I made this post on the Cricket Captain form and I will post it here if anyone wants to read it. https://www.childishthings.com/forum/forum/cricket-captain-2022/78972-thank-you-and-goodbye
The first time I discovered this series was on the PSP with International Cricket Captain 3. I was so happy when I found it because it was exactly what I was looking for. Finally a cricket management style game. I have always been interested in the genre with Wrestling, Soccer, Baseball and now I finally had a cricket game.
I used to play that game every free time I had, on the subway going to and from work, at work, at school. It went everywhere with me. Then life got busy and I sort of forgot about gaming for a while. Then a few years ago I noticed something on the Google Play store called Cricket Captain 2018 I was so happy because it reminded me of Cricket Captain 3, just with more features. That's when I found out that it was made by the same people and all the memories came back. I fell in love with the game once again.
Since 2018. I have bought every single version that has come out, either on my phone or with the last 3 on steam and with each edition that comes out I am hoping to once again discover all the changes I found when I went from International Cricket Captain 3 to 2018. Alas, every single change has been so minor that it's almost not worth mentioning.
I have basically used the same strategy playing Cricket Captain 2018 until 2022 and even on Normal difficultly I seem to win most of my matches. The biggest thing that has continually disappointed me is the lack of an editor, thank god for weetabixharry and his editor that made the last 2 games playable for me.
One of the things I love doing in any management/simulation game that I play is picking a team with the lowest stats and try to make them a championship team, but in Cricket Captain there is no sense of reward for that, sure I might win a world cup or two, but if I play the game as Ireland or Zimbabwe the pool of players that are generated seem to stay at a low level, they don't have a domestic structure (unless you want to count English for Ireland) and so there is no way to know who is a good player and who isn't. We can't see any stats for anyone (other than their playing stats). I want to know how the coaching is affecting my players, and 90% of the time i just don't even bother with any coaching or physio because in my experience they do either very little or nothing at all.
Why not give us an option to play as an associate side and let us earn our way into test cricket. Why not let us create custom tournaments without cricket board restrictions. I want to be able to create an 8 team tournament with players all around the world and either play each game myself or have the option to simulate it (because even simulating tournaments like that is fun)
There are so many other things I can talk about but i just don't have the time right now. Maybe all these features will be included in some future version of the game. International Cricket Captain 3 came out in 2007, Cricket Caption 2018 came out in 11 years. Maybe I will check back in 11 years and see what else is new in Cricket Captain 2033, but as for now this has been extremely disappointing and I will not be purchasing another game next year because all it will be is a roster update and nothing more.
Thank you for the memories, and goodbye for now