guys named Big Ant and Tru Blue. It's an Australian company so it's good to see some games coming out of Australia.
They've got a couple of training modes in the game and there's a 'mash' training and a 'net' training. Make sure to read through the guides before you get into because it really gives you a lot of information about what you need to do.
The Net mode is a little more useful. You got a lot of balls fire at you relatively quickly and they show you what your timing is which particularly in the game could be one of the biggest struggles trying to get that right. I just don't see why you would be bother doing like a practice match as you might as well jump in and play a real match.
The match presentation stuff looks really good. It is a little slower at times, particularly coin toss has no reason to takes so long. It just gets a little bit frustrating when you're playing for while or playing with friends. You just want to get in place with cricket and you gotta go through all this, there's a lot of loading of all kinds of images and stuff.
That being said though, stuff like the animations as they walk out, that looks good, you know, it looks like it would be on a TV broadcast and you do actually have the option to skip this stuff.
Batting all around is generally a pretty nice experience. Particularly in the amateur mode it is relatively easy for you to just pick up and play.
It's a fun game, definitely a step up from anything we've seen before. It's not perfect. There are still some wacky things that go on but for the most part, the controls scheme and the way it works it works very well.
Bowling is a lot easier. They've changed it a lot and a lot of things are now available on your fingertips. No longer you have to go through the menu where you used to find all the fielding options and these are done through the d-pad (ps4 controller). So you can control these without pausing the game, it feels natural, and there's a lot of field setting options you can go through and change.
Overall it has to be said that Big Ant have really done a good job with this game and they are actively working to improve it. They are working on their own engine and they've build everything from the ground up. You have different playing modes, you can play on international tournaments, you can play a career mode as well where you can play for 20 years as one player being traded or sold to different clubs, working your way from starting out from low level, working out to international leagues.