What makes the audio worse is the sounds batting in the Nets Challenge sounded almost perfect. One step forward, three steps backSounds like it'll be a case of watch and wait with this one. There are clearly quite a few borderline gamebreaking issues. Do Big Ant ever do sales? I waited for ages for Cricket 19 to come down and it never did so eventually I took the plunge and bought it at full price... about a month before Cricket 22 was announced! D'oh!!!!!!
Something that bugs me going by the videos I've seen is the essential sound of leather on willow just sounds off to me, especially the perfectly timed shot sound. It reminds me of being at Wimbledon...
If there's one sound you have got to nail in your cricket game, it's that one. Compare that with the ringing "thwack" you heard in the recent World Cup. Anyone agree or am I just being ultra fussy? Audio in games is very important to me. Maybe the modders can sort stuff like that down the line, although it sounds as though that's the least of the problems...
I have the same feeling with graphics so for... especially the field when the ball travels. It lools too primitive. Wondering if i should change some settings!! Cricket 19 is lot better in this aspectHUMAN BOWLING, 20 OVER FIRST IMPRESSIONS
50 OVER MATCH
ENG(ME) vs WI
So the first thing that stuck out to me was how horrendous the graphics were. The match is on a summers day with clear sky and with my graphic settings maxed (I have pretty good PC) anyway I don't know if it was the TAA or the Bloom or Light Flare settings but I could not see the white ball at all and everything looked so blury. However I did change it from TAA to FXAA and the visibility was quite a bit better as in I could see the ball when it was hit to the outfield. I will tinker further when I can and see if it yields better results.
Apart from the specific graphic settings, I don't know what me and other people are playing or if it's just because of my match conditions but the game still looks pretty bad imo. I was playing Ashes17 yesterday and this looks extremely similar maybe worse, the lighting is almost blinding me its really off and not what I was expecting at all. In fact I've put a picture of the two games and I think AC17 looks better. I doubt this will be improved and I think I'll find playing games on these conditions an eye sore as it is quite distracting to be looking at that constantly.
BOWLING GAMEPLAY & AI BATTING
I've mainly stuck to using the arcade controls as I love having the old circle control, I'm not sure what aftertouch does and I have gotten all 3 main dismissals (lbw, edge behind & bowled). Some edges do seem very random and predetermined, the ones that go to gully area but hey ho it's not a bad problem to have I suppose. I was playing on the wrong difficulty for the majority of the time but when I bumped it to hardest the way the pace of the ball goes through feels really nice. I play on auto-fielding and as people have mentioned it is a bit odd at times and feels like little to no progress has been made since AC17, the same weird buggy stuff is happening from that game (fielder sliding the ball to make it a 4, ball going past fielder etc)
The AI batting I have been impress with feels organic and feels like some pressure when bowling especially when they have a good few overs, I've put the scorecard below. In terms of their shot selection it's doesn't feel like much of an improvement from AC17 tbh, they still do the leg side pull type shot to balls on off on a good/full length and all in all just similar to previous titles but they keep the scoreboard ticking so thats the main thing just mentioning this for people who want a lot more variation. I mean it would be great if they got rid of the back foot cover drive that goes to mid off just very similar to AC17. Long and short of it, it's been fun bowling to them so far and feels like i'll have a good game on my hands.
Generally speaking I think the game feels very fluid and just fun to get through the overs whilst bowling, seems to be a lot quicker be it transitions or just getting to the next delivery, very happy with this element. The flow of everything feels good to just feels quite polished which isn't the feeling I got from AC17 on release so I'm happy here. I think the bowling animations look beautiful yet to see all of them but Broads is lovely idk what people hated about it, looks very nice in game and one of my favourite actions in real life too, batting animations I'm also yet to see all but they to look similar to previous games but I'm sure theres a few new ones in there.
I may have missed stuff out and will do a video review soon and also post some highlights of some nice moments, for the time being I have some screens below and my "verdict" so far is similar to others, I think I'll get a lot of enjoyment out of this game but I feel it would have been really great if they just nailed some stuff right graphically and gameplay wise.