DON BRADMAN CRICKET 14
Tru Blu Games
Xbox 360 (also on PS3)
was more than just a batsman, he was something like a tide. He was
more than just one man, he could take on any side.
sung of Sir Donald Bradman thusly. He was a bloke roundly regarded
(and possibly triangularly and squarely, too) as Australia’s
greatest ever cricketer. Erm, Bradman, not Kelly.
Bradman Cricket 14 (we’ve no idea what happened to 1-13...) is
the latest videogame incarnation of a sport that’s proven difficult
for anybody to tackle successfully – save for an ace outing on the
SNES back when Dave Warner was just a suburban boy.
things a bit differently, and with much practice – just like the
real thing - its way with analog wiggly/waggly wielding gradually
makes sense. Not that you won’t still swear at it like a Boonie when
it doesn’t do what you think you told it to do.
can’t swear at it like a real cricketer straight out of the box,
unless that’s Mr Bradman, and we’re sure that he was above such
vulgarity. Ah, but there’s a sneaky option whereby you can download
“custom” teams. Lo, real players appear in real teams – including
T20 - looking like they should (more or less). While morally
dubious, as gamers we applaud this.
Mind you, this
skulduggery’s let down by a commentary team that can, at our
politest, be described as curious. A soccer bloke and a gee-gee race
caller. Umm?! Surely a few slabs could have been slung to some real
cricket commentators? Worse, it’s almost entirely “the batting
team”, “the bowling side” and such. Occasionally, you may hear a
real name, but ultimately the commentary’s cack and bowls the whole
Still, until somebody’s smart enough to
realise that we want an uncomplicated pick-up-and-play cricket game,
this is the best around. Just like Mr Bradman apparently was.